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Outdoor Master Horizon Ski Goggles – Test and Review

Updated April 9th, 2024

Outdoor Master Horizon Ski Goggles Review

Manufacturer and Model: Outdoor Master Horizon Ski Goggles
List Price: $49.99


Summary

The Outdoor Master Horizon Ski Goggles share a lot of features with the popular Outdoor Master Pro Goggles. They have similar construction and the same easy to use magnetic lens swap system. They have a similar low price as well. They have a larger lens that offers 25% more peripheral vision in the side and up and down directions. It has similar lenses that are okay but not as good as higher end goggles for clarity and flat light performance. If you liked the Outdoor Master Pro but thought it was a bit small then you will love the Horizon. Right now there are no medium to high VLT lenses available that are suitable for flat light days.

What we liked:

  • Big field of view especially in the horizontal direction.
  • Low cost
  • Easy to change lenses with magnetic swapping system
  • Comfortable large fit
  • Includes a hard case and microfiber bag

What we didn’t like:

  • Only available with bright day 10-15% VLT lenses
  • No available flat light or night skiing lenses
  • Lenses not as sharp as ChromaPop or PRIZM
  • Only come with 1 lens

Outdoor Master Horizon Product Image

Specifications

  • Lens Type – Toric
  • Fit – Large
  • Included Lens – 1
  • Interchangable Lens – Magnetic
  • Accessories – Microfiber bag & Hardcase

Outdoor Master Horizon Ski Goggles Review and Test

The Outdoor Master Pro Ski Goggles have been one of our favorite cheap ski goggles for a long time now. They are packed full of features for a very low price. They have a magnetic lens swap system that works as well as the system on a $300 set of Anon M4 goggles for under $50. The lenses are decent for the price. They don’t have any color filtering tech or high end anti-fog coating.

The Outdoor Master Horizon is a new cheap goggle that has all the features of the Outdoor Master Pro but with a larger frame and lens. This gives it a much larger field of view and a bigger look when wearing them.

Outdoor Master gave us a set of Horizon goggles to try out. As with all our reviews, we’ll give you all the good and bad points.

OM Horizon static

Features Overview

The biggest notable change for the Outdoor Master Horizon is the bigger lens and frame that give it a bigger field of view. Outdoor Master claims that the field of view is 40 degrees wider than the Pro model. It is also larger in the vertical direction with an increase looking down as well.

OM Horizon Pro frames
Horizon Frame (left) and Pro Frame (right)
OM Horizon Pro lenses
Horizon Lens (top) Pro Lens (bottom)

Like all Outdoor Master ski goggles, they offer UV400 protection from the sun’s UV rays.

The Horizon is available in 13 lens, frame, and strap color combinations. The available VLT range is from 10-15% which are lenses that are good for bright days. The Horizon includes a hard case and microfiber bag for storage.

OM Horizon what is included

1 – Style

The Horizon has a spherical lens with a frameless design. It is a large fit goggle that looks large. It looks better on a helmet with a brim that was designed to work well with larger profile goggles. The silver lens on our review goggle gives them a big shiny look.

2 – Lens Clarity (7.5/10)

The Horizon shares the same lens construction with the Outdoor Master Pro model. They have minimal distortion and reflections. They are not as crystal clear as their higher end Ultra and Eagle model lenses. Don’t expect them to have the visual pop that you get when you put on a set of Smith ChromaPop goggles. They work well for most sunny and partly cloudy conditions.

OM Horizon back of lens

3 – Field of View (9.0/10)

These goggles were designed to have a bigger field of view and they were successful with that. I can just barely see the frame looking side to side while wearing them. They are about average for a large fit goggle in the vertical direction.

4 – Flat Light Performance (5.0/10)

The Horizon goggles have no good lens options available for flat light skiing conditions. The current VLT range is 10%-15% which is good for bright or partly cloudy days. There is no yellow/amber/orange 30-50% VLT lens available to use for flat light days. We will update this if additional lenses become available.

5 – Anti-Fog Performance (8.0/10)

The Horizon has a standard 1x anti-fog coating along with dual pane lenses and a lot of ventilation. The larger size of the frame and lens helps circulate air through the goggle to remove moisture. We had no fogging while skiing with the Horizon except when standing around. It quickly went away as soon as we started skiing.

6 – Lens Swapping (10/10)

The Horizon uses the same magnetic lens swap system we have come to love on other Outdoor Master goggles. It uses 8 magnets and holds the lens securely in place. I have never had a lens pop off while pulling goggles over my helmet or falling. Magnet systems are my favorite lens swap method. Adding latches or snaps just adds unnecessary effort to swap lenses.

OM Horizon frame of frame
OM Horizon lens back

7 – Comfort (9.0/10)

I find the taller frame a bit more comfortable. It rests more on the vertical surface of my face. The Horizon has triple layer face foam and a stiff feeling frame. The inner layer of foam is soft and does a good job wicking moisture away.

OM Horizon back of frame

8 – Helmet compatibility

The strap on the Horizon is long enough to work well with XL size helmets. The top edge of the goggles is a standard shape that works well with most ski helmets. These are larger profile goggles so they work best with helmets with a small brim that will cover the top. We wore them with a Smith Vantage MIPS helmet in the images below.

OM Horizon with Smith Vantage front view
OM Horizon with Smith Vantage side view

9 – OTG Compatible

The Horizon goggles are OTG compatible. They have notches in the outside edges of the frame to clear glasses. They are one of the more comfortable cheap goggles available to wear over glasses. They easily fit over my glasses and have plenty of air gap inside.

Recommendation – Buy or No Buy?

We like the Outdoor Master Horizon goggles for use on brighter days. They have a large field of view and a comfortable feel. They work well as OTG goggles worn over glasses. They do not have any flat light or night skiing lenses available which limits the ski conditions they are good for. Hopefully, more lens options will be available in the future so these goggles can be used on flat light days.

Outdoor Master Horizon Product Image

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Other goggles to consider

Outdoor Master Pro – The most popular ski goggle on Amazon. These are similar goggles to the Horizon except in a smaller medium fit with smaller field of view. They have tons of lens options available that work in any ski condition.

Wildhorn Roca – The Roca is a medium fit spherical lens goggle. It is a similar size and fit to the Outdoor Master Pro model with similar quality lenses. It uses a magnet and latch lens swapping system for those who don’t trust just magnets. There is a wide variety of lenses available for any light conditions.

Outdoor Master Vision – The next step up in the Outdoor Master ski goggle line up. It is a large fit goggle with toric lenses. It has a similar field of view to the Horizon. Vision lenses are polarized for better performance on sunny days. They come with 2 lenses if bought from Outdoor Master.

Doug Ryan Portrait Skiing 200x200

Doug Ryan
Co-Founder & Chief Editor

I am a total gear nerd and love learning how things work and thinking about how they could be improved. Nothing excites me more than trying out new gear. I’d rather spend 3 hours taking my bike apart and learning how to change something than go to a bike shop. These days I reside in Michigan by the Great Lakes and go skiing, biking, and boating as much as possible. Visit our About Us page and learn more.

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