“Adventure Gear Insider is reader supported. We may make a small commission at no extra cost to you should you make a purchase through links from this site. We get nothing if you don't like what we recommend and return it. Learn more

7 Best Budget Ski Goggles Under $100 of 2024 Helpful Guide

Sharing is caring!

Updated May 19th, 2024

Best budget ski goggles

Any cheap set of budget ski goggles will work on the average ski day. Which ones will stay fog free or work well when the light is flat? We spend the entire winter trying out ski goggles to find which ones stand out and perform during all weather conditions.

The 10 Best Budget Ski Goggles Under $100

1. Best Overall – Outdoor Master Falcon

Outdoor Master Falcon product image

Specifications

  • Fit – Large
  • Lens Shape – Cylindrical
  • Swappable lenses – Yes, magnetic
  • Included Lenses – 2 – Primary Lens and 87% Yellow Lens
  • OTG Compatible – Yes

Get 10-20% OFF with code ERO2022 at OUTDOOR MASTER

What we liked:

  • Very clear lenses with good difinition of the snow surface
  • Stylish flat lens look
  • They come with 2 lenses that can be swapped in seconds while wearing them
  • They include a hardcase for storage
  • Good flat light and anti-fog performance
  • Great value with a very reasonable price

What we didn’t like:

  • The second lens could be a bit darker like a 50-60% VLT instead of a 91% lens.
  • There isn’t much to find wrong with these goggles.

The Outdoor Master Falcon could easily be a $200-$300 ski goggle if sold by Smith or Oakley. Here it is from Outdoor Master for $100. It has every bit of lens technology and other feature found in a high end goggles from the big name brands. Outdoor Master has always been about bringing great gear to the mountain at a price anyone can afford. The Falcon proves that they know exactly how to do that.

The Falcon takes a step up in lens quality using lenses by Zeiss Optics. Zeiss has been making lenses for Giro and Anon brand for years. They produce very high clarity lenses that give you a clear view of the slope. Their SONAR color filtering technology gives everything the visual pop you get from Smith ChromaPop or Oakley PRIZM lenses. The Falcon comes with a primary lens that is good for bright and overcast conditions. They all come with a 91% yellow lens that is good for dark flat light days.

The goggles have a cylindrical lens frameless design that follows all the latest styling trends. It uses 10 magnets to attach the lens for easy and fast lens changing.

If you prefer a toric or rounded lens over flat lens, check out the excellent Outdoor Master Ultra goggles mentioned below.

Review

See our detailed review of the Outdoor Master Falcon Ski Goggles to learn more.

Outdoor Master Falcon and Elk front view

2. Top Pick – Wildhorn Roca

wildhorn roca product image

Get 15% OFF with code ACTIVEGEAR15 at WILDHORN OUTFITTERS

What we liked:

  • Magnetic lens with side latches
  • Low cost
  • Frameless appearance with many available colors
  • Comfortable to wear

What we didn’t like:

  • No color filtering, polarized or photochromic lens options
  • They only come with 1 lens

Summary

The Wildhorn Roca Snowboard & Ski Goggles are a good low cost goggle option. They have spherical lenses with magnetic interchangeable lens swapping. They have side latches as well for a little extra lens security. They are designed by skiers and snowboarders in Utah and are a sponsor of the US-Ski Team.

These goggles have a dual pane spherical lens with anti-fog and anti-scratch coating. They scratch as easily as any goggles from Smith, Oakley or Giro. Their anti-fog performance is good but not as great as Smith or Oakley. The frame design gives excellent peripheral vision. They are available with a variety of lens tints. For flat light use the Blaze or Amber lenses for best performance.

The Wildhorn Roca goggles are a great value for a swappable lens goggle with high quality lenses and good anti-fog performance. We wish they included 2 lenses with their goggle frame. Extra lenses are not expensive and readily available.

Review

See our full review of the Wildhorn Roca to learn more.

Wildhorn Drift and Roca on mountain

3. Best Value – Outdoor Master Heron

Outdoor Master Heron product image

Specifications

  • Fit – Large
  • Lens Shape – Toric
  • Swappable lenses – Yes, magnetic with 10 magnets
  • Included Lenses – 2 primary lens and 87% VLT yellow lens
  • OTG Compatible – Yes

Get 10-20% OFF with code ERO2022 at OUTDOOR MASTER

What we liked:

  • Toric lens shape with big field of view
  • Easy to swap magnetic lens change system
  • Comes with 2 lenses
  • Updated hardcase that easily fits the goggle and extra lens
  • Low price
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Good anti-fog performance

What we didn’t like:

  • The second lens should be 50-60% VLT instead of 87%
  • No advanced color filtering, polarized, or photochromic lens options

Summary

The Outdoor Master Heron Ski Goggles are the latest budget goggle from Outdoor Master. They give you a toric lens shape, OTG compatible frames, and they include a 2nd yellow low light lens. They also throw in a hard case and lens pouch for cleaning and storing the extra lens. Everything about this combo just makes sense.

The Heron is available at a cost slightly below the old Outdoor Master Pro with extra lens bundles. This is a no brainer for the best value out there now in ski goggles and a nice upgrade from the old Pro design. Outdoor Master seems to have gone after this design full force with a full range of lens and strap colors as well as extra lenses available from the start.

There is a 25% VLT Brown polarized lens and 65% orange lens that would be excellent for flat light days. There is a clear lens for night skiing. There is a polarized 8% black lens that would be great for a really bright day.

Review

See our detailed review of the Outdoor Master Heron to learn more.

Outdoor Master Heron on mountain

4. Best Under $150 – Wildhorn Maxfield

Wildhorn Maxfield Product Image

Specifications

  • Fit – Large
  • Lens Shape – Toric
  • Swappable lenses – Yes, magnetic + Latch
  • Included Lenses – 2 – Primary lens and 50% flat light lens
  • OTG Compatible – Yes

Get 15% OFF with code ACTIVEGEAR15 at WILDHORN OUTFITTERS

What we liked:

  • Wide field of view
  • Clear lenses with minimal distortion
  • Soft comfortable feel to the foam and flexible frame
  • Includes 2 lenses
  • Effective color optimization gives good flat light performance
  • Good value for the price
  • Latches keep the lens secure

What we didn’t like:

  • Orange frame is bright when viewed from inside goggle around the nose
  • Only 3 colors are available
  • Lens take more effort to change than a pure magnet system

Summary

The Wildhorn Maxfield Toric Ski Goggles are the latest offering from Wildhorn Outfitters. They are a big step up in lenses and value from their previous goggles. The Maxfield has the latest toric lens shape and includes 2 color optimized lenses. One good for bright sunny conditions and a 50% VLT lens good for flat light days. The Maxfield has the magnet with latches lens change system we have seen on the Roca and Pipeline goggles. No accidentally loosing lenses while pulling goggles up.

We tried out the Maxfield on a recent trip to Tahoe where we had everything from bright blue skies to whiteout blizzard conditions. The 2 lenses give you good performance across a wide range of light conditions. If you want a good large fit toric lens goggle but don’t want to spend Smith I/O Mag amounts of money, check out the Wildhorn Maxfield.

Review

See our detailed review of the Wildhorn Maxfield Toric Ski Goggles to learn more.

Silver Maxfield front view

5. Best Under $50 – Outdoor Master PRO

Outdoor Master Pro goggle product image

Get 10-20% OFF with code ERO2022 at OUTDOOR MASTER

What we liked:

  • Variety of styles and lens tints
  • Low cost
  • Variety of colors and lenses

What we didn’t like:

  • Lenses aren’t as good as Oakley PRIZM and Smith Chromapop

Summary

The OutdoorMaster Pro XM Frameless Goggles are a great low cost full feature goggle. These goggles feature a magnetic swapping spherical lens. They are also OTG compatible for those of us who wear prescription glasses. Only one lens is included with the goggles if you buy from Amazon. A combo with a second lens is available directly from OutdoorMaster. Other lenses can are available separately.

These goggles have dual pane lenses with anti-fog coating and ventilation. Their anti-fog performance is okay but not as good as other higher cost ski goggles. The magnets attaching the lens could be stronger. The lens can be knocked off while adjusting your goggles or during a fall. The spherical lens has high clarity and low distortion. It doesn’t have the great color refraction that the Chromopop/SONAR/Vivid/PRIZM have. For the cost, you still get good performance on bright days.

These goggles are an excellent value. They have most of the performance of more expensive goggles at a much lower price. This makes it our best value pick for best under $50 ski goggles.

Full Review

See our detailed review of the OutdoorMaster Pro ski goggles to learn more.

OM Pro on the snow

6. Outdoor Master Ultra

OM Ultra XL Product Image

Specifications

  • Fit – Large
  • Lens Shape – Toric
  • Swappable lenses – Yes, magnetic
  • Included Lenses – 2 Primary Lens and 90% Clear or 85% Blue
  • OTG Compatible – Yes

Get 10-20% OFF with code ERO2022 at OUTDOOR MASTER

What we liked:

  • Overall great value and performance
  • Great performing lenses in all conditions
  • Easy magnetic lens swapping
  • Comfortable fit and feel
  • They include 2 lenses

What we didn’t like:

  • Only available in large size
  • No low bridge fit version is available
  • No cylindrical lens version

You can spend $200 to $300 or even more for a pair of ski goggles. How much do you have to spend to get all the features of the high end goggles? The answer is under $100. The Outdoor Master Ultra ski goggles feature the best of everything from high end goggles and are priced under $100.

The Ultras have toric shaped lenses with color optimiztion similar to what you will find from Smith Chromapop. They have clarity as good as Oakley Prizm lenses. They have a magnetic lens swapping system similar to the Anon M4. They have really good anti-fog performance as well. For $100 you get 2 lenses, 2 microfiber bags, and a hard case. If you want it all but don’t want to spend it all to get them, the Outdoor Master Ultras are the way to go.

Review

See our detailed review of the Outdoor Master Ultra Ski Goggles to learn more.

Ultra XL at SB

7. Smith Frontier

Smith Frontier product image

Overall Score

81
Lens Clarity8.0


Field of View9.0


Flat Light Performance9.0


Anti-fog Performance8.0


Lens Swapping6.0


Comfort8.5

What we liked:

  • Low cost
  • Good performing lens in flat light
  • Wide field of view
  • Stylish cylindrical lens look
  • Great anti-fog performance
  • Durable construction
  • Includes microfiber bag for cleaning and storage

What we didn’t like:

  • No swappable lenses
  • Only single layer face foam

Summary

The Smith Frontier Goggles are the entry level goggle from Smith. Don’t let the low cost fool you. They still have really good lenses and anti-fog performance. They aren’t technically ChromaPop lenses. They do still have the the characteristic yellowish/orange color filtering when viewed from the inside. They perform really well on flat light days.

The Frontier is a basic goggle with non-swappable cylindrical lenses. There is no magnetic or other fancy lens swapping. For the price, you could get 2 pairs and be setup good for almost any condition. The lens has Smith Fog-X anti-fog coating along with lots of ventilation to stay fog free on the mountain.

The Frontier frame only has a single layer face foam instead of the more typical 3 layer. They are still comfortable to wear with good field of view. It has solid durable construction and should last for years of use on the slopes.

The Smith Frontier ski goggles are a great cheap goggle option for those wanting good flat light performance in a cheap durable goggle.

Review

See our full test & review of the Smith Frontier goggles to learn more.

Frontier fit with vantage helmet

Doug Ryan Portrait Skiing 200x200

Ryan Craig
Co-Founder & Chief Editor

I am a total gear nerd and love learning how things work and thinking about how they could be improved. Nothing excites me more than trying out new gear. I’d rather spend 3 hours taking my bike apart and learning how to change something than go to a bike shop. These days, I reside in Michigan by the Great Lakes and go skiing, biking, and boating as much as possible. Visit our About Us page and learn more.

ryan@lowbudgetadventurer.com

Sharing is caring!

Leave a Comment