Smith Vice Review

October 10, 2013
Smith Vice
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
91
Venting/Fogging
9
Field of Vision
9
Frame Construction
8
Fit
7
Look and Feel
9
Value
9

The Good

  • The Vice is simple and straightforward with high-quality construction. From 10-degree mornings to slushy spring afternoons, it never fogged
  • Plenty of peripheral vision
  • You look sharp in this goggle

The Bad

  • Although it’s an interchangeable-lens goggle, it only comes with one lens; you have to order additional lenses from Smith if you want that versatility (or spring for the high-end photochromic lens)
  • Not the best option for wide faces
THE VERDICT

The Vice will compete with (and likely perform superior to) any goggle in its category. And with its functional and attractive size, you don’t look like a magnified horsefly.

FULL REVIEW

Very good for what you’re getting, which is a goggle that should last multiple seasons.

Venting/Fogging
I tested the Vice from interior B.C. to Colorado, and it never fogged. You expect excellent venting from Smith products and this was no exception, thanks probably to the 5X inner lens, which Smith claims is the most advanced anti-fog lens on the market.

Field of Vision
You have more than adequate peripheral sight lines but without the balloon look.

Frame construction
No one hit me in the face with a two-by-four but I did execute a few cartwheeling faceplants in the Vice, and the goggles emerged without any structural damage. Only a few tiny nicks.

Fit
I have a wide face. The compact Vice is not ideal for a wide face. Nor a particularly flat face. It should work well for most everything else.

Look and feel
I tested the Stay Rad version of the Vice, with flashy, retro lettering on the strap, a dark lens, and a sleek look overall. No matter what color you get, you’ll turn heads in this goggle.

 


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MSRP
$170.00
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