Best Ski Goggles For Small Faces (Asian Fit)

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Are you struggling to find a pair of ski goggles that fit properly and don’t wiggle off or have air gaps between the foam?

If you have a smaller face or nose and the goggles that you’ve tried on just don’t fit properly, then its more than likely that you will benefit from a smaller pair and/or an Asian Fit style of goggle.

Comparison Table

Ski GogglesNameAwardPrice
Smith Optics I/OSBest All RoundCheck Price
Oakley Airbrake Best FitCheck Price
Oakley Flight Deck Best LensCheck Price
Smith OpticsRunner upCheck Price

What are Asian Fit Goggles?

Asian Fit goggles are designed specifically for people with a flat nose bridge. Generally, people of East Asian descent have this smaller and flatter nose bridge. Asian fit goggles have another layer of face foam so that you can get a tight seal. If you have a smaller face or a smaller nose bridge then you’ll also benefit from the extra foam. The lenses are exactly the same, it’s just the extra foam (and the frame shape may be a different shape). Asian fit is often marked as an (A) in the product title.

Asian Fit Snow Goggles Explained | SportRx.com

If you’re unsure if you’d benefit from an Asian fit (you don’t have to be Asian to benefit) then watch the video above by SportRX which explains how the extra foam fits when compared to regular goggles.

What sizes do goggles come in?

Ski goggles come in a range of sizes from small to extra large. Extra large spherical goggles are all the rage at the moment as they provide a greater field of vision and also cover up more exposed skin from the cold. For skiers or snowboarders with smaller faces however, these larger goggles don’t always provide the best fit.

The key is to look for these large spherical goggles in Asian fit or choose a smaller goggle.

#1 Smith Optics I/OS Asian Fit Snow Goggle Women’s 2019

My Top Pick

New for 2019/20 seasons these are beautiful pair of goggles from World renowned Smith Optics. They have a purple finish and make use of the latest in ChromaPop lens technology, which is crystal clear and provides a sharp contrast to allow you to see shadows in the snow.

The frames provide a wide field of vision but are a smaller Women’s fit designed for smaller feminine face shapes. They’re also an Asian fit which gives them extra face foam and a tighter seal if you have a smaller nose or flatter nose bridge.

Awesome features
  • Latest in ChromaPop lens technology which increases contrast for crystal clear vision.
  • Smaller medium women & Asian fit with extra face foam.
  • 3-layer DriWix face foam – moisture wicking and very comfortable.
  • Interchangeable magnetic lenses.
  • Porex filter to remove any optical distortion when skiing at different elevations.
  • Beautiful lens tint and strap color combos – new for 2019/20.
Downsides
  • Not cheap

Where to Buy: Check Price on Amazon


#2 Oakley Men’s Airbrake (A) Snow Goggles

The Airbrake are high tech goggles that use the latest in Prizm technology and an adaptable frame. These come in an Asian fit with extra face foam and contours designed for the smaller face shape.

Although these are more expensive than the Flight deck (review below) they come with 2 lenses out of the box (one for bright days and one for lighter days).

Awesome features
  • Prizm® technology for epic contrast and clarity of vision to see troughs and bumps in the snow.
  • Easily interchange the lenses across a range of 12 lens options.
  • Asian fit which gives this extra face foam near the bridge of the nose for a tighter fit.
  • Comes with x2 lenses, one for bright days and low light days.
Downsides
  • Still a larger frame that won’t be right some people.

Oakley Asian Fit Ski and Snowboard Goggles

Where to Buy: Check Price on Amazon


#3 Oakley Men’s Flight Deck (A) Snow Goggles

The Oakley flight deck are a large spherical goggle that make use of Oakleys Prizm technology – a rival to Smiths ChromaPop – which provides clear vision and contrast in snowy environments.

Despite the large frame, these goggles have flexible frame shape and extra face foam around the nose fora tighter seal for skiers or snowboarders with smaller faces.

Awesome features
  • Prizm® technology for sharp contrast and clarity.
  • Discreet frame notches make these glasses compatible.
  • Asian fit with extra face foam works with flatter nose bridges and smaller faces.
  • Rimless lens design for a wide field of view.
  • Flexible O Matter frame makes a tight seal and adapts to your face foam.
Downsides
  • Lenses not as easy to interchange as the Airbrake tab system.

Oakley Flight Deck vs. Airbrake XL Goggles | SportRx

Where to Buy: Check Price on Amazon

P.S If you have a large nose bridge but want a smaller fit, then choose the Oakley Flight Deck XM which is a smaller version of this goggle.


#4 Smith Optics Asian Fit Snow Goggles

These are my mid-tier pick. While these goggles don’t make use of the latest in ChromaPop they are a great pair of mid-range lenses with a medium fit that will work well for people with smaller faces.

Awesome features
  • Excellent optics from Smith.
  • Lens vents and effective anti-fog coating.
  • Lifetime warranty.
Downsides
  • Lenses not interchangeable.

Where to Buy: Check Price on Amazon


#5 Giro Index OTG Asian Fit Snow Goggles

If you have a smaller face shape but want Over the Glasses or OTG goggles that work well with spectacles then these are my top pick. They’re a medium fit but have thicker face foam for more comfort and compatibility with most frame shapes.

Awesome features
  • Asian fit with extra face foam for a tight comfortable fit.
  • Medium fit makes this great for smaller faces.
  • OTG compatible which makes this great if you have a small face and also wear glasses.
Downsides
  • Lenses are not interchangeable.

Giro Index OTG Goggles

Where to Buy: Check Price on Amazon


How to stop goggles fogging?

Goggles fog up when warm air on the inside meets the cold lens. Trapped humid air that can’t escape will condense as water droplets on the surface of the lens and reflect light away from your eyes.

#1 Get the right fit

Poorly fitted goggles are more likely to fog up as warm air trapped within the frame will not circulate as efficiently through the vents. A gap above the nose will let in the wind, snow and potentially warm humid air that is trapped in from a neck warmer or balaclava.

The first step to preventing goggle fog is to find a fit that comfortably sits all around your face from the nose to the brow without any gap between the face foam and your skin.

fog-free ski lens

#2 Don’t overheat

Getting too hot under the collar is another surefire way to fee hot and humid air into your goggles and increase the chances of them fogging up. To prevent this from happening, don’t get sweaty. Undo a button, lower your neck warmer and let your body heat escape. It’s also worth checking to see if the vents on your helmet are activated.

It’s important to stay warm on the mountain, but it’s also easy to get hot and sweaty as skiing and snowboarding are rigorous demanding sports that generate plenty of bodily heat. A common way in which out heat gets forced into our goggles is from a tucked in balaclava or neck warmer that is positioned too high up on our face. If the air can’t escape then the humid air will condense and fog up our lenses.

#3 Invest in a quality pair of lenses.

Not all ski goggles are equal and some such as Oakley and Smith Optics do a much better job of preventing water vapor from condensing. They use special anti-fog coatings that do an amazing job to prevent fogging and are well worth the extra price tag. P.S I have reviews of the best anti-fog goggles here.

P.S These are extracts from my longer article on preventing goggle fog here.


Final thoughts

Every person has a unique face structure and some of us need a more adaptable ski goggle that works with a smaller face or shallow nose bridge. Look for ski goggles with an Asian (not just for people of Asian descent) or a medium fit if you don’t like the oversized look or feel.

Best Overall Ski Goggles.

If you’re looking my overall pick for the best ski goggles – read my in-depth review for this season.

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P.s If you’re interested check out my other ski goggle reviews:

Author: Simon Naylor

Hi – I’m Simon, I started NewToSki.com to write about everything I wish someone had told me when I started learning to ski.