The Smith I/O Goggles will keep your laser beam shooting eyes under wraps, and have the versatility to switch up lenses for changing conditions on the fly. I got to hammer a few days out with a demo pair this late April season, and was seriously impressed with the ease of switching lenses- Didn’t even need to take my uphill gloves off, thus avoiding thumbprints and cold fingers.
Smith I/O Goggles Review
The fit and specifically the peripheral on these ChromaPop lens is great, too- I really like the almost external lens orientation, the interface between the frame and lens a really cool advent.
Huffing through isothermic snowpack to top out on blowing, subzero ridgelines, I was also impressed with how little fog-up I was getting. Ordinarily, when I switch over from sunglasses to goggles to prep for the down my steamy little peepers are churning out enough heat to warm a Taos bachelor pad.
Face shapes vary (really, they do!) but from where I’m sitting and how my Mr. Potato Head features are arranged, the I/O’s with their fit and face-foam made for a great snug enclosure. I’d even consider using these amidst an attic asbestos abatement- they fit that well!
I also like just how hypoallergenic the face foam is. Weird, but I often find my face retaliates after a day in the mountains, mild eczema flaring up from sunglasses, goggle foam and constant high-speed overhead face-shots.
But the I/O goggles deliver on this front too. I don’t know if they used unicorn hide or Pegasus chamois or what, and I don’t really care, but three big days out and I’ve yet to break out. Stoked!
There’s only one goggle you need this winter, with Smith I/O Goggle with interchangeable lens system. Featuring their patented Vaporator Lens Technology, you won’t want to use anything else this season, nor should you.
The spherical, Carbonic-X Lens with TLT Optics will beam distortion-free rays straight to your eye balls, enabling you to almost have x-ray vision on those souped-out low-vis days.
They also feature an Anti-Fog inner lens that blasts away fogginess at 5x times the rate as other goggles. Along with a Smith’s patented Vaporator Lens Gasket, these goggles are set to crush this winter.
As with the ever popular Smith I/O Goggles ($260.00), you get interchangeable lenses. That means one pair of goggles, and a quick-release system that allows you to get those mirrored lenses in ASAP before you go blind on sunny days. They’re also helmet compatible with a lifetime warranty, giving you basically nothing to think about when buying a pair of these bad boys.
After all, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa loves ‘em, and so does Xavier de la Rue – that should be enough of an endorsement right there. These are some of the best snowboard goggles on the market.