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01-25-2013 06:41 AM
liner yea I ended up getting the airbrakes last month for 146. they are a solid pair or goggles, and I love them, but I wouldnt spend over 200 on goggles normally.

The airbrakes are VERY crisp and clear, and I can change lenses in my mittens on the lift with no issue. I havent tested out the smiths though.
01-25-2013 12:24 AM
eer5000 I don't have any experience with the Smiths, but I do have the Oakley Airbrakes. I was lucky enough to get a pair for free, otherwise I wouldn't spend as much as they cost.

One thing that I really like about them compared to my other goggles (von zippers) is they are weirdly clear. It is hard to explain, but I think it is something to do with the lens shape that makes everything look really good.

Other than that the quick lens change is more gimmicky than anything, but it is easy. If you have lots of money to spend on them, then yeah they are pretty good.
01-22-2013 12:55 AM
Consonantal
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Originally Posted by Nordica-k2 View Post
Who cares, once you learn how to change the lenses it's piss easy...
Besides, it's not like you're realistically going to be changing your lenses often onthe mountain anyway
When you're spending in excess of $150 on a pair of goggles, I think details matter.
01-21-2013 11:01 PM
Nordica-k2
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That's a great post, really contributing your ideas and reasoning.

I have the IO's btw. Trying switchlock at a store for the first time and it was way easier.
Who cares, once you learn how to change the lenses it's piss easy...
Besides, it's not like you're realistically going to be changing your lenses often onthe mountain anyway
01-21-2013 06:59 PM
Consonantal
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Originally Posted by ShredLife View Post
no, it isn't.
That's a great post, really contributing your ideas and reasoning.

I have the IO's btw. Trying switchlock at a store for the first time and it was way easier.
01-21-2013 03:33 PM
ShredLife
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The switchlock system on the Airbrakes is much more fluid and refined than the IO
no, it isn't.
01-21-2013 03:23 PM
Consonantal The better one will be the one that is most comfortable.

The switchlock system on the Airbrakes is much more fluid and refined than the IO but they are also quite a bit more expensive.

Both are high end goggles that are guaranteed quality so what's left is whichever fits you best.
01-21-2013 09:23 AM
mb889 I'd get whichever fit your face and helmet better. Both are gonna be good quality gogs. I have eg2, I/O, and I/Ox. Smith makes a good quality google in my opinion. The 2 lens are def a nice thing to have.
01-20-2013 07:20 PM
Nordica-k2 Neither, get Anon M1's :P
01-20-2013 07:15 PM
Pixel8tedOne I have the Airbrakes as well. Been out for a handful of days and have had no problems with fogging or fit at all. Only problem is that I got a new Bern Watts helmet and the visor pushes down on the goggles a bit, so I have to adjust kind of often.

Overall though the Airbrakes are great, I've been real pleased.
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