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Hunter Bierce
PSIA Ski Instructor
Hunter Bierce is a PSIA Ski Instructor and multidisciplinary outdoor professional.

PRODUCT REVIEW

Outdoor Master Pro Classic Ski Goggles

Skiing has an incredibly high financial barrier of entry. Between the boots, the skis, the bindings, and outerwear- the last thing you need is to spend a few hundred dollars on a pair of goggles.

Like it or not, having a dependable pair of goggles is an essential component of your kit, necessary not only for your enjoyment but also for your safety. Thankfully, Outdoor Master with their Pro Classic goggle offers an alternative to high-cost models from brands such as Smith or Oakley.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.4

Reasons to buy

  • One of the best budget options on the market
  • Compatible with a wide range of helmets
  • The extensive selection of lenses makes them incredibly versatile
  • Stylish oversized spherical look

Reasons NOT to buy

  • Vision quality is lacking compared to high-end models
  • The frames are less durable than the competition and won't last heavy use over multiple seasons

Though they don’t hold up to top-of-the-line models in terms of visual quality and durability, Outdoor Master’s goggles offer competitive features like magnetic lens swap systems and fog mitigation. For skiers looking for a perfect first foray into eye protection, the Pro Classic is one of the better options on the market.

Read the complete list of the best Ski Goggles here!

Lens Change System

The thing that most impressed me with the Pro Classic was the inclusion of a magnetic lens. Despite these being what we’d consider “budget” options, their magnetic lens change system is markedly similar to the technology we see in premium options. The Anon M4 and the Smith Mag I/O both feature magnetic lens swap technology. Still, neither of them has as many different options as Outdoor Master regarding the sheer variety of lenses available.

But the real question is, how does it work? Having had the chance to try all three of the above models, I’m impressed with how well Outdoor Master’s magnets held up. Though they didn’t feel entirely as secure as the Anon M4 and they lack the Smith Mag locking feature, they should hold up for most casual falls.

As a whole, you can’t really go wrong with these kinds of lens swap technologies. They save time and allow you to adjust to rapidly changing conditions often present in alpine environments. The fact that replacement lenses for the Outdoor Master Pro Classic come at a fraction of their industry competitors’ cost means you can accrue an impressive collection to help you tackle anything that the mountain throws at you.

OutdoorMaster Pro Classic Ski Goggles Lense Change

Outdoor Master Pro Classic Ski Goggles: Key Specifications

  • Magnetic Lens Change System
  • 20+ Lens Variants to Choose From
  • Proprietary Anti-Fog Coating
  • Frameless Spherical Lens
  • High-Contrast Vision
  • UV 400 Protection
  • Impact and Scratch Resistant Lenses
  • Injection Molded Polycarbonate Frame
  • Triple Layer Moisture-Wicking Foam
  • Included Goggle Bag and Carrying Case

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Vision Quality

The be-all, end-all of any ski goggle is how well you can see through them. A closer look at the Pro Classic reveals many of the same, or at least similar, features that you’d see from the big brands- spherical lenses, interior anti-fog coatings, and some kind of UV protection coupled with high-contrast vision quality. But when compared side by side in the field to more expensive alternatives, some of the differences in quality become much more apparent than they are in the product description.

The most notable difference is the effectiveness of their high-contrast technology. Outdoor Master leans heavily on their lenses’ tint to approximate PRIZM and Chromapop tech that we see from Oakley and Smith, respectively. Approaches used by premium brands actually filter out particular wavelengths of light to compensate for the tint of their lenses and, leaving skiers seeing a much “truer” picture free from artificial coloration.

Outdoor Master’s Pro Classic will keep your eyes protected from harmful UV rays and will provide a clear enough picture for you to feel confident skiing anywhere, provided you have an appropriate lens installed for the day. But, your vision will be noticeably tinted by whatever color your lens happens to be. Some Outdoor Master lenses are polarized. It should be noted that while polarization is effective in providing you a clearer picture on bright days, it’s much less effective in low light situations.

OutdoorMaster Pro Classic Ski Goggles Vision Quality

Ventilation and Fog Mitigation

Fog is the great equalizer of goggles, you can buy the nicest models on the market, and if you exert yourself hard enough, they’ll fog up just like any other pair. The metric of quality is how well your frames and lenses work to dissipate the buildup. As with many other features of the Outdoor Master Pro, they do a competitive job of emulating the name brands’ approaches.

The Pro Classic features two ventilation channels just above each cheek and a much larger additional vent across the brow. I was impressed with how effective these were in keeping the air circulating over the course of the day. I never felt like my face was overheating while wearing them, and when I did manage to work up a sweat, the moisture-wicking foam layered around the frame performed as expected.

So how do they stack up compared to the competition? When I compare the Pro Classic to other spherical goggles with an interior anti-fog treatment, they give industry mainstays like the Oakley Flight Deck a run for their money. Both goggles seem to accumulate moisture at a similar rate. The Outdoor Master has the advantage of an easily removable lens that can help dissipate fog more quickly when things get really steamy. But, they fall short of brands that use micro etching as an additional means of moisture reduction.

Frame Construction

The Outdoor Master Pro Classic shares a slot of similarities with the Oakley Flight Deck, more than just shape and style, they have many comparable features and performance aspects. Chief among these is a pliable frame for their “frameless” design. This is common for goggles with the oversized look. The flexibility helps them fit a larger number of faces in a single size increment.

The Outdoor Master’s frame isn’t quite as bendy as the Flight Deck, but all things considered, that might be a good thing. A little bit of resilience goes a long way in adding to long term durability.

Outdoor Master Pro Classic Ski Goggles Construction

Durability

Despite all of the comparisons we’ve made between the Pro Classic and leading models of goggles on the market, durability is where the most significant distinction lies. We at Divein noticed that it seemed easier to scratch the lenses during testing than with other models. Given that the lenses are mirrored, any damage was very noticeable cosmetically.

We commented on the integrity of the frame above, and while it seems like the injection-molded TPU is relatively sound, the foam surrounding the frame leaves something to be desired. After relatively light use, we’re dubious about the long-term integrity of the foam. It seems more prone to compression and tearing than more expensive models.

Sizing and Fit

As we mentioned earlier, the Pro Classic shares many qualities with the Oakley Flight Deck, and among these is an oversized spherical look that set the standard for cool park kids across the globe. Outdoor Master’s goggles aren’t as ridiculously oversized as the Flight Deck, but they are very solidly on the larger end of “one-size-fits-all.” That being said, thanks to the pliable plastic of the frame and the triple-layer foam, they should be able to accommodate most faces.

In terms of comfort, we have very little to complain about with the Pro Classic. Pressed to find a fault, I’d say that they have a tendency to be a little too tight across the bridge of the nose. It is fully compatible with most helmets out there, but as is the case with most goggles, built-in brims are hard to make a seamless connection with unless the helmet is specifically compatible.

Outdoor Master Pro Classic Ski Goggles Construction Sizing and Fit

About Outdoor Master

It’s a real privilege to be able to tell the story of up-and-comers to the industry. It feels even more significant when their values align with my own, such as the case with Outdoor Master. Founded in 2015, this multinational brand is a standout in their efforts to subvert the gear industry’s bloated costs.

The concept is simple- quality outdoor gear is costly, and most things marketed as “budget” or “entry-level” are so poorly made they aren’t worth buying. Outdoor Master aims to create products that compete with the mainstays across many sports while keeping the cost honest to the best of their ability. Their commitment to making the outdoor recreational experience more accessible and more equitable is something to be admired. While still developing in their own right, their products are a more than suitable entry point for outdoor enthusiasts across a wide variety of sports.

Summary

Despite their shortcomings compared to some of the other premium alternatives we’ve had a chance to try this season, the Outdoor Master Pro Classic’s are good goggles. In terms of quality of vision and durability, the Pro Classic’s low-price point starts to show. You simply can’t replicate the results you get with the quality materials and involved engineering brands like Smith and Anon include in their products.

Nonetheless, the Pro Classic is a more than adequate goggle for any skier. In fact, it’s quite a good goggle considering the price and the wide availability of replacement lenses. In our option, the Pro Classic is a great place to start your ski gear journey. They’re perfect for skiers who’ve invested their budget in boots or skis or who want a pair of goggles to take on a trip.

Though we’re skeptical about how they’ll hold up after multiple seasons of heavy riding, Outdoor Master has pretty much cornered the low-cost goggle market with the Pro Classic.

Read the complete list of the best Ski Goggles here!

What We Like

  • One of the best budget options on the market
  • Compatible with a wide range of helmets
  • The extensive selection of lenses makes them incredibly versatile
  • Stylish oversized spherical look

What We Don’t Like

  • Vision quality is lacking compared to high-end models
  • The frames are less durable than the competition and won't last heavy use over multiple seasons

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FAQ – Frequently asked questions about Outdoor Master Pro Classic Ski Goggles

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    Are Outdoor Master goggles any good?

    Outdoor Master goggles are a perfect entry point into the ski world. Their Pro model offers competitive performance at an unbeatable price. While there are “nicer” models on the market, you won’t find anything better out there for the cost. To see how Outdoor Master stacks up against the rest of the industry, check out our best ski goggles article for more information.

    Standout Specs of Outdoor Master Goggles:

    • Magnetic Lens Change System
    • Impact and Scratch Resistant
    • UV 400 Protection
    • Frameless Spherical Lens
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    What do the Outdoor Master Pro goggles come with?

    Outdoor Master’s Pro goggles aren’t just packed with features, they come with a few additional accessories that some premium goggles lack.

    The Outdoor Master Pro Classic comes with:

    • A full goggle setup
    • A protective goggle bag
    • A hard shell carrying case

    In addition to this, you can opt for one of Outdoor Master’s package deals that include an extra lens, a helmet, and a boot bag. To see how the rest of the industry handles features and accessories compared to Outdoor Master, check out our best ski goggles article for an in-depth comparison.

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    What are the best ski goggles?

    While there are so many different companies making different ski goggles these days, something must be said for how much skiing and in what conditions for which the skier/rider needs a solid goggle. For seldom-on-the-slope resort skiing and on a budget, the Outdoor Master Pro goggles are a great option.

    More demanding conditions might call for a more serious goggle like these ones:

    1. Smith Mag I/O Chromapop
    2. Anon M4 Toric
    3. Atomic Revent FDL
    4. Oakley Fall Line XM
    5. Oakley Flight Deck
    6. Spy Ace Happy Lens
    7. Zeal Portal RLS
    8. POC Retina Clarity
    9. Giro Blok
    10. Bolle Z5 OTG
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    How do I take care of my ski goggles?

    Regardless of what kind of goggles you end up buying, the guidelines for taking care of them will be the same. An excellent place to start your goggle maintenance journey is with a simple phrase, “On your face, or in the case.”

    How to care for your goggles:

    • Never clean your goggles with anything but the included goggle bag
    • “On your face, or in the case” are rules to live by
    • Avoid getting the oils from fingers on your lens
    • Never wipe the inside of your goggles when they’re wet, and take care to spot clean only to avoid losing your anti-fog layer
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    What is VLT in ski goggles?

    VLT or Visual Light Transmission is a measure of the amount of light that your lenses allow to pass to your eyes. The lower the VLT, the more light your lenses will filter from the environment. Different VLTs will be appropriate for different conditions, and it definitely pays to have a couple of options in your lineup, depending on the day.

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    How to keep ski goggles from fogging?

    The best long-term way to prevent fogging in your goggles is to keep the waterproof coating on the inside of your lens intact by avoiding touching it. Barring that, here are some more things you can do to keep moisture from accumulating on a day-to-day basis.

    This is how to prevent your goggles from fogging up:

    • Layer properly to avoid overheating
    • Avoid placing your goggles on your forehead, next-to-skin
    • Keep moving! The faster you go, the more air will flow through your vents

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