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Best Snowboard Goggles For 2021-2022 | Our pick of the top snowboard goggles to guide you through the mountain

Whether you're looking for the latest tech or something cheap and cheerful, here's our roundup of this season's best snowboard 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 2021 / 22, 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.



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.

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

Anon | Dragon | Giro | Oakley | MELON | SHRED. | Smith | Zeal

Anon WM3 w/ MFI Face Mask

Price: €240

With its womens’ specific fit and modern cylindrical lens that provides a really wide field-of-view, the WM3 Goggle is a great option for female riders to take advantage of all the great tech Anon has on offer this season, while also not having to suffer with an ill-fitting goggle.

The WM3 utilises Anon’s new easy swap MAGNA-TECH® system, making swapping lenses easier than ever before. The magnets central to the system’s success also ensure the goggles have a secure lens-to-frame seal which provides unsurpassed lens retention.

Along with all the other Anon models this Winter 22 season, the WM3 has a huge variety of customization options. With a large selection of both optic colours and strap designs, you can find the style to suit you. This MW3 also comes with a compatible MFI® Face Mask, allowing for seamless coverage from goggle to mask using magnetic tech. Ladies, wave awful fitting goggles goodbye with the new MW3 from Anon.

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Dragon DXT OTG

Price: £49

As far as goggles go, the shopping list can be endless, every year the brands come out with new, exciting anf fresh tech they pump into their offerings. The Dragon DXT OTG takes things back to basics, in a good way. Going down the route of great value for money, they offer everything you need, and absolutely nothing that you don’t.

All Dragon goggles use their proprietary Lumalens technology, which optimises visibility across a range of conditions by filtering the light that comes through. It allows you to see better in mountainous terrain, by enhancing contrast, improving depth perception and reducing eye fatigue.

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Dragon DXT OTG here

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Dragon NFX2 Kimmy Fasani

Price: €199, £160, $190

Although the NFX2 sounds like some top secret government project, it’s really Dragon’s most advanced cylindrical lens goggle. With its medium fit and its big collection of all of Dragon’s latest tech features, the NFX2 is a big bag of goodies everyone can enjoy.

The NFX2 utilises Dragon’s Swiftlock lens changing system that enables riders to change lenses instantly. The easy on-and-off mechanism allows you to change lenses on the fly to suit whatever weather conditions you find yourself in. All of Dragon’s lenses utilise their LUMALENS® colour optimized lens technology that offers ultra-high definition optics across the entire spectrum of light conditions.

With Dragon’s patented frameless design, the NFX2 also takes advantage of armoured venting which makes clearing out snow-packed vents as easy as pie. Along with super anti-fog coating, triple layer face foam with hypoallergenic micro fleece lining and silicone strap backing, the NFX2 is designed to withstand the elements. Maybe it is a secret government project after all.

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Dragon PXV2 Gigi Rüf

Price: €240, £190, $230

To create a new edition of their signature series, it comes as no surprise that Dragon would recruit one of the biggest names in the business to put their name to a version of their PXV2 goggle. Of course, they’ve gone for the Austrian legend, Gigi Rüf. Why settle for anything less?

Gigi’s signature model features the LUMALENS® Dark Smoke lenses along with a green and red goggle design. The silicone backstrap also has this cool red, green and grey textural graphic that completes Gigi’s vision for the PXV2.

Slightly smaller than the PXV but slightly larger than the best-selling NFX2, the PXV2 finds that sweet spot for riders who favour a larger goggle with a wide field-of-view, but don’t want anything overly big for the face. The PXV2 takes advantage of all of Dragon’s latest goggle tech, including their Swiftlock lens changing system, a premium injected Panotech lens, and their patented frameless technology.

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Dragon RVX OTG

Price: €240, £190, $230

Dragon’s latest iteration of their envelope-pushing RVX goggle takes advantage of their all-new, one-sided Swiftlock 2.0 lens changing system as well as their Over-The-Glass compatibility; great for bespectacled boarders like me!

The Swiftlock 2.0 system utilises a single lever on one side of the goggle to instantly release lenses to switch them out under changing weather conditions. All of Dragon’s lenses utilise their LUMALENS® colour optimized lens technology that offers ultra-high definition optics across the entire spectrum of light conditions.

The RVX’s large fit that features Dragon’s patented frameless design provides a massive field-of-view so you can see as much of the mountain as possible. The RVX comes in a wide variety of lens colour options and strap designs too, meaning you can rock Dragon’s latest tech in whatever style you want.

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Electric – EG2-T Realtree™

Price: €160, £160, $160

One of the coolest and craziest goggle models available this season, the Electric EG2-T Realtree™ Red Chrome combines a bright orange lens with a camouflage strap and frame. Maybe not the best option if you want to keep out of sight, but great for those who crave something a little different.

The EG2-T features a mould-injected toric lens, Electric’s most advanced lens shape. By trying to better match the shape of the human eye, the toric lens boasts added peripheral vision and optical clarity when compared to their other models.

The goggle also tries to mimic the shape of the human head, resulting in a large curved shape optimised for a wide field-of-view. The lenses also have super anti-fog features and an anti-scratch hard coating to keep the lenses as clear as possible whatever the weather conditions.

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Electric The Kleveland.S

Price: €130, £130, $120

The Kleveland.S is a downsized version of Electric’s celebrated Kleveland model. Featuring all the Kleveland’s great features, the Kleveland.S is perfect for women, kids and anyone with a smaller face.

The Kleveland.S features Electric’s cylindrical sheet lens. Curved horizontally while remaining flat vertically, the cylindrical lens promotes better optics by eliminating peripheral distortion. The lens also has 100% UV protection, anti-fog and an anti-scratch hard coating.

The Kleveland.S pictured above is the Batique Blue Chrome version that has a lovely deep blue lens with a cool icey strap design. With the advantages of the cylindrical sheet lens being paired with an ergonomic frame design, a mould-injected lightweight frame and a contoured triple layer face foam, the Kleveland.S is a great option for those who need a smaller goggle this upcoming winter season.

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Electric The Kleveland II

Price: €240, £240, $240

There are a select number of sequels that are better than the original. The Empire Strikes Back, The Godfather Part II, Toy Story 2. They can be hard to come by, but when they do crop up, they’re guaranteed to knock your socks off. Electric have given us another of these great second instalments with the Kleveland II, an improved version of their best-selling Kleveland model that’s completely new for 2021.

Everything about the Kleveland II has been re-designed and re-engineered from the ground up. The goggle has a magnetic interchangeable lens system for quick optic changes. It’s also medium-sized, but still has a massive field-of-view with its rimless design.

Included with the Kleveland II is a bonus lens, a goggle case and a Repreve® goggle bag, a performance micro-fibre bag made from recycled plastic bottles. The Kleveland II is a definite improvement upon its predecessor, proving the point that the original is not always the best.

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Giro Contour RS

Price: £120 / €150 / $170

The all-new Contour RS is stacked with the same crisp clarity, plush comfort, world-class performance and stylish design as Giro’s original Contour goggle, but with a more refined silhouette that’s best suited to women (or men with a smaller-than-average face).

At first glance, you’d be forgiven for assuming these goggles don’t offer quite the same field of view as some of the bug-eyed, fighter-pilot-esque competition. Don’t be fooled, though – peripheral vision is dictated primarily by the profile of the frame, rather than the shape of the lens, and the Contour RS combines a sleek, frameless design with Giro’s state-of-the-art Expansion View Technology+.

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Giro Contour RS here

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Giro Ella

Price: €199.95, £180, $190

Boasting Giro’s new impressively wide EXV field-of-view tech, the Ella is a women’s specific model for medium and smaller faces that comes in a variety of funky designs.

All of Giro’s lenses this season have their patented VIVID lens technology made in partnership with ZEISS® Optics. It specifically improves the visual experience on snow by enhancing contrast and definition. It does this by manipulating light to let in contrast-enhancing blue light, while also blocking harmful UV light. Sounds pretty cool eh?

VIVID reduces eye strain, improves reaction time, boosts confidence, and delivers precise
vision without colour over saturation. As well as taking advantage of this optic tech, the Ella also has Giro’s Quick-Change magnetic-assisted lens system, EVAK Vent Technology for breathability, and triple layer face foam and fleece for comfort. A certain knockout combo for any female riders looking to upgrade their goggle game this season.

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Giro Index 2.0

Price: €129.95, £115, $120

The Index 2.0 is a completely new style this season specifically designed for riders to be able to comfortably wear prescription glasses under their goggles. The Index 2.0 features sophisticated over-the-glasses technology, with a finely crafted interior having extra volume to better accommodate all shapes and sizes of spectacles.

As well as this, the temple cutouts for eyeglass arm pieces ensure glasses will comfortably fit all around the head. I’m as blind as a bat without my glasses, so knowing these goggles have been specifically designed to allow me to wear them feels fantastic.

The Index 2.0 also has Giro’s VIVID lenses with Optics by ZEISS® for enhanced clarity, anti-fog coating, as well as a double layer face foam with microfleece to ensure comfort. Surely the first point of call for glasses-wearing shredders this season.

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Melon Akira

Price: €130

Melon Optic’s latest edition to their snow goggle line – the Akira. The freshly introduced goggles offer quality performance at a relatively low price point of €130, making them a more affordable option when on the hunt for a new pair of goggles.

Featuring a SONAR lens, developed in partnership with Zeiss, the goggles provide for a unique patented optical filter to keep bad rays out and let the good rays in meaning you’ll get a top-level contrast and depth perception through a diverse range of weather conditions.

The goggles also feature an EasyMAG Lens Change System, so changing the lens will only take you a few seconds. For added comfort, the goggles also come with a triple-layer face foam, with Superior sweat absorption plus an ultra-soft lining.

Like the rest of the Melon goggles, the Akira’s too can be customised to your preference. Choose your favourite colour and design for the strap, lens and frame from the multiple possibilities offered on the webiste.

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Oakley Fall Line

Price: £174

Directly inspired by the mountainous downhill line from which it takes its name, Oakley’s Fall Line model takes this verticality and applies it to its cylindrical lens styling. Inspired by their popular Line Miner series, the Fall Line combines a large field-of-view provided by a cylindrical lens with a rimless goggle.

The Fall Line uses Oakley’s innovative Prizm lens technology to make sure you always have the best optics for whichever conditions you find yourself in. The different lenses Oakley have on offer are purpose-built for specific wavelengths of light you’ll encounter up the mountain, and they have various options for when it’s bright and sunny, or overcast and snowy.

The rimless goggle also has a simple keyway lock system to ensure lenses are secure and can be swapped out easily when conditions change. Coming in a few different sizes and a large variety of colours and designs, the Fall Line is another great goggle from Oakley.

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Oakley Flight Deck

Price: £183

Through both its name and its design, the Flight Deck instantly conjures up images of Top Gun-style fighter pilot helmets. It’s exactly what Oakley are wanting you to think. The Flight Deck is directly inspired by those helmet visors so that you’re always zeroed in on your targets.

The Flight Deck utilises a toric lens with a massive field-of-view. Like all of Oakley’s lenses, it has UV protection, Prizm lens technology for differing weather conditions and an anti-fog coating.

The goggle is also eyeglass compatible and its rimless frame design provides increased visibility and improved helmet compatibility. It’s so good that it might even work for fighter pilots. The Flight Deck may not make you look like Tom Cruise, but it will damn sure make you feel like him.

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Oakley Flight Path XL

Price: £153

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The Flight Path was released last season to rave reviews, an amalgamation of new concepts and tried and tested Oakley tech make it one of the hottest goggles on the market, this is your brand-new widescreen TV for the mountain, and it’s comes equipped with full high-definition capabilities.

At its core the Flight Path is a goggle for aggressive alpine riders or those who’d really make the most of the extended upper FOV, but thanks to the incredible adaptability of Prizm lenses, there isn’t a rider out there who won’t be able to reap the benefits from a pair.

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Oakley Flight Path XL here

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Oakley Flight Tracker

Price: £147

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The Flight Trackers are an everyday kind of goggle, the frame’s been designed to offer max peripheral view, with the lower corners pulled down to give a more direct line of sight for scouting landings or spotting that patch of ice before it’s too late.

Drawing inspiration from the classic Canopy goggle with its oversize lens and full frame, the Flight Trackers are built with a VIP access-all-areas pass to the mountains. Whether you’re scouting freshies on a bluebird, getting down and dirty carving on the rolling corduroy, dipping through the trees with flat light or finishing the day with a sunset session in the park, the Flight Trackers will handle it all with aplomb.

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Oakley Flight Tracker here

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Oakley Line Miner Ståle Sandbech

Price: £137

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One of Oakley’s signature models, the Line Miner has been updated this season so the goggle is closer to the face than ever before. This, combined with Oakley’s cylindrical lens, means that this season’s Line Miner has the largest field-of-view the model has ever had.

Oakley’s cylindrical lens has a flat, low-profile lens geometry that tapers only horizontally, allowing for incredible downward and side-to-side periphery with the Line Miner being a lot closer to the face. The goggle also utilises Oakley’s High Definition Optics that create a precise contour in the lens which provides optically correct geometry and clarity.

The Line Miner has an O-Matter frame, meaning its soft and pliable, and so easily conforms to the contours of individual faces. With its triple-layer moisture-wicking polar fleece lining, the Line Miner is also super comfortable for those long and lovely powder-filled days.

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Shred Amazify

Price: €149.95, $149.95

In 2020, Shred became one of the first goggle companies to completely eliminate all traces of plastic from their goggle packaging. This season they’re taking it up a notch. They have introduced the Bigshow Recycled line for three of their key goggle designs; the Smartefy, the Monocle, and the Amazify.

84% of this line’s goggle straps are made of recycled plastic bottles and approximately 170 bottles are recycled per every 100 goggles made. It’s a great step in the right direction that we hope other goggle companies will take notice of.

The Amazify is also one of Shred’s premium model ranges this season. It has a massive goodie bag of great features, including a lot of cool new optic tech such as Shred’s Contrast Boosting Lens which enhances image contrast and definition for all weather and light conditions. With 12 different design models, the Amazify does exactly what its name sets out to do.

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Shred Monocle

Price: €99.95, $99.95

Despite its misleading name, the Shred Monocle is tough, versatile, and more than just a single little glass lens. Just like the Amazify, it has a Bigshow Recycled model, as well as Shred’s Contrast Boosting Lens (CBL) technology.

As well as the CBL tech, certain models of the Monocle also have Shred’s NoDistortion tech, which involves pressure regulation valve technology that provides crystal clear vision during altitude change. Both of these, combined with Shred’s commitment to maximising field-of-view, makes for a great optical experience on the mountain.

The Monocle also has hydrophobic treatment on its vents to reduce clogging from snow
or water and help prevent fogging. Shred’s ability to be more green in their constructive approach while also pushing their goggle tech into new territories is really impressive, and the Monocle is a definite result of that.

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Smith Moment

Price: €140, £129.99

The Moment is a new women’s style for Smith this season. Combining the wide field-of-view provided by a cylindrical lens with Smith’s ChromaPop lens technology, the Moment is more than just its cheesy romantic product name. It’s actually a solid goggle choice for female riders this season.

Smith’s ChromaPop lens tech amplifies natural colour and enhances definition by filtering out two specific wavelengths of light that can cause colour confusion. It sounds complex, but it makes seeing in the bright white of the mountains far easier by making everything look more defined and sharp.

The Moment is specifically designed to accommodate a smaller face, and it takes advantage of Smith’s Responsive Fit frame that adjusts to your face for a precise and comfortable fit. It won’t take you more than a moment to decide this google is a great choice for this season. (Sorry, I know that one was pretty bad…)

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Smith Proxy

Price: €170, £149.99

Smith’s Proxy model features lenses from their spherical series. It does create the chance of making you look like an insect with massive bulbous eyes. But these spherical lenses provide a really wide and unimpeded field-of-view, so we think it might be worth the risk.

The Proxy has Smith’s colour-amplifying and definition-enhancing ChromaPop lens technology along with the spherical Carbonic-x lens for distortion-free optics and impact resistance. It also features Fog-X anti-fog inner lens for fog-free performance and TLT lens technology for crystal clear vision.

It fits medium sized faces and Smith’s ingenious Responsive Fit frame ensures it’ll provide a comfortable and precise fit. Like all of Smith’s goggles, the Proxy is designed for ultimate integration with Smith helmets, making finding that perfect goggle-helmet pair all the more easier.

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Spektrum Östra

Price: £164 / €189

We hear a lot about recycled waterproof zips and sustainably sourced wood cores in the snowboard industry. But what about goggles? They’re a part of virtually every rider’s setup, and there’s undoubtedly a lot of plastic and other synthetic materials going into every pair. Well, then, feast your eyes on these bad boys: the Spektrum Östra Bio Premium Goggles. These are (we’re pretty sure, anyway) the most sustainably produced goggles on the market.

The frame of these goggles is produced from a plant-based plastic derived from castor oil. Along with the injected dye colour in the frame, they’re about as eco-friendly a pair of snowboard goggles (or ski goggles, depending on who’s reading…) you could strap onto your head this season.

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Spektrum Östra here

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Zeal Lookout x The Backwoods Fellowship

Price: $249

In an epic teamup that consists of the brands Zeal, Weston and Smartwool along with the artist John Fellows and the National Forest Foundation, The Backwoods Fellowship is attempting to raise awareness about wildfires in the States and raise money to restore areas of their national forests through some awesome looking products.

Zeal’s additions to the collaboration were four new goggle designs; two for their Beacon model and two for their Lookout model. All feature some awesome strap art from Fellows, whose unique rustic style works perfectly on a Zeal goggle.

The Lookout we have pictured is cylindrical in shape and features Zeal’s Everclear Anti-Fog and Permashield Hardcoat. It’s a rimless design with polarized lenses that fits medium faces. We could go more into the technical stuff, but we’d rather let you know that this is a great goggle that’s helping a great cause, so it’s definitely a great choice this season.

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