Smith Optics I/OX Ski Goggles Review

Smith Optics I/OX Ski Goggles Review

There are many possible applications in which ski goggles can be put to good use. Many people make the mistake of thinking that because of the name, ski goggles can only be used while you are skiing.

The applications for ski goggles are not even confined to winter activities and sports, though that is when they are most comfortably used.

For example, we'll start off with a winter sport in which ski goggles can be used just as effectively as if you were skiing. Snowboarding is a sport which is broadly similar to skiing, but it has a few fundamental differences. The biggest difference between these two sports is what you use to get around.

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Whereas skiers use a pair of skis to make their way down a hill, snowboarders instead use one large board. Most of the equipment will be similar in these two disciplines, but you will find that the design of a snowboard will mean that you can wear larger clothes, which will offer better insulation and protection.

Ski goggles, however, can be put to good use while snowboarding. Some snowboarding helmets are even compatible with ski goggles since they are so commonly used in that discipline. Why buy two pairs of goggles (one for skiing, one for snowboarding), when you could get one that is equally effective in both disciplines?

You can even use your ski goggles in other sports like motocross. Some ski goggles feature add-ons which can be purchased to make them compatible with motocross masks and helmets. While these goggles may be a little heavier when it comes to thermal insulation than regular motocross goggles, they are still effective in a pinch.

As you can see, there are so many different ways that you can put your ski goggles to use, even if you are not skiing. If you are a fan of a sport which may need goggles, your ski goggles will likely be effective in it.

Lens Shapes And Colors

The lenses on your ski goggles will come available in a range of different colors, brightnesses, and shapes. Each of these characteristics will have to be optimized for a certain environment or certain light conditions. We will start off with the different shapes that you can find ski goggle lenses available in.

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The more conventional lens type is the cylindrical lens, which has the advantage of more simple production and a more traditional style. The shape of your lenses is largely dependent on personal preference, and many skiers who started off years ago still prefer the cylindrical lenses that they are used to.

Spherical lenses, on the other hand, are argued to offer better clarity and depth perception due to their more natural light transmission, as they resemble the cornea of our eyes. Spherical lenses curve both vertically and horizontally while cylindrical lenses only curve vertically, like one of the sides of a cylinder.

The last thing to consider is the color and brightness that the lens of your ski goggles features. Brightness is measured on a scale from category one to category four, with category one being the brightest and category four being the darkest. Pick the lens brightness which works best for your surroundings.

About The Product

Smith Optics is one of the better-qualified makers of sports optics. You will find that they are particularly suited for the making of ski goggles thanks to their highly durable optical materials and the superior clarity of their products. Let's see if this model is worthy of the name.

Specifications

  • You have a choice of 11 different colors for the frames of these goggles
  • There are two available lenses: one for bright days and one for darker days
  • ​Features lenses which can be easily swapped out
  • The inner lens features Smith Optics’ 5X anti-fog system
  • ​The QuickFit strap is easy to size
  • Features DriWix foam which ensures that your face is comfortable
  • These goggles can be worn with prescription glasses and are compatible with most helmets

Overview

This is one of the best pairs of ski goggles that we have ever tested out. The Smith Optics I/OX is an ideal choice for customers who take their skiing seriously and do not mind paying extra for a quality product. There are so many excellent features that we had trouble fitting them all in the specifications.

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For example, the inclusion of a QuickFit headband ensures that you won't need to spend time messing around with the band to ensure that you get a snug fit on your head. When coupled with the DriWix foam which is used on the interior of these goggles, you will find that they are incredibly comfortable.

We were also huge fans of the fog-resistant nature of these ski goggles, which is largely due to the 5X inner lens which ensures that fog is not able to accumulate in the first place. The inclusion of quick-swap lenses allows you to use the best lenses for the current conditions whenever you please.

What Others Say

Other customers had quite a bit of good to say about this product. Most of them were impressed by the choice of two lenses and the ability to swap them out as quickly or faster than most competing models. This allows you to always be prepared for changes in daylight and lets you maintain optimal vision.

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There were few negative reviews, but most of them were directed towards the price and did not adequately define what the buyer perceived was wrong with the product.

Buying Advice

These goggles, like other high-quality models, can be found for around 200 dollars, which is quite reasonable. You can purchase these goggles from online retailers like Amazon or your local alpine sporting goods store.

Conclusion

If you want a quality pair of ski goggles, you will find few better options than this model from Smith Optics. We hope that this review has helped you decide on the best product for your needs.

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