Look as good as you see.
If we gave goggles awards, the frameless Lid ($200) would have taken home top honors. It’s Scandinavian industrial design at its zenith. Everything is stripped away except an optically superior cylindrical lens with a massive field of vision. Fit and function are unmatched.
Finally, changeable lenses you can operate on the lift—in a whiteout. Simply push the LCG’s ($185) lever down (even with a gloved thumb), remove the dark lens, and replace with a spare. It takes about 30 seconds. Another standout feature: the lens case fits in your pocket.
Oakley O2 XL
The new oversize 02 from Oakley ($90) offers a cylindrical lens, three-layer foam padding, and a silicone-beaded strap—for a price you can justify to your spouse. We found the light-amber Fire lens to be good in everything from flat light to midwinter sun.
The Focus ($60) isn’t quite as fancy as the other goggles here, but it fits great, is a screaming deal, and pairs well with a wide range of helmets. Perfect for your teenager or as a backup pair.
Marker Projector Plus
The Projector Plus ($159) has everything we look for in premium goggles—interchangeable spherical lenses, ample peripheral vision, and maximum comfort. Plus, it features Marker’s new lens treatment, which resists scratching and thumbprints. We didn’t drag a key across the lens to test the hardness (give us time), but it did stay remarkably smudge-free.
Smith I/O Dr. Bob Smith Edition
With detail-enhancing optics and mucho peripheral vision, the I/O ($175) is a perennial tester favorite. This version is a tribute to the late Dr. Bob Smith, the company’s founder and the father of modern double-lens ski goggles.
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