Updated June 2017
After a legendary winter in Tahoe, we wrapped up our goggle review, including a slew of options ranging from the most breathable, to the best overall, to the best buy for your buck. We've sifted through the contenders to bring you the best for any type of adventure. The Oakley Airbrake remains our Editors' Choice winner for another year, while Smith Squad Chromapop and Dragon NFX steal the spotlight as new award winners.
Best Overall in the Fleet
Oakley Airbrake Prizm
Easy lens changing system
Solid protection and durability
Includes high and low light lenses
No quick release strap
The Oakley Airbrake Prizm
was chosen as our Editors' Choice and once again, it takes its place at the top of the podium. Others in our test lineup compared favorably in some ways, like the great optics of the Oakley Flight Deck
, or the Dragon NFX
for overall protection and comfort. Other Smith contenders placed towards the top, but the Airbrake scored high enough marks in all categories to take the top prize. In addition to top performance, the ease of swapping lenses guaranteed this pair will be a favorite. Check out the Oakley Airbrake MX
, which includes new colors and a redesigned nose construction.
Read full review: Oakley Airbrake Prizm
Best Bang for the Buck
Smith Squad ChromaPop
Offers excellent durability
Comes with a few lenses
With its affordable price tag and performance-oriented features, the Smith Squad
is our pick for Best Value. While there are more stylish goggles (which is, of course, subjective) choices in our test lineup, the Squad is a more classically styled model that had comparable function and performance to some of the pricier models. For the lower, non-bank-busting price, the Squad is fully featured and has several options for frame and strap colors, as well as replacement lenses.
Read full review: Smith Squad Chromapop
Top Pick for Resort Riders
Bold, sleek, and shiny, with an armor-like build to boot, the Dragon NFX
is our pick for skiers and snowboards who are looking for solid protection at the resort. The NFX has a futuristic appearance, especially when paired with the available red Ion lens and its brilliant mirrored finish. Due to the substantial construction of the NFX, it may not be suited to the backcountry, but shines (literally) at your favorite resort.
Read full review: Dragon NFX