As we look into the budget-friendly world of snowboard and ski goggles, we’re met with a pretty nice price-range here at $50 dollars or less. The best snow goggles under fifty however won’t be bringing us too much “high technology”, but merely a simple solution and give us the bare necessities of what snow goggles should even be — protect our eyes from not only the only sun, but also from the atmosphere around us while we ride to ensure our safety. Don’t forget about how we look, too — at least in our opinion, matching and aesthetics is at least something to keep in mind while we gear up for the mountains. Today we found a few of our favorite snow goggles under $50 to help your shopping search, so let’s get down to it.
Finding the best snow goggles under $50 dollars
We’ve learned from previous budget friendly guides (such as our snow goggles under $100 or even snow goggles under $200) that the higher the price of a snow goggle, the more “technology” and “new” features are included. Don’t get us wrong — some of this tech is extremely useful, such as interchangeable lenses, extra polarization, advanced venting systems and more. However, some of you just don’t care for all of that.
Considering all of these brands come out with multiple new models every single winter season, what about a solid, proven and highly reviewed goggle that’s stood the test of time to ensure reliability as a solid long-term investment? Cue the $50 range, and although we have a new model in here, most have been around for a while to prove their worth.
In terms of features to look for when narrowing down your decision, we recommend keep the following key words in mind while you browse:
- Some type of anti-fog technology or at least user reviews backing up that will be fine in most fogging and weather conditions
- Adjustable strap to help with not only fit but helmet compatibility (unless you don’t have your snow helmet yet, you can buy one that deems compatible)
- Specific coatings in the lenses for not only extra anti-fog but also anti-scratch to ensure longevity of the investment
- Wide field of view or frameless goggles help with peripheral vision
- Certain type of face foam outlining the goggle itself to help with comfort and to reduce pain from long rides
The best snowboard and ski goggles under $50
Up first as our favorite pick as the best snow goggles under $50, it’s hard to put this one up top since it’s pretty synonymous when we’re asked for goggles that are ‘cheap yet worth it’. The Bolle Mojo is a very budget-friendly pair of snow goggles that is great for beginner riders or those want to save a lot of money (especially if you’re needing to buy other gear). Don’t let the super low price completely fool you, however. These goggles come with flow-tech venting which is going to increase airflow to the inside of your lens. This technology is specifically designed to reduce any fogging and give you a clear line of sight while you ride down the mountain. It may have trouble in extremely harsh conditions however most of the time they will be just fine. Whether you have a small, medium, or large-sized head, these goggles fit just about anything as they are very helmet compatible with an adjustable strap. The Bolle Mojo also comes equipped with an impressive ‘P80 Plus/Carbo GLAS’ which is an anti-fog and anti-scratch coating that is going to offer additional protection against clouding and scratches. The Bolle Mojo is somewhat rare to find with snow goggles at this low of a price, making it one of the best snow goggles under $50 dollars. If you have any hesitation or doubt when it comes to upgrading in your snow equipment, it should be known that these goggles include a one-year manufacturer warranty (double-check with the brand, of course). You can also read our Bolle Mojo review for some more in-depth information.
Next, we have the Focus by one of our favorite brands in Giro, a pair of snow goggles that is jam-packed with some impressive features making it a great investment choice. Equipped to fit all Giro helmets as well as just many others out there, this is a versatile pair of goggles that feature a focus goggle lens and an anti-fog coating. The focus feature is great because it comes with a plush, fleece-face foam that deflects the outside world in addition to being super comfortable on our face. The Focus also offers a performance-engineered polycarbonate lens that comes with an enormous range of lens tints that is going to filter any sort of harmful UV rays (some of these may make the price go up and above $50, be aware). It is a medium size adult fit and is certainly one of the best snow goggles under $50 also it does come close to hitting that exact mark. The Giro Focus anti-fog coating will also enable the rider to see with crystal-clear vision, alleviating any chance of making a mistake on the mountain, or catching an edge that you didn’t see, not to mention provide us with a cool look on the mountain.
Here we have the Smith Scope, a relatively cheap pair of goggles that come with all the anti-fog and comfort technology that you will be able to find within more expensive goggle options. The goggles are a medium fit and are fine with most helmets that you can choose from (especially Smith). Great for beginner riders, this is a budget-friendly pair of goggles that have a dual-slide strap adjustment system, which is going to help keeping your helmet secure and free from rattling around. Smith’s specially designed ‘Fog-X’ anti-fog inner lens will be great to keep you free from vision problems, as this feature will hydrate your lens and remove most fog that bottles up in there during a long run. The goggles also include a microfiber goggle bag as well as a replacement lens sleeve if you are traveling with your gear (you can buy some separately, although this goggle is not interchangeable), or just like to keep it secure. The Smith Scope is definitely one of the best snowboard and ski goggles under $50 as not only is it a great fit, but its single layer compression-molded hypoallergenic face foam will be sure to keep you warm and comfortable all at the same time.
Nearing the end of our guide, here’s an extremely cheap pair of goggles yet they come with an ergonomic and flexible thermoplastic polyurethane frame that is going to offer not only optimal comfort, but an incredible amount of durability for your ride and future. It’s most notably equipped with a 100% ‘UV400 technology’ that has a protected dual layered spherical lens. This is a feature that is going to protect you from any harm that the sun might cause, while sustaining great peripheral and field of view vision. The Varia goggle also has an anti-fog and anti-scratch dual lens that is going to create a thermal layer by using its frame vents so that you don’t have to concern yourself with lens damage. When it comes to budget-friendly goggles, the Traverse Varia are some of the best under $50 goggles on the market and the reviews on Amazon specifically don’t lie (many of them). Engineered with ‘citrine mirror lenses’, the Traverse Varia will without a doubt elevate shadow contrast while bringing a whole new world of depth perception.
ZIONOR Lagopus X
Last but not least, the Lagopus X is a sleek looking pair of goggles (not only the frameless lenses but ultra wide fit) that certainly look more expensive than they are. Equipped with additional durability features such as its ‘Enhanced Durability Tech (EDT)’ for an increased impact-resistance to protect you in the event of a fall. They’re also compatible with just about any helmet out there as it contains a curved frame that is designed specifically for helmet compatibility. This is a goggle set that can be used by both genders, and its steal of a price makes it one of the best under $50 goggles on the market. These are OTG snow goggles that contain a large glass size, making them suitable for prescription glasses or even shades underneath. The Lagopus X goggles panoramic design also contains anti-fog and UV protection treatment. On a sunny day, this feature alone will make you happy that you made this purchase. If you are in the market for a low-priced, high-tech pair of goggles to put the cherry on top to your winter equipment, the Zionor Lagopus X will be just that.