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Welcome to a special Buyer’s Guide feature from FREESKIER. Here’s a close-up look at the best ski goggles of the year. Click here to explore the entire 2021 FREESKIER Buyer’s Guide.
When it comes to visibility on the slopes, we don’t like to mess around. That’s why we’ve put together this all-star list of the best ski goggles that we think are making the most noise this year. From top-of-the-line lens quality and updated lens swapping technologies to artist collab designs and comfortable frame fittings—we made sure this list will keep your vision focused on what really matters… dropping in your next line.
Zeal Lookout (Fellows Collab)
Zeal continues to find little tweaks that make a big difference. The Lookout goggle features its quick-change Rail Lock System and Observation Deck Technology, a tilted lens that matches the downhill slope angle of the mountain, and comes in three different lens options. This Backwoods Fellowship edition features artwork from John Fellows on the strap and for every pair sold Zeal will plant five trees in our National Forests.
Dragon Chris Bentchetler NFX2
Dragon’s collaborations with Chris Benchetler have long been a fan favorite—and this year proves no different. But the true appeal of the NFX2 lies in the frameless styling and lock-in-place lenses with contrast- and detail-enhancing Lumalens technology. With storm day lenses included, this package might seem too good to be true—yet here it is. Comfort, style and unbeatable tech rolled into one lean, mean seeing machine.
Giro Contour RS
Giro’s Contour is already a fan favorite but, for those with a smaller face, the fit might be suboptimal. Fear not. The Contour RS, short for “reduced-size,” has all the perks of its bigger bro, such as quick-change, magnetic-assisted lens swapping, proprietary Expansion View Technology for peak peripheral vision and toric, contrast-boosting VIVID lenses. The Contour RS provides all the love in a refined frame, so everyone can enjoy this masterpiece.
Sweet Protection Boondock RIG Reflect
Semi-frameless and cylindrical—modern styling at its finest. The newest addition to Sweet ’s goggle collection offers a snug fit and comes standard with RIG lenses that boost contrast, reduce eye fatigue and all that jazz. The oversized strap will keep the Boondock secure and large vents prevent musky vision. Sweet’s designers have an uncanny knack for detail; it’s no surprise the Boondock has it all.
With its exceptionally clean, unisex design, the M4 is an all-around threat. Anon still offers its Magna-Tech system for easy swaps with a simple bend of the frame and the cylindrical Perceive lenses increase contrast and come with a grime-resistant coating on the exterior to prevent smudging, scratching and improve water repellency. Magnetic face mask integration with the included neck tube (not pictured) is just an extra topping on the pie.
POC Zonula Clarity
The Zonula Clarity is yet another milestone in POC’s story. It’s not only notable because of its wide field of view, easy-change Clarity lenses developed with the experts at Zeiss or frame outriggers reminiscent of early 2000s OG style; it’s made with minimal environmental impact. The frame and strap are engineered with 47 percent bio-based materials, ensuring that your dollar is supporting steps toward a sustainable future.
Smith Moment ♀
Built for ladies with a smaller face, the all-new Moment also dons a less daunting price tag. But this doesn’t mean Smith is skimping on performance: Thanks to its spherical lens shape and frame designed to maximize peripheral vision, you’ll see clearly all the way down the fall line. AirEvac helmet compatibility offers a seamless fit with Smith helmets while ChromaPop color- and contrast-boosting lenses bring out the nuances of the snow.
Salomon Radium Pro Sigma
Featuring an oversized, frameless design, the Radium Pro employs Custom ID Fit face foam for a snug feeling when you’re riding. The contrast-enhancing SIGMA Technology lenses are suited for universal lighting but, if you’d rather opt for a two-lens approach, these bad boys are also equipped with an easy-change system that works with aftermarket options. Grab ‘em and you might as well be the newest member of the Blank Collective.
Spy+ Marauder Elite
The Marauder Elite will be worn by Tom Wallisch this season—heard enough yet? With features like the quick-change, magnetic Deadbolt lens locking system, scientifically backed RISE ventilation, triple-layer face foam and easy OTG (over-the-glasses) compatibility, the dual-injected, toric Marauder Elite is a true merger of style and function. Plus, it comes standard with a bonus low-light Happy lens to let in mood-boosting rays on overcast days.
Bollé Torus w/ Volt lens
Bollé’s Torus ensures you won’t miss a single detail by employing a large toric frame with anti-fogging airflow channels and an extra-wide field of view. It’s available with the high-contrast Volt lens—developed with artificial intelligence—to lend the best possible contrast in firm and soft snow conditions. Its triple-layer face foam and pre-shaped nose foam will have you blissfully unaware that the goggle is even touching your mug.