Frigid temperatures outside and warm, moist eyes inside are responsible for foggy goggles. Most models these days have a hydrophobic coating on the lens to absorb moisture from your eyes before it condenses and breathable foam around the frame to promote passive air circulation. The Phenom Turbo Fan has an extra feature: A tiny and quiet battery-powered fan mounted on the frame provides active ventilation when you need it.
The manufacturer puts it simply: “If you can open a can of beer, you can change these lenses. If you open six cans of beer, you can still change these lenses.” Release the snap closure on Giro’s Manifest ($200) Pop Top frame, flip back the outriggers and slide out one lens in exchange for another. Perfect for fickle spring skiing. (Comes with two spherical lenses: gold and rose.)
With Oakley’s customizable Crowbar goggle, whatever inspires you inspires your eyewear. Pick from 10 frame styles, 16 lens colors and 10 strap patterns online and finish it off with custom etching on the bottom of the lens. May we suggest something simple? “Powder or bust.”
Gearing up young kids for a day outside is a battle. Keeping that gear in place can be impossible. Here’s some help: MFS’s Xtreme Sports children’s sunglasses ($20). The adjustable neoprene band keeps the UVA/UVB sunglasses comfortably on, and there are no frame arms for curious hands to twist and snap. Bonus: The head strap also acts as an around-the-neck keeper, assuring the sunglasses won’t be lost on the way home—which can’t be said about most kid accessories. Available in infant to 12-year-old sizes.