These are our picks for the best snowboard goggles designed for blasting through powder, ripping the park on sunny days and everything in-between.
by Cody Clark.
Best Snowboard Goggles 2019
Oakley has done it again, another great looking frameless goggle mixed into their already stacked line of frameless goggles. The Oakley Fall Line Goggles havse an optically correct cylindrical lens design to help eliminate the fatigue and eye distortion, that’s sometimes found on other goggles.
The Oakley Fall Line Prizm features a temple notch for those who wear glasses so they are mostly RX compatible. Mixed with the Oakley Prizm lens technology, which they have done a number of years of color research to find how to make the most contrast and light transmission possible to make the best seeing and visibility in low visibility scenarios. The Oakley Fall Line Goggles are a mid fit goggle that include one lens.
This is the goggle of the future. When I first saw a pair of the Anon M2 Goggles 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?”
Wall-to-Wall vision—the best possible field of vision comes from 40% less face foam and the incredibly low-profile face design, this Anon Goggle fits closer to the face and maximizes peripheral vision. Lenses that cover the entire Visible Light Transmission (VLT). From grey bird to bluebird, 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. One of the best anon snowboard goggles ever made.
The Giro team has been crushing it in recent years. Not only with creating some simple, yet stylish frame designs, but they’re always working toward making the product better than the previous year. The Giro Axis Goggles are no exception! With a nice clean frameless look mixed with Giro’s new Quick Change System, which includes four magnets, and four pins, that line right up. Combine that with their EXV or Expansion View which allows for a wide field of view.
They also boast one of the biggest lens collections I have seen with several options for every type of weather and you know are great quality, the Vivid Giro Axis lens by Zeiss being one of the best. That mixes to make one heck of a goggle. Every Giro Axis Goggle comes with 2 lenses, sunny/all condition and one low light as well as a number of frames and strap color combinations.
Well, Smith released the Squad I believe two or three years ago, and they now have added some weight. The Smith Squad XL Goggles are a cylindrical two-layer lens that has a certain classic style that is good to see back! These are going to be a great price point goggle, coming in at $130. It includes two, Smith Squad Chromapop lens’ one sunny day, one storm, and a microfiber cloth. I really enjoy the simplicity and price of these goggles, giving you everything you need for a great season of shredding for a minimal cost. The Squad XL is also compatible with just about every helmet on the market (most Smiths Goggles are) making them a no-brainer if you’re looking for style/function/cost-effective.
The Oakley Airbrake Goggles feature Oakley’s Switchlock™ Technology which makes lens changing fast and easy. Plus there are two lens colors that 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 the protection that meets the gold standard: ANSI Z87.1 rated impact resistance.
The Spy Marshall Goggles are equipped with Spy’s Happy Lens (The Happy Lens is a lens that allows long-wave blue light to come through. Longwave blue light helps with color and contrast clarity as well as stimulating serotonin release levels in your brain=Happy).
The Happy Lens is also spherical, mimicking the curve of your eyes, therefore reducing eye fatigue and distortion. Combine that with a wide field of view and the Scoop ventilation to eliminate fogging and you have one great looking goggle. With over 10 different colorways including their collaboration series with The Seventh Letter, it will be hard to find something as stylish and optically comfortable for such a killer price as these Spy Snowboard Googles.
Designed and tested in the backcountry of Colorado at their 12,000’ elevation Research and Development cabin, the Dragon APG Goggles have 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 the maximum peripheral vision and the highest level of performance.
The Smith I/O Goggle has quickly become an industry standard, making our list of best ski goggles for the second year in a row. With an even bigger field of view in this year’s goggle, mixed in with the Smith I/O Chromapop technology to enhance contrast on those darker stormy days with the Storm Lens, and clarity on the bluebird days with the Sun Lens. (Each I/0 includes one of the Storm and Sun Lens.)
Still using the frameless, quick lens change tabs makes things very easy with these goggles. As well as the 3 layer foam and an anti-fog coating on the inside of the lens, it makes for a goggle that’s almost impossible to fog up. For the cost, it is nice to see the sunny day lens and storm lens in the same box. With a wide array of strap and frame colors as well as lens options, and helmet compatibility I’m sure there is something for everyone in the Smith I/O Goggles. Some of the best snow goggles on this list for skiing and snowboarding.
If you’re looking for a more freeride look then look no further than the VonZipper 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.
Snowboard Goggle Price Comparison
- Oakley Fall Line Prizm Goggle – $200.00
- Anon M2 Goggle – $299.99
- Giro Axis Goggle – $179.95
- Smith Squad XL Goggle – $130.00
- Oakley Airbrake Goggle – $250.00
- Spy Marshall Goggle – $139.95
- Dragon APX Goggle – $200.00
- Smith I/O Chroma Pop Goggle – $200.00
- VonZipper El Kabong Goggle – $99.00