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Old 01-22-2014, 06:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Problem - Smith IO with Smith Vantage

I bought a Smith Vantage helmet not so long ago as I thought It would be a good choice to go with my Smith IO goggles.

Although I like both products individually, they really don't work together very well. The goggles won't sit on the brim of the helmet when you want to take them off briefly - they just slip up off the top of the helmet. Also, as mentioned on another thread, due to the way the clip is designed on the back of the goggles, it gets easily unclipped by the goggle lock on the helmet.

All in all, I expected that being the same manufacturer, these products would work well together so I'm a little disappointed. Anyway else have these issues? Feel like I might have to swap out either the goggles, helmet or both
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They are basically made for each other. The resting your goggles on the brim part will happen with any brim style helmet. I have the vantage helmet and you just need to find the sweet spot to put them. My smith goggles clip the same as the I/O in the back and I have never had an issue with them coming unclipped. In the link below though, there is a review of your goggle/helmet combo and what I saw that was different was how he has the helmet/goggle strap/lock thing in the back spread out around the clip. I would think this would cause the clip to possibly be pushed together and come undone? Maybe that's what happened with yours? Or maybe somehow this way alleviates your issue?
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah my i/o goggles will even slip off on my maze helmet if I don’t have a little over hang with the foam. This is also a reason why I now ride with the under my helmet just push them up and everything moves out of the way.
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They are basically made for each other. The resting your goggles on the brim part will happen with any brim style helmet. I have the vantage helmet and you just need to find the sweet spot to put them. My smith goggles clip the same as the I/O in the back and I have never had an issue with them coming unclipped. In the link below though, there is a review of your goggle/helmet combo and what I saw that was different was how he has the helmet/goggle strap/lock thing in the back spread out around the clip. I would think this would cause the clip to possibly be pushed together and come undone? Maybe that's what happened with yours? Or maybe somehow this way alleviates your issue?
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Exactly, the rubber lock squeezes the two clip pieces together and the strap comes undone. I have no idea how it's not happening to him in that picture on the link you sent. Maybe the rubber lock on mine is tighter than it should be?

I'll keep trying to find that sweet spot where the goggles don't slide off the helmet!
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Try not having it stretched out around that part?
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah, best way I've found is to adjust the straps so that the clip is to one side and not centered.

It's fine I suppose - I just kind of expected them to work a little more seamlessly than they do. Maybe I'm just being fussy!
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