Best Smith Alternatives
On the slopes, brand names don’t matter. Only the effectiveness, durability, and comfort of your gear make a difference. It’s not like walking down the runway at a fashion show, where you’ve got thousands of eyes on you. The only people who will notice the brand of goggles you wear will be the ones who are back at the lodge sipping cocoa.
In case it isn’t obvious, today we’re talking about alternatives to Smith goggles. Other than Oakley, Smith is one of the most respected names in ski goggles. But like people who insist that a Mercedes is better than a Toyota, is it just the prestige of the brand, or is there something to the idea that “more expensive = better”?
When it comes to goggles, what traits should you look for? In our guide, we’ll take a look at some of the best Smith alternatives on the market.
Most Important Features for Ski Goggles
When it comes to ski goggles, what really matters? Here are the features you need:
● Protection: Do they keep your eyes safe?
● Visibility: Can you still see in low light or flat light conditions?
● Fogging: Do they come with fog-mitigation features?
● Field of View: Can you look up, down, and side to side without moving your head?
● Comfort: Can you wear them all day without soreness?
● Aesthetics: Do you like how you look in them?
● Price: Are you getting your money’s worth?
Maybe you want the best, and a brand name like Smith is how you think you’ll get the best. But keep in mind that competition, technology, and manufacturing are challenging the established brands.
Let’s say you want to find a set of goggles that have the fit, form, and function of Smiths without having to buy Smiths. What are your alternatives?
If you’ve got the cash to spend and simply want the best goggles money can buy, it’s not as simple as, “I like that brand!”
Every manufacturer has high-end models and more affordable models. For higher-end models, you can expect more technology to accommodate a wider range of conditions.
Let’s take a look at some high-end goggles on the market and go over the features that make them desirable.
Price: $159.99Buy Now
The MagFlight is the newest offering from Glade Optics, and it’s probably their best product yet. They offer everything that the Challenger and Adapt goggles do and more—just swap out the photochromic lenses from the Adapt for an interchangeable lens system that offers great adaptability and more excellent style options. While you may be paying more for these than the other selections, it’s not too much more, and the MagFlight is worth every extra penny.
The MagFlight offers an anti-fog, anti-scratch, virtually shatterproof lens with 100% UV protection and UV400 protection. The Max Comfort TPU frame with ultra-soft foam makes these extra comfortable, and the 180-degree field of view makes them extra effective at allowing you to see the trail ahead.
We think all the different Glade goggles look great, but the MagFlight takes their sleek look to another level. These are some of the coolest-looking ski goggles we’ve ever reviewed. There are only four color selections, but everyone looks incredible, and interchangeable lenses open the door for even more style choices.
While they are $30 more than the Adapt and $56 more than the Challenger, these goggles still aren’t all that pricey when you consider what you’re getting with them. Goggles with interchangeable lenses are usually more expensive than this and rarely look as cool as the MagFlight. All in all, these goggles may actually be Glade’s best bang-for-your-buck deal.
Smith Skyline XL
Price: $119.99Buy Now
The Smith Skyline XL goggles are strong, wide goggles that have the benefit of fitting over most normal pairs of glasses. You can even get them with Smith’s optical docking system (ODS) for prescription lens inserts.
Like all Smith goggles, they’re of excellent quality. You can get non-XL versions of the goggles for less money, but they don’t fit over glasses, nor do they have the ODS system.
Reviewers have complained about lenses that scratch too easily, but this is rare. The lenses themselves are plenty strong to protect your eyes, and they have 100% UV protection!
Their Chromapop lens is every bit as good as you’d want them to be for the flat light and low light conditions you might encounter. BUT these goggles don’t have a quick-change system for swapping lenses easily on the slopes.
Grab the lens you want and put it in before you leave. If you want interchangeable lenses, you’ll have to upgrade to the I/O goggles or the MAG series.
The Fog-X anti-fogging is quite effective, but depending on the shape of your face, the ventilation can tunnel wind inside the goggles at higher speeds.
Field of View
One of the best features of the goggles? They are WIDE! You’ll see the whole slope, no problem!
The Skyline XLs are precise, comfortable, and excellent goggles to have on your face all day.
These are designed to be more utilitarian than gorgeous, but they’re still Smiths, and they do have that pleasing curve and wide strap.
The Glade Challenger goggles check pretty much all the boxes in the battle against fog. Anti-fog coatings? Check. Great ventilation? Check. Fog-defeating double lens system? Check. Yeah, you’ll definitely be seeing the slopes clearly with these!
The Glade Challenger’s lenses are anti-scratch, 100% UV-protected, and available in multiple VLT options. They real so made with a wide design in order to enhance your peripheral vision. They even include a microfiber carrying case.
These goggles may not come in the wide variety of color and strap options that some others on this list offer, but their overall design is beautiful, so you won’t be sacrificing much for all of the great features, especially at this price point.
We thought we were impressed with the palatable price tag on the Smith Squads, but these goggles almost make them look overpriced. If you’re looking for anti-fog goggles that are also anti-overdraft, you’ve found your selection in the Glade Challengers
Price: $110.00Buy Now
Two of the most important factors to consider when you’re looking for ski goggles with the ability to fight fog are ventilation and anti-fog coating. With the Smith Squad goggles, you get both of those features at an undeniably agreeable price point.
Their Cylindrical Carbonic-x lens is designed with built-in airflow technology that allows the goggles to breathe away all of that hot and humid air. The Fog-x inner lens prevents any of the hot air that manages to stick around from fogging up your goggles.
Dual-layer moisture-wicking face foam makes for a dry and comfortable experience while also helping to prevent fogging. The set comes with a free replacement lens and a microfiber goggle bag, too. The Smith Squad goggles are designed for perfect compatibility with Smith ski helmets, so if you already own one, these are definitely the anti-fog goggles for you.
The Smith Squad goggles are available with seven different lens colors and three different strap colors, making for a total of 21 combined unique looks. Not a bad selection if you’re trying to match your goggles to your other snow gear.
Perhaps the most enticing aspect of the Smith Squad goggles is that they ring in at a reasonable $110, so your efforts to combat lens fog won’t necessarily break the bank. All of those features and color options at that price point are a steal in our book.