This season, the goggle market is a control-freak's dream, with features that let skiers easily adjust airflow, lens color and helmet compatibility. In addition, goggles perform better than ever: Advanced venting systems fight fog; high-tech lenses yield better vision; and new designs improve sightlines-all without sacrificing style.
When You Buy Look for a snug fit without pressure points and lenses that won't easily fog or scratch. If you wear a helmet, the goggles should have vents in front as well as on top to avoid fogging. If you ski in a variety of light conditions, choose goggles with interchangeable color lenses. And remember: Price often reflects lens quality. You'll pay more for polarized and poly-carbonate lenses, because they cut glare and offer better impact protection.
Scoop Blizzard $70-$95
The Scoop Blizzard's venting system pulls cool air in and forces moist air out, so the lens stays fog-free. A foam padding wicks moisture away from the face; eye-catching colors add style.
A Frame $85-$120
The A Frame cradles your face with a triple-layer foam cushion, while aggressive top and front vents keep the air flowing. Its Polaric Ellipsoid lens mimics the curvature of the human eye for clear peripheral vision.
Bollé goes ultra high-tech with the Contour. Its dual-spherical lenses are set farther away from the face to reduce fogging. A breathable vent is placed between the lens layers to prevent distorted vision.
The Vistaz gives skiers the big-picture view, offering the widest field of vision of the goggles we tried. Mixed front and top venting and a strap that buckles make it ideal for helmet use.
The Alpha can handle both bright and flat light, thanks to a two-layer lens that changes color with the light. It mixes front and top venting to battle fog, even with a helmet.
Triad Regulator $85-$105
These goggles owe their unique styling to Smith's Outrigger Positioning System, which transfers pressure evenly across the brow for a comfortable fit, especially with a helmet. Adjustable vents let skiers control airflow.