goggles are goggles within a given price range. optics don't really matter all that much and to what degree is it marketing? if you're lucky your vision is obscurred by snow anyway. they are the new hot thang though, thats for sure. if you like them and they fit your face i'm sure they will work out for you. you don't need 200 Joakleys to enjoy your day snowboarding. 200 goggles won't increase your fun level or make you a better rider.