Choosing the best pair of snow goggles for you depends on your personal needs. Goggles are available with a range of features, including UV protection, anti-fog coating, tinted lenses, prescription lenses, and more. (Learn More)

Snow goggles offer high-quality protection for your eyes and vision while skiing or snowboarding. (Learn More) When you wear goggles while out in the snow, it protects your eyes and improves your skiing or snowboarding experience.

Glasses and sunglasses do not offer the same level of protection that goggles do. Goggles offer more coverage, comfort, and visibility while on the snow than sunglasses can. Wearing goggles also saves your regular glasses from the risk of damage. (Learn More)

Prescription snow goggles are a great option for people who need prescription lenses to see clearly but do not wear contact lenses. Prescription inserts can be placed into almost any pair of goggles. (Learn More)

Choosing the Best Snow Goggles

The best pair of snow goggles depends on your needs. Various features are offered for both prescription and regular snow goggles.

When selecting a new pair of snow goggles, consider the following features:

  • Lens tint: The color of the lens — such as pink, yellow, brown, or gray — allows your eyes to see better under different light conditions.
  • Photochromic lenses: These specialized lenses adapt to different light intensities and change depending on the weather conditions.
  • Polarized lenses: Polarized lenses reduce glare reflecting off snow and ice.
  • Special coatings: Scratch-resistant and colored coatings are two types of coating that help make lenses more durable and visually comfortable.
  • Lens shape: Consider if you might prefer a cylindrical lens, for a 2D-wide horizontal field of vision, or a spherical lens, for a 3D-wide horizontal and vertical field of vision.
  • Lens rim: Full-frame, frameless, and semi-frameless are three rim options to choose from.
  • Foam: Ski goggles are made with either ventilation foam, which goes around the rim of the goggle, or foam padding, which sits against your face and makes goggles comfortable to wear.
  • Over-the-glasses (OTG): These snow goggles are designed to be worn over your prescription glasses. They are thicker than regular goggles, as they provide extra space for your glasses. While these are still on the market, advancements in snow goggle technology have moved in the direction of prescription lens inserts as a safer and more comfortable form of prescription goggles.

Snow Goggles as an Alternative to Glasses

Snow goggles provide a level of protection that regular glasses or sunglasses cannot. Sunglasses may offer UV protection, but they do not shield the eyes from wind or debris. Likewise, regular glasses may offer clearer vision in regular situations, but on the snow, they can fog, move around, and do little to reduce glare and increase contrast.

In general, goggles are a better idea to wear while skiing or snowboarding than glasses or sunglasses because they provide:

  • A wide field of vision.
  • Greater coverage of your eyes and the surrounding area of your face.
  • A tight, comfortable fit that will stay in place.
  • Less fog on your lenses, especially with goggles that have good air vents.

In addition to the above benefits of wearing goggles over glasses, goggles are much stronger than most glasses. They are designed to offer more protection, and they are built to be scratch- and crash-resistant. If you fall on the slopes while wearing glasses or sunglasses, they are likely to fall off and could easily break. Goggles, on the other hand, remain on your head and in one piece.

Prescription Snow Goggles

If you wear prescription eyeglasses, investing in a pair of prescription snow goggles may be a good idea. It is not safe to wear your glasses under regular goggles, as they are not designed to fit under goggles. You risk breaking the glasses and injuring your eyes and face should you fall while skiing or snowboarding.

Prescription snow goggles offer a great alternative for people who need a prescription to see clearly but do not like to wear contacts. They work by inserting a lens that meets your prescription just behind the goggle lens. The prescription lens securely clips into place, and you are good to go.

The lens inserts can be customized to fit your vision needs and to fit in nearly any type of snow goggle. These are features of prescription goggles you can select:

  • Size of the lens
  • Single vision
  • Progressive lens
  • Regular or digital single vision
  • Anti-fog coating
  • UV protection

Prescription snow goggles offer a safe way for you to get the most out of your time on the snow. Rather than risking breaking your regular glasses, opt for the comfort and safety of prescription snow goggles while skiing or snowboarding.

Why You Should Wear Snow Goggles

Snow goggles are more than just a fashion statement. They are an essential piece of safety equipment while you have fun in the snow. Not only do snow goggles help you see better when skiing or snowboarding, they also help protect your eyes from harm or injury.

If you decide not to wear snow goggles when you are going to be out on the snow for extended periods of time, you risk damaging your eyes. Snow results in high amounts of glare that can be harmful to your eyes, especially if you are also out on a sunny day with a lot of UV rays.

Experts recommend wearing ski or snowboard goggles in order to:

  • Reduce glare. Snow goggles are available with a variety of specialized lenses that reduce glare from the snow and sun. This allows you to squint less and see better, which makes snow sports safer.
  • Increase contrast. When skiing or snowboarding, seeing enough contrast on entirely white slopes can be a problem. Colored lenses, such as amber, rose-colored, or brown, help to add contrast to your vision so you can see bumps and dips much more clearly.
  • Protect your eyes. Skiing and snowboarding expose your face and eyes to harsh wind and bright light for extended amounts of time. Goggles help to seal your eyes off from the cold, and many lenses provide UV protection. Additionally, goggles shield your eyes from snow and any other debris that could be flying through the air as you ski.

For experienced snow sport enthusiasts, goggles are a primary piece of snow gear that they would never hit the slopes without. Snow goggles provide protection and comfort to help you enjoy being out on the snow for as long as you want.

Getting Help

As you can see, there are many important features to consider when purchasing a pair of snow goggles or prescription goggles. If it is your first time purchasing a pair of goggles, consult with a ski and snow sport expert. They can help you narrow down which features are important to you and which styles will fit your face and needs the best.

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OTG Goggles: A Thing of the Past. Sport Rx.

Should I Wear Sunglasses or Goggles for Skiing and Snowboarding? Frames Direct.

Why You Need Ski Goggles on the Slope. Ski and Sport.