Part of the best day out on the slopes is having the right gear. Without it, you could never enjoy the day as much. Would you try playing tennis with a badminton racquet?
Probably not, and that’s because you can’t enjoy a sport without using the correct gear. And using the correct ski wear is no different. By using the right pair of goggles, you’re going to enjoy the day, keep your eyes safe, and have a great experience no matter the conditions.
But have you ever shopped for your own pair of the best women’s ski goggles? Do you know what to look for? Based on what we see out there on the slopes, if you answered ‘no’, then you’re in good company.
It seems not many people know what they should expect from their ski goggles. Ladies, let’s get one thing straight. If you don’t know what to expect, that’s fine. But after this article, you’ll be fully clued up on what you need to know.
You’ll understand tints, fog coating, venting, triple-foam layering, lens shapes and styles, plus you’ll understand if any of that even matters to what you wear on your face.
We’re going to make sure you find the best women’s ski goggles for when you’re out on the slopes.
Why Ski Goggles are Important
Ask anybody on the slopes why they wear their ski goggles, and you’ll get a range of answers but the most important reason behind wearing goggles is to protect your vision.
Imagine driving in your car, flying down the motorway, but you have no windscreen. Imagine how much risk you are putting on your eyes with all the stuff that could fly up into them.
That is what it’s like shooting down a slope with no eye protection. Slush, ice particles, rocks, and other debris could fly up into your eyes with nothing to stop them.
The other way that ladies ski goggles protect your eyes is through the tinting and UV protection. The sun can cause your eyes plenty of strain and stress. Did you know you can actually get sunburn on your eyes? It’s true, and we’ll get into that a bit later on.
But if you’re going to buy ski goggles, make sure that you pay close attention to what the lenses can do for your eyes and protecting it from the sun.
Any of those other reasons; warmth, fashion, or wind protection is just secondary to the real reason of safeguarding your vision.
The Best Women’s Ski Goggles to Buy
Here’s our list of the best pairs of ladies ski goggles we’ve found online. We’ve skewed these goggles to be aimed for beginners and intermediate skiers. We haven’t included any pair that is too expensive or too outrageous with features. Start out with any of these pairs, and you’ll have a great experience on the mountain.
If you’ve ever been into a ski shop or been skiing, you’ll have seen the Salomon brand before. Salomon are one of the biggest names in ski wear and equipment, known for providing quality products.
With smart airflow technology, the lenses are kept fog and moisture free and offer a wider field of vision with the cylindrical lens.
The Sense women’s goggles are available in white with black lenses or black with a purple lens.
As a brand, Oakley are synonymous with quality eyewear and Oakley ski goggles are no different, often worn by top professional and keen skiers alike.
The Two Matte ski goggles are a great pair of high quality goggles that come in at an affordable price.
Triple layer foam ensures that the goggles will stay comfortable on your face for an entire day on the slopes, while the double vented frames prevent fog build-up.
The Roxy brand is great for personalised products to suit women’s needs. This Day Dream pair of goggles is no exception to their perfect line of ski gear.
The cylindrical shape provides a distortion-free view of nearly 180 degrees around you. The lens is also treated with an anti-fog coating that doesn’t wipe off.
We also love that the lens is shatter-proof preventing any nasty injuries to your face should you fall over during your runs. And of course, you’re getting 100% UV protection for your eyes from all UVA and UVB rays from the sun and the snow reflection.
Next on our list is the OutdoorMaster ladies’ edition of the Pro ski goggles. As a basic guide, we’ve included the grey tint lens, with a VLT rating of 10%. This is perfect for those picturesque sunny days when the whole mountain stretches out in front with limitless potential.
We love these goggles because they include the option to change out the lenses should that perfect sunny day turn cloudy or snowy. This spherical goggle style is also perfect for those needing glasses as it is also an OTG goggle design.
If you wear a helmet, it’s also incredibly helmet friendly, so you can be comfortable all day without feeling pressure on your face.
The cylindrical lens is the real start of this Giro pair of ski goggles. It’s been tested and perfected to give you the maximum amount of view all around you.
Expect nothing less than perfect vision due to the Expansion Technology, a specific design that Giro uses to enhance your view even on the edges of your goggles. The anti-fog coating and the 100% UVA and UVB protection should give you the peace of mind that you require from your goggles.
We also love that Giro specifically designed this mid-size pair of ski goggles for women. It conforms to the shape of your face and the triple-layered foam keeps the whole thing secure and comfortable all day.
We were so impressed by this pair of the Zionor that we had to include it on the list. One of the first things we were drawn to was the sheer size of the goggles. The wide, large frame gives you an unrestricted view of everything around you. You don’t even notice the goggles after a few minutes of wearing them.
The interchangeable lenses are also a big plus. The lens is held fast to the frame with powerful magnets. This keeps them securely in place, but also makes changing the lenses out incredibly easy. Snap on a darker or lighter tint for a different condition. It’s that simple.
The 100% UV protection, unique anti-fogging coating and the polarised lenses give you maximum vision with minimal strain on your eyes. We are super impressed with the venting system in this pair as well, effectively wicking away the moisture and hot air so that you keep a clear view no matter what’s going on outside.
To finish off our list, we included a slope favourite, the Smith brand. Smith knows how to provide the best optics on the field, and they know what you need for the best run. The Riot ski goggles are perfect for those wanting to invest in a solid pair that will last a few seasons.
The technology behind these lenses makes it so that you don’t lose anything in distortion or restricted views. You always get superior vision due to the anti-fogging and exclusive TLT lens technology to maximise your peripheral views.
The cylindrical lens also is easy to change out to a new lens for a better tint when the conditions change. And that’s good because the sheer number of lens options that Smith puts out will meet any condition you encounter on the slopes.
The Different Types of Ski Goggle Lenses
We want to show you some of the features that a good pair of goggles will include that you should demand from your purchase.
This is the biggie. It’s the main component of your goggles and should be the driving factor behind your purchase. Spend a good amount of time looking at your lenses and what you need from them.
Having trouble deciding on a tint for your lens? It’s no wonder since they come in all types of colours. But it’s not about choosing a colour that will match your jacket. Each colour tint performs a different task, and you need to decide based on three factors.
- Weather (Sunny, Cloudy, Early Morning…etc.)
- Activity (Downhill Skiing, aggressive snowboard park tricks, tree skiing…etc.)
- Terrain (flat cross country, smooth runs, bumpy moguls…etc.)
Take some time deciding what type of skiing you’ll most likely do, and that will determine your colourised tints.
Lighter tints like amber, gold, or rose can be perfect for filtering out blue light. That highlights the features on the ground during low light conditions. You can more easily see the bumps even in shadowy or cloudy conditions.
Darker tints, like dark green or brown, work for bright, sunny days. You can reduce the amount of actual sunlight coming into your eyes and reduce the strain of having intense focus during a sunny day.
Flash, or mirrored, glasses do the same, reflecting the natural sunlight off the lens and only letting in a small percentage of natural light to reduce strain.
But all of these tins base their performance of a rating called VLT.
What is VLT?
VLT, or Visible Light Transmission, is a percentage of the amount of light let in through the tint. Higher numbers like 75-85 allow much of the natural light to come through the tint, which is perfect for cloudy or blowing snow. Lower numbers start around 15-20, and they are meant for sunny days or bright conditions with lights.
The VLT rating is a much easier way to understand tints rather than trying to remember which colour you need for your day.
Some snowboard goggles have a lens that ‘transitions’ from light to dark, depending on the natural light. These are photochromic lenses and they save your eyes during changing conditions. Not sure if it’s going to be sunny or cloudy? Doesn’t matter. As long as you have these lenses on your goggles. That’s pretty cool tech.
But many of the best ski goggles for women include interchangeable lenses. It may come with one set of lenses, but should you need to change them out for a sudden patch of sun in the middle of the day, you can simply click out the old pair, and change into a new lens that suits a bright, sunny sky. Interchangeable lenses make for a much cheaper option than owning several different pair of goggles.
Many skiers and snowboarders forget that much of the light isn’t just coming from the sun but also reflecting off that gleaming, white snow. Reduce glare by wearing polarised lens. They filter out the reflected light by cancelling out the light waves of a reflected sun. It makes an incredible difference to what you can see on the ground if you’re wearing polarised lenses.
UV Protection of Ski Goggles
There’s no option but to ask for 100% UV protection. Most goggles will offer UVA and UVB protection, which is good because you can get photokeratitis, or more commonly known as sunburn on the eyes. It can cause snow blindness if you aren’t careful.
Yes, it can happen. And yes, many skiers forget that just because it is cold doesn’t mean the sun can’t burn your eyes. Always protect them with adequate UV protection.
Anti-Fog Women’s Ski Goggles
Your goggles will fog up on your face. That’s just science, but each brand does a different form of anti-fog protection. Some will offer more room between your face and the glass. Some will coat their lenses with a coating that prevents condensation. Some will have double-layered lenses that form a barrier between your warm face and the cold air.
Different Styles of Women’s Ski Goggles
Your goggles will come in some style, and we’re torn between which is better. It’s going to come to your preference, so choose wisely what you would like on the runs.
This is a flat piece of lens that’s wrapped around your face. The cylindrical shape keeps most of the view undistorted and the overall effect is a clear view of everything in front of you and most of what is around you.
What you lack in peripheral view, you make up for with less distortion and a clear, flat lens that is easy to clean and maintain.
The spherical lens is a bubble-shaped lens that provides wide, unrestricted perspective that gives better peripheral vision. Some companies compensate for the distortion that happens at the edge of the “bubble” by aiming the light towards your eyes.
They may take some getting used to, but the spherical shape is also best for anybody needing to wear glasses on the slopes.
There is a design called OTG or Over The Glasses, that some companies offer. If you need to wear your glasses, this is probably your best option. You could also get prescription ski goggles, but they are prohibitively expensive, and not worth it as a beginner or intermediate skier. While many OTG goggles are spherical, there are flat, cylindrical shapes as well for those who would prefer that view.
Warm air collects inside the goggles, so you need to vent that air out to prevent it from fogging over. Good goggles include holes or slits to vent out the warm air. Look for adequate venting if you are expecting to be exerting yourself at all. Good airflow is key, even on the harsh, cold days.
Some hi-tech versions of goggles come with included cameras above the bridge of the nose. They record your run so you can show it off, or experience it again later.
If you’re planning on trying out some more extreme skiing, you might want to invest in goggles that include padding and guards. You protect the bridge of your nose and your face with guards that absorb the blow from a nasty fall, should you need it.
We want to provide you with every opportunity to get out there and enjoy the experience of skiing. If you’re wearing the best ski goggles for women, then we’re pretty convinced that you will have a great experience on the slopes. Happy skiing!