Smith I/OX Goggle Review

March 3, 2013
Smith I/OX Goggle
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
81
Field of View
8
Helmet Compatibility
7
Anti-fog Power
8
Lens Quality
5
Fit & Comfort
7
Value
6

The Good

  • Oversized dome shape results in exceptional field of view
  • Lenses did not fog
  • Choice of two lenses to fit a variety of light conditions

The Bad

  • Interchangeable lenses don’t swap out easily
  • Oversized frame not a good fit with all faces or helmets
  • Clip buckle on goggle strap not compatible with many helmets
THE VERDICT

Smith’s unique over-the-frame lenses provide a great field of view but are not as easy to change out as one might think. This goggle didn’t fog and performed well in a variety of conditions.

FULL REVIEW

Venting/Fogging
This goggle did not fog in any condition I put it through. The minimalist frame provides a lot of venting but it was never breezy or cold inside the frame.

Field of View
The large, oversized construction means the field of view is huge. Peripheral vision is great in this goggle.

Lens Quality/Durability
The lens quality was surprisingly sub-par for a top-of-the-line model. While I could see everything fine, I expected more pop and clarity from these lenses.

Frame and Construction
Switching out the lenses was surprisingly consuming, involving multiple steps that must be followed in order. It was virtually impossible to change lenses without fingerprinting all over them but once you get the hang of the switch-out, it’s manageable. The buckle in the back of the strap clashed with the goggle clip on the helmets I paired this goggle with and made for a clunky fit.

Fit
Everyone’s face is different but this oversized frame was almost too much for my averaged-sized face. The outriggers are prominent—they fit in the helmets I tested it with, but be sure it fits with yours.

 


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