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The Best Anti Fog Ski Goggles 2021 Helpful Guide

best anti fog ski goggles

Ski goggles that fog up can ruin any ski day. If you can’t see the slopes, you can’t ski at your best. We need clear vision to bomb ski runs. Are you sick of foggy goggles? You should be. High performance ski goggles are designed to not fog up. You don’t need to constantly wipe fog out of your goggles or take them off when you can’t see. Let’s look at the top 9 best anti-fog ski goggles available today so you can look and ski your best.

Anti-fog coatings, dual pane lenses, and good ventilation are important characteristics for anti fog performance. A good set of ski goggles and every goggle reviewed here will have all 3. Fit, comfort, and style are also important. Find the pair of ski goggles that fit you best and have the appearance you want.

Below are our top picks for best anti fog ski goggles. Keep reading for detailed reviews, more ski goggle information and FAQ.

Top Pick

Oakley Airbrake XL Snow Goggles

Editors Choice

Smith I/O Mag Snow Goggle

Best Value

ZIONOR X Ski Snow Goggles

The top 5 best anti fog ski goggles

Top Pick

Oakley Airbrake XL Snow Goggles

  • Low-profile frame design provides increased visibility and improved helmet compatibility,
  • Rigid exoskeleton with flexible O Matter faceplate conforms to your face comfortably, even in extreme cold
  • All-day comfort of triple-layer face foam with moisture wicking polar fleece lining

Summary

The Oakley Airbrake XL Snow Goggles are a great high performance ski goggle. These goggles have a great field of view, ventilation, and comfort. The lenses are easily swapped and 2 are included.

Their ventilation and dual pane lenses are good at resisting fog. They only give up a little to the best in class Smith I/O Goggles.

The Oakley Prizm technology helps refract light with higher definition. You can see more definition of the snow and surroundings with a prizm lens than with the naked eye. The field of view with the Airbrake design is one of the best out there. Although you can see the frame around your nose while wearing them. This is especially noticeable with white frames.

These goggles really shine in the comfort department. The 3 layer foam combined with fleece lining makes them feel good even on a long ski day.

The great anti-fog performance and comfort makes this our top pick for best anti-fog ski goggle.

Ski Goggle Specifications

  • Sizing: Large
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: No
What We Liked
✔️ Fleece lining makes them comfortable
✔️ High clarity of prizm lens
✔️ Includes 2 lens
What We Didn’t Like
Goggle nose piece is large. Some users can see air gaps above nose
Easily scratched lenses

Editors Choice

Smith I/O Mag Snow Goggle

  • The Smith I/O MAG combines the quick and secure Smith MAG interchangeable lens system with ChromaPop lens
  • VISION: Smith MAG interchangeable system, Includes bright light and low light ChromaPop performance lenses
  • FIT: Medium it, Responsive Fit frame design, QuickFit strap adjustment system with clip buckle

Summary

The Smith I/O Mag Snow Goggle is a great high performance goggle. The I/O goggles have been around for many years and a proven solid performer. The new magnetic lens swap system makes them even better. Their anit-fog performance is the best out there.

These goggles have great venting that keeps the moisture out. When combined with a Smith helmet with compatible vents it works even better. They will stay fog gree on the most humid April lower mountain day at Whistler. You may not be able to see because of the fog, but your goggles will be clear.

The Smith I/O Mag Snow Goggles are one of the best ski goggles available today. I personally have been using I/O’s for years. They have been the best goggles I’ve ever owned for anti-fog, clarity and field of view. They are among the best ski goggles in almost every category.

Ski Goggle Specifications

  • Sizing: Available in Small, Regular and XL
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: Yes (XL)
What We Liked
✔️ Magnetic lens swapping
✔️ High definition Chromopop lens
✔️ Most goggles include 2 lens
What We Didn’t Like
High cost
Easily scratched lenses

Best Value

ZIONOR X Ski Snowboard Snow Goggles

  • Top Clarity View: Panoramic designed ski goggles with optimized anti-fog & UV protection
  • OTG Snow Goggles: Suitable for prescription glasses underneath
  • More Safety and Solid – Ruggedized lens with ZIONOR special EDT (Enhanced Durability Tech)

Summary

The ZIONOR X are one of the best low cost ski goggle options out there. These goggles have anti-fog coating, good ventilation, swappable spherical lenses. They are a fraction of the cost of a pair of goggles from Smith or Oakley.

The anti-fog performance of these goggles worked well. They have solid ventilation to keep the moisture out. Their anti-fog coating and dual pane lenses were effective.

These goggles are available in a variety of lense tints and extra lenses are available. The spare lenses currently cost within a couple dollars of a set of goggles.

The ZIONIOR X are a great low cost option for anti-fog ski goggles. If your unsure about spending the amount needed for Oakley, Smith or Anon goggles, these are a great value.

Ski Goggle Specifications

  • Sizing: Medium fit
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: Yes
What We Liked
✔️ Low cost
✔️ Good anti-fog performance
✔️ Swappable lenses
What We Didn’t Like
Frame durability
Easily scratched lenses

Best Under $100 Ski Goggle

Smith Squad Snow Goggle

  • The Squad XL is Smiths largest cylindrical goggle. ChromaPop lens innovation for crystal clear vision.
  • VISION: Cylindrical carbonic-x lens, Includes bright light and low light ChromaPop performance lenses.
  • FIT: Medium/large fit, Responsive Fit frame design, Dual-slide strap adjustment system, 3-layer DriWix face foam.

Summary

The Smith Squad Snow Goggle is a good performing goggle at a lower price point than their I/O line. The Squad still has excellent Chromopop lens technology and great anti-fog venting. The lens swap system is not as slick or easy as goggles with magnetic systems.

The Chromopop lens technology from Smith Optics gives high definition light refraction. You can differentiate colors easier and see better than with the naked eye. Squad goggles all include 2 lenses in a variety of combinations. These goggles have great ventilation and anti-fogging when combined with a Smith helmet. They won’t leave you unable to see on warm humid days.

The Smith Squad goggles are a solid option for anti-fog ski goggles. They come at a lower price point than other Smith I/O goggles but keep most of the high performance features.

Ski Goggle Specifications

  • Sizing: Medium fit
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: No
What We Liked
✔️ Good ventilation and anti-fog
✔️ High definition Chromopop lens
✔️ Extra lens included
What We Didn’t Like
Lenses scratch easily
Lenses take some effort to swap

Best Frameless Ski Goggle

Oakley Flight Deck Ski Goggles

  • Rimless frame design provides increased visibility and improved helmet compatibility
  • Flexible O Matter chassis conforms to your face comfortably, even in extreme cold
  • All-day comfort of triple-layer face foam with moisture wicking polar fleece lining

Summary

The Oakley Flight Deck Goggles are a stylish high performing ski goggle. These goggles have a swappable lens. You can have lenses for flat light skiing and other conditions. The goggles only include one lens. We would prefer 2 lenses for the high cost of these goggles.

The Oakley Prizm technology helps refract light with higher definition. You can see more definition of the snow and surroundings with a prizm lens than with the naked eye. The Oakley F3 anti-fog coating is one of the best performing in the industry. Combined with good venting, these goggles have great anti-fog performance. These goggles feel very comfortable thanks to the thick triple layer foam.

The Oakley Flight Deck Goggles are one of the best performing ski goggles today. They are high cost and we wish that a second lens was included for the money. If cost is no issue these are great ski goggles.

Ski Goggle Specifications

  • Sizing: One size fits all
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: Yes
What We Liked
✔️ Rimless design for increased visibility
✔️ Great anti-fog performance
✔️ High definition visibility from PRIZM lens
What We Didn’t Like
Easily scratch lenses
Only one lens included
skiing towards the fog

Anti Fog Ski Goggles FAQ

Q: What makes a good pair of anti fog ski goggles?

A goggle with good anti fog performance will have good ventilation, an anti-fog coating and dual pain lenses.

Ventilation

Ventilation helps your ski goggles stay clear and fog free. The vents allow the moist air inside your goggles to leave. A good flow of dry air into the goggles goes a long way towards keeping your goggles from fogging.

Many ski helmets have vents that direct airflow into the ski goggles. Goggle ventilation works much better as a system with ski goggles. If you have a mismatched helmet and goggles, it is possible for the helmet to block the goggle venting.

Anti-fog coating

The lens coating is another weapon your goggles have in their fight against fogging. The anti-fog coating helps prevent water droplets from condensing on the lens. There are anti-fog coatings available to add to your goggles if they don’t have any.

Dual Pane Lenses

Dual-pane lenses are another feature that helps prevent fogging in our ski goggles. They allow for a thin dead air space between the layers that helps regulate the temperature of the lens. This allows the lens closer to your face to be warmer so that water droplets don’t have a cold surface to condense on.

Q: How do I keep my ski goggles from fogging up?

When we ski during flat light conditions we need to be able to see. Goggles that keep fogging make it impossible to see while skiing in foggy or overcast flat light conditions. Bad habits such as touching the inside of the lens will fog even the best anti-fog goggles. Here are a few tips to help keep your goggles from fogging up.

  • Keep moving. Goggle ventilation doesn’t work when you are stopped. Even skiing slowly will quickly remove the moisture from your goggles.
  • Don’t rest your goggles on your forehead or helmet. People love doing this for chair lift rides. Your helmet or hat will have snow or moisture on it. It’s a great way to get moisture into your goggles which will make them fog.
  • Don’t touch the inside of your goggle lens. Touching your lens will affect the anti-fog coating and make it not work. If you wipe the inside of your goggle lens you will have fogging the rest of the day no matter what you do after that.
  • Keep the vents clear. If you fall, make sure your goggle vents aren’t full of snow. Ventilation works great at defogging goggles but only if air flows through it.

The below video has some good tips on how to prevent your ski goggles from fogging.

Q: Does anti fog spray work for goggles?

Anti-fog sprays and wipes can help keep fog from forming on your goggles if they have no anti-fog coating. Most ski goggles these days have a permanent anti-fog coating from the factory. Spraying them with anti-fog spray is not necessary. If the lenses are scratched and have been touched a lot the coating may be worn down. If your lenses are scratched up it may be time for new goggles or a new lens anyway.

Q: What is the best brand of ski goggles?

Smith, Oakley, ANON, and Giro are some of the most popular and best ski goggle brands. They all have advanced lens technology for better clarity and great anti-fog performance. They have matching helmets with vents to improve the anti-fog performance. You really can’t go wrong with goggles made by these brands. POC and Spy are also very strong brands.

Q: What is the best ski goggle lens for all light conditions?

You need ski goggles with a VLT (Visible Light Transmission) appropriate for the lighting conditions. A goggle with low VLT is good for really bright days. A goggle with high VLT is good for flat light and night skiing. Choosing a mid-range VLT of around 20% can work for most days. You might find it not dark or light enough for the brightest and most overcast days. Photochromic lenses can change their VLT as the light changes.

VLT for ski goggles table

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My name is Doug Ryan. I am an adventure sports fan and an avid skier, sailor, mountain biker who also enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and travel. I take any chance I can get to get out in the snow or water.  I actively run an adventure sports meetup where I get asked many questions.  I decided to start Gear Craver as a way to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for adventure sports their gear.

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