Clear vision and a bomber pair of goggles are mandatory when you’re out on the mountain. With that in mind, we gathered up the best goggles out there and put them through the torture test with the goal of finding the most versatile pair on the market. We tested every facet of every goggle, taking into consideration fit, anti-fog, helmet compatibility, lens options, peripheral vision, foam comfort and density, back straps, venting, cost, style, and durability.

This test was challenging considering every goggle had several great qualities, and for the first time in Alpine Lab history, we had a tie for the “Golden Seal of Approval.”

Oakley’s Airbrake and Airblaster’s Airgoggle won top honors, but for completely different reasons. Oakley presented the most technical goggle, whereas Airblaster’s best trait was its ability to keep fog away. Whatever your preference, you can’t go wrong with any of these options, so hit up your local shop and be sure to try on each goggle with your helmet or beanie to find the perfect fit. -Axis Media

Oakley Airbrake Shaun White

Alpine Lab Seal of Approval: Yes, it’s the most expensive, but it’s also the best. If you can tie your shoes, you can swap lenses on the Airbrake.

Yes, it’s expensive; yes, it’s high-tech; and yes, it’s the best. What separates the new Airbrake from most other goggles (besides the unobtainium) is its comfort and lightning-quick lens changing system.

Layers of foam: 3
Silicone strap: Yes
Bonus lens: Yes
Quick-change lens: Yes

Tight: The quick-change lens feature is simple and quick, and Oakley goggles are available in just about every retail shop on the planet, so finding replacement lenses and accessories is a breeze.
Cost: $230.00

Airblaster Airgoggle

Alpine Lab Seal of Approval: These things don’t fog. They’re inexpensive, basic, reliable, and you can see the world through them.

You wouldn’t think that a company as un-serious as Airblaster would make such a top-notch goggle. The Airgoggle is near perfect. If you’re looking for all the performance without the price tag, grab a pair of these. You won’t be disappointed.

Layers of foam: 2
Silicone strap: No
Bonus lens: No
Quick-change lens: No

Tight: The lens never fogs.
Cost: $89.99

Ashbury Kaleidoscope

Straight outta Big Bear, Ashbury’s Italian-made mirror lenses are perfect for the brightest of days. Dealing with flat light? No worries—the Kaleidoscope comes with a spare yellow lens. Oh, and these puppies fit like a dream.

Layers of foam: 2
Silicone strap: No
Bonus lens: Yes
Quick-change lens: No

Tight: The Kaleidoscope thwarts the dreaded nose pinch.
Cost: $95.00

Giro Basis

Since Giro is the numero uno manufacturer of snowboarding helmets, you can bet that the Basis has been designed to fit with one. Optically speaking, the high-resolution lenses are manufactured at the Carl Zeiss factory near Milan, Italy. Carl Zeiss manufactures optics for space exploration and stuff like that.

Layers of foam: 2
Silicone strap: Yes
Bonus lens: No
Quick-change lens: No

Tight: Spherical lens design without all of the bulk.
Cost: $89.00-$114.00

Anon. Hawkeye

The Hawkeye’s unique face foam is designed to be thinner across the forehead to keep the lens closer to your eyes and thicker in the cheeks, which makes for a better seal for a broader range of facial shapes. Odds are, the Hawkeye will fit your face.

Layers of foam: 3
Silicone strap: No
Bonus lens: No
Quick-change lens: No

Tight: Low volume equates to a wider angle of view without having a huge frame.
Cost: $124.95

VonZipper John Jackson

Here’s the real reason John J is as good as he is: clear vision. His pro model goggle is less like a goggle and more like an eye visor. Big vision, incredible comfort.

Layers of foam: 3
Silicone strap: No
Bonus lens: No
Quick-change lens: No

Tight: Compared to other goggles, the view almost seems surreal. It’s crystal clear.
Cost: $160.00

Smith I/O

The I/O’s lightweight, quick-change design is easy to work with, and is infallible on the mountain. Swapping out a lens is easy—flip up the two tabs on the top of the frame, then rock the lens forward. Mashed potatoes and gravy…

Layers of foam: 2
Silicone strap: Yes
Bonus lens: Yes
Quick-change lens: Yes

Tight: Lenses are in and out in an instant, and the I/O fits well with most helmets.
Cost: $165.00

ALPINE LAB DRAGON

Dragon APX

These things take spherical lenses to a whole new level, and the field of view is as broad as it looks. They’re clear, roomy, and pressure-point free.

Layers of foam: 3
Silicone strap: No
Bonus lens: Yes
Quick-change lens: No

Tight: The Red Ion lens is the only lens you’ll need, except for night riding.
Cost: $185.00

ALPINE LAB SPY

Spy Platoon

The new, perfect-fitting Platoon seals tight to most faces and has super-wide vision. If blind spots bug you, check these suckers out.

Layers of foam: 3
Silicone strap: Yes
Bonus lens: Yes
Quick-change lens: No

Tight: Italy. Nice.
Cost: $139.99-$149.99

ALPINE LAB ELECTRIC

Electric EG2

Having troubles spotting your double-cork landings? Try the EG2. You have to search hard to find frame in your peripherals.

Layers of foam: 3
Silicone strap: No
Bonus lens: Yes
Quick-change lens: No

Tight: The most unobstructed view of any goggle in the test.
Cost: $129.95-$179.95

Drop ESPI

Yeah, they make goggles, too…and damn good ones. The ESPI’s stiff frame hangs tough for a good seal, no matter what’s growing on your face. Basically, they fit like a glove.

Layers of foam: 3
Silicone strap: Yes
Bonus lens: No
Quick-change lens: No

Tight: The dual-layer vent coverings let the frame breathe incredibly well, and keep snow out.
Cost: $100.00