Surprisingly sturdy and well-made for such an affordable goggle, the glasses-compatible Bloc Mask MK3 offers great anti-fog performance, so it’s ideal for warmer weather.
Not designed for small faces
No extra lens included
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BLOC Mask MK3: first impressions
Don’t be put off by the bargain price tag – these BLOC Mask MK3 are serious contenders and thoroughly deserve their place in our Best ski goggles buying guide.
The plastic frames of most more affordable goggles tend to look and feel rather flimsy and cheap – not so BLOC’s Mask MK3, which are solid, sturdy and will survive being chucked in a pocket when they aren’t protecting your peepers.
Five lens hues are available, ranging from CAT 2 to CAT 3, and they all sit nicely over glasses.
But how did they far under test conditions? Read on…
• RRP: $66 (US) / £49 (UK)
• Frame colors: Black
• Lens: Four available: CAT 2-3, VLT 8%-43%
• Lens colors: Multiple
• Sizes: Medium
• Compatibility: Affordable, solid and fuss-free first pair of goggles
BLOC Mask MK3: in the mountains
These goggles are better at reducing fog build-up than other designs at this price point, with wide vents, double lens and an anti-fog coating (for more tips on this subject in How to stop ski goggles from fogging). Okay, so you might not go battling up hills on a ski tour in them, but for most on-piste adventures they’ll do you proud, and they’ll work well on warm spring ski adventures.
While the insulating fleece that lines the frame is comfy against the skin, it doesn’t hold the goggles in place as well as we’d like with all helmets. As a result, you might end up with the dreaded helmet gap that leads to an interesting sun tan, so it’s worth checking these goggles work with your helmet before you head to the hills (see also How to choose ski goggles for optimal visibility and protection).
All in all, great for under £50, and the five lens hues on offer means if you already own one pair of goggles you can easily pick the perfect second pair for your arsenal from the Mask MK3’s different offerings – BLOC have a handy visual lens simulator guide to help you shop.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.