Best ski goggles under $100 dollars
There is a huge variety of ski goggles on the market below $100, made by different brands. The best ski goggles at this price will be made by one of the top ski goggle brands such as Smith, Oakley or Anon. These high end brands also make more affordable ski goggles too, and these are the ones to look out for.
Choosing the right equipment for a ski holiday is one of the great challenges of the sport. Is it worth spending the extra money for slightly better quality skis/ better quality gloves/ better quality goggles? On a ski holiday there is always more money to be spent on something, and there are plenty of different ways to spend money. Unfortunately, it is just one of those sorts of hobbies.
The great thing about picking ski goggles is that there are many options to pick from at different price points, depending on how much you want to spend and how high tech you need or want your ski goggles to be. Generally speaking, the quality of ski goggles and how advanced the technology used in them is quite well reflected in the price, even across brands. Each different brand of ski goggles has their own unique technology, each of which trying to achieve the same outcome – clear vision on the mountains, prevent the lens from fogging up, and to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun or the flection from the snow.
‘Ski goggles under $100’ is quite a large bracket and encompasses a wide range of different options. There are some fantastic ski goggles at the $100 mark, and as you can imagine there will be a noticeable drop in quality of the product if you drop the price point to $50, this is why it is essential to decide how much you actually want to spend, as it will make your choices much easier.
At the $100 price point you will probably miss out on some of the key optical technology found in the most expensive goggles, however for Smith and Oakley you will still get treated to Chromapop and Prizm respectively, which are these two brands’ special lens technologies.
What are the best ski goggles under $100
It is very difficult to find a better pair of goggles at this price than the Smith Squad goggles. These goggles have a Chromapop lens which is Smith’s lens technology to amplify colour and contrast in the mountains as you speed down the slopes. The Smith Squad lens is a cylindrical lens as opposed to a spherical lens found in more expensive goggles. Admittedly they don’t look quite as cool as the spherical lenses found in the Smith I/O series, however in terms of functionality, there is not too much difference between the two lenses. The spherical lenses doesn’t distort your vision quite as much as the cylindrical lens does, but from my experience, this is a minor difference and is one area you can save a lot of money in if it doesn’t bother you.
The Smith Squad still comes with two lenses to help you perform at your best in whatever the snow and light conditions are each day in the mountains (because they change a lot). You will have one ‘every day’ lens which is a happy medium between overcast conditions and sunny conditions, and you will also get a lens more suited to skiing in cloudy conditions and in flat light where it is difficult to see clearly.
Read the article Smith Squad full review to find out more information about these goggles, and if they are the goggles that suit you.
Anon Helix 2.0
Known as OTG goggles, the Anon Helix 2.0 are goggles designed to fit over a pair of glasses. If you need to wear your glasses in order to see while you are skiing, OTG (over the glasses) goggles are absolutely essential. There is no getting around the necessity of buying these goggles. Normal fitting goggles just wont fit over your glasses. If you don’t normally wear glasses while you ski, I wouldn’t really advise buying these goggles because of their design.
Aside from the build of these goggles, these goggles have fantastic anti-fogging technology called ‘Full Perimeter Channel Venting’ to remove moisture that builds up inside the lenses while you are out enjoying yourself on the mountains. The cylindrical lens gives clarity and contrast in colours for any conditions with the extra lens that is included. Although the cylindrical lens is not considered to be as good as a spherical lens for clarity of vision on the slopes, the inclusion of the cylindrical lens in these goggles is one of the reason they are cheaper than they otherwise be, and is one of the trade offs for a better price.
Read the article Anon Helix 2.0 full review to find out more information about these goggles, and if they are the goggles that suit you.
Although Spy as a brand isnt known for making the top of the range ski goggles packed full of the latest and leading optics technology, this is not to say they don’t make fantastic mid-range goggles that are more than sufficient for the average day on the slopes for skiers and snowboarders. With an extra lens included, these goggles prepare you for the full range of conditions on the slopes. Like other goggles at this price range, there is anti fogging technology included in the goggles meaning you shouldn’t get too much moisture build up on your lenses as you ski. As you might imagine, this anti-fogging technology will not be as good as what you find on the most expensive goggles, however I found that at this price, it offered as good as, if not better than its competitors.
In comparison to other goggles, the Spy Ace as a slightly smaller field of vision than I would like. The process of lens changing in these goggles is quick and easy, and shouldn’t cuase you too mcuh hassle.
Read the article Spy Ace full review to find out more information about these goggles, and if they are the goggles that suit you.
As with each of the other ski goggles on this list, the Giro Scan comes with the essential anti-fogging technology, cylindrical lenses and a big bonus for these goggles in particular is how comfortable the foam is on your face. Giro has incorporated what it calls Expansion View (EXV) Frame Design into the Giro Scan ski goggles when gives a better field of view and better peripheral vision than you would otherwise, to make sure you are able to take all of your surroundings in, to keep you safe as well as to appreciate the full scope of the view from the top of the mountains!
An advantage of buying Giro goggles is that they are specifically designed to be compatible with Giro helmets. Giro make some fantastic ski helmets, so if you already own one or are considering buying one, these Giro Scan goggles with fit seamlessly with Giro helmets.
Read the article Giro Scan full review to find out more information about these goggles, and if they are the goggles that suit you.
Oakley Line Miner XM
As you are probably fully aware if you have any prior skiing knowledge, Oakley are one of the leading ski goggle makers in the world. They make high tech, durable ski goggles at a range of different prices. The Oakley Line Miner XM is at the lower end of the goggles available from Oakley, with some of their top of the range ski goggles selling for $250. This doesn’t mean these are a bad pair of goggles, quite the opposite actually. Oakey have included the same Prizm technology in these more affordable ski goggles as they have included in their most expensive ski goggles, so you can be assured that these goggles will be good quality and certainly provide a lot of the optical technology and value you need on the slopes.
With a cylindrical lens as opposed to a spherical lens which is found in some of the more expensive goggles made by Oakley, these goggles don’t quite come with the same anti-fogging technology that the likes of Oakley flight deck XM comes with, these goggles do still have an anti-fogging layer on the inside of the lens to help prevent the lens from becoming too misty and to lessen condensation. At the time of writing, these goggles do not come with a free spare les, though it is possible to purchase spare lenses for varying conditions.
Read the article Oakley Line Miner XM full review to find out more information about these goggles, and if they are the goggles that suit you.
What is the best brand of ski goggles?
There are several excellent quality ski goggle brands available, some of which I have written about in my reviews below. The main and best quality ski goggles available tend to be made by Smith, Oakley & Anon. These brands made some very expensive models of goggles, but also some much more affordable models of ski goggles, as discussed below.
Do you really need goggles for skiing?
The short answer to this is yes, definitely. Though you might see some people skiing with sun glasses on exceptionally sunny days with no wide, this is by far the exception and not normal. Personally, I have never skied with sunglasses, in part for full protection from the glaring UV light from the sun, but also just for protection from the snow and the wind. The mountains are a notoriously windy place, so you need to make sure you are able to see clearly enough and to make sure you don’t get any snow blown in your eyes.
Do beginners need ski goggles?
Again, my answer to this question is yes, definitely. As a beginner skier you will likely be falling down on the snow an awful lot. You will ned goggles for protection from the sun and also to prevent any snow getting in your face. You could find yourself getting a very cold face quite quickly if you choose to wear sunglasses instead of ski goggles, and the sunglasses will more than likely become foggy quite quickly.
Can you rent goggles at a ski resort?
It is very hit or miss as to whether a ski rental shop with rent ski goggles or not. Alongside gloves and ski socks, ski goggles are generally one of the first things that holiday makers purchase for themselves. My advice would be to assume most ski rental shops do not rent out ski goggles, though it may be worth a quick phone call to a few shops to find out, just to make sure.