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Got a ski holiday on the horizon? You'll need a quality pair of ski goggles to protect your eyes when you're hitting the slopes. But with wrap-around goggles, full face helmets, prescription inserts and over-the-glasses options to consider, it can be hard to track down the perfect pair. To save you from endless goggle googling, we've consulted the Mumsnet forums to put together a selection of the best ski goggles to wear whether you're hitting the nursery slopes or tackling black runs.
Here are the best ski goggles to buy in the UK.
1. Best overall ski goggles: Outdoor Masters Ski Googles Pro
Price: £35 | Buy now from Amazon
These goggles are great value. And they look the part too with their frameless styling. They feature an interchangeable lens system so you can swap lenses to take you from day to night and pack different lenses for changing weather conditions (sold separately). They offer 100% UV400 protection and come with a wide, strong strap that is compatible with helmets. You can wear your own prescription specs under them too.
- Type of lens: 100pc UV400, anti fog
- Lens colour: Mirrored and interchangeable
2. Best budget ski goggles: Bollé Freeze Matte Black Ski Goggles
Price: £27 | Buy now from Amazon
"Bollé is a good make - mine have citrus lens (as do DH and DS) and they've been fantastic (used them for 8+ years)" - SparkleandShine
Bollé is a respected name in the ski world, and it's worth scouting around for deals on their already very competitively priced eyewear. We love these unisex goggles for their sleek design, discreet branding and brilliant price. This understated style is a good pick for teens.
- Type of lens: Anti-Fog, CAT.3 (good weather) anti-scratch
- Lens colour: Grey
3. Best ski goggles for kids: Decathlon Lugik Ski/Sledge Mask
Price: £9 | Buy now from Decathlon
"My DD has cheap Decathlon goggles and they’ve lasted a few years now" - Melassa
These funky little goggles have been designed for babies and toddlers aged 12 to 36 months, and are perfect for your child's first foray into snowy climes. They have 100pc anti-UV lenses and a wide visor to stop the rays getting in round the sides, too. The adjustable elastic band fastener will ensure the goggles stay in place no matter what your toddler puts them through. Brilliant value, too.
- Type of lens: 100pc anti UV, category 3
- Lens colour: Clear
4. Best over-glasses ski goggles: Outdoor Masters OTG Goggles
Price: £26 | Buy now from Amazon
Another great value pair of goggles from Outdoor Masters. This model is specifically designed for glasses wearers as the goggles can sit comfortably over your own prescription eyewear. Suitable for adults and kids, they have 100pc UV 400 protection and an extra long strap so you can get a great fit, even over helmets.
- Type of lens: UV400, anti-fog
- Lens colour: Various colours available
5. Best prescription ski goggles: Rapid Eyewear Universal Ski and Snowboard Prescription Adapter
Price: £10 | Buy now from Amazon
Although you can get prescription goggles and glasses made up at your opticians and specialist stores, a universal insert will give you much more flexibility when it comes to choosing your ski goggles and helmets. This universal prescription ski goggle insert will fit most regular- to large-sized skiing goggles - you'll just need to get an optician to add corrective lenses (up to a strength plus or minus 4.5 SPH). Doing it this way is typically cheaper than buying specialist prescription goggles.
- Type of lens: Prescription
- Lens colour: Customisable
6. Best luxury ski goggles: Smith 4D Mag Snow Goggles
Price: £250 | Buy now from Smith Optics
Spendy but gorgeous to look at, these sleek goggles are made by a huge name in ski equipment. With a choice of frame colours, and various interchangeable lenses (for an additional cost) these Smith goggles are super-hi tech with their innovative 4D MAG™ lenses that offer a wide field of view and sharp optics. Easy change lenses mean you can change your goggles to match the weather and light conditions and the QuickFit strap adjustment gives you the perfect grip according to your face and nose shape.
- Type of lens: Bright and low light Chroma-pop
- Lens colour: Various
7. Best rimless ski goggles: Oakley Flight Deck Goggles
Price: £193 | Buy now from Snow + Rock
Available in eight snazzy colourways, these rimless goggles by Oakley deliver good looks from a trusted brand name. With a wide, branded strap to keep them firmly in place whether you’re strutting your stuff on the nursery slopes or off-piste and a flexible chassis so they’ll move with your body. These luxury goggles feature Prizm lenses. And with some brilliant tech and research behind them, they're a great buy.
- Type of lens: Patented XYZ Optics®. Anti-fog
- Lens colour: Various
8. Best low light ski goggles: Megeve Cat 2 Lens Goggles
Price: £80 | Buy now from Tog24
These colourful goggles have lenses designed to give superior visual performance in low light, with double lens styling and an anti-fog coating. The low profile design also means greater visibility, and a wider field of vision. Inside, they feature a triple layer moisture wicking insulated fleece, so you don't have to deal with a sweaty face on your way down the mountain if you are prone to overheating. They're helmet compatible, too.
- Type of lens: Anti-fog, and treated for low light
- Lens colour: Clear
9. Best night skiing goggles: SunJuly LED Night Vision Safety Goggles
Price: £19 | Buy now from Amazon
These look spectacularly high tech and futuristic, and kids will love them (they are sized for all ages). They offer an ergonomic design, have a wide vision lens, and an all-important pop-up light for night skiing. The LED light runs off batteries and emits a cool blue beam in the dark.
- Type of lens: Anti-fog
- Lens colour: Anti-blue, light up
10. Best photochromic ski goggles: Smith Chroma Pop Ski Goggles
Price: £220 | Buy now from Amazon
These Smith goggles have bright light and low light ChromaPop performance lenses with an anti-fog inner lens and TLT (tapered lens technology) for crystal clear vision. The responsive fit frame features Smith’s excellent QuickFit strap system for the perfect fit, and also comes with three layers of DriWix face foam to keep your face comfortable and dry. They offer a helmet-compatible fit and they can be used with other Smith lenses too.
- Type of lens: Chroma-pop bright and low light lenses
- Lens colour: Various
Why do you need to wear ski goggles?
Goggles are an essential bit of kit for any ski holiday, regardless of your level of skill or ability. They not only offer protection from the sun, wind and glare but they can also help prevent damage to your eyes should you fall, or ski into branches, or another skier. Combined with a well-fitting helmet, they are the most important part of your safe skiing kit.
What features are needed in a pair of ski goggles?
At the very least, you need a pair of well-fitting, comfortable goggles with full UV protection. If you are new to skiing, you should try as many pairs as possible to get a feel for what style works best for you. Consider too whether you need to find goggles that allow you to wear your own prescription specs underneath, or if you have specific eye issues that will affect your choice.
Which ski goggle lens colour is best?
A lot of the goggles we looked at have changeable lenses, and it is usually advised you pick your lens colour according to the conditions and light. A solid mirrored finish with help minimise glare, while dark grey, brown, or a dark rose tint are advised for generally bright conditions.
What are the best ski goggles to buy?
Based on online reviews, price and features, we chose the Outdoor Masters Pro Interchangeable Ski goggle as our top pick.
How we chose our recommendations
Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which ski goggles discerning Mumsnet users had bought. We compiled a list of ski goggles they recommended for being worth the money, stylish, and effective to use. We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which ski goggles had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites and print media, and what customer reviews said about them.
Having collated all that information, we picked the ski goggles we thought would make the best buys.
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