The 5 Most Popular Oakley Ski Goggles of 2018 – Review

 

There are few names in both the goggles and sunglasses world larger that Oakley, and because they’re one of the few brands who manufactures both, it makes sense that they would have lots of OTG options to fit comfortably over your prescription frames. But we’re going deeper than that– whether you wear specs or not, we’re going to break down the full line of Oakley ski goggle models– what separates them from the rest, and from each other. Strap in, and let’s get started:

Oakley Flight Deck Ski Goggles

1. Oakley Flight Deck Ski Goggles

Price: $200
Fits over glasses: Yes (sorta)
Fits over helmet: Yes
Foam Layers: Triple
Best suited for: The Serious Rider

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A large frameless spherical-lens makes up the Oakley Flight Deck Ski Goggles, a model that was released a few seasons back. These ski goggles offers skiers an enhanced resort performance, giving them a wide-open view of the snowy slopes— there’s no compromises made in terms of giving you the best field of view as possible. While these don’t have special OTG temple cutouts for eyeglasses, most are able to fit medium-sized eyeglass frames in them with little to no issues. The Prizm lens is held in place by contact points all around the edge of the goggles, and switching it out for another tint is really quite simple. The Flight Deck ski goggles have a three-layer foam padding around its body, which gives a great cushion feel when put on the face. When compared to some of the other models on the list, we found that the Flight Deck provided one of the widest field of vision, but tended to fog up a little more. Possibly related, these do not feature forward-facing air vents– something we tend to prefer.

Nonetheless, the Flight Deck is now available in a couple of sizes. The standard runs a little large, so if you’re on the fence, check out the Flight Deck XM (Extra-medium).


2.	Oakley Airbrake Ski Goggles

2. Oakley Airbrake Ski Goggles

Price: $235
Fits over glasses: No
Fits over helmet: Yes
Foam Layers: Triple
Best suited for: Big heads

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The Oakley Airbrake is a comfortable pair of goggles that is great for a lot of reasons with very little drawbacks. One stand-out feature of these goggles is the switch lock system: this system makes it extremely easy and convenient for users to change lenses in and out. It’s no difficulty wearing a helmet using the Airbrakes, and you’ll notice the external struts, which are designed to balance and distribute frame pressure across your face, resulting in a more comfortable feel after a long day. Each pair of the Oakley Airbrakes comes with two lenses, one for brighter light condition and one for low light conditions. This is the most expensive model on the list, but it makes up for it with its, prizm lens, comfort-focused engineering and classy design. Got a huge dome? Check out the Airbrake XLs, which were released a little after the original Airbrakes and designed for large to extra-large heads.


Oakley crowbar

3. Oakley Crowbar Snow Goggle

Price: $65
Fits over glasses: No
Fits over helmet: Yes
Foam Layers: Triple
Best suited for: Tender faces

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Ski goggles can definitely put a strain on your pockets— after all, they’re the one piece of equipment you shouldn’t mind spending some cash on. However, the Oakley Crowbar snow goggles are surprisingly affordable and offer great performance. These snow goggles have increased lens sizing for a greater visual range and a Flexible O Matter chassis. Similar to the Airbrake version above, these also feature the signature frame struts to help prevent uncomfortable pressure. The triple fleece face foam, a signature in all Oakley ski goggles, is king of the mountain when it comes to wicking moisture and sweat. The Crowbar uses a Plutonite lens material that provides 100% protection against UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light, something cheaper goggle brands cannot offer. The Crowbar definitely gets the title of the best mid-range ski goggles for those looking to use them as substitutes after a broken pair or buying their first pair.


Oakley Fall Line Ski Goggles

4. Oakley Fall Line Ski Goggles

Price: $172
Fits over glasses: No
Fits over helmet: Yes
Foam Layers: Triple
Best suited for: Gear junkies

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A new addition to the 2017-2018 lineup by Oakley, the Fall Line ski goggles is leaning towards a more aesthetically pleasing design with the almost frameless lens, different from its predecessor, the Oakley Line Miner. A little on the shorter side, the Oakley Fall Line boasts a cylindrical lens that is completely focused on delivering an unobstructed field of view and the frame isn’t overly huge to overpower your face. The ‘Ridgelock’ lens-changing system has been adapted from the Oakley Flight Deck and switching out lenses is extremely easy. Overall, the Oakley Fall Line could be the ideal pair of ski goggles for you with great features from its predecessors and other product lines.


Oakley Canopy Line Ski Goggles

5. Oakley Men’s Canopy Snow Goggles

Price: $120
Fits over glasses: Most glasses, yes
Fits over helmet: Yes
Foam Layers: Triple
Best suited for: Those who like framed look

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Although frameless designs are getting more attention, framed designs are still a matter of preference. Oakley’s Canopy Snow Goggles are definitely the best of framed ski goggles in 2018. The frame of the Canopy is made of injection-moulded polycarbonate, a tough yet lightweight material that is cold-resistant to boot. This means the frame remains malleable even when the temperature drops dangerously low, which is a lovely feature to have, considering how you need to tug at it a little to release the lens. It’s not super fast but it’s definitely less moving parts to go wrong. The pair allows plenty of rooms for prescription glasses to sit underneath if that’s a concern and the field of view is as panoramic as it gets with framed goggles.

Comfortable to wear with helmets, the three foam cushioning system on the Canopy Snow Goggles is great for regular wear, without causing strain to the face.


Oakley Line Miner

6. Oakley Line Miner Snow Goggles

Price: $150
Fits over glasses: Yes
Fits over helmet: Yes
Foam Layers: Triple
Best suited for: Mining Lines

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The LINE MINER has always had our vote for the best name, so let’s just get that out of the way. Someone had fun with that one. But these goggles also bear a very unique shape compared to everything else on the list, which we love to see. Much like the Fall Line (it’s younger brother), a flat curved lens like these can cause some slight optical distortion. If that bothers you, check out more spherical goggles like the Flight Deck. Otherwise, if you prefer the flat lens look and don’t mind a little frame, these Line Miners will serve you well on the mountain.


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