May your season be snowy and your vision be vivacious. Snowboard goggles are a mountain necessity. You need them this season, and you wanna know which are the best picks? We got ‘cha. Here are the best snowboard goggles for winter!
Oakley Switchlock™ Technology makes lens changing fast and easy, and two lens colors are included with each goggle so you’ll be ready for a range of conditions right from the get-go. Additional lens options are available, so no matter what the mountain has in mind, you’ll be able to keep up with changing light conditions and maximize both performance and safety.
Switchlock Technology offers the most elegant and simple solution, and it does so while maximizing impact protection, eliminating visual distortion and giving you a fast and easy way to swap out the lens. Just rotate the lever of the locking mechanism. The mounted lens is released and the goggle is ready for whatever alternate lens you need. Your vision will be razor sharp and accurate, and you’ll have protection that meets the gold standard: ANSI Z87.1 rated impact resistance.
Developed by the pioneers of interchangeable lenses, Smith Optics offers the cleanest and easiest lens change on the market. Incredibly user friendly, the Smith I/OX lenses can be changed while wearing gloves. Smith understands that having the right lens matters, so they include an extra lens for low light conditions. Designed by Smith Optics Intelligence, the I/OX offers unparalleled peripheral vision, impact resistant lenses, and a clean low profile look that eliminates the “gaper gap!”
VonZipper El Kabong
If you’re looking for a more freeride look then look no further than VonZipper’s El Kabong Goggles. These goggles are truly mystifying. Boasting lenses as clear as a mountain stream the El Kabong is sure to help you see through anything! The new frameless design morphs seeing into believing and the spherical lens design mimics the eye, turning your goggle vision into a panoramic promise. The lenses snap in and out with VonZipper’s patented Presto Chang-O lens system. If you’re looking for a steezy stylish goggle, go with the El Kabong. They ride the same waves as Smith and Oakley so it really just comes down to what you prefer.
This is the goggle of the future. When I first saw a pair of these I immediately flashbacked to 2001: A Space Odyssey. They aren’t a full-face space helmet but the size of the vision window sure does make it feel that way. The truly frameless design opens your vision to include the slopes in front of you to the entire universe. With zero peripheral distortion they boast the largest window of vision. When I put them on I actually think I had a brief glimpse into the future. “Wait a minute, Doc. Ah… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?”
Some key features that make the Anon M2 “out of this world:
Wall-to-Wall vision—the best possible field of vision comes from 40% less face foam and the incredibly low-profile face design, the goggle fits closer to the face and maximizes peripheral vision. Lenses that cover the entire Visible Light Transmission (VLT). From greybird to blurbird, Anon offers a lens for all conditions.
Integral Clarity Technology (ITC). Porous cellulose inner lens surface for superior water shedding, chemically etched anti-fog treatment, full perimeter channel venting to quickly evacuate warm and moist air from the lens area.
The Dragon Alliance Advanced Project X (APX)
Advanced Projects X, is a design philosophy focused on technical innovation and smart design from start to finish. With an emphasis on quality, minimalist design, and performance, the Advanced Projects X line embodies the most technically advanced products in the market.
Designed and tested in the backcountry of Colorado at their 12,000’ elevation Research and Development cabin, the Advanced Projects X goggle has proven to withstand the harshest, most technically demanding conditions. The flagship product of the line, literally redefines what a goggle can be with our new patent pending Infinity Lens Technology. By completely eliminating the frame profile with this innovative lens system, the Advanced Projects X goggle has maximum peripheral vision and the highest level of performance.
Get some perspective this winter and see what you’ve been missing by upgrading to a premium pair of goggles that will forever alter the way you rip the mountain. Outlined below is the trifecta of optimal eyewear that promise to enhance your vision and upgrade your shred experience. Take your pick of these top three goggles and align yourself with the ranks of upper echelon rippers who sacrifice nothing when it comes to vision.
Oakley Airwave Goggle
For those of you who go for speed on downhill runs or want to pull off a big trick you’ll need snowboard goggles with technology that lets you take your ride to the next level. With a display that integrates GPS, Bluetooth® and onboard sensors you’ll have instant access to analytics that record distance, height and your airtime with the Oakley Airwave Goggle. Preload maps and track your friends with all with your playlist at your fingertips. The Oakley Airwave Goggle isn’t just eye protection… it’s a mobile dashboard.
Aggressive riders demand snowboard goggles that deliver superior performance. With a combination of an edgy look and colors that pop you’ll have an eye-catching goggle that also offers you the best possible view in any weather condition. 100% UV protected the Uvex Snowstrike combines an ultimate in anti-fog coating, direct frame ventilation, and the perfect lens for any condition with 4 modes including: clear, blue, red and violet adjust in 1/10 of a second.
Comfort and awesomeness will have you turning heads in these snowboard goggles. The Electric EG2 protects your brain and your eyes with a secure fit. Featuring a 43mm strap these goggles stay firmly in place and provide a triple-layer foam so your cheeks stay happy. Soak up the view with oversized dual spherical polycarbonate lenses that let you see everything above and below you with super anti-fog coating and super-anti-reflective coating for protection from glow-back.
Get back to basics with the brand that set the standard for high-performance snowboard goggles: Smith. These ultra-comfortable frames feature pivoting outriggers to hold straps in place so you can wear them high or low. They’re handy on a helmet with the easiest ever lens changing option and allow you to hit the mountain with a snug fit, anti-fog, style and comfort.
This year brings some fantastic goggle options with quick switch lenses. Optics manufacturers like Smith, Oakley, Dragon, Anon, and Von Zipper, have designed innovative ways to quickly and easily change your goggles lenses. It just makes sense to have the option. Most of the time the lighting at the parking lot is a lot different than at the top of the mountain. Lenses weigh close to nothing but they can, and most likely will always brighten your day!
Best Quick Release Goggles
If seeing is believing, then have faith in the Anon M1 Goggles. This set is an absolute optical authority as it puts your peepers in prime position to seek and destroy everything the mountain throws your way. Progressive features and loads of style make the M1 a must have for anyone who refuses to compromise when it comes to goggles.
One of the features that makes this pair so lovable is the Magne-Tech Quick Lens Change Technology, which uses some powerful magnets to let you swap out lenses super easily whenever you want. Team up that sweet hunk of tech with the tough, lightweight frame and the Integral Clarity of the lens, and you have got yourself one sweet slice of headwear that refuses to let you down. Make it happen with the Anon M1 Goggles.
A spherical lens shape delivers undistorted clarity like you’ve never seen, and triple layer DriWix face foam moves moisture away from your face while providing a comfortable seal. Ascend to a higher level of visualization with the Smith I/O Goggles.
Oakley Shaun White Airbrake
The thing about the mountain is that the weather can be so volatile. Having the ability to adapt on the fly is crucial. So, sticking with the theme of quick lens changing capabilities, we round out the top three with the Oakley Airbrake Goggles. This pair is equipped with Switchlock Technology for pristine interchangeability so you have always got the best view on the hill.
100% UV filtering protects your eyeballs from nasty sunrays while a dual venting system chases fogging away. A flexible fit gives your face a cozy hug and a Rigid Exoskeleton cranks up the durability and maintains structural integrity. Become a superior visionary force and let nothing escape your coldblooded stare with the Oakley Airbrake Goggles.
Somehow I left Spy off this list? Whoops. The Spy Doom Goggle is one of our favorites here in Jackson Hole.