Sizing Guide for Ski Goggles

Having a proper fitting goggle is a key factor to enjoying a day on the slopes, getting a clear field of view of the mountains around you, and protecting your eyes and face from the elements. A good fitting ski goggle will have a seamless wrap across your face, and not pinch your nose.

Ski Goggle Fit Considerations

There are a few things that you should consider while looking for a properly fitting goggle.

Will you be wearing a helmet?

Just about every ski goggle is now helmet compatible, and some helmet manufactures make helmets that have adjustments that will help compensate for oversized goggles. A goggle should have a seamless interface between the brim or forehead and the top of the goggle. Any extra space there will create a gap know as “gaper gap” that exposes your forehead to the sun, wind, and snow that can be very uncomfortable.

Strap Adjustments

The strap on all goggles is adjustable to allow an adequate amount of pressure across your face to keep the elements out, but still be comfortable.

How should my goggles fit and feel?

A goggle should feel snug across your cheek bones, forehead and nose without pinching or causing discomfort. The bridge of the nose can be the most common place for pinching. It can easily be corrected by adjusting the elastic strap. The goggle should also not give you any pressure on the outer eye socket or anywhere else near the orbital bone. If you are getting pressure then a larger frame is the remedy for that.

The Frame Size of your goggles can vary depending on the size of your head and face, or what kind of style you are looking for.

Some terms that we use when describing goggles are:

  • Small Frame goggles: Small Frame goggles have a smaller fit by being narrower, shorter, and shallower than other frame sizes. They are designed for smaller faces or for skiers who are looking for a smaller goggle fit. One key thing to know is that small frame goggles do not offer you a smaller field of vision. The lens style and shape is the determining factor as to how large your field of view will be.
  • Medium Frame goggles: Medium Frame goggles have a very average depth, width and height. They tend to have a very universal fit for both sexes, and growing teenagers. Medium Framed Goggles can also come with a wide variety of lens shapes, tints, and technologies.
  • Large Frame goggles: Large Frame goggles have a very wide, tall and deep frame size that best fit larger faces, or for skiers who are seeking that oversized goggle look, which has become increasingly popular of the last few seasons. Just because a goggle has a large frame, it does not necessarily mean that it has a large field of vision. The lens style and shape is the determining factor as to how large your field of view will be.
  • OTG Goggles: OTG Goggles are designed to have a taller, deeper, and wider frame to accommodate skiers who choose to wear their prescription glasses underneath their goggles.
  • Adult Ski Goggles: Adult Ski Goggles are adult style goggles made to fit adults or teenagers. They tend to fit a fairly standard head shape.
  • Women’s Specific Goggles typically have a narrower and smaller frame for a better fit for the smaller female face.
  • Kid’s goggles: Kid’s goggles are designed for smaller faces that usually have a simple, inexpensive lens to improve their durability and keep them inexpensive. The only differences between boys and girls goggles are going to be the colors and graphics.
  • Alternative Fit Ski Goggles: Alternative Fit Ski Goggles are designed to fit the Asian facial anatomy by offering a deeper nose bridge. The curvature of the frame has also been minimized to prevent pressure on the cheeks and temples. Alternative fit goggles offer a more natural fit which will also provide the greatest optical performance and protection while alleviating any unwanted pressure points.