Published on November 21st, 2012 | by Greg0
Smith Optics I/OX Goggles: A Vision In Snowboarding
Winter isn’t coming… it’s here! We have already had our first blizzard in New York City and it is only going to get colder. And no matter what the season’s change means to you- hot cocoa near the fire, holiday travel, eggnog, clementines- we expect you’d include some winter sports. While I am tend towards being an ‘ice skating in Central Park’ girl, I certainly can appreciate skiing and snowboarding, and hope to do more of them this winter.
If you participate in any winter sport then you you know there is a lot of gear that can go into them, and that the gear is an investment. This is why we at TrulyNet were pretty excited to get our hands on the Smith Optics I/OX Goggles. When talking about snowboarding, you might immediately focus on other gear, and your goggles might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But they should be! Being able to both protect your eyes and see while speeding down a snow drift is incredibly important. What better goggles to use than ones that are both sleek, comfortable on your face (lined in fleece on the face and padded in foam), and ones that fit under most helmets with plenty of protection. The large frames are a big plus for visibility, because it means that while the goggles are hugging your face you can look towards your peripheral and actually see something. This in addition to the fog prevention (an 5X anti-fog inner lens) that gives you great vision for no matter what the hills put you up to.
Smith is known for their high-quality lenses designed for a wide range of climates, like their glasses for cyclists that we reviewed this spring. Another common trend you will find with the Smith optics is that they specialize in interchangeable lenses for their frames. In this case you can quickly pop the top and twist the side handle to easily remove the lenses and do the reverse to add in a different pair. There are six different lenses you can interchange: Green Sol-X, Blue Sensor Mirror, Ignitor Mirror, Photochromic Red Sensor, Red Sensor Mirror, and Red Sol-X Mirror. Some are ideal for cloudy days, some for blinding sun, and all look pretty cool. There are also 12 different colors (black, white, cyan, fire, lime, maritime camp, irie cinch, rust kilgore, white film, black/red dark sky, translucent cyan x-ray, and impossibly black). With all these great options, it is impossible to not find the right look for you.
As is expected, the I/OX Goggles are an investment, $139-$235 depending on the frame and lens combo you go for, but they will make your snowboarding experience even more pleasurable. They also come with a lifetime warranty; so, this really could be the last set of goggles you own. We’ll be posting on another piece of Smith gear in the next few days. But in the meantime, if you need to pick up some eye protection on Black Friday to take into the wilderness, we’d recommend these.