The better you see, the better you ski. It's that simple.
An adjustable fit system to relieve pressure points, three layers of foam for comfort, and a low-distortion spherical lens with a big field of view—the Linx ($160) has all that and is priced right, too. It also looks pretty sweet, the lenses never fogged up, and the subtle mirroring kept the terrain tack sharp.
Shred’s founder, gold medalist Ted Ligety, is a no-B.S. kind of guy. The Smartefy ($180) embodies that spirit: the spherical lens is sharp, the flexible frame is impervious to cold temps, and the lens-change system is old-school but works easily enough (if you’re inside, that is).
Smith I/O 7
Smith reinvented its standout model once again. The lens on the rimless I/O 7 ($225) is far easier to swap out—just lift and twist a single metal lever—and we also found that it fit better, fought fog more effectively, and somehow offered better optical clarity. The real kicker, especially for guys like me who trash at least one lens a season: it comes with a replacement.
Oakley Flight Deck Prizm
There’s no fancy electronics, but the new Flight Deck Prizm ($200) might be the highest-tech pair of goggles on earth. The frame is a marvel, offering massive peripheral vision. But the real story here is the new Prizm lens: it eliminates the visually useless colors from the spectrum, so changes in terrain and snowpack stand in sharper relief.
Anon M2 Pollard Pro
Swapping a new lens into the M2 ($240) is like magic—no levers, no notches, just thunk, it’s on. That’s because the optically sharp lens is attached with eight magnets. It’s one of the best designs we’ve ever tested. It takes just the right amount of finger pressure to release the lens from the frame and about two seconds to pop a new one in.
With the Compass ($150), you get a crisp, durable spherical lens that’s as distortion-free as far pricier models. So where does the cost savings come from? Fewer doodads: think two layers of foam instead of three, no lens-change system, and less free hinging in the strap. Try them on with your helmet at the shop to make sure they mesh.