-40%

VISION Snow Goggles + Bonus Lens

Wide field of view, anti-fog coated, optional polarized lens
$66.99 $111.99
Beige Strap VLT 9% Silver Lens
White Strap VLT 9% Silver Lens
Black Strap VLT 13% REVO Blue Lens
Blue Strap VLT 13% REVO Blue Lens
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-28%
$117.98 $164.98
Black
Grey
White
-22%

PRO Snow Goggles + Lens Bundle

Magnetic Interchangeable Lens, Anti-Fog Coated & Polarized Tech
$69.99 $89.99
Black-Grey Frame VLT 10% Grey Lens
Rose Frame VLT 17% Rose Lens
Black-Grey Frame VLT 15% Blue Lens
Black-Grey Frame VLT 18% Grey Lens with Full REVO Green
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-26%

PRO Snow Goggles

20+ Different Lens Magnetic Interchangeable Lens System
$44.99 $60.99
Black-Grey Frame VLT 10% Grey Lens
Black-Grey Frame VLT 15% Blue Lens
Black-Grey Frame VLT 15% Colourful Lens
Black-Grey Frame VLT 18% Grey Lens with Full REVO Green
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-34%
$39.55 $59.99
VLT 10% Sliver Lens
VLT 99% Clear Lens
VLT 75% Polarized Yellow Lens
VLT 15% REVO Blue Lens
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-25%

Eco-friendly Snow Goggles

Pro Plus Series - Limited Edition
$59.99 $79.99
VLT 75% Yellow Lens Polarized
VLT 60% Blue Polarized
VLT 20% Green Polarized
VLT 45% TAC Purple
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-52%

Eco Polarized Lens (for Pro model)

Innovative TAC sustainable material & in-house 3x effective anti-fog coating
$32.99 $69.99
VLT 75% TAC Yellow Lens Polarized
VLT 60% TAC Blue Polarized
VLT 20% TAC Green Polarized
VLT 45% TAC Purple
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-25%

PRO Replacement Lens

For Goggles Pro Series - 15+ Different Lens
$24.99 $39.99
VLT 12% Sapphire
VLT 10% Grey
VLT 12% Rose
VLT 13% Gold
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PRO Snow GogglesPro VISION Snow Goggles + Bonus LensVision Eco-friendly Snow GogglesEco-friendly
Lens Shape Spherical Toric Spherical
100% UV400
Interchangeable Lens Yes-Magnetic Yes-Magnetic Yes-Magnetic
Anti-Fog
Polarized Some lenses Some lenses Some lenses
*Outdoor Master Polarized Ski Goggles Comparison

 

It is essential to wear a good pair of ski goggles (or sunglasses) when you're on the slopes. You may be considering a pair of polarized ski goggles but are unsure if they suit your needs.

In this article, we'll delve into the details of polarized ski goggles and give you lots of buying tips. You'll learn about their characteristics and features and if they will protect your eyes from your instructor's dazzling good looks.

What Are the Best Polarized Ski Goggles?

Polarized Snow Goggles

At first glance, the best-polarized ski goggles look the same as non-polarized ones. The differences lie within the lens, as it works slightly differently.

Its light comes at you from every direction when the sun beams down. So when the sunlight hits the snow, it bounces off in a flat, horizontal direction, causing polarized light. 

The lens is polarized ski goggles with a vertical filter that helps block this horizontal light. This filter reduces or eliminates glare caused by light bouncing off objects.

So, what would your vision be like if you wore polarized ski goggles rather than regular ones? Regular goggle lenses don't reduce glare reflecting off the snow. So you can be temporarily blinded or not be able to see changes on the surface when the glare is particularly bad.

However, with the reduced or eliminated glare of polarized ski goggles, you don't have to worry about being unable to see on bright days. You will also be able to pick out the details in the snow as you carve down the mountain, making it safer.

You Need Polarized Ski Goggles If You...

  • Are Skiing on a bright, sunny day

  • Want to reduce or eliminate glare

  • Have a little extra money to spend

  • Want to enhance your vision

  • Get eye strain

  • Can cope with icy patches without warning

You Don't Need Polarized Ski Goggles If You...

  • Are skiing in low light

  • Are you on a budget

  • Are you an inexperienced skier

  • Constantly look at your phone or use a camera

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Best Polarized Ski Goggles

Advantages Of Polarized Ski Goggles

polarized ski goggles

Glare Reduction: As we've just mentioned, polarized ski goggles make your vision clearer by filtering out glare caused by polarized light. Polarized light is very common on reflective surfaces such as water and snow, so you can see why polarized ski goggles are a common choice.

Improved Clarity: When you compare polarized snow goggles with regular ones, you'll discover that your vision is sharper and clearer. The lens does this by improving contrast without distorting the color. This is most noticeable when you're skiing on bright sunny days.

More Vivid Colors: You may be surprised to learn that tiny particles are floating around in the air that reflects light similarly to the snow on the ground. These particles can cause a haze that dulls the colors you see.

However, your polarized ski goggles filter the reflections from the particles, making the colors you see more vivid, brighter, and vibrant. This makes skiing through the stunning landscapes even more pleasurable and impressive.

Reduced Eye Strain: When skiing in bright light, we squint to focus on what's in front of us, even if we don't realize it. This causes strain on our eyes, making them uncomfortable and tired after a while; it can even cause headaches. But, the reduced glare of polarized ski goggles is easier on your eyes, so you are more comfortable and safer on bright days.

Disadvantages Of Polarized Snow Goggles

polarized ski goggles

But before you buy yourself some new polarized ski goggles, you need to know the full story. 

They Don't Work Well In Low Light: Polarized ski goggles excel on bright days; however, they aren't the best choice for cloudy days or as the sun sets.

You may find the polarized lens too dark in low-light conditions, which can be dangerous. This is because the lens blocks some light that would typically reach your eyes, making it appear darker than non-polarized ski goggles. The darker tint of polarized ski goggles also contributes to their lower performance in low light. 

It Can Be Tricky To Spot Icy Patches: When you're shredding the mountain, the glare bouncing off the snow helps you to spot icy patches. So, you can see how polarized snow goggles may get you into trouble.

As the polarized lens blocks the glare, you may not see the light reflecting off an icy patch, causing you not to notice it until it's too late.

Difficult to See Your Phone Or Camera Screen: Polarized ski goggles make LCD screens too dark or too bright to see. This can be frustrating if you need to check your phone regularly or take photos of your day on the mountain.

Polarized Ski Goggles Are Often More Expensive: As polarized snow goggles have more technology incorporated into the lens, they demand a higher price. So if you're trying to reduce the cost of your ski trip, you need to consider whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages for you.

Other Features to Look for When Purchasing Polarized Ski Goggles

UV Protection

Whether you have non-polarized or polarized ski goggles, your lens must protect your eyes from UV light. UVA and UVB can damage your eyes and cause a wide range of nasty problems. The reflective nature of snow and the increased altitude amplifies the effects of UV light, so protecting your eyes should be a top priority.

Therefore, ensure that your ski goggle lens has 100% UVA and UVB protection. The lens manufacturer provides UV protection with an invisible film and will state it as one of the goggles' features. Choose another pair of ski goggles if you don't see that the lens has 100% UV protection.

Anti-Fogging

Your fancy new polarized ski goggles are useless if the lens is fogged. So, paying attention to the goggle's anti-fogging system is essential.

Anti-fogging features include multiple lenses (like double glazing), anti-fog coatings, and ventilation in the frame and lens.

Lens Color

You only need to look around the lift line to see the many lens colors available. But who has the right lens color for the conditions?

At this point, it's worth noting that there is no such thing as the perfect lens for all conditions. This is why there are so many lens colors available.

For skiing and snowboarding, you should consider the following lens colors:

Grey/Smoke - Grey or smoked ski goggle lenses are pretty common. This color blocks glare without altering your color perceptions. It also works well in differing weather conditions.

Brown, Amber, RoseOr Yellow - These colors give skiers and snowboarders the best contrast against a white background. The advantage of this is that you can see bumps, ridges, and any other imperfections in the snow more easily.

Brown ski goggle lenses are great on sunny days, while rose and amber excel when it's cloudy. This is because these colors block the blue light, which is prevalent when the sky is overcast.

Goggle lenses with a yellow tint are the best for whiteout and low-light days. This color is also good at filtering blue light, improving contrast, and allowing you to see changes in the snow.

Understanding VLT

S0 VLT 80% - 100% Night skiing or riding
S1 VLT 43% - 80% Overcast and storm
S2  VLT 18% - 43% Variable sun and cloudy
S3 VLT% 8% - 18%  Bright sun 
S4 VLT% 3% - 8% Extreme Sun

When researching ski goggle lenses, you'll notice the manufacturers talk about VLT. VLT stands for Visible Light Transmission, which indicates how much light the lens allows to pass through as a percentage.

The VLT of a ski goggle lens is determined by color, thickness, coating, and material. Ski goggle manufacturers will state the VLT of the lens in its specifications, or it will advise what light conditions to use it in.

For example, a lens with a low VLT of under 25% is suitable for sunny days on the slopes. Grey/smoke lenses will often have a low VLT rating.

If you're skiing when it's partly cloudy, you may want to choose a lens with a VLT of 25 to 50%. But on an overcast day, a brown, amber, rose, or yellow lens with a VLT of 50% and above will work best.

Lens Changing System

Now you know about the different lens colors, you may want to switch your lens to suit the conditions. So, before you buy your new polarized ski goggles, check to see how the lens is held into the frame.

Some ski goggles don't allow you to change their lenses, but others make it super easy. Some ski goggle frames are flexible, so you can quickly remove the lens, while more advanced frames include magnetic lens changing systems for effortless lens changing.

Frame Design And Material

When shopping for polarized snow goggles, it's essential to consider the frame material. Goggles with plastic frames are much better in the cold than metal ones. This is because the metal becomes brittle and can snap, which can be dangerous.

Also, metal frames don't fit around your face, and plastic ones are designed to wrap and form your face. This is more comfortable, gives you a better field of view and coverage, and keeps them in place. If you prefer a wider range of views, frameless ski goggles can be your perfect choice. 

Three Outdoor Master Best Polarized Ski Goggles

PRO Snow Goggles + Lens Bundle

The Pro Snow Goggles perform as well as they look and have all the features you'd expect from more expensive ski goggles.

These ski goggles block 100% UV light to protect your eyes from the sun's harmful rays. In addition to this, the lens is impact resistant and has an anti-scratch coating, preserving it for many seasons to come.

You can choose from a wide range of lens colors, but you also get an extra clear or yellow lens to suit the light conditions. As the lens is held into the frame magnetically, you can pull your spare lens from your backpack and change it instantly.

The Pro lens has exclusive Outdoor Master Polarized Technology to reduce glare to enhance clarity, natural color, and contrast.

PRO Snow Goggles + Lens Bundle

Pro

  • Excellent UV protection
  • Durable lens
  • Looks great
  • Magnetic lens retention
  • Spare lens

    * Not all lenses are polarized; all the extra lenses are polarized. Yellow lens for variable sun and cloudy, grey lens for bright to extreme sun.

    VISION Toric Goggles

    The Vision Toric goggles offer excellent peripheral vision thanks to their wide-angle lens. These polarized ski goggles feature a curved dual lens to provide the lowest distortion possible to give you an exceptionally clear vision on the slopes.

    This technology goes hand in hand with the Vision XL Toric's anti-fog coating and ventilation. The coating absorbs water molecules instantly to ensure that they maintain optical clarity.

    Outdoor Master has combined these features with in-house polarize technology. Therefore, you can expect to pick out the tiniest details in the snow as you carve down the mountain.

    With the magnetic interchangeable lens system, you can swap your lens to suit the light conditions in a matter of seconds.

    On top of all this, the Vision Toric goggles are OTG (Over The Glasses). So you can comfortably wear your glasses under them without the annoying pinching you can get from non-OTG goggles.

    vision ski goggles

    Pro

    • OTG
    • Super-clear vision
    • Excellent anti-fog tech
    • Wide field of view
    • Spare lens

      * Not all lenses are polarized; all the extra lenses are polarized. Yellow lens for variable sun and cloudy, grey lens for bright to extreme sun.

      Eco-friendly Snow Goggles

      Skiing isn't exactly the most eco-friendly sport, but there are things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. One of those things is to choose a pair of Eco-friendly snow goggles from Outdoor Master.

      There are some incredible eco-friendly innovations incorporated into these goggles. For example, the goggle straps are made from sustainable bamboo fibers. Even the anti-slip material is made from natural rubber.

      But you'll be surprised to learn that the lens is made from cotton extract. This means that the lens is biodegradable, so it has a minimum environmental impact when it comes to the end of its useful life.

      Even with all this Eco-technology, the lens is polarized, blocks 100% UV light, and is resistant to impacts and scratches. Also, like other Outdoor Master ski goggles, you can change the lens quickly, thanks to the magnetic interchangeable lens system.

      Eco-friendly Snow Goggles

      Pro

      • Better for the environment
      • Performs just as well as less eco-friendly versions
      • Blocks 100% UV light
      • Integrates perfectly with most ski and snowboard helmets

        *Except the purple lens, all other lenses are polarized lens

        FAQs

        Are polarized goggles good for skiing or snowboarding?

        Yes. Polarized ski goggles provide extra clarity from reduced glare. But, you may want to have an additional non-polarized lens when the snow conditions are variable.

        Do I need polarized ski goggles?

        Polarized ski goggles are not 100% necessary. But you'll notice the enhanced clarity and contrast when you wear them.

        Are polarized ski goggles better? 

        It depends on the quality of the polarized lens. If the polarized goggle lens technology is inferior, you'd be better off with a non-polarized lens.

        Are polarized ski goggles worth it? 

        If you're worried about glare and want to have a crisp vision and reduced eye strain from enhanced contrast, a good pair of polarized ski goggles is worth the investment.

        However, if you're an inexperienced skier or snowboarder, you may want to avoid polarized ski goggles. Non-polarized ski goggles allow you to see changes in snow conditions more easily.

        What do polarized ski goggles do?

        Polarized ski goggles prevent or reduce glare which is most prevalent on highly reflective surfaces, such as snow and water. This allows you to see more detail in your surroundings by increasing contrast.

        However, the best polarized ski goggles work so well to reduce glare that you can often miss icy patches, as they look the same as soft snow. Therefore, you must decide which is more important to you while skiing.

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