Best Ski Goggles For Big Noses | My 3 Top Picks This Year!

by Fraser
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A major problem for skiers with big noses is finding ski goggles large enough to fit their face. Normal goggles can be painful and prone to severe fogging issues. As a larger nosed gentleman myself, I decided to track down the best ski goggles for big noses. 

The best ski goggles for big noses are the Smith I/O Mag XL Snow Goggles. Smith is a leading snow goggle brand, making extra-large goggles with an excellent fit for big noses. These goggles also have ChromaPop lens technology to enhance vision.

Having tested over 20-pairs of goggles this year alone, I’m pretty confident one of the below goggles will be perfect for you. Keep reading!

 

Best Overall: Smith I/O Mag XL Snow Goggles

With their extra-large size and ChromaPop lens technology, Smith I/O Mag Snow Goggles fit well on big noses. The size gives you excellent peripheral vision and comfort. You get two top-quality lenses with the goggles, which you can swap very quickly. The goggles are also compatible with all helmet sizes.

SMITH I/O MAG XL Snow Goggles Black/ChromaPop Sun Red Mirror
  • Fit: Large fit; Available in Low Bridge Fit for faces with a lower nose bridge and/or a wide or high cheekbone shape. Responsive Fit frame adjusts to your face for a precise, comfortable fit. Three-layer DriWix face foam wicks moisture for a fog-free fit.
  • Integration: Designed for ultimate integration with Smith helmets for maximum comfort, venting and fog-free performance. QuickFit strap adjustment system lets you find the right fit fast. Ultra-wide, silicone-backed strap stays put.
  • Vision: Spherical Carbonic-x lens for distortion-free optics and impact resistance. ChromaPop lenses enhance contrast and natural color to make the details pop. 5X anti-fog inner lens for advanced fog-free performance. Smith MAG lens change system uses magnets for quick, easy lens changes. Fits over the glasses (OTG ) and is compatible with our optical docking system (ODS) prescription lens insert.
  • Include: Some Goggles include Bright light and low light ChromaPop performance tints, Microfiber goggle bag with replacement lens sleeve and Microfiber goggle bag with replacement lens sleeve.

Pros

  • Adjustable straps: The I/O Mag XL Goggles have adjustable straps that allow you to alter the fit according to your nose. Even with the helmet, you can adjust until the goggles feel comfortable without compromising your peripheral vision.
  • Excellent vision: The goggles give you excellent vision in light and dark light during the day. The ChromaPop lens technology keeps your vision clear in all weather conditions. I/O Mag XL goggles also have anti-fog lenses, making skiing safer even in the fog.

Cons

  • The price tag: Premium goggles come with a more premium price-tag. The price also stacks up if you start to buy multiple lenses.
  • Night Vision: Even though the lenses are of high quality, the low lens may give you slightly duller vision at night. So, if you love skiing at night, buy one of their night-specific lenses.

Best Vision: Oakley Flight Deck Prizm Large

Oakley is a market leader in ski goggles, and the Flight Deck Prizm goggles live up to their reputation. The goggles are stylish, comfortable, and fit well on larger noses. The oversized straps allow you to adjust the frame until you get the right fit. The goggles also come with a microfiber case.

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Oakley mens Flight Deck, Matte White W/Prizm Jade Iridium , Large
  • OAKLEY FLIGHT DECK SKI GOGGLES: Inspired by the helmet visors of fighter pilots, our snow goggles maximize your field of view, so you won't miss a single target of opportunity.
  • PRIZM + HDO TECHNOLOGY: Prizm engineered lenses help you see contrast on the mountain in a variety of light and snow conditions, plus, ski goggles with Oakley High Definition Optics (HDO) offer truer, more accurate vision versus conventional lenses.
  • PRESCRIPTION EYEWEAR COMPATIBLE: Discreet frame notches at temples provide compatibility with most prescription eyewear + F3 Antifog coating to absorb moisture and eliminate haze, protection against UVA/UVB/UVC + blue light protection.
  • RIDGELOCK TECHNOLOGY + HIGH IMPACT: Changing lenses is quick and easy, while still allowing complete a lens seal to prevent harsh conditions from penetrating into your goggle + lenses meets impact requirements based on ANSI Z87.1 and EN 166 standards.
  • FLEXIBLE O MATTER FRAME + TRIPLE LAYER FOAM: A soft and pliable Oakley goggle frame conforms to your face like our ski and snowboard goggles were meant just for you + triple layer foam provides all-day comfort with moisture-wicking polar fleece lining.

Pros

  • Top-quality lenses: Oakley Flight Deck Prizm goggles boast top-of-the-line lenses . The design is frameless with super wide lenses. The size of the Prizm lenses gives you a wide field of vision and the sharpest visibility.
  • Excellent comfort: The large size, wide shape, and frameless design make the goggles very comfortable. The absence of the frame reduces weight or pressure on larger noses. The shape of the goggles doesn’t compromise comfort, even when you have prescription glasses underneath. The goggles also go well with all types of helmets.
  • Awesome aesthetics: You can’t deny that these goggles look incredible. I know it wrong, but I always ride better if I feel like I look the part (think Tom Cruise in the original Topgun). 

Cons

  • Difficult lens-changing system: The lens-changing system of the Flight Deck Prizm is perhaps a weakness. You will need to put extra pressure on the frame to get the lens out, increasing the chances of breakage. This can lead to fingerprints on the lens so make sure you also known how to clean your lenses.
  • Weaker ventilation system: The vent system isn’t as great along the bottom edges. It can cause a little trouble with fogging and overheating. So, you may have to tinker with your helmet and wait for your face to cool down. Use my goggle fogging solutions if you have any issues. 

Discount code: Use promo code SBDAYS15 for an extra 15% off your order (when purchased through Outdoormaster directly). 

Regular readers will know that I’m a big fan of Outdoormaster goggles. They offer much better value for money and most models still have excellent features. The Ultra’s nose bridge is nicely crafted and allows plenty of space, without causing air leaks. 

Having tried nearly every product in the OutdoorMaster range, the ultra is definitely their best ski goggle for big noses.

Best Bang For Your Buck!
3. OutdoorMaster PRO Snowboard Goggles
  • Only $99 at the time of writing this!
  • Exceedingly comfy, easily accommodated my nose
  • Great anti-fog properties 
  • Excellent field of vision
  • Huge choice of lenses

 

Pros

  • Awesome contrast: The lens tech makes it super easy to see uneven terrain and bumps in the snow, even on overcast days. 
  • Best in class anti-fog coating: Really impressive anti-fog properties that does compete with the much more expensive goggles on the list. 
  • Magnetic Lens Changing System: Similar to some of the Burton line, the lenses can be changed super quickly. This is because they use a magnetic system in the frame so you can literally pop one off and another on. This beats the smith and oakley system hands-down. 
  • Premium appearance: manages to rival the other products, despite coming in at a much cheaper price point.

Cons

  • Peripheral vision: Wide field of vision but can’t quite beat out the Oakley Flight Deck. 

You can read our full Outdoor Master Ultra Snow Goggle Review here. 

Final Thoughts

It is not always easy to find affordable ski goggles for big noses.

You can’t simply buy larger-sized goggles as this often puts extra pressure on the bridge of your nose. That’s why I tested endless pairs of goggles this season. 

I’m therefore pretty confident that the pairs I’ve chosen are the best ski goggles for big noses. 

Hopefully that helps!

Happy riding.

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5 comments

Henry July 27, 2023 - 11:10 pm

This was super helpful for me (and my big nose).
Thanks

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Marlon July 31, 2023 - 4:15 pm

Are Smith a reasonable choice for beginners?

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Fraser August 3, 2023 - 9:57 am

Yep! Smith Optics make great gear for all riders (and noses!).

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Shayne August 7, 2023 - 8:19 pm

Strange question… how big does a nose have to be before buying specific big nose snowboard goggles? Asking for a friend

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Fraser August 7, 2023 - 11:57 pm

Tell your “friend” there’s no hard and fast rule, it’s all about comfort . Having said that, because the padding is pretty good these days, they accommodate a range of medium to large noses without any issues. If you order some and they’re not right, you can always swap them out or return them (before using them!).

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