For me, a sign of a well-designed piece of gear is how little cursing is involved with first getting a gear item dialed and functioning. When I frantically ripped open the box containing my new Sweet Protection goggles an hour before the lifts started running on a powder day this winter, I expected to do my share of expletive hurling.

Sweet Protection Interstellar Goggles

To my surprise, adjusting the Interstellar goggles was almost too easy and switching out the lenses was shockingly intuitive and doable without leaving your fingerprints all over them. And the proprietary lens-technology provides enhanced contrast in low-light conditions with excellent anti-fog protection, a welcome technology when visibility deteriorates.

MSRP: $199.95 Sweetprotection.com