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Old 12-31-2011, 05:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Oakley Airbrakes vs Smith I/O

which goggles do you think are better, suggestions would be great,
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I tried some Oakley Airbrakes on yesterday at one of the JHMR shops. The staff said they were too new for them to have gotten much feedback on how they handle fogging.

They fit my face well, and have a nose cutout which feels like its a teeny bit better for my face than my Smith I/O goggles.

They are very large, though... almost EG2 large... and they are pricey. You can get Smith I/O for $165 retail.....the Airbrakes are like $220
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If money is no object then I'd get the Airbrake because you can get a $60 facemask made to work with the Airbrake. Winter Bandit Face Concealers - Oakley Bandito Mask Shields the Face from Freezing Cold Air

I personally bought the Smith I/O because you can easily find them for $90 or even less sometimes and they come with two lenses. I also already had a Smith helmet so I get a great fit.
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I tried them both and went with the I/Os. Same price when I saw them but I didn't like the fit and feel of the Airbrakes compared to the I/Os. Used the I/Os for 4 days so far in various conditions and love them so far, haven't had any fogging issues at all.
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i bought the i/o I have a smith maze helmet so i thought that i would not have to worry about the fit
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have the airbrakes, used them 4 times this season with all kinds of different conditions. I have not had any fogging problems with them. They are a little on the large side but they still fit great with my smith maze helmet. I haven't tried the smith i/o's so I can't comment on them. Would be nice with the airbrakes if you could pick the 2 lenses you get but that's not the case.
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I have the airbrakes, used them 4 times this season with all kinds of different conditions. I have not had any fogging problems with them. They are a little on the large side but they still fit great with my smith maze helmet. I haven't tried the smith i/o's so I can't comment on them. Would be nice with the airbrakes if you could pick the 2 lenses you get but that's not the case.
i went in store and picked out the 2 lenses i wanted.
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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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Neither, get Anon M1's :P
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:23 AM   #10 (permalink)
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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.
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