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How to Buy Skiing and Snowboarding Goggles

Posted by Alex Francis on

It's challenging enough for the beginner skier or rider to know what which winter sports gear they should buy.  In this post, we'll try to break down which goggles first-timers should purchase (and why!)

Features to Look for

  • Price: First-timers should look for something relatively affordable.  After all, you aren't even sure yet if winter sports are right for you.  There's no sense in buying top-of-the line skiing or snowboarding goggles, only to find you hate the snow!  So price is a big consideration for this list.
  • Anti-Fogging:  Goggles that fog are a pain--get goggles which have an anti-fog coating, as well as vents.
  • Size:  Make sure you are buying goggles appropriate for your head size.  (If you wear glasses, make sure to get OTG--Over the Glasses-- goggles.)
  • Tint:  Tinting helps you not be blinded by the sun or glare.  Certain tints are better for certain skiing conditions.  For beginners, we recommend goggles that work relatively well in both bright and partially cloudy conditions.  Tint varies by brand, but generally, we'd recommend a brown, gray, or copper-colored tint.

Of course, there are many, MANY, other features that you could consider, but for the beginner, this is a good list that hits the basics without overwhelming you.

Our Recommended Goggles

Here is our short list of goggles we recommend--click each link to see the goggles:

1.  Best Adult Goggles

2.  Best Adult Goggles - OTG

3.  Best Kids Goggles

Any other tips you want to share?  Let us know in the comments.


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