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Old 10-25-2012, 02:18 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have a pair of the Smith I/Os and I think they are worth the money. The smaller frame allows as good of vision peripherally as I have ever needed and there are a ton of lens options. Get one lens for bright sunny days and one lens for cloudy/overcast/night time riding.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:34 PM   #12 (permalink)
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No mention of the Smith I/OX's? The larger version of the I/O...
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:22 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I have anon hawkeyes and love them. I tried on the Smith I/O's but felt like they too small. The Dragon APX's look awesome! They might be my next pair. To answer the question though, try on a few different ones. Try all the oversized ones you can. Some might actually be too big.
The hard part about this is where? Where can I go to try on multiple brands? I've checked some sporting stores, but they haven't really had too much to look at. I've always got gogs online..
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:23 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I have a pair of the Smith I/Os and I think they are worth the money. The smaller frame allows as good of vision peripherally as I have ever needed and there are a ton of lens options. Get one lens for bright sunny days and one lens for cloudy/overcast/night time riding.
This is something I really like about the I/O is that they sell them with a sunny and a cloudy lens. I'd be too cheap to buy an extra lens if it didn't come with one. Just being honest.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:55 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I always looking out for the best in each category and put quality and performance above all else when deciding. IMO Oakley makes the best lenses on the market. If you are truly out for the best visibility and board often then you can not achieve it with a single lens. Id recommend getting one for overcast, one for sunny days and one for night (if you ride at night).

Contrary to what some people might say there is no one lens that does it all. Sure there are some that are pretty good for everything, but to answer your question purely based on best then you need more then one lens. With that in mind I would buy a goggle that allows quick and easy lens changing.

What ever you do don't buy polarized.
+1 on Oakley, you can use the hi intensity yellow for both overcast and night plus a darker lense for bright days, and have two lenses or pairs of goggles instead of three
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:58 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I feel like I keep hearing "Smith I/O" everywhere I go. Is this just the new fad, or are they really worth it?

Also, I've always found ebay to be the cheapest place to by goggles. Anybody have any comments on this?
Never heard of if being any type of "fad". If I lost my current pair I wouldn't hesitate one second to purchase another set.
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Never heard of if being any type of "fad". If I lost my current pair I wouldn't hesitate one second to purchase another set.
I wasn't calling goggles in general a fad, but simply asking if the I/Os were as good as they are hyped up to be (it sounds like they are). You can't tell me that Oakley A Frames weren't a fad! Everybody and their mom used to own a pair of those just because of the almighty Shaun White. To each their own really.
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The I/Os are great goggles. One big advantage they have over a lot of the oversized goggles is that they tend to work better with most helmets. They have a much better field of vision than a standard goggle, but they still don't have the FOV of something like the Fishbowl. When I put on my Fishbowls, I have to really strain my eyes to actually be able to see the frame. It's literally like you're a goldfish in a fishbowl looking out.
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