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Best Snowboard Goggles For 2022-2023

Whether you're looking for the latest tech, razor sharp clarity or ultra wide peripheral vision, here's our roundup of this season's best snow goggles

Every single time we think snowboard goggles have peaked, along comes another round of fresh eyewear innovation to progress things even further. Goggles, it’s fair to say, have never been so functional, never offered such a first-rate visual experience, as they do right now. Everything from the clarity of lens to the simplicity of switching up the lenses has been optimised to the extent where there’s arguably never been a better time to invest in some gogs.

Whether you’re a snowboarder looking for some brand new, state of the art, snowboarding goggles or a skier searching high and low for some superb ski goggles, you have, we assure you, definitely come to the right place.

“Goggles, it’s fair to say, have never been so functional, never offered such a first-rate visual experience, as they do right now”

Oh, and before you get your knickers in a twist about us discussing ski goggles on the hallowed turf of Whitelines – be sure to get some perspective on your way out. They’re the same goggles and we’re all, when everything’s said and done, just human beings wanting to protect our eyes. Well, some of the Tory voting skier scum aren’t but you get the idea.

If you want to know more about what to look for in a snowboarding goggle, or want to know more about why they’re important, we’re about to outline some important things to remember. If, however, you want to get on with the business of reading up on our favourite goggles for winter 2022/23, be sure to scroll on further down the page. You’ll know when you get there.

“Whatever the conditions in the mountains are doing, you’ll ideally want a lens colour on your face suited to the light level around you”

Right, why are snowboarding goggles important then? Well, in a nutshell, they protect your eyes from the elements. Think falling snow, wind, and harmful UV rays from the sun. They also shield your eyes from tree limbs and whatnotwhat not, and stay on your head far more securely than sunglasses (they’re strapped on brother).

Serious about seeing where you’re going on the mountain? Serious about not contracting ‘snow blindness’ (a painful, sunburnt cornea, condition caused by overexposure to ultraviolet light)? Then get serious about getting some goggles on your face, already. Don’t be a martyr.

What else? Well, there are the lenses. Let’s talk about lenses. Whatever the conditions in the mountains are doing, you’ll ideally want a lens colour on your face suited to the light level around you.

“Most goggles these days come with a spare lens included, so you shouldn’t have to stress too much when it comes to acquiring your low-visibility lens option”

Keeping it short and sweet, lighter lens tints have a higher VLT (Visible Light Transmission) because more light passes through them. With that in mind, yellow, gold, and amber lenses are good choices on cloudy, low-visibility, days. Right at the other end of the spectrum, darker lens tints have lower VLT because less light passes through the lens. This makes them ideal for those bluebird days when it’s all “sun’s out, guns out.”

Most goggles these days come with a spare lens included, so you shouldn’t have to stress too much when it comes to acquiring your low-visibility lens option. What’s more, because it had become increasingly clear our caveman brains weren’t cut out for lens swapping fiddliness – goggle brands have made it increasingly easy to switch things up; implementing things like magnets and incredibly simple lever systems into their designs.

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Other things to think about when buying your goggles include the shape, the anti-fog properties, and the level of comfort they provide when pressed against your face all day. The majority of the best goggles around these days have smartly-implemented ventilation, anti-fog coating, and triple-layer foam padding; meaning you’re a lot less likely to get lost in the mist and / or finish the day with sore, red, marks around your eyes. That one’s never an ideal look at the après.

Right. That’s enough ‘intro to goggles’ chat for one day. Let’s get on with the show.

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Best Snow Goggles Snowboards 2022-2023


Spy Marauder Elite Snow Goggles 2022-2023

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Snow Goggle 22/23
Price: €190-€220

The Spy Marauder Elite is, as you might have guessed, a step up from the Marauder. Using that well-loved model as a solid foundation, Spy has pushed the boat out with an upgraded lens design and access to the next level of the brand’s proprietary lens tech.

Who Are the Spy Marauder Elite Goggles For?

Unlike most snowboard hardware, when it comes to goggles you don’t have to be any good to appreciate a high-end model – everyone likes to see well, right? Having said that, more confident riders will get the most out of this peak-performance (and quite flashy-looking) pair from Spy.

MORE INFO:
SPYOPTIC.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Spy Marauder Elite here

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Dragon RVX Mag Snow Goggles 2022-2023

Price: £210 / €260

‘Magnetic goggles’ was, for a long time, on every snowboarder’s fantasy wishlist – but for the best part of the last decade, it’s been a reality. Amazingly, eyewear behemoth Dragon hadn’t yet taken the plunge, relying instead on its quick-release ‘Swiftlock’ lens change system.

Who Are the Dragon RVX Mag Goggles For?

Dragon has garnered a legion of fans thanks to its consistent quality across multiple sports, and we have no doubt they’ll be frothing at what is now the daddy of the Dragon range. Thanks to notches in the face foam, these are also ideal for those who sport a set of Gregory Pecks on the mountain (OTG = Over The Glasses).

MORE INFO:
DRAGONALLIANCE.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Dragon RVX Mag here

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Giro Method Snow Goggles 2022-2023

Price: £135 / $150

Naming your product after everyone’s favourite snowboard trick is quite a flex. Fortunately for Giro, the Method goggles deliver. If we’re being generous, their design could be interpreted as a direct homage to the king of grabs; timeless style that looks simple on the surface, but is so much more than what it seems.

Who Are the Giro Method Goggles For?

We’ve always seen cylindrical-lensed goggles as a bit flashier than their spherical siblings. Maybe it’s just us, but perhaps there’s a correlation between how assured a rider is, and the flatness of their facewear…. The Giro Method is no exception; this is a statement piece, to be worn with confidence. That being said, if you like the sound of these but want to keep a lower profile, you can always ninja it up with the black colourway.

MORE INFO:
GIRO.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Giro Method here

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Oakley Flight Tracker Snow Goggles 2022-2023

Price: £117-£157

A few years in the Oakley line now, and a returner to the Whitelines 100, the Flight Trackers are an every day of the season goggle. They’ve been specifically designed from the old fan favourite Canopy to offer the largest possible field of view possible.

Who Are the Oakley Flight Tracker Goggles For?

While they could work for most riders, the frame and lens shape make them ideal for freeride and freestyle riders who need to be hyper vigilant about landings and obstacles. They come in different frame size options, so you can pick and choose depending on your face shape, or style preference.

MORE INFO:
OAKLEY.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Oakley Flight Tracker here

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Oakley Line Miner Snow Goggles 2022-2023

Price: £107-£147

2023 is the year of the Liner Miner renaissance. A low profile goggle that’s built a name for itself with superior peripheral vision, with a slew of signature colour ways and some serious pro endorsement, this is easily one of the most popular goggles you’ll see for this coming winter. Everyone from Mark McMorris to Ståle Sandbech is jumping on the Line Miner hype train, and for good reason- they do the job well, they make the most of some of Oakley’s best tech and let’s face it, they look pretty damn good.

Who Are the Oakley Line Miner Goggles For?

A wider field of view and downward vision can benefit any rider, but we think it’s well suited for those into freestyle who’ll be more likely to spend time glancing around to scout landings. Fit-wise they’re standard with a wide option, but also three different frame sizes, so you should be able to get on well here regardless of if you’ve got a peanut or a pumpkin head.

MORE INFO:
OAKLEY.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Oakley Line Miner here

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Zeal Lookout RLS Snow Goggles 2022-2023

Price: £146-£252

When it comes to goggle brands, Zeal doesn’t have the highest profile. In terms of quality, though, it’s in the big leagues. The Zeal Lookout RLS goggles sit at the top of the range, offering the brand’s highest specs available for this particular lens shape.

Who Are the Zeal Lookout RLS Goggles For?

The frameless cylindrical lens will doubtlessly turn heads on the mountain, and the tilted design really does deliver increased peripheral vision. If you want absolutely zero compromise in optics but still want your goggles to look the business, ‘lookout’ for these.

MORE INFO:
ZEALOPTICS.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Zeal Lookout RLS here

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