Gear Reviews

The 5 Best Goggles and Sunglasses of Winter 2018

Keep your eye on the prize this winter.

When we think of sunburns, we usually think of summer. But some of the worst solar damage happens in winter, when snow bounces the sun’s rays straight onto skin—and into your eyes. Protect your peepers with the season’s most effective eyewear.

Giro Article / Lusi

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We’d call this the category’s best value even if you only got one Toric VIVID lens by Zeiss, but the fact is you get two: one high-light option and one low-light option. That makes the affordable Article (women’s is the Lusi) as useful as two pairs of goggles, but at less than the average cost of one.

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Smith I/O Mag

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Magnetic lens swapping isn’t new—but Smith’s locking system is. Like some other goggles on the market, the I/O MAG uses magnetic contact points to catch the huge, spherical lens into place. But unlike others, the lens is secured with locking tabs—so if you go for a spill, it won’t pop loose.

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Spy Ace EC

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Photochromic lenses are great—until you find yourself skiing on an overcast day. Even though there’s low light outside, high UV will trigger a photochromic lens to darken. SPY sets out to solve that issue with an innovative electrochromic lens.

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Julbo Shield

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Two for the price of one: These sunnies double as glacier glasses, thanks to removable shields on the temples. The side fins provide additional protection to save your eyes from glare and wind.

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Costa Sunglasses Slack Tide

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Sunny, shady, cloudy, snowy, windy, and rainy were among the conditions we faced while wearing the Slack Tides—and they met the challenge.

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