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Old 11-24-2010, 07:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default oakley crowbar vs. Smith I/OS, vs. Electric EG2

so ive been looking for new goggles and people told me many good things about those three models and im not sure which to go with. Ive seen some nice crowbars that were decently priced but i like the eg2 but theyre a bit pricey so i dont know. could you tell me the main differences between the 3 and how that makes them better
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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see if you can find a place to try them on first, not all goggles fit all faces. imo in the end it's down to personal taste in which ones look the best.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I cant really give you to much tech info, but I was looking at those 3 last year also and I went with the smith I/O in the end. My thoughts on all 3 were as follows:
EG2s seemed constructed well, good lenses, there mirror finish lens looks sick, but when wearing them they were so rediculously huge they felt uncomfortable on my nose and looks almost cartoon big on my face. but alone its a badass looking goggle

Crowbars they fit very well, peripheral vision is hindered the most with these. I personally dont like the quality of the crowbars. alot of my friends rock them and they are constantly breaking on them. what I did like was they have sooo many lenses to choose from. one being, I think it was called pink irridium. Im color blind so I have trouble with alot of lenses this lens worked great in night or day, and almost persuaded me to get these. but IMO they look ugly as shit. like a big halo goggle.

Smith I/0 by far the most comfortable (for me) peripheral vision was great. the irridium mirror lens works great during bright days but can be a bit dark during overcast days. the other lens they give you didnt work for me with my color blindness. So i got a clear lens for night. the ease of changing the lens is fast and e z . so what it came down to for me was comfort and peripheral vision. so for me the clear winner were the smith I/O
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Try them all on to see how well they fit with your helmet and your face.

I've heard great things about the Smiths though.
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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ive had eg2s and loved em. i have a tiny face and thought they wouldnt fit me but they do. im gonna get a new pair this year. also throw oakley splice into the mix unless you dont like the way they look. you really cant lose with all the ones you listed, like they said, try em on, and figure out how much you care to spend.
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I love the way Smiths fit, but do be aware that in my experience their lenses scratch easier than many others. Doesn't stop me from wearing them, but just use some extra caution.
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This might get your rocks going. You've got I/OS in there as well as Crowbars.

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Smith I/OS is the smaller version of the I/O. If you are looking for something to fit a smaller face, then look at the EG2.5 instead of the regular 2.

The Smith I/O/S and EG2/.5 offer the most peripheral vision out of any goggle on the market. The main selling point of the I/O is the lens swapping. It is really easy to swap lenses out of the I/O. Another big benefit with the Smiths is that it comes with a hard case, microfiber bag, and extra lens. Great deal.

I swear by Oakley products. There is no doubt that they have the most durable lenses out of any goggle manufacturer. It is the only eyewear brand that has a contract with the military. Another thing I love about Oakley is that they have Asian fit goggles widely available. It's not just good for Asians though. If you find that most goggles leave a gap in the nose area, the Asian fit will probably solve that problem for you. I use the A-Frames and Splices.
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Why does having a contract with the military mean anything? If you think that they use the same lenses for snowboarding goggles that they do for tactical glasses then you're mistaken.

Tang had a contract with NASA. Does that mean they make the most high-tech drink mix?
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Tang had a contract with NASA. Does that mean they make the most high-tech drink mix?
Yes. have you ever drank Tang? it's ah-mazing.
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