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Best Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

Chosen by the Whitelines Test Team

UPDATE: Check out our reviews of the Best Snowboard Goggles for 2020/2021 by clicking here.

Season after season, the snowboard goggle technology becomes more advanced. Just have a look at the goggles you wore ten years ago and compare them to Oakley’s “PRIZM” technology.

The PRIZM technology, followed by rivals such as Lumalens (Dragon), Chromapop (Smith), Vivid (Giro) and SONAR (Anon), filters out certain light wavelengths in order to optimize the available spectrum for the mountain environment. In common language, this means we can expect greater contrast and clarity when gazing at shadowy powder chutes or freshly groomed pistes.

As in previous years, The Whitelines Test Team has put this seasons lenses to test throughout a variety of conditions – whether it was heavy snowfall, sunny spring days or lowlight, we’ve been through it all. Everything from different tints and frame shapes have been tried too, and you can find it all in this year’s list of the best snowboard goggles for 2019/20.

Whether you’ll be more likely to spend most of your season in the bright sunny alps or dark cold Scandinavia, should be considered before choosing your next pair of goggles. There’s no use buying a reflective lens meant for bright sunshine, only to travel up to Lapland in January where sunlight is just a myth. However, if you know that you’ll encounter various different conditions through the season, many goggles come with a spare low light lens (usually rose or yellow) which may come in handy when the weather’s turned grey, but if you can only take one lens, then an all-round shade like bronze is usually a safe bet.

“But if you can only take one lens, then an all-round shade like bronze is usually a safe bet”

If you’ve paid attention, you’ve noticed all the awesome quick-release systems for switching your lens – anything from magnets to levers goes. If time is of the essence, or you simply can’t be arsed to fiddle with notches and rubbery seams anymore, it might be worth spending that little bit of extra on a good and easy lens-swop-system.

Apart from all the rad new tech that’s gone into the lenses and goggles, you want to make sure they offer superior peripheral vision and comfort. Remember though, it’s worth trying on a couple to find out which model is best suited for your face shape. And if you’re rocking a helmet, you might want to bring it with you unless you want to risk ending up looking like a twat with a ‘goggle gap’.

Remember to also check for the breathable zones above and below the lens, which will keep the goggles from fogging up.

On top of that, there’s always style – which is subjective. Once you’ve got the tech covered, it’s up to you – framed or frameless, spherical or cylindrical. Just remember to take good care of the frameless models as they are a bit more exposed, making them more vulnerable.

Scroll down to view all the best snowboard goggles, or skip to a particular brand using the links below

Anon | Dragon | Drop | Electric | Giro | Melon Optics | Oakley | Roxy | SHRED. | Smith | Spy | Zeal

Anon Sync Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

PRICE: £150

  • No one wants to have to change lenses halfway through a day, but if we really have to we would rather it be easy. Huddling on a chairlift trying to balance your mitts between your knees whilst attempting a swap is no ones idea of a hoot, so kindly Anon have revolutionised the game with their magnetic lenses.

    Officially known as ‘M-Fusion Magnetic Assisted Lens Change Technology’ (say that 5 times fast), the lenses snap on and off in next to no time. Seriously, you can throw the lens in the air and provided your aim is decent, the lens will stick to the frame.

    Selected for the Whitelines 100- take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Anon Sync here

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    Dragon D1 Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

    PRICE: £75

  • The lenses are 100%UV protected and are coated with a super anti-fog treatment to keep the moisture out where it should be. You’re not gonna have to be doing the hasty mid chair lift goggle rub anymore.

    The D1 has an OTG fit, so even if you’re part of the glasses gang you can still enjoy these bad boys. They’re a larger fit in general, coming across the face wider and longer.

    Check out our full review of the 2019-2020 Dragon D1 here

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    Dragon DX3 Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

    PRICE: £45-65

  • The great debates rage on- frames VS frameless, cylindrical lens VS spherical lens, but at the end of the day it’s all preference. One thing we’re sure everyone can agree on is price. These lil’ beauties from Dragon are crazy cheap. But don’t take that to mean they’re not well made- they use Dragon’s signature LUMALENS technology, which provides superior colour contrast and incredible visual clarity. They offer a crazy wide field of vision as well, so you’ll be able to see more peripherally than normal.

    Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Dragon DX3 here

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    Dragon NFXs Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

  • The NFXs is the smallest goggle in the NFX family, and shares much of its DNA with its relatives, including the use of Dragon’s Lumalens technology. Lumalens is designed to enhance contrast between colours, making it easier to distinguish between lumps and bumps in the piste. The lens makes it easier on your eyes by improving your depth perception, so you’re not left straining to see what’s in your path.

    Marks on your goggles aren’t the end of the world, but they are super annoying, so Dragon have made these lenses water repellent, and they also don’t absorb the oils from your fingers. The less goop on your lenses, the less you’ll have to clean them and risk scratching them.

    Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Dragon NFXs here

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    Drop DYAD Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

    PRICE: $75

  • Sitting at just $75 these medium-fit badboys come with two lenses so you’ve got optimum visuals whether it’s low light or high tide. Orange tint offers VLT 56% for foggy days, and the grey tint just VLT 6%. The lenses are super easily changed with their magnetic frame, with a pull tab for ease of gripping with gloves.

    Check out our full review of the 2019-2020 Drop DYAD here

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    Electric Egg Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

  • The EGG was a new addition for last season and didn’t crack under the pressure. It all boiled down to a high quality lens, housed within a snazzy shape, sitting at a great price. It seems other brands were left scrambling to keep up, and we had reports of people trying to poach the design. Ok, all yolks aside, this is a dope goggle.

    The Electric EGG boasts a toric lens, which is a relatively new addition to the snowboard scene, but certainly a welcome one for goggle aficionados. A toric lens follows the curvature of your eye for the best optics and gives some of the widest peripheral vision on the market.

    Check out our full review of the 2019-2020 Electric Egg here

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    Electric Kleveland Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

  • The frame is medium to large fitting and the ‘Keyhole’ nose is tipped to be able to work with add-on accessories in the future. It’s made of a malleable injection moulded TPU and it’s able to be worn OTG.

    The lens is a 2-layer cylindrical one, having a dual-layer traps heat between them, and reduces fogging. When combined with Electric’s Anti-Fog coating, the lens should keep clear regardless of the weather.

    Check out our full review of the 2019-2020 Electric Kleveland here

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    Giro Agent Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

    PRICE: $230

  • The Agent, as with all of Giro’s top-shelf offerings, comes with a razor-sharp Vivid lens from Zeiss Optics. This patented technology, like much of the competition, works by enhancing contrast and definition specific to the mountain environment.

    These lenses will work in a wide variety of lights and conditions to eliminate the need to swap out with every passing cloud. If you choose to, however, the Agent comes as standard with a bonus lens and, with a series of magnets surrounding the edge, it couldn’t be easier to do the ol’ switcheroo.

    Check out our full review of the 2019-2020 Giro Agent here

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    Giro Axis Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

    PRICE: $180

  • The Giro Axis gets the best of both worlds in every sense. A pricepoint goggle with premium tech, and riding style with solid functionality.

    The Axis should appeal to a huge range of riders out there, and not just from that appealing price tag. They have a medium fit, with OTG compatibility and should stay crystal clear all day with Giro’s exclusive Evak ventilation system and anti-fog treatment. Although they don’t come with the Adapt Strap compatibility, the range of frame and strap options out there will cater to most rider’s styles seasons to come, eliminating the need to refresh your look every winter.

    Check out our full review of the 2019-2020 Giro Axis here

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    Giro Method Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

    PRICE: $130

  • It’d be fair to say that Giro products have been more commonly found in the heart of the peloton than the drop-in of the super pipe. This year’s all-new Method goggle signifies a change of direction for the brand. With the helping artistic hand of legendary skater, snowboarder and artist, John Cardiel, they’ve gone straight for snowboarding’s jugular and launched a goggle “designed with the core rider in mind”. Hands down, this was our test team’s favourite looking goggle of the year, with a lens that could just about make a dog see colour.

    Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Giro Method here

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    Melon Optics Chief Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

    PRICE: £115/€130 (lens specific)

  • The Chief’s are the biggest goggles you can find within the Melon line and the lens makes sure to cover everything within both your horizontal and vertical range.

    Melon have teamed up with ZEISS on previous models to provide their customers with top quality lenses. This season the two have gone even further, and Melon have now introduced their new ZEISS Sonar lens, which provides you with an even clearer and more precise vision.

    Check out our full review of the 2019-2020 Melon Optics Chief here

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    Melon Optics Jackson Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

    PRICE: £95/€100 (lens specific)

  • The Melon Jackson goggles have been refined and improved from last season, making them an even better choice for all the shredders on a budget looking for a good mid-sized lens to take them through the storms.

    A pair of fogged-up goggles is something we all like to avoid at any cost and Melon’s found a good way to prevent this, even during the biggest of dumps. Basically, they’ve placed the foam right on the inside of the goggles preventing the snow from sticking to it, and thus providing a consistent airflow through.

    Check out our full review of the 2019-2020 Melon Optics Jackson here

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    Oakley Fall Line XL Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

    PRICE: £180

  • This year, Oakley’s done us a favour and introduced the Fall Line goggles in both an XL and XM size, making it easier for us to find the perfect fit to our faces.

    As the name implies, the Oakley Fall Line XL goggles have got a wider frame. The large sized fit and rimless goggles provide a wide field of view, so you don’t have to keep constantly turning your head to observe your surroundings.

    Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Oakley Fall Line XL here

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    Oakley Flight Deck Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

    PRICE: £185

  • The timeless look and discreet frame goes pretty much with any face and outfit (making it the popular choice it is today).

    Oakley’s Flight Deck goggles give you a wide field of view, maximising your ability to spot everything that’s going on around you. Both the peripheral and downward vision are wide, which helps you to see the people who don’t know how to turn/stop on the slopes.

    Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Oakley Flight Deck here

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    Oakley Line Miner Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

    PRICE: £105

  • The Oakley Line Miner was created with one thought in mind: create a cylindrical lens that can provide the ultimate peripheral vision.

    This is the only goggle within the Oakley line that is compatible with their Prizm Inferno lens technology. What this means, in a nutshell, is that with a push of a button you can make the inner lens fog disappear.

    Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Oakley Line Miner here

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    Roxy Feenity 2-in-1 Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

    PRICE: £115/€129

  • Roxy’s teamed up with none other than Zeiss guaranteeing us all impeccable quality on the lenses. The cylindrical Zeiss lens let’s just the right amount of blue light trough in order for you to see all the details in the snow clearer than hawk.

    The goggles have also gone through an anti-fog and anti-scratch treatment, which might come in handy to the ones who treat their goggles with less caution.

    Check out our full review of the 2019-2020 Roxy Feenity 2-in-1 Goggles here

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    SHRED. Rarify Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

    PRICE: €220

  • These lightweight goggles are ideal for anyone looking for a large lens that provides a broad field of view.

    The lens kills flat light and eliminates that tunnel-like vision we all like to avoid – two things that can ruin the whole day on the slope.

    Check out our full review of the 2019-2020 Shred Rarify here

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    SHRED. Simplify Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

    PRICE: €220

  • The SHRED. Simplify goggles are made for defeating flat light while also providing a wide vision.

    With SHRED.’s CBL contrast boosting lens and NoDistortion technology you’ll get an even more enhanced vision. They’ve also made sure that your image definition is top notch, so you’ll feel safe when charging down the slopes.

    Check out our full review of the 2019-2020 Shred Simplify here

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    Smith 4D Mag Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

    PRICE: £250

  • At the start of every season, social newsfeeds are bursting at the seams with all the latest buzz and hype over minor upgrades in sidecuts, lighter-weight buckles, new and improved waterproof membranes. Not Smith. Not this year. They’ve just one-upped the entire industry and only gone and bloody entered the Fourth Dimension. That’s right. See you later, real world. The 4D MAG goggles just changed the game.

    Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Smith 4D Mag here

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    Spy Legacy Snowboard Goggles 2019-2020

    PRICE: £170 / €215

  • Choosing the Legacy goggles for this year’s 100 seemed like a fitting tribute to Spy, who are celebrating their 25th Anniversary this season. With that much time in the game and a roster of rider’s including Eric Jackson and Helen Schetttini, it comes as no surprises that their goggles offer some of the best tech out there. Not mention some of the best designs too.

    Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Spy Legacy here

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    Zeal Hemisphere Automatic Snowboard Goggles 2018-2019

    PRICE: £110

  • New for 2019/2020 are the Zeal Hemisphere goggles. The spherical lens curves both vertically and horizontally here giving you the ultimate peripheral vision.

    The Zeal Hemisphere goggles will keep you comfortable and give you a clear vision whatever the weather decides to be. If a spherical lens is your thing, give these ago.

    Check out our full review of the 2019-2020 Zeal Hemisphere Automatic here

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    Zeal Portal XL Snowboard Goggles 2018-2019

    PRICE: £134

  • The Zeal Portal XL model is new for the 2019/2020 season.

    The Portal XL is blessed with Zeal’s “Rail Lock” system, which makes for quite the unique lens change experience. How does this work? Well, you simply slide the lens up, swap it for another one, slide the new lens back down, and once it is in place, the magnets at the bottom of the frame will lock it in.

    Check out our full review of the 2019-2020 Zeal Portal XL here

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