The Best Ski Helmets and Goggles of the Year

The new trend: Lightweight and versatile designs that still serve up the best protection and performance.


Ski helmets and goggles are critical parts of anyone’s ski attire. And thanks to a healthy amount of competition in the marketplace, ski helmets keep getting better with features like MIPS and weight reduction tech, while ski goggles are packed full of innovative features to make seeing on the ski hill better than ever.

Best New Helmet and Goggle Combinations

Sweet Protection Looper MIPS Helmet + Boondock Goggle

Sweet Protection Looper Helmet with MIPS
The new Looper MIPS features a lightweight two-piece shell construction. Photo courtesy of Sweet Protection
Sweet Protection Boondock Goggle
The Boondock google is a semi-frameless goggle designed for medium-sized faces. Photo courtesy of Sweet Protection

There’s no question Sweet Protection makes bomber helmets, but most models are hefty in price and weight. The new Looper MIPS is friendlier on the wallet and the neck thanks to a lightweight two-piece shell construction. Shaving grams doesn’t mean skimping on safety or comfort, either—the Looper still offers Sweet Pro’s shock-absorbing technology, plenty of venting, and audio-ready removable ear pads. [$169, sweetprotection.com]

Pair the lid with the new Boondock, a semi-frameless goggle featuring a cylindrical lens better fitted to medium-sized faces, for an all-around sleek ensemble built to withstand the test of time—and crashes. [$139, sweetprotection.com]

Bliz Head Cover MIPS + Flow

Bliz Head Cover MIPS Helmet and Flow Goggle
The Head Cover MIPS delivers protection in a comfortable package with an in-mold construction. Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

Swedish brand Bliz is trusted by the likes of slalom star Anna Swenn-Larsson, and that’s testament enough for us. The Head Cover MIPS delivers protection in a comfortable package with an in-mold construction featuring a PC shell and EPS Core, adjustable fit system, and air vents to keep you cool on high-output days. [$160, bliz.com]

The Flow goggle offers crystal-clear optics, 100-percent UV protection, triple-layer face foam, and frame venting designed to combat fog. Brownie points: The Flow’s outer lens is made of unbreakable polycarbonate, meaning you’ll only need the included bonus lens for changing light conditions. [$124, bliz.com]

Smith Altus Helmet + Squad MAG Goggle

Smith Altus Helmet and Squad MAG Goggle
Smith Altus helmet pairs nicely with the Smith Squad MAG goggle.Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

Smith’s new Altus helmet provides no-fuss, no-muss protection thanks to an in-mold construction and Smith’s Aerocore technology featuring KOROYD, an incredibly light yet strong material that offers serious damage control. It’s one of the brand’s more streamlined helmets, but it still boasts Smith favorites such as the VaporFit adjustable fit system, adjustable vents, and audio-ready removable ear pads. [$180, smithoptics.com]

Combine the Altus with the new and improved cylindrical Squad goggle, now featuring Smith’s popular magnetic lens change system and two interchangeable ChromaPop lenses. It doesn’t get much simpler than this grab-and-go setup. [$220, smithoptics.com]

Giro Grid/Envi MIPS Helmet + Contour Goggle

Giro Grid/Envi MIPS Helmet and Contour Goggle
Giro’s new Grid/Envi MIPS helmet weighs in at a mere 400 grams. Pictured: the women’s-specific Envi MIPS with the Giro Contour goggle. Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

With more skiers seamlessly transitioning between the resort and backcountry these days, the call for gear that does the same is growing louder. Giro answers with its new Grid MIPS (Envi MIPS for women), a helmet that weighs in at a mere 400 grams but offers heavy-duty MIPS Spherical protection, ample venting, a quick-drying Polartec Power Grid liner, and convenient Fidlock magnetic buckle. [$280, giro.com]

Add to the Grid/Envi the new Contour goggle with a view-expanding toric lens shape, Giro’s VIVID definition-boosting technology, and a frame that’s designed to fi t the face like a glove, and you have yourself a one-helmet-one-goggle quiver. [$280, giro.com]

Best New Helmets

SHRED. Notion

Shred Notion Helmet
The Notion includes Shred’s proprietary Rotation Energy System (RES), a lighter and thinner rotational impact system than the industry standard MIPSPhoto credit: keri Bascetta

The new Notion, a hybrid of hard shell upper and in-molded lower shell, is one of the heavier helmets on this list, but it’s also the most fully featured. The Notion includes the brand’s proprietary Rotation Energy System (RES), a lighter and thinner rotational impact system than the industry standard MIPS. But that’s not all—RES teams up with SHRED.’s Hexaflow and Slytech Shock Absorption technology to triple down on protection. The Notion also offers other perks like a RECCO reflector, Fidlock magnetic closure, and one lever to control all 16 vents, making this helmet worth its weight in gold. [$200, shredoptics.com]

Pret Fury X

Pret Fury X Helmet
Pret’s new Fury X helmet is lighter and offers cool design upgrades that mean you won’t blow your lid when building up steam hiking the back bowls.Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

The new Fury X showcases two key innovations for Pret. The first: Pret’s proprietary ACT multi-shell construction with a full-wrap lower shell and MIPS C2 Liner, which offers a better fit and weight savings compared to the standard MIPS system. The second: Level C venting, a system that allows the skier to open/close the helmet’s top and front venting with a single lever. What’s the big deal? Level C, combined with the helmet’s integrated goggle vents, means foggy vision becomes a frustration of the past. Also, you won’t blow your lid when building up steam hiking the back bowls. [$200, pret.com]

Wildhorn Drift

Wildhorn Drift Helmet
The Drift helmet features a lightweight composite foam construction. Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

If you’re skeptical about this helmet’s lower price point, you should know that Wildhorn is an official supplier of helmets to the U.S. Ski Team and the Drift is worn by athletes who regularly huck themselves off massive kickers. So it goes without saying that you can trust the Drift to protect your noggin. Featuring a lightweight composite foam construction, removable audio-ready ear pads, Fine Tune Adjustment fit system, and the brand’s proprietary VNT venting system that combines direct and indirect airfl ow and fully adaptable vents to keep you cool, the Drift focuses on comfort without sacrificing performance. [$85; wildhornoutfitters.com]

Best New Goggles

Zeal Beacon

Zeal Beacon Goggle
The Beacon goggle showcases Zeal’s new Observation Deck technology. Photo courtesy of Zeal

Taking inspiration from the design of air traffi c control towers, Zeal engineers realized that if they tilt a goggle lens so the bottom of the lens sits closer to the face relative to the top, they could increase vertical peripheral vision—a huge asset when it comes to reading the slopes below. This lens technology, aptly named Observation Deck, gives the new cylindrical Beacon goggle a larger fi eld of view than the medium-sized frame lets on. [$249, zealoptics.com]

Julbo Shadow

Julbo Shadow Goggle
The Shadow goggle puts Julbo’s lens prowess on full display in a frameless, spherical design.Photo courtesy of Julbo

Julbo claims its Reactive lens technology offers the widest photochromic range and fastest adjustment on the market. We can’t back that up with data, but we will say that Julbo’s Reactive lenses offer superior optical clarity. The new Shadow goggle puts Julbo’s lens prowess on full display in a frameless, spherical design that further expands your fi eld of view. [$230, julbo.com]

SPY+ Marauder

SPY+ Marauder Goggle
The Marauder is SPY+’s  first goggle with a magnetic lens. 

Magnetic lens change systems are great until you lose a lens in a particularly violent tomahawk. SPY+ promises the Marauder, its first goggle with a magnetic lens, won’t let you down in that scenario. The Marauder’s Deadbolt mechanism features locking levers on each side of the goggle frame that act as a backup to the two magnets holding the lens in place, so you can enjoy all the convenience of a magnetic quick-change system without the worry. [$180, spyoptics.com]

POC Cornea Solar Switch

POC Cornea Solar Switch Goggle
The Cornea Solar Switch features a liquid crystal lens that instantly and automatically adjusts to varying light conditionsPhoto courtesy of POC

If you’re gawking at the price, just consider this: You’re basically purchasing a solar panel. As other brands experiment with lenses that adapt to varying light conditions via electrochromic technology, POC opts to skip the battery and source the power to change lens tints straight from the sun. How? The new Cornea Solar Switch features a liquid crystal lens that instantly and automatically adjusts to varying light conditions. [$450, pocsports.com]

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Bollé Nevada Neo

Bolle Nevada Neo Goggle
The Nevada Neo, the next iteration of the Nevada goggle, now offers a magnetic lensPhoto courtesy of Bollé

Since 1888, this brand has made it its business to design performance eyewear that focuses first and foremost on quality lenses. The Nevada Neo, the next iteration of the Nevada goggle now offering a magnetic lens, carries on that mission. Splurge for the Phantom lens featuring Bollé’s hallmark NXT lens material to get the optical clarity of mineral lenses but in a lighter and more durable package. [$280, bolle.com]

Frequently Asked Questions

How snug should a ski helmet fit?

Ski helmets should be snug but comfortable. Many helmets have a tool to increase or decrease overall volume, usually located on the back. There should be no pain due to tightness, but there should be less than 2 millimeters of space between your head on the helmet’s padding at a minimum.

What is MIPS?

MIPS stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System. It is a thin layer of plastic on the inside of a ski helmet that allows the helmet to rotate on impact, which reduces torque on the neck and spine in the event of a hard impact. Many brands, including SHRED. and POC have developed similar proprietary technologies that provide the same protection. SKI recommends this type of protection in ski helmets.

How often should you replace your ski helmet?

After a single hard impact, or after 2-3 years of general wear-and-tear. Wearing a helmet after either of these events can lead to a reduced level of protection.

How do I choose ski goggles?

Fit is the most important aspect of ski goggles. You will want to make sure they properly fit your face and are not too small or too big. Picking the correct lens tint is also important. Most of the goggles here come with either an additional low-light lens or have an ability to adjust the tint either automatically to match light conditions or manually.

Best Goggles and Helmets of 2020

GEAR OF THE YEAR: Smith 4D Mag Ski Goggle

Smith 4D Mag
Smith 4D Mag ski goggles.Photo courtesy of Smith Optics

There have been some exciting new innovations in goggles over the past few years, including lenses that adapt to changing light either automatically or via electrochromic technology. That said, it’s been a minute since we’ve seen anything new in lens shape. Enter Smith’s innovative BirdsEye Vision technology, which extends and curves the lens below the sightline so your skis and the terrain below are always visible. Not only does this new lens shape extend the field of view by 25 percent beyond Smith’s I/O MAG goggle, but combined with Smith’s DriWix three-layer face foam, it also enhances fit and comfort over the nose and cheekbones. And of course, the 4D MAG still features the ChromaPop lens and Smith’s dependable magnetic lens locking system you’ve become accustomed to.

  • Fit: Large
  • MSRP: $280 – $310 [BUY NOW]

Smith Level Ski Helmet

Smith Level Ski Helmet
The Smith Level Ski Helmet.
Photo credit: Däg Larson

Smith crams a lot of comfort features into the stylish, low-profile Level helmet. A hybrid shell construction combined with Smith’s ventilated Aerocore/Koroyd technology reduces weight so you don’t feel like a skiing bobblehead, and an adjustable fit system means a nice snug fit is just a dial or two away. Lightweight comfort is great and all—just be sure to not skimp on protection and buy the MIPS version.

Dragon DX3 Ski Goggles

Dragon DX3
The Dragon DX3.Photo credit: Däg Larson

Comfort isn’t discussed enough when it comes to goggles. But try on the new DX3 featuring hypoallergenic Polartec microfleece face foam and a cylindrical frame that fits like a glove—and comfort just became your top priority. Dragon’s LumaLens optimized color technology isn’t bad either, boosting contrast and definition across the light spectrum. Still not impressed? Check out the price point.

Atomic Revent+ Amid Ski Helmet

Atomic Revent + Amid
The Atomic Revent+ Amid ski helmetPhoto credit: Däg Larson

This helmet is tricked out with all the technology Atomic could think to invent. Part of the all-mountain line, this hybrid construction helmet uses egg-carton-like Holo Core technology to reduce weight without sacrificing performance. Meanwhile, Atomic’s multi-directional impact deflector (Amid) system has your noggin covered, providing maximum shock absorption during a crash or full-on ragdoll. And for enhanced comfort, Atomic’s Live Fit memory foam pads on the interior ensures individual fit right out of the box.

Flaxta Prime Ski Goggles

Flaxta Prime
Flaxta Prime.Photo credit: Däg Larson

Stockholm–based company Flaxta makes its debut this season with a line of snow protection products, including goggles with Enlight lens technology developed in partnership with Zeiss which filters light and boosts contrast. Plus, Flaxta offers an assortment of Enlight mirror lens options and goggle strap colorways made to stand out on the hill.

  • Fit: Medium
  • MSRP: $120

K2 Virtue Ski Helmet

K2 Virtue Ski Helmet
The K2 Virtue Ski Helmet.Photo credit: Däg Larson

A women’s-specific helmet that comes with all the functionality of its male counterparts, but in a slimmer profile. A hybrid construction means you can count on the Virtue to protect your most valuable asset while not adding unnecessary weight. A full-wrap liner, dual active matrix ventilation, and dialed fit system complete the snug and comfy fit. And for those who demand more than just surefire protection from their helmet, K2 included a baseline audio system that makes fitting earbuds under the helmet a problem of the past.

Giro Method Ski Goggle

Giro Method
The Giro Method ski goggle.Photo credit: Däg Larson

Designed with park and pipe shredders in mind, the new Method goggle boasts a cylindrical VIVID lens with Optics by Zeiss that fits close to the face to maximize field of view and gives the Method a stylish, retro look. But best of all is the Method’s friendly price point, which also buys you a bonus injection-molded lens that can be quickly swapped in via Giro’s Slash Seal lens interchange system.

  • Fit: Medium
  • MSRP: $130 [BUY NOW]

Giro Emerge MIPS with Polartec Liner Ski Helmet

Giro Emerge MIPS with Polartec Liner
The Giro Emerge MIPS with Polartec Liner Ski Helmet.Photo courtesy of Giro

Yes, the Emerge MIPS freestyle helmet features leading MIPS Spherical technology to reduce the rotational energy of hard crashes, and yes, it has a removable goggle retainer and earpads so you can wear it like a park rat if that’s your style. But the real highlight of the Emerge is that it’s the first helmet to include a Polartec Power Grid liner, which increases warmth and comfort, moves moisture away from the skin, and dries quickly.

MSRP: $140 [BUY NOW]

POC Fovea Mid Clarity Ski Goggle

POC Fovea Mid Clarity
The POC Fovea Mid Clarity.Photo credit: Däg Larson

POC’s popular Fovea goggle gets a makeover this season with a reduced frame size. That said, it retains the same precise vertical and peripheral vision as its prior iteration, while the upgraded Zeiss Clarity Comp lens enhances contrast to help you stomp landings and spot obstacles whatever the light and snow conditions.

  • Fit: Medium
  • MSRP: $220 [BUY NOW]

SHRED. Rarify Ski Goggle

SHRED. Rarify
The new SHRED. Rarify.Photo credit: Däg Larson

These goggles are steezy AF. But there’s more to the Rarify than cool colors and the oversized Shredwide profile. This over-the-glass (OTG) compatible goggle features SHRED.’s contrast-boosting lens that enhances color definition, and Nodistortion technology regulates pressure during altitude change to combat distortion and provide visual clarity in all conditions, whatever the elevation. Bonus: The Rarify comes with two lenses for bright light and low light days.

  • Fit: Large
  • MSRP: $220

SHRED. Totality Ski Helmet

SHRED Totality
The SHRED. Totality Ski Helmet in black.Photo credit: Däg Larson

SHRED. may have done some re-branding, but the company’s commitment to designing exciting new products hasn’t changed. The new Totality helmet is noteworthy for two reasons: It’s a hard shell helmet, yet it’s incredibly light and features SHRED.’s proprietary Rotational Energy System (RES)—a lightweight solution to protecting your brain from rotational forces sustained in gnarly crashes. What’s more: This helmet has 12 strategically placed vents to dump the heat you generate while ripping repeat laps and prevent goggles from fogging.

Sweet Protection Interstellar Ski Goggle

Sweet Protection Interstellar
The Sweet Protection Interstellar ski goggle.Photo credit: Däg Larson

Update: Sweet Protection makes goggles now, and they’re as bomber as their helmets thanks to a heavy-duty carbon-reinforced co-molded frame. The new Interstellar is a freeride goggle designed to boost optical clarity in even the flattest light and at high altitude thanks to light-enhancing Retina Illumination Grading (RIG) and Gore technology, which equalizes pressure to prevent visual distortion at elevation.

  • Fit: Large
  • MSRP: $199-$249 [BUY NOW]

Zeal Portal XL Ski Goggle

Zeal Portal XL
The large and in charge Zeal Portal XL ski goggle.Photo credit: Däg Larson

The new Zeal Portal XL is for those who approach ski days with a “go big or go home” attitude. A rimless frame design and oversized spherical polycarbonate lens maximizes field of view, while triple layer foam on the inside of the frame ensures a snug fit despite the bigger size. Helmet compatible and over-the-glass ready, the Portal XL is a statement piece that’s also versatile and functional.

Buy this OTG-ready goggle on Amazon: Zeal Portal XL Ski Goggle

  • Fit: Extra Large
  • MSRP: $279 (with Polar Auto+ Lenses) [BUY NOW]

Best Ski Goggles and Helmets of 2019

Atomic Count 360° HD Goggle & Count AMID Helmet

Atomic 360 goggle and red helmet
The 2018/2019 ATOMIC Count 360° HD Goggle & Count AMID Helmet. Photo: Courtesy of Atomic

Atomic’s new Count line focuses on enhanced performance, vision, and durability. The Count 360° HD ski goggle incorporates crystal dye in the lens to deliver high-definition in snow contrast, while a minimalist frame maximizes field of view. The Count AMID ski helmet is a burlier version of last year’s Revent, designed with Atomic’s protection foam and Holo Core construction to take a blow to the head like a champ. [Goggle: $200; Helmet: $200]

Bern Monroe Goggle & Weston Peak Helmet

Bern Monroe Goggle & Weston Peak Helmet
The 2018/2019 Bern Monroe Ski Goggle & Weston Peak Ski Helmet.Photo courtesy of Bern

The holy trinity according to Bern: style, comfort, and protection, integrated seamlessly. The result: goggles and helmets that perform as one. The Monroe is a women’s ski goggle catering to female faces and includes two high-contrast interchangeable spherical lenses. The unisex Weston Peak ski helmet sports Bern’s signature: a stylish shape, zip-mold protection, and its classic visor—removable in this model. [Goggle: $130; Helmet: $110; Buy Now]

Zeal Hatchet RLs Ski Goggle

Zeal Hatchet RLs Ski Goggle
The 2018/2019 Zeal Hatchet RLs Ski Goggle.Photo courtesy of Zeal Optics

The new Hatchet makes the cylindrical lens cool again. Thanks to a frameless design, nothing distracts from the new optimum polarized lens or encroaches on a large field of view. While functionality is the name of the game in goggles, we do also appreciate style, and the Hatchet scores major points with its new dark night lens options and fun strap designs. [Price: $169]

Bollé Nevada Ski Goggle & Instinct MIPS Ski Helmet

Bolle Nevada ski goggles on black helmet
The 2018/2019 Bollé Nevada Ski Goggle & Instinct MIPS Ski Helmet. Photo: Courtesy of Bollé

Bollé shares serious vision with the introduction of the Nevada goggle and cylindrical Phantom lens, fine-tuned to automatically adjust to variable light within 30 seconds. Get even more definition with the Phantom+ lens featuring semi-polarized film. This year Bollé adds MIPS to its popular Instinct helmet to give it a major safety upgrade, which just makes good sense, the Instinct MIPS being in the freeride lineup. [Goggle: $159 with Phantom+; Helmet: $169]

Oakley Prizm React Ski Goggle & MOD5 Ski Helmet

Oakley Prizm React ski google and MOD5 ski helmet
The 2018/2019 Oakley Prizm React Ski Goggle & MOD5 Ski Helmet. Photo: Courtesy Oakley

Great technology comes at great cost, but the Prizm may be worth it. New electrochromic technology allows skiers to adjust lens tints with the push of a button on the goggle frame. Just charge the system with the included USB cable and see the light in any conditions. This goggle is likely to overshadow any helmet, but the MOD5 makes a great supporting actor by offering seamless optics integration. [Goggle: $299; Helmet: $200; Buy Now]

Sweet Protection Switcher Ski Helmet

White ski helmet
The 2018/2019 Sweet Protection Switcher Ski Helmet. Photo: Courtesy of Sweet Protection

Sweet Protection makes cool helmets—literally. The Switcher’s unique one-turn ventilation system allows skiers to open and close all 22 vents at once with the twist of a knob. A blend of in-mold and hardshell construction, along with variable elasticity and impact shield technologies, also guarantee sturdy yet lightweight protection. With little difference in price points, we say your brain is worth the MIPS version. [Helmet: $219, $249 with MIPS]

Giro Eave Ski Goggle & Terra Ski Helmet

Orange Giro goggles with black helmet
The 2018/2019 Giro Eave Ski Goggle & Terra Ski Helmet. Photo: Courtesy of Giro

Giro is back by popular demand, now with an emphasis on smooth lines and customizable style. The women’s Eave goggle combines Giro’s VIVID lens, a magnetic quick-change lens system, and a new interchangeable goggle strap to marry function and style. Pair the Eave with the new freestyle-inspired Terra helmet, a lightweight but protective lid with MIPS technology, for a minimalist look made to stand out. [Goggle: $230; Helmet: $160; Buy Now]

Salomon S/Max Ski Goggle & Sight Ski Helmet

White and black goggles with brown helmet
The 2018/2019 Salomon S/Max Ski Goggle & Sight Ski Helmet. Photo: Courtesy of Salomon

With MAX in the name, you expect a google that grants ridiculous vision. The S/MAX delivers with a large spherical frame and contour fit extending vision to the peripherals, while Sigma lens technology provides high-def contrast, so you can see what’s coming in any conditions. The Sight helmet also ups the ante with new shock absorption technology strategically placed in the most critical impact zones. [Goggle: $200; Helmet: $180]

SPY Ace EC Ski Goggle with ONE technology

SPY Ace EC Ski Goggle with ONE technology
The 2018/2019 SPY Ace EC Ski Goggle with ONE technology.Photo courtesy of Spy

Think lenses that adapt to variable light are old news? Think again. The Ace EC goggle brings you futuristic technology: the ONE lens that can change tints—not just boost color contrast—on the fly. Push the button on the goggle’s light- weight lithium battery pack and an electronic pulse is sent through an invisible filament in the lens to instantly change lens tint for sunny, mixed, or flat light. [$275]

POC Fovea Clarity Ski Goggle & Obex Spin Ski Helmet

Orange goggle lenses with white helmet
The 2018/2019 POC Fovea Clarity Ski Goggle & Obex Spin Ski Helmet. Photo: Courtesy of POC

Looking for a goggle with x-ray vision? There’s no such thing (yet), but the Fovea goggle comes close with the POC Clarity lens, designed with optimal intensity and contrast to enhance vision on snow. The lightweight Obex Spin helmet also features proprietary POC technology—SPIN pads that sit between the liner and shell of the helmet to protect the brain from rotational, not just linear, hard knocks. [Goggle: $220; Helmet: $200; Buy Now]

SCOTT LCG Ski Goggle & Symbol 2 Plus D Ski Helmet

Orange goggles with blue-gray ski helmet
The 2018/2019 SCOTT LCG Ski Goggle & Symbol 2 Plus D Ski Helmet. Photo: Courtesy of SCOTT

There’s nothing worse than smudging your lenses. The LCG Goggle makes lens-changing cleaner with its award-winning lens change slider system. Slide the tab on the side of the frame and unhook the lens to swap out with the included bonus lens. Scott also adds innovative technology to the Symbol 2 Plus D helmet, including a lower-profile shape and 360° Pure Sound ear pads for better hearing. [Goggle: $200; Helmet: $240; Buy Now]

Cébé Icone Ski Goggle & Contest Visor Ultimate Ski Helmet

White goggles on white helmet
The 2018/2019 Cébé Icone Ski Goggle & Contest Visor Ultimate Ski Helmet. Photo: Courtesy of Cébé

Cébé makes its debut in North America with the frameless Icone goggle, featuring a spherical, magnetic lens that makes swapping out on the go a piece of cake. Don’t worry about the lens popping off in a crash—Cébé’s magnetic system is stronger than most. Cébé also upgraded its best-selling helmet in Europe with MIPS and RECCO to add to an already extensive list of cool features. [Goggle: $150; Helmet: $120]

Smith I/O MAG Ski Goggle & Mirage Ski Helmet

Gray goggles and light green helmet
The 2018/2019 Smith I/O MAG Ski Goggle & Mirage Ski Helmet. Photo: Courtesy of Smith Optics

To one-up other magnetic lens systems, Smith adds two locking mechanisms to the side of the I/O MAG frame, ensuring the magnetic lens stays in place. Despite incorporating one of Smith’s largest spherical ChromaPop lenses, this goggle is a snug fit thanks to the contoured frame. The new Mirage helmet is streamlined to cut weight and features an adjustable dial-fit system—opt for MIPS for added protection. [Goggle: $240, Buy Now; Helmet: $100/$130 with MIPS, Buy Now]

Shred Simplify Ski Goggle & Slam-Cap NoShock Ski Helmet

Shred Simplify ski goggle and Shred ski helmet
The 2018/2019 Shred Simplify ski goggle pairs well with the brand’s Slam-Cap NoShock ski helmet. Photo: Courtesy of SHRED.

Known for forging its own path, Shred strays further from the pack with the release of its Big Show collection featuring original Shred technology. The cylindrical Simplify lens combines NoDistortion and Shredwide technologies to increase peripheral vision and enhance optics. In the Slam-Cap helmet, Shred’s NoShock and RES safety systems rival MIPS on all the other helmets out there. [Goggle: $150; Helmet: $200]

Dragon PXV GALAXY Ski Goggle

Dragon PXV GALAXY Ski Goggle
The 2018/2019 Dragon PXV GALAXY Ski Goggle.Photo courtesy of Dragon

Size does matter, and Dragon goes big with its new PXV goggle. A large fit offers a wide field of view, and the PXV’s Panotech lens shape dramatically expands peripheral vision. Lumalens photochromic technology also enhances color contrast to help you see more sharply. Another cool feature is the armored venting system which prevents snow from getting packed into the foam on top of the frame. [Price: $180]

Uvex Compact FM Ski Goggle & Primo Ski Helmet

Uvex Compact FM Ski Goggle & Primo Ski Helmet
The 2018/2019 Uvex Compact FM Ski Goggle & Primo Ski Helmet.Photo courtesy of Uvex

A minimalist look makes the FM goggle stand out and lets Uvex focus on what’s under the surface: supravision technology and a litemirror lens that enhances vision and protects your eyes from the elements. Style plus safety is also the mission of the Primo helmet. A stylish shell meets a liner that can be adjusted like a hood to create a snug mold between head and helmet for ultimate comfort and protection. [Goggle: $130; Helmet: $150]

Pret Refuge X Ski Helmet

Pret Refuge X Ski Helmet
The 2018/2019 Pret Refuge X Ski Helmet.
Photo courtesy of Pret

Pret’s new X series was developed with input from pro skiers and designed for rippers looking to challenge the mountain and live to ski another day. With MIPS technology and overlapping polycarbonate shells, the Refuge X is an incredibly light yet strong all-mountain helmet. Need tunes to get stoked on bigger, badder lines? The Refuge X features custom ear pockets that are audio-ready. [Price: $180, Buy Now]

Best Men’s-Specific Goggles of 2018

Uvex Downhill 2000 FM Chrome

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Keri Bascetta

Your goggles help you see where you’re heading. It’s even better when they help you look cool, too. Uvex updated its classic Downhill 2000 goggle with a new blue-chrome-plated frame and matching wide mirrored lens. The Downhill does retain its minimalist, and lightweight, frame and anti-fog lens treatment. $200, uvex-sports.com.

Dragon NFX

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Keri Bascetta

Dragon’s new color-optimized Lumalens technology is designed to improve color definition and contrast, and therefore depth perception, increasing your reaction time in that tight tree line. The NFX also features armored venting, which if you ski like we do, will easily add a few seasons onto your goggle’s lifespan. $150, dragonalliance.com.

Spy Bravo

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Keri Bascetta

The Bravo’s lens-swap system works like a farm gate: a hinge on the right side of the frame anchors one end of the lens, with a latch at the other end used for quick release. Spy’s signature Happy Lens technology enhances contrast and focus. A second bonus lens is included to keep you, well, happy. $220, spyoptic.com.

Marker 3D+ MAP

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Keri Bascetta

Not that we enjoy chatting about crashing, but Marker’s MAP technology (Multi-Impact Adaptive Polymer) uses a foam padding that stiffens upon impact to protect your face. The goggle is surprisingly light for a large-fit frame and features Marker’s three-point lens-change system. $225, markerusa.com.

Zeal Portal

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Keri Bascetta

The new Portal features a frameless design with Zeal’s lens-swap Rail Lock System, which combines two curved bars on the lens that you mate with two rails on the goggle frame, sliding the new lens into place. Magnets seal the deal for a snug fit. $170, zealoptics.com.

Oakley Fall Line

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Keri Bascetta

Oakley is always looking ahead in product development. The new Fall Line goggle is no exception, combining a medium-size rimless frame with a cylindrical lens for an expanded field of vision. Oakley’s Prizm technology continues to provide enhanced on-snow contrast as you eyeball that perfect bump run. $190, oakley.com.

POC Orb Clarity Goggle and Auric Cut Backcountry Spin Helmet

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The Men’s POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin Helmet with POC Orb Clarity GoggleKeri Bascetta

POC Orb Clarity Goggle: POC teamed up with Zeiss to offer lenses in two tints—one for competition and one for all-day shredding—encased in a new easy-swap frame. $250, pocsports.com.

POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin Helmet: This new launch for 2017/18 puts all of POC’s latest helmet tech on top of your head—in particular the SPIN system (Shearing Pad INside), where the pads in the helmet rotate freely in multiple directions upon impact. Which is just how your brain responds to trauma. $220, pocsports.com.

Best Women’s-Specific Goggles of 2018

Salomon iVY

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Salomon increases its women’s-specific accessory line for 2017/18 with the new iVY goggle. It features an articulated frame to better custom fit individual faces for improved all-day comfort and performance. The iVY includes tint-changing lenses to match on-mountain conditions. The frame structure is minimalized to cut weight and fatigue for smaller faces. $160, salomon.com.

Bollé Scarlett

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Bolle looks to make your ski day easier with its Modulator 2.0 lens technology. The photochromic lenses change tint on the fly, responding as conditions vary, which removes lens-swapping from your to-do list. Tech upgrades include improved tint activation in low temperatures. We also like the price. $60, bolle.com.

Smith Riot

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Simplicity, utility, and an affordable price make this a killer option for a women’s grab-and-go goggle. The medium-size Riot has a dual-slide strap adjustment system to dial in the fit. We recommend Smith’s ChromaPop lens for improved clarity. And props for the clean graphics and green-mirror lens. $100, smithoptics.com.

Giro Ella

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The new Ella, the women’s flagship goggle for Giro’s Vivid Lens tech, ups its game with improved optics. The Ella boasts sleek lines and a magnetic quick-change lens system. And a quick-change system, of course, calls for multiple lenses. The Ella includes two: one for sunny conditions and one for low light. $180, giro.com

Abom Heet

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Keri Bascetta

Abom got red hot when it launched its heated anti-fog goggle. New this season is the low-tech upgrade of a smaller frame for women. Other perks include a temperature sensor that auto-adjusts the heat, conserving battery life, and LEDs that adapt to ambient light. Moonlight turns anyone? $289, Abom.com

Best Helmets of 2018

Women’s Bern Heist Brim

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Keri Bascetta

The Heist’s dual-shell design combines a sturdy top shell with a lightweight in-molded PVC lower. The women’s model gets a gold star for its women’s-specific shell forms. This all rolls up to a tech-loaded lid. And with the name Heist, consider it a steal. $140, bernunlimited.com

Women’s Pret Corona X

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Keri Bascetta

Get hot when ripping? The new Corona X features Vent Tuning Technology, which might be the most thorough system we’ve seen in a while. Six vents—with an easy center flip control—allow for massive airflow to chill out, or shut it down for bullet-proof warmth. $250, prethelmets.com

Women’s Salomon QST Charge

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Targeted for chargers who like to venture beyond the lifts, the QST is one of the lightest helmets on the market, so it’s easy on your melon on the way up and the way down. Large active air-flow vents combined with a merino wool liner will keep you comfy. $200, Salomon.com

Men’s Scott Symbol 2 Plus D

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Keri Bascetta

Scott markets the tech-packed second-generation Symbol 2 Plus as “the safest helmet we’ve ever created.” The ISPO folks agreed, earning the Symbol 2 an innovation award. The lid includes D30 Technology, which disperses impacts at the molecular level. $220, scott-sports.com

Men’s Smith Quantum

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Keri Bascetta

The new Quantum is Smith’s apex helmet. It features an exoskeleton, with a honeycomb design in impact zones to reduce weight and improve protection (what it calls Aerocore construction). Smith being Smith, the helmet offers seamless goggle integration. $300, smithoptics.com.

Men’s Sweet Protection Blaster

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Keri Bascetta

Weighing in at 400 grams, the Blaster is one of the lightest helmets you can put on your skull. But it’s not a lightweight for protection, with impact shields and in-mold construction that fuses the EPS shock-absorbing liner with the ABS hard-shell. $160, sweetprotection.com.