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First and foremost, the function of a goggle is to facilitate your being able to get a good look at the world around you. Of course, second to that is for the goggle to enable you to look good to that same world. Well maybe “good” isn’t the right word for it, because sometimes you want to look evil. - Pat Bridges

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Smith I/O

The Smith I/O with the “Blackout” lens truly is an unforgettable combo. Fifty years ago this winter, Bob Smith patented the first dual lens goggle and in doing so became a true visionary. Half a century later, Bob’s pioneering lens technology has been tapered from the optical center to the peripheral region, alleviating distortion caused by refracted rays and ensuring that this is one “Blackout” that won’t leave you with any regrets. smithoptics.com MSRP: $180.00

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Dragon NFX2

This particular NFX2 colorway is called the “Knight Rider,” which is perfect considering that these goggles will go with any kit. Despite their black on black aesthetic, these frames are equally at home in the white room where the armored venting is particularly adept at expelling pow. dragonalliance.com MSRP: $200.00

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Electric EG3

Creation Records was the UK-based label that was home to such influential 90s Britania bands as Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, Teenage Fanclub, Oasis and The Jesus and Mary Chain as well as iconic American crooners Bob Mould and Guided By Voices. The only thing this has to do with snowboard goggles is that the Creation catalog also included a band called Black EG. While the dark tones of the Electric EG3 are somewhat similar to their audio counterparts, the ergonomic frame design and Electric Press Seal system make these goggles a much more sound investment than anything Black EG ever put out there. electriccalifornia.com MSRP: $220.00

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Giro Contact

At first glance it would appear that the new Giro Contact Black Fabricator frame with the Limo Tint lens relies upon the dark arts to achieve its versatile properties. Yet rather than the occult, the Contact relies upon magnets for its quick and convenient Snap Shot lens changing powers. As for the visibility, well, those Carl Zeiss optics are devilishly good. giro.com MSRP: $240.00

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Shred Stupefy

Ok, so these Shred Stupefy frames aren’t entirely murdered out but if you’ve ever been to a crime scene you’ll probably see some blood. Aesthetics aside, the Stupefys are a cut above other optical options. Of special note is the Triple Face Foam. Who knew the anti-fog breathability features of a goggle could be engineered to help people do triple corks? shredoptics.com MSRP: $179.99

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anon. Mig MFI

Anon., the brand that redefined quick-change goggle technology for the ADD generation is back with more magnetics. Using the same connection concepts inherent to their lens interface, anon. has integrated the Mig frame with the MFI baklava. Excuse us. We didn’t mean to infer that the Mig is compatible with an exotic dessert. What we meant to say was MFI balaclava, but either way the results are something pretty sweet. anonoptics.com MSRP: $189.95

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Oakley O2XL

Just take a second and breathe in all that is the O2XL. With this model, Oakley has paired a large field of vision with a frame void of the bulk commonly found on exaggerated goggle options. Though SNOWBOARDER isn’t a fan of big pharma it is worth pointing out that O2XL is engineered to be compatible with an assortment of prescription glasses. oakley.com MSRP: $70.00

P: Mike Yoshida

Quiksilver Hubble

Launched into earth’s orbit in 1990, the Hubble Telescope has spent the last quarter of a century as a tool for astrologers to explore the horoscopes of far away galaxies. This is why Travis Rice, a stable and balanced Libra, has made the Hubble his goggle of choice for whenever he launches. All it takes is seeing him ride once to realize that everything he does is astronomical. quiksilver.com MSRP: $199.95

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Sandbox Boss

Sometimes things aren’t merely a matter of black or white. Take the lens of the Sandbox Boss for instance. Rather than relying on having the wearer change lenses to suit the conditions, the Boss benefits from photochromic technology that allows the lens itself to adapt to any given light situation. In other words, this is one Boss that’ll do all the work for you. sandboxland.com MSRP: $170.00

P: Mike Yoshida

Spy Ace

When you have a pair of Spy’s black Aces in your hand you’ll be ready for anything Mother Nature deals your way. Of course, these goggles draw upon the legend of Wild Bill Hickok, whose famous “Dead Man’s Hand” included both the ace of spades and clubs. Perhaps the infamous gunslinger may have fared better had he been decked out with these goggles and their Quick-Draw Duel Lens Change System. Or imagine if he had an actual spy to tell him when someone was about to shoot him in the back of the head. spyoptic.com MSRP: $120.00

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VonZipper Jetpack

Ironically, once you put ’em on, you’ll probably find a pair of the VZ Jetpack goggles hard to takeoff. And if reading that last sentence put a smile on your face, then imagine what actually wearing a pair will do. In all seriousness, the Jetpack in jet black comes with plenty of features to get worked up over, like the 4-Play Lens Interchange System, which will get you ready for anything. vonzipper.com MSRP: $200.00