We received these beautiful goggles without an instruction booklet or a replaceable lens. We didn’t ask why and just went skiing! No technical info or price info were there to influence our verdict.
These goggles have a spherical screen that provides excellent vision on the sides. Thanks Smith for kitting out the I/O MAG with grey foam that goes almost unnoticed in the field of vision. We really appreciated the fact that despite their smallish size they offer panoramic vision. The size is a good compromise between less bulkiness and vision performance.
The lens is perfect in bright sunlight (even if they aren’t as efficient as sunglasses) and pleasant in shady areas. The UV filtration adapts quickly to changes in light intensity, we were really impressed by this reactivity.
The other major positive point is the sharpness of the vision and the quality of the details. There is no distortion and colors are regular over the whole surface of the lens.
As well as the optical qualities of these Smith I/O MAG there is an interesting lens changing system (Smith MAG).
We went on the Smith website and found detailed instructions on how to change the lens: probably the best on the market. When you are always hesitant on whether to change the lens or not because it can be fiddly, it’s cold etc. With the Smith I/O MAG, it’s simple:
There’s levers that free the lens which is held on by magnets; To change it, just place the new lens in its place which is also magnetized and close the levers. Simple, practical, reliable and the operation is carried out in seconds.
We couldn’t test these goggles in very humid conditions so cannot really comment on any fogging problems, yet when we were walking in certain areas there was no fogging up at all.
These goggles are very comfortable with three layers of different density foam that fit the form of your face well. We can’t say enough about preformed foam around the nose area which really prevents your nose being squished. It provides extra comfort and a better fit and makes breathing is easy.
The strap doesn’t slide one iota on the helmet and adjusts easily: which is the least that you would expect with goggles that cost 240 euros. At this price you need to take care not to scratch them! We couldn’t test the protective case because one wasn’t delivered with the goggles.
Out on the snow the Smith I/O MAG are one of the current references for goggles. They have a list of qualities: optical, attention to detail in the construction, excellent design, simplicity for changing the lens, comfort, etc.
The price is … high. Without doubt due to their quality. They won without second thoughts the test4outside FIRST Award.
We used this equipment over a long period of time
These are our thoughts after intensive use:
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