Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Ski Goggles

Bolle Gravity with Modulator Light Control Lens

82

2017

Bolle Gravity with Modulator Light Control Lens

The Bolle Gravity is a fixed-lens goggle that adapts to changing lighting conditions.

Oakley Flight Deck XM with Prizm Torch Irid Lens

86

2017

Oakley Flight Deck XM with Prizm Torch Irid Lens

The Oakley Flight Deck XM is one of the larger "medium-sized" goggles with rimless lens design and a large nose opening.

REVO Wordsmith

82

2017

REVO Wordsmith

The Revo Wordsmith is a frameless goggle design with a panoramic photocromatic lens that adjusts to light and dark conditions.

Spy Raider

82

2017

Spy Raider

The Spy Raider is a flexible-frame goggle with a good ventilation system and moisture-wicking.

Optic Nerve Cortez with Nastek Saturn Lens

83

2017

Optic Nerve Cortez with Nastek Saturn Lens

The Optic Nerve Cortez with Nastek Saturn lens is an oversized fixed-lens goggle with an impressive venting system. 

Bolle Virtuose

89

2016

Bolle Virtuose

The Bolle Virtuose interchangeable lens goggle features Bolle’s 1-Click change system.

Scott Linx

85

2016

Scott Linx

The Scott Linx goggle features a spherical lens, smaller-frame, and Scott’s adjustable Fit System.

Optic Nerve Boreas 3.0

85

2016

Optic Nerve Boreas 3.0

The Boreas 3.0 isOptic Nerve’s new interchangeable lens goggle with NASTEK lens.

Smith I/OS

83

2016

Smith I/OS

The Smith I/OS is Smith’ssmall-frame interchangeable lens I/O goggle with Smith’s new ChromaPop lenses.

Electric EGX

82

2016

Electric EGX

The Electric EGX goggleis a cylindrical goggle with Electirc’s press seal interchangeable lens system.

Spy Ace

81

2016

Spy Ace

The Ace is Spy’slower-priced interchangeable lens goggle with Happy Lens technology.

Bolle Nova II

88

2015

Bolle Nova II

The second edition of Bolle’s popular Nova frame, the Nova II has a large frame, one lens, Flow-Tech venting, plus anti-fog and anti-scratch treatment.

Oakley Canopy

83

2015

Oakley Canopy

The Oakley Canopy is a large-frame goggle that comes with one lens but has many customizable options.

Zeal Forecast with Automatic Lens

82

2015

Zeal Forecast with Automatic Lens

The Zeal Forecast is a low-profile, single-lens goggle fitted with an “Automatic lens” that adjusts to light conditions.

Marker 3D+ OTIS

79

2015

Marker 3D+ OTIS

The Marker 3D+ OTIS is an interchangeable lens goggle with impact-protection foam and “3rd eyelid” coating.

Smith I/O 7

80

2015

Smith I/O 7

The I/O 7 is Smith’s top-of-the-line goggle updated for the seventh anniversary of the original I/O.

Electric EG3

85

2015

Electric EG3

The Electric EG3 is an oversized goggle with lenses that exchange without any knobs, switches, or clips. 

Oakley Flight Deck with Prizm Lens

90

2015

Oakley Flight Deck with Prizm Lens

The Oakley Flight Deck is Oakley's oversize, rimless, single-lens offering with optional game-changing Prizm lens. 

Scott Off-Grid

84

2015

Scott Off-Grid

Scott’s single-lens mid-size goggle with the frame-adjusting “Fit System” distinct settings on each side of the goggle to provide a customized fit.

Bosky Bioplastic Snow Goggle

80

2015

Bosky Bioplastic Snow Goggle

The Bosky Bioplastic Snow Goggle features a plant-based biourethane frame and hemp ventilation system. This is Bosky’s first entry into the snow goggle market.

Spy Bravo Goggles

85

2015

Spy Bravo Goggles

While not the best interchangeable-lens system on the market, the Spy Bravo Goggle performs admirably in most conditions.

Dragon Alliance NFX

89

2014

Dragon Alliance NFX

The Dragon Alliance NFX is hands-down the best interchangeable lens system I’ve tested.

Bolle Emperor

83

2014

Bolle Emperor

The Bolle Emperor is a great mid-size goggle in a market flooded with huge frames and expanded views. The spherical lens does a good job expanding peripheral vision but doesn’t give the full 180-degree view that Bolle claims.

Smith Vice

91

2013

Smith Vice

Smith's Vice will compete with (and likely perform superior to) any goggle in its category.

Oakley O2XL

88

2013

Oakley O2XL

Oakley produces a solid goggle in the O2XL in an affordable price range.

Zeal Tramline

88

2013

Zeal Tramline

You will likely be happy with the Tramline, especially if you splurge for the exceptional Automatic lens.

Scott LCG

87

2013

Scott LCG

Scott's LCG is very comfortable eyewear.

Optic Nerve Boreas

81

2013

Optic Nerve Boreas

Optic Nerver's Boreas is value-priced, although at the expense of some features.

POC Retina Big Goggle

77

2013

POC Retina Big Goggle

POC has a great concept with a frame that is medium-sized on your face but fits an oversized lens in a slim frame. The problem is that the lens is so close to the face that it fogs easily and, despite its great clarity, also scratched far too quickly.

Smith I/OX Goggle

81

2013

Smith I/OX Goggle

Smith’s unique over-the-frame lenses provide a great field of view but are not as easy to change out as one might think. This goggle didn’t fog and performed well in a variety of conditions.

Arnette Skylight Goggle

83

2013

Arnette Skylight Goggle

The lenses in this goggle are exceptionally clear and provide superior definition in a variety of conditions. The dome shape isn’t too large and the peripheral vision is great but the frame is a bit soft which led to the lens popping out at inopportune times.

Oakley Airbrake Snow Goggle

87

2013

Oakley Airbrake Snow Goggle

A very good goggle that stands out for its versatility in varying conditions. The lenses didn’t fog and provided great optics, and changing lenses was insanely easy. The main drawback was its limited peripheral vision.

K2 Photometric Goggle

84

2013

K2 Photometric Goggle

This is a solid showing for K2s first goggle, providing good but unexceptional performance—but a great value. It is a base-model goggle without the features of higher-end models but provides good visibility in a stylish package.

Shred Soaza

77

2012

Shred Soaza

"Sick goggles bro," says the Liftie. But do they perform?