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premium goggles - worth the $$?

getting back into riding after a 10+ year absence.

feeling like a noob with all of the tech change.

can anyone tell me if spending big dollars on Anon m1/m2, smith i/o, oakley airbrake is worth it. there are so many goggles that sell at half the price. i'd hate to spend big money just to find out the differences are slight.

any feedback is appreciated!
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Smith io is what I use, LOVE them.
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I'm also very interested in knowing the answer to this! I'm looking into getting some goggles and want to make sure that I can find the best deal on some good goggles. I don't know what all the features are that I should be looking for so any info along with this answer would be great!
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There is no right answer to this question. I would say they are worth it to me, however for people who don't have fogging issues it is less important. Also lenses for different conditions are big for me
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There is no right answer to this question. I would say they are worth it to me, however for people who don't have fogging issues it is less important. Also lenses for different conditions are big for me
So would someone need to get different goggles for different conditions if that became an issue or are there goggles that allow changing out of lenses so that all you'd have to do is just buy a different color lens?
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So would someone need to get different goggles for different conditions if that became an issue or are there goggles that allow changing out of lenses so that all you'd have to do is just buy a different color lens?
Most higher end goggles have interchangeable lenses.

The smith io that I wear actually come with 2 different lenses: a dark mirror for bright days and a light pink lens for overcast days. They sell about 40 different shades and colors for this specific frame. Takes about 30 seconds to swap one out.
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It all depends on what you want. I think the three goggles you listed would be better than other goggles, but I have friends who would disagree with me on that. I'm thinking about getting some smith i/o. I have some Oakley splice goggles with an iridium lens so they work well in bright conditions. They get a little dark sometimes, which is why I may get some goggles that work better in low light conditions. I don't expect vision to be too much different, I just want a lens that performs better in low light. Like I said though, it all depends and what you want out of your goggles.
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Most higher end goggles have interchangeable lenses.

The smith io that I wear actually come with 2 different lenses: a dark mirror for bright days and a light pink lens for overcast days. They sell about 40 different shades and colors for this specific frame. Takes about 30 seconds to swap one out.
Hmmm. Alright, I'm looking at some smith i/o goggles right now that are the 2014 model and they're $175 which isn't too pricey for me if they would save me the trouble of having to buy other goggles. Does that sound like a good deal to you, or average?
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It all depends on what you want. I think the three goggles you listed would be better than other goggles, but I have friends who would disagree with me on that. I'm thinking about getting some smith i/o. I have some Oakley splice goggles with an iridium lens so they work well in bright conditions. They get a little dark sometimes, which is why I may get some goggles that work better in low light conditions. I don't expect vision to be too much different, I just want a lens that performs better in low light. Like I said though, it all depends and what you want out of your goggles.
is that most of whats different? lens options?
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I have the M2s. Definately the best goggles I have owned. I love the field of vision and clarity. They have fogged up a couple times - likely due to not being tight enough. It is nice to go into the bar, pop out the magnetic lens and let the air get to them right away. They clear real fast.
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