Polarized Ski Goggles are one of the most important parts of the skiing experience. Whether you are looking for a pair of goggles for your favorite sport or protection from the sun, these goggles are an excellent choice. Polarized lenses not only make it easier to look at the small screen, but they also help you see the slopes in great detail. So if you want to keep your eyes protected and you still want to enjoy the sport, go with a pair of polarized ski goggles.
1. Zeal Optics Portal Goggle Accessory Lens – Photochromic, Polarized & Optimum Replacement Lenses for Ski & Snowboard Goggles, Rail Lock System Lenses
- Polarized automatic lenses
- Optimal color filtration for vivid color vision
- Everclear anti-fog coating for enhanced visibility
- Rimless frame ensures excellent peripheral vision
- Includes a low light lens
- Rail lock system for easy interchange of lenses
- Not suitable for smaller faces
- Mild pressure on the nose when worn with a helmet
Zeal polarized lenses offer excellent light filtration. They also promote visibility with their Everclear anti-fog coating and shape that improves peripheral vision. The large shape of the lens, however, does not fit smaller faces well. Its shape is also not the most comfortable on the nose bridge when worn with a ski helmet.
Lenses are very easy to change with the Rail lock system. This means that lenses slide into place and are far more secure than using magnets. There are four polarized lenses to choose from, and Zeal also offers a bonus lens for low-light conditions.
2. ZIONOR X Ski Goggles – OTG Snowboard Goggles Detachable Lens for Men Women Adult
- Improved durability with EDT (Xionor's Enhanced Durability Technology)
- Clarity of view due to anti-fog coating, UV protection, and improved peripheral vision.
- Polarized lenses to reduce glare
- OTG and helmet-compatible
- 18 options of lenses and frames to suit your requirements. (The goggles shown here have a VLT of 9%.)
- Competitively priced
- Can get scratched easily
- Mirror coating wears away with time
- Large size to accommodate glasses doesn't fit well with some helmets
These goggles by Zionor offer a large range of lenses, some of which are polarized. For this price, it is exceptional value for money.
They are large in size, which has its advantages and disadvantages. They provide a very wide-angle view, and they also accommodate most types of glasses. On the other hand, they are too large for smaller faces (even though they are marketed as unisex) and don't fit well with certain helmets.
Zionor has created its EDT, which ensures the lenses are durable and the frames are flexible. There is also an anti-fog coating and full UV protection.
One major downside of these goggles is that the mirror coating rubs away with time, and the lenses can get scratched easily. However, for this price, it is not unreasonable to go buy a replacement pair.
3. Zeal Optics Hatchet – Frameless Ski & Snowboard Goggles for Men & Women, Rail Lock System Goggles
- Polarized lenses block the glare from the snow
- Cylindrical lenses promote vivid color vision and contrast as well as clarity
- The lenses are easily detachable, with 11 lenses to choose from
- They are made from high-quality polycarbonate material, which is also scratch-resistant
- Everclear anti-fog technology consists of molecules infused in the lens and cannot be rubbed off
- The rail lock system firmly secures the lenses in place
- Included in the package is a Zeal warranty card, a microfibre bag, and a replacement Sky Blue lens
- Are not suited to smaller faces
- Is not a flexible lens
Our upgrade pick may be a significant jump in price from our other two recommendations, but arguably, it is well worth the spend. The Zeal Optics Hatchet boasts enhanced features, as well as a second pair of lenses for brighter conditions and a microfiber bag.
What are these features, you might ask? Firstly, the goggles are polarized, blocking out horizontal light that reflects off surfaces – in our case, snow – so there isn't such a blinding glare out on the slopes. Visibility is also enhanced by the cylindrical rather than spherical shape of the lenses. Cylindrical lenses improve contrast and clarity. The lenses are quite rigid, so we recommend trying them on with your helmet to see if they are a good fit before buying them.
Better visibility is guaranteed by the Everclear anti-fog technology. We call it "technology" as it is infused into the lens rather than a coating that can wear away.
Some other positives are the durability and scratch-resistance of the lenses, the rail lock system that makes swapping out lenses easy, and 11 different lenses to suit your changing needs.
Although it is not recommended for some men, and especially women, who have smaller faces, we can recommend these Zeal goggles to those who are willing to splurge on excellent quality and visibility.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Are polarized goggles good for skiing?
Polarized lenses are primarily designed for fishing and boating, not for skiing. Skiing requires a wider field of view. Polarized lenses obstruct vision at the edge of vision and don’t show as much peripheral vision.
However, they do offer some benefits, most notably anti-glare protection. If the sun's reflection off the snow hinders your vision, it is probably not good for your eyes. In this case, polarized goggles are a must.
How do polarized lenses work?
In normal conditions, when it is a bright, sunny day, the sun's rays will reflect off the snow and into your eyes. It is the horizontal light rays that cause you to experience a bad glare. Polarized lenses help to block out these horizontal rays and only allow the vertical light in.
What does it look like wearing polarized ski goggles?
A picture's worth a thousand words, so rather than giving you an explanation, let me rather show you.
Deciding which pair of ski goggles to buy may seem like an easy task; however, there are many factors to consider. You need to decide what VLT is best, whether you want cylindrical or spherical lenses, the fit with your glasses and helmet, and what treatment or coating you would like for your lenses.
Importantly, you need to ask yourself if you want polarized lenses or not. This is a personal preference affected by the weather conditions and time of day you normally ski in. If you feel the glare is not too bad and that polarized goggles will impair your vision, by all means, opt for non-polarized lenses. However, for many of us skiing in bright sunlight, the glare reflected off the snow is a large problem.
If you are the latter and decide on polarized goggles, consider the three top picks mentioned in this article. There are goggles for your particular needs as well as your budget.