A high-quality pair of ski goggles can easily last for three years or more if properly cared for. A few factors can impact how long goggles last, like how often you ski and if they are correctly stored.
I’ve been skiing for most of my life, and I’ve learned quite a bit over the years. I’ve worn dozens of different goggles, so I have first-hand experience understanding how long they last.
This post will tell you how long ski goggles last and a few critical factors related to their overall lifespan.
Keep reading to find out more.
Ski Goggle Lifespan
If you treat your goggles properly and don’t experience any random accidents, you can expect them to last three years or more. I’d say the average lifespan is 2-3 years, but I’ve seen goggles last much longer or shorter than this.
Every goggle model is a little bit different. They are built with different materials using varying techniques. This means that they all won’t wear out the same way, over the same length of time.
Every skier is also different, and they each treat their equipment differently. This can play a significant role in ski goggle lifespan, so it’s hard to put an exact timeframe on a specific pair of goggles.
Factors That Impact How Long Goggles Will Last
Two significant factors impact how long your ski goggles will last. These are the quality of goggles you purchase and how you treat the goggles in real life.
Like any other piece of skiing equipment (or anything, really), there are low-quality, medium-quality, and high-quality ski goggle options.
The highest quality options typically last the longest because they are built with the strongest materials and often have warrantees. The cheaper options are made with lesser-quality materials, which can wear out much faster.
How you treat your goggles also plays a significant role in how long they will last. A high-quality option won’t last long if you bury it on the bottom of your equipment pile and never put it back in a carrying case or bag.
If you want the longest lifespan possible, you should invest in a high-quality set of goggles and really baby them. They might cost more upfront, but they can pay off in the long run.
Always be careful with ski goggles to reduce the possibility of them getting crushed or ruined. Put them in a carrying bag or case when not in use, and make sure not to put other items on top of them in storage.
Can You Fix Worn Out Goggles?
If your ski goggles are starting to show their age, you might be able to replace the lenses and get a little more life out of them.
Many models have a replaceable lens feature that allows you to swap lenses in and out easily. If your lenses are scratched or cloudy, you can replace them with a new one for like-new performance.
If the rest of your goggles are worn out and falling apart, there isn’t much you can do. If the strap is no longer elastic or the foam and/or plastic is broken or worn down, you’ll need to buy new goggles.
Here are a few quick answers to some common questions about ski goggle life.
Can you replace foam on ski goggles?
It’s pretty tricky to replace foam on ski goggles. While I’ve seen it done before, you need specialized materials and tools to replace the foam effectively. If your foam is worn out or torn, you’ll probably need a new set of goggles.
Are cheap ski goggles any good?
Cheap ski goggles are better than no goggles at all. But high-quality options that cost more will offer better overall performance. There are decent budget ski goggles out there, but these don’t come close to providing what the best models do.
A high-quality set of ski goggles can last for three years or more if you are careful with them. Lower quality options won’t last as long, so it’s worth investing in a pair that you can rely on.
No piece of ski equipment is indestructible, but if you treat your goggles properly and are careful, they should last for a minimum of 2-3 years.