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Smith I/O - which color for replacement lens for bright sun?

Hi guys, I bought a pair of Smith I/O last year after having eye surgery. I love the goggles, especially with two lenses, but thought they didn't cut the bright sun enough for my taste (could have been that I was boarding 1 month after surgery and was a more sensitive to the light than usual). My goggles came with Platinum Mirror (25% VLT - bright) and Sensor Mirror (70% VLT - cloudy). I was thinking of picking up another lens. What color lens would you recommend for the best bright day performance?

Gold Sol-X (7% VLT) - - sounds frighteningly dark.
Red Sol-X (17% VLT)
Green Sol-x (15% VLT)
Polarized Rose Copper (25% VLT) - Not sure these are worth $100 or that I really care for polarized goggles.

I think these are all brown tinted on the inside.

Anyway, what would you choose for VLT for sunshine?
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Hi guys, I bought a pair of Smith I/O last year after having eye surgery. I love the goggles, especially with two lenses, but thought they didn't cut the bright sun enough for my taste (could have been that I was boarding 1 month after surgery and was a more sensitive to the light than usual). My goggles came with Platinum Mirror (25% VLT - bright) and Sensor Mirror (70% VLT - cloudy). I was thinking of picking up another lens. What color lens would you recommend for the best bright day performance?

Gold Sol-X (7% VLT) - - sounds frighteningly dark.
Red Sol-X (17% VLT)
Green Sol-x (15% VLT)
Polarized Rose Copper (25% VLT) - Not sure these are worth $100 or that I really care for polarized goggles.

I think these are all brown tinted on the inside.

Anyway, what would you choose for VLT for sunshine?
Go red or green sol-x. I have both and they work great. Green looks cooler :P

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anything lower then 25% will be more then enough for bright conditions so you could really go for any one of those. i would just go with whatever color you think looks the coolest or goes with your goggles/gear the best. i have the golds and they are pretty sweet but wanna get the green ones too.


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I've had the Green and Red Sol-X, and both are great in bright sun. The view out is more or less a flip flop of the mirror tint. The green gave me more of a brown/amber tint to everything, and the red gave everything a more green/natural tint. I preferred the red for that reason.
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Had the red in mine and they worked great, problem is you dont get that many bright days in Michigan haha
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Had the red in mine and they worked great, problem is you dont get that many bright days in Michigan haha
Or mountains to snowboard on . I only ski in Michigan once or twice per year.

Although, there is a bunny hill near by and I joined a ski race league for the winter.
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