Swooping in and snagging the Editors' Choice Award is the Oakley Airbrake XL despite tough competition from top-shelf models. This very comfortable pair of goggles is awesome for lots of reasons without suffering any significant drawbacks. It performs very well across the board, landing at or near the top in every test metric. The latest Airbrake XL endured our rigorous testing well, through all weather conditions both at the resort and in the Tahoe backcountry. The durability, functionality, superior optical quality, and ease of lens swapping are sure to please even the pickiest of users, especially given the number of lens choices. This competitor even performed well while shoveling and getting blasted with blowback from intentionally blowing snow into the wind! It fits equally well with or without a helmet, providing great optics and protection for all scenarios. The price is steep but worth the price, especially since Oakley includes two lenses with each pair, one for bright light and one for low light conditions.
If you prefer to save money while still riding away with a solid pair, the Smith Squad ChromaPop might be for you. Although not of the Airbrake quality, two lenses come with the ChromaPop, and its strong durability increases its value. For resort riders who live and die by style points, check out the bold Dragon NFX, which offers top-notch protection on top of trend-setting looks.