Smith I/O 7 Review

May 25, 2015
Smith I/O 7
2-2015-04-18_15.33.32
3-2015-04-18_15.33.39
4-2015-04-18_15.33.43
5-57_2015-05-03_16.44.17
6-57_2015-05-03_16.44.28
Smith I/O 7 2-2015-04-18_15.33.32 3-2015-04-18_15.33.39 4-2015-04-18_15.33.43 5-57_2015-05-03_16.44.17 6-57_2015-05-03_16.44.28
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
80
Field of View
7
Fit
8
Anti-Fog Performance
8
Lens Quality
7
Frame
5
Value
5

The Good

  • Versatile, fits well with different helmets
  • Extra lens includes hard carrying case
  • Choice of many mirrored lenses

The Bad

  • Complex lens change function
  • Poorly placed clip-buckle
  • Expensive
THE VERDICT

The I/O is Smith’s original interchangeable lens goggle and the I/O 7 is the latest update. While many of its competitors have created easier interchange systems, the I/O 7’s lens takes longer to change and is clunkier than the others in this test. Thankfully, the I/O 7’s great fit, quality lens options, and nice extras make up for the hassle.

FULL REVIEW

Venting/Fogging
In testing, we didn’t experience any fogging with Smith’s Vapor Lens technology and Porex Filter. There is good venting all around the goggle frame.

Field of View
There is a good field of view for what Smith calls a “Medium” size frame, but nothing exceptional and certainly less expansive than “oversize” models.

Lens Quality & Options
The 7 has many options, most of which are mirrored, allowing for seemingly endless combinations of lenses and different colored frames. The spherical Carbonix-X lenses are high quality, but nothing exceptional in terms of clarity.

Frame and Construction
There is great flexibility and structure to this frame, but the multi-step interchange system is far too labor (and fingerprint) intensive. Many competitors’ interchange systems are easy to execute on a ski lift, but the I/O 7 takes far more time and effort than most other goggles I’ve used. Also, while some may like the buckle on the goggle strap, it’s placed dead-center where most helmets have a clip for the strap. The goggle strap buckle under the helmet clip renders some helmets incompatible with this goggle.

Fit
The strap connects to the frame with a great “dual axis” outrigger that makes for exceptional flexibility. This resulted in a good fit on my face and in my helmet. 

 


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