8 Things To Know When Buying Ski Goggles

The choices are plenty. Here's how to choose the right ski goggles to suit you for your days on the slopes of Niseko.

Ski Goggles

Having the right goggles is as important as the right jacket and pants.

The choice of ski goggles on the shelves can be overwhelming to say the least. If you’re a first-timer, then it’s even more confusing as to which goggles are right for you. To solve this dilemma, here are a few handy hints to keep in mind when you hit the shops to get yourself the perfect pair of goggles for a great season on the slopes of Niseko.

Lens Colour

When choosing a lens colour, its important to select based on the conditions you will be in, not which one matches your outfit better. Different colours exist to filter light in different ways to ensure you have the best visibility possible. Many styles are available in various lens options and have interchangeable lenses which is great for changing weather and various ski destinations in your trip. For example, yellow, blue and rose best suits flat light when it's snowing or foggy. Save your eyes from glare with mirrored or polarised lenses.

Lens Shape

Cylindrical, or flat lenses, perform well for a generally lower price point. They optimise your peripheral vision with a lens that curves horizontally while remaining flat vertically. Spherical lenses on the other hand, mimic the curvature of the eye to give a more natural view. With increased volume within the lens, it also reduces the chance of fogging.

Face Foam

Foam helps to keeps you comfortable on the slopes for a number of reasons. The foam creates a barrier between you and the elements keeping wind, rain and snow well away from your eyes. It also wicks moisture away from the skin. The more layers in the foam the better for good comfort and performance.

Snowboarding goggles
  • Lens colour matters: brown is ideal for sunny days.

Helmet Compatibility

It's a good idea to bring along your helmet when buying your goggles so you can try them together to make sure they work seamlessly. You want to ensure the frame fits in harmony with your helmet or vice versa. Keep your goggle straps in place by getting a pair with a rubber track along the inside of the straps which will grip to your helmet.


Foggy goggles are not only annoying but also dangerous with your visibility decreased as you ski or snowboard. Choose goggles with an 'anti-fog' coating inside to minimise condensation. Another good idea is to go with double lenses that discourage moisture from forming when you breath out warm air into the lens area.

UV Protection

Most goggles, no matter the price have 100% UV protection which is great peace of mind considering UV intensity increases with altitude. Prevent damage to your retinas and eye fatigue or strain by protecting your eyes from harmful UV Ray's with the use of goggles. And don't forget the sun's rays are still harmful even when the sun isn't showing.

Articulated Hinges

To ensure the goggles are comfortable across your face while wearing a helmet, ensure the strap is attached to the frame via a hinge rather than one that is attached directly to the frame. This freedom of movement allows pressure to be evenly distributed across the face for extra comfort.


Goggles with venting is best so that you can prevent fogging giving you a clear line of vision always. Be mindful that the vents are compatible with your helmet style though so that no vents end up being blocked. If you are wanting some serious next-level defogging and ventilation you could always try goggles with battery powered fans that move air and defog!