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Best Snowboard Goggles For 2020-2021 | 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 2020 / 21, 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.

Best Snowboard Goggles 2020/2021

 

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Anon | Dragon | Giro | Melon Optics | Oakley | SHRED. | Smith | SunGod | Zeal

The Best Snowboard Goggles For Winter 2020/21


Zeal Beacon Goggles

PRICE: £215

Google defines Zeal as “great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.”

After writing well over 3,000 words on goggles at this point, you’ll forgive us if we don’t show maximum zeal in our look at the Zeal Beacon. That’s not to say the goggle doesn’t deserve the highest level of praise, it’s just that, quite frankly, we’re absolutely knackered. Change your name to Azeal next year and, we assure you, there’ll be no problem.

What makes the Zeal Beacon so good then? What makes it worthy of inclusion in our Whitelines 100? Well, to be absolutely fair on it, quite a lot actually. It’s a very good goggle.

The big standout feature is the groundbreaking, potentially game-changing, ‘Observation Deck Technology’. The tilted cylindrical lens allows you to see more of the line below you while simultaneously eliminating glare. Offering unrivalled views of the mountain scene beneath the rider, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why they called it ‘Observation Deck Technology’. As Zeal put it on their website: “Get ready to change your perspective on winter forever.”

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 Zeal Beacon Goggles here

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Anon WM3 Goggle MFI

PRICE: £225

We told you in the intro that goggles had progressed to something beyond what used to constitute a google. Take the Anon WM3 Goggle MFI + Face Mask, for example. The MFI stands for ‘Magnetic Facemask Integration’ and works by bringing together the goggles and the included face mask with, you guessed it, magnets. This gapless setup, which doesn’t obstruct that all-important ventilation, is good because it really seals out the elements.

This women’s specific design is built to fit a slightly smaller face, has Magna-Tech quick lens change technology (there’s eight points of connection so it’ll stay secure to your face), and a Perceive lens which serves up high contrast vision and terrain defining clarity. Also, you get a bonus lens thrown in for good measure. Life’s alright, sometimes.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 Anon WM3 Goggle MFI here

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Anon M4 Goggle Toric Polarized

PRICE: £300

In the UK, the M4 is a motorway that runs from west London to southwest Wales. In the world of snowboarding, the M4 is an excellent goggle from Anon (go figure). Featuring Magna-Tech quick lens change technology, which utilises magnets and eight points of connection for superb retention, we’d argue that switching up your lens tint has never been so simple.

Shoutout to the Perceive lenses used here by the way (you get a bonus one). They provide high-contrast vision and terrain defining clarity. Big ups must also go to the MFI stuff, the no-slip silicone straps, and the ‘Over the Glasses’ compatible frame; designed to accommodate the spectacle wearers among you.

Brace your eyes for some seriously good all-mountain vision with this wide FOV masterpiece that probably, almost definitely, isn’t named after that big road we mentioned earlier.

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Dragon PXV2 Goggle

PRICE: €239

With more strap colourways than we’ve had hot dinners, we could just say “take your pick from the 17 billion aesthetically-pleasing options and get going”. We could do that, but we won’t.

These things have Dragon’s rapid-fire Swiftlock Lens Technology for maximum adaptability in changing light conditions, they have patented frameless technology, they have a premium injected panotech lens, they have a super anti-fog coating (because regular anti-fog coating is for losers whose wives cheat on them), and they have armoured venting that makes clearing out snow packed vents as easy as hurling on a waltzer.

These large goggles with 100% UV protection, triple layer face foam with hypoallergenic micro fleece lining, and silicone strap backing come highly recommended. Get them on your face.

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Dragon RVX OTG Goggles

PRICE: N/A

Remember how earlier in this very listicle we stood before you and made Dragon’s Swiftlock Lens Technology seem like it was the best thing since sliced bread? Well, forget that. Forget everything you thought you knew about goggles because the Dragon RVX OTG has the next iteration of Swiftlock Lens Technology – Swiftlock 2.0 – built into it.

Swiftlock 2.0 is like Swiftlock but better. The RVX OTG has a one-sided lever that’ll instantly release the lens. With this set-up, you’ll be able to adapt to changing light conditions quicker than those F1 turnips can get their tyres changed. Engineering improvements mean that the Swiftlock 2.0 allows for RVX OTG to be ‘Over The Glasses’ compatible (without sacrificing comfort, goggle fit, or peripheral vision. Nice touch, that.

Elsewhere on the goggle, it’s the standard but very good Dragon roll call of features. We’re talking about patented frameless technology, premium injected cylindrical lens, super anti-fog coating, armored venting, 100% UV protection, triple layer face foam with hypoallergenic micro fleece lining, silicone strap backing and helmet compatibility.

Including this excellent product in the Whitelines 100 was a real no brainer.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-21 Dragon RVX OTG Goggles here

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Dragon DX3 OTG Goggles

PRICE: N/A

The Dragon DX3 OTG looks like the kind of goggles you’d draw as a kid (we mean that as a compliment, honestly). It’s got that classic goggle aesthetic which makes us nostalgic for the not so distant past. It’s there in the shape, it’s there in the chunky reassuring presence of its frame, it’s there in its general… vibe; a throwback Thursday with some mod-cons chucked in for good measure.

Thermal-formed cylindrical lens, ‘Over The Glass’ compatibility, super anti-fog coating, 100% UV protection, dual layer face foam with hypoallergenic micro fleece lining and helmet compatibility; it’s not a rocket ship, but it is a very decent snowboarding goggle.

As with the other Dragon goggles listed, it features Dragon’s exclusive LumaLens technology. This technology is designed to deliver superior colour vividness, enhanced clarity, and improved depth perception. The LumaLens is also about reducing eye fatigue. One other way to reduce eye fatigue, of course, is to not spend literally all your time reading about goggles.

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Giro Agent Goggles

PRICE: N/A

Still here? Still reading about goggles? Alright. Fair play. We’re not here to judge. This, right here, is the Giro Agent. This is the place where style meets performance. This is a sleek goggle with expansion view technology, and an infinity lens design. This is the good stuff.

Like with other Giro goggles, the Agent features Giro’s very good anti-fog coating – designed to keep your vision clear, and your riding fully on point. The Agent also features EVAK Vent Technology. Made from a properly durable, non-absorbent, foamy material, EVAK vents reduce the chance of fogging by releasing moisture while simultaneously creating a barrier from the troublesome elements.

Brought kicking and screaming into the world at Giro’s test lab in Scotts Valley, California, this groundbreaking frame design will make you feel like you’ve an extra set of eyes adjacent to your existing ideas (unparalleled peripheral vision, baby). Shaved down frame rims, frameless zones, and a massive spherical lens coming together in the best possible way here.

The Infinity lens is responsible for the dead nice frameless look. The lens flows over the goggles edges, eliminating the traditional frame and making for a vastly improved FOV. It also makes the Agent look all all modern and cool which is, let’s face it, almost as important as everything else.

Vivid, the patented les technology used here and developed in partnership between Giro and Zeiss Optics, is claimed to improve your experience on snow by elevating the contrast and definitions. It’s all a bit complex and science sounding but it essentially boils down to blue light manipulation through letting in contrast enhancing blue light. It does this all while blocking out that harmful UV light, leaving you to focus on what’s important – the sweet, sweet, line.

Anything else? Well, they’re OTG (Over The Glasses) compatible, and have triple-layer face foam with microfleece. OK. Think that’s all the essentials covered. Nice bit of kit, this.

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Melon Optics Parker Goggles

PRICE: N/A

If you’re all about the action sports and spent any time on social media in the summer just gone, you’ve probably seen mountain biking legend Rob Warner pushing Melon right up in your grill. And, you know what, fair play. They make good gear. Better to have that video plastered all over your ‘gram than, say, your mum endlessly sharing Aunty Acid memes.

Roundabout way to kickstart a brief discussion of the Melon Optics Parker that but, please, bear with us as we stand here before you with a megaphone and shout “the choice of straps on these goggles are some of the most bawler goggle straps we’ve ever seen” (see: ‘Leopard’, ‘Tropical’ ‘Snakes Ltd Edition’, ‘Marble’ and ‘80s’ just for starters). Goggles aren’t purely a style thing, of course, but if they were Melon would definitely be smackdowning hard on the competition.

Moving away from matters of the aesthetic, these goggles also have all the practical features you could possibly want – Smart Venting System’, ‘Triple Face Foam’, ‘100% UV Protection’, ‘Anti-Fog’ performance and ‘Switchfast Strap System’ (perfect for those who love all the different strap styles, and who want to wear a different one on every single day of their shred trip).

Pair these up with some Zeiss-patented Sonar lenses and you’re in for one hell of a wild ride. They use a unique patented optical filter that keeps the bad rays out and lets the good rays in. This results in world class contrast and depth perception, right through a variety of conditions.

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Oakley Flight Tracker XL Goggles

PRICE: £112

With enhanced FOV in the lower corners, the Oakley Flight Tracker has been put together with freeride-focus very much in mind. Whereas the Oakley Flight Path, following consultation with a Norwegian ski racer, is all about improving things in the wearer’s upper FOV the Flight Tracker enhances things down below. They’ve done this to make it easier for snowboarders and skiers to look low and, if they’re good enough to be pulling such stuff, spot landings while sending it.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 Oakley Flight Tracker XL Goggles here

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Oakley Flight Path Goggles

PRICE: £187

If you’re a snowboarding ultra, try not to let the fact Norwegian World Cup alpine ski racer Aleksander Aamodt Kilde was involved in this product’s development put you off. They have an enhanced upper FOV, and are designed for rippers who like charging in an aggressive, tucked-in, position (yes, we know, they sound very ski racer-ish… that’s because they are).

It’s still a very good goggle, and has a build free of view-blocking rims; utilising the clever Ridgelock EV Lens System for quick and easy lens changing. It also has Oakley’s Prizm Lens Tech which has been engineered in a way that’ll enhance how you see contrast on the mountain.

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SHRED. Simplify + Goggles

PRICE: N/A

For people who think life is complicated enough already, there’s the SHRED. Simplify. No fussing. No faffing. This is just a really well performing snowboarding goggle, one that provides a wide field of vision in a cylindrical, borderline frameless, lens package.

The SHRED.wide design maximises FOV, while the 1-2-3 SHRED Replacement System makes switching your Contrast Boosting Lenses a very easy to learn three step process. The SHRED. Simplify is also, it’s worth pointing out, compatible with prescription glasses.

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SHRED. Rarify Goggles

PRICE: $200
Comfortable on the face? Dream-like fit? Large spherical lens that murders flat light and eliminates tunnel vision? Pinch us, already We must be dreaming.

The Rarify, like other SHRED. goggles, comes with two lenses included – a “sun and cloud” lens and a “snow and overcast” lens. These are both Contrast Boosting Lenses (CBL), and feature a NoDistortion technology designed to enhance contrast and image definition.

The SHRED.wide design maximises field of view, making it easier to scout out the rad-looking lines and ride them at your highest performance level.

The SHRED. Rarify is also OTG compatible.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 SHRED. Rarify Goggles here

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SHRED. Nastify Goggles

PRICE: £120

Despite having one of the worst product names on this list (Nastify?!), be sure not to judge this item before giving it a fair chance to prove itself. It’s a decent goggle. Simple, sure. But also functional, comfortable, and view-enhancing. Despite its smaller fit, this thing definitely doesn’t skimp on the FOV stuff. They’ve essentially been engineered by SHRED. to maximise your field of view (it’s called SHRED.wide).

Other things to write home about here include the Contrast Boosting Lenses (CBLs) – enhancing image contrast and definition – and NoDistortion feature (a sort of pressure regulation technology that helps to maintain clear vision during changes in altitude).

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Smith Squad MAG Goggles

PRICE: N/A

The Smith Squad MAG is one of those goggles that immediately makes you sit up and say “Yeah. That’s a good goggle, that.” It’s just got something about it, you know?

The MAG system consists of six magnetic contact points and two locking mechanisms, with a simple push lever system allowing for rapid lens transfer at a moment’s notice. Worth pointing out, just to be clear, that your Squad MAG purchase comes with two interchangeable ChromaPop lenses (one for use in bright light, the other for use in low light).

With AirEvac integration technology and a 5X anti-fog inner lens, you don’t have to worry about getting lost behind the cursed goggle fog of days gone by. A luxurious triple-layer DriWix face foam and a bunch of stylish colourways round things off nicely.

Join a squad. Join the Smith Squad.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 Smith Squad MAG Goggles here

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Smith I/O MAG Goggles

PRICE: N/A

The I/O MAG is another seriously good lens from Smith.

Just like with the Squad MAG, it’s packing the extremely efficient MAG lens change system (there’s magnets involved, which help to make the switch-up time short and sweet). We’re also into the Spherical Carbonic-x lens set-up, one that Smith claims delivers “distortion-free optics” and superior impact resistance.

Lens-wise, you’re once again looking at a double ChromaPop situation (one for bright light, and one for low light) and a 5X anti-fog inner lens. You’re also looking at a comfort-enhancing three-layer DriWix face foam – a feature which wicks moisture away for a fog-free experience. We’re also really into that properly chunky, properly wide, silicone-backed strap.

Smith has described the experience of wearing these “like flipping the switch from regular to windscreen.” With the view-enhancing properties on offer, we’re inclined to agree with them.

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SunGod Vanguards Goggles

PRICE: £110

Look. We’re not going to use some nerdy analogy here where we say “These goggles are like being bitten in the eyes by a radioactive hawk.” But also, in another way, that’s exactly what we’re going to do. These goggles, SunGod claim, “offer 20% more vision.” – meaning that wearing them is, well, sort of like being bitten in the eyes by a radioactive hawk.

How does it work exactly? Well, first off, there’s a dual-layer cylindrical design. This cylindrical design is half the battle won with the close, engineered, proximity between lens and face sealing the deal. Obviously, that Sungod claim is pretty outlandish but we can see the logic behind it and definitely believe the brand when they describe the Vanguards as their best goggle yet.

Built from impact-resistant polycarbonate, SunGod 4KO snow dual-layer cylindrical lenses serve up the business when it comes to elite-level peripheral vision. There’s also a 3X scratch-resistant coating that we find particularly reassuring (especially useful when the beers are flowing, and you’re playing a classic old game of ‘chuck your goggles on the floor at every available opportunity’).

Every goggle company, of course, likes to tell us their lens-changing system is the easiest and most efficient to use. Sungod are no different although, to be fair, their SunGod Clip-Lock Technology really does make switching up your lenses to fine-tune your vision for the light conditions an absolute doddle.

There’s some smartly implemented anti-fog vents here that are worth drawing attention to. They’ve been designed to optimise airflow through a foam-lined reinforced frame, meaning that no matter how hard you push yourself you’ll still be able to see those idyllic mountain views.

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Zeal Portal XL Goggles

PRICE: £239
Go big or go home. That’s the thinking behind the Zeal Portal XL – a very literal expansion on Zeal’s award-winning Portal. As goggles go, it’s a product that basically boils down to the age-old question “What if Zeal Portal, but more Zeal Portal?”

The Portal XL’s absolutely enormous vista viewing potential, and generally expansive field of vision, really needs to be seen to be believed (yes, it’s that good). The goggles also feature the patent-pending vertical Rail Lock System; a system that makes changing your lenses a very quick, very easy, walk in the park.

The Portal XL features Zeal’s Optimum Polarized lens options and comes with a bonus Persimmon Sky Blue Mirror included with every purchase. Throw ‘Over The Glasses’ compatibility, ‘EverClear Anti-Fog’, ‘100% UV Protection’, ‘Permashield Hard Coat’ and ‘No Slip Grip’ into the mix and it’s clear you’re onto a winner.

In the words of Zeal, “the mountains just got larger.”

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