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post #21 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-26-2012, 08:36 AM
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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.
Have you ever tried the VZ Skylabs? They're supposed to be just as wide as the fishbowls but shorter... I think I might give those a try as they're significantly cheaper than fishbowls.

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post #22 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-29-2012, 05:44 PM
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Polarized lenses essentially eliminate glare/reflection. If you are on the water boating thats great because you will greatly reduce the reflection of sun off the water. If you are on the mountain boarding its dangerous because you will not be able to see ice patches. You need light to reflect off ice in order for you to clearly be able to see it and a polarized lens essentially kills that ability.
BAH! Can't say I've really ever seen much "ice glare" before I started using polarized goggles. And I used to ride icy Ontario! Not much ice where I ride these days...

I'm happy with my Rose Copper polarized lenses for bright light situations...

What brought me to this thread is I need some new low light goggles and haven't bought in a couple years. I'll probably be buying smith goggles so trying to decide between a couple lenses specifically for highlighting the snow on overcast days.

- Red Sensor Mirror
- Sensor Mirror
- Gold Sensor Mirror
- Gold Lite

To be honest the best low light goggles I've used were a pair of $30 blue blockers (orange lens) I bought about 7 years ago. I'd just like to find a pair of them again!
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I'm surprised no one's mentioned the Electric EG2 goggles yet. I've been using a pair for a few years and love 'em for their excellent peripheral vision.

Electric does sell various lens tints for them too and while not as quick to change out, like on a Smith I/O, it's still plenty easy.

Here's a pic of me with them using the Gold Chrome lens which is good for bright sunny days (Mt Bachelor Feb 2012):


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Never knew polarized lenses where bad when it came to ice glare. I bought some Smith Optics Scope's that were on sale for like 30$. They came with the sensor lens. Should do me good for now. Like the above posted said, kinda surprised not a lot of people mentions electric's eg2 or eg2.5. Those will probably be the next goggles I end up buying.

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I have one each of IO, IOX,and EG2. Best peripheral vision of the bunch is the EG2. The lens feels a little closer to the face to me. I feel that the lens quality is better on the Smith though. JMHO though, there's some great stuff out there but fit on your face is important. It can make the best goggle out there pretty crappy.
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What brought me to this thread is I need some new low light goggles and haven't bought in a couple years. I'll probably be buying smith goggles so trying to decide between a couple lenses specifically for highlighting the snow on overcast days.

- Red Sensor Mirror
- Sensor Mirror
- Gold Sensor Mirror
- Gold Lite
I really like the Sensor Mirror that comes with I/Os. They are noticeably better when it is dark or overcast than the standard RC36 the I/Os also come with. They are the only other lense tint that i have tried, but they definitely make a difference in flat light.
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try I/O from Smith. Probably the best goggles with the best visibility I tried to date. They currently have a new version of I/O, which looks even better
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BAH! Can't say I've really ever seen much "ice glare" before I started using polarized goggles. And I used to ride icy Ontario! Not much ice where I ride these days...

I'm happy with my Rose Copper polarized lenses for bright light situations...

What brought me to this thread is I need some new low light goggles and haven't bought in a couple years. I'll probably be buying smith goggles so trying to decide between a couple lenses specifically for highlighting the snow on overcast days.

- Red Sensor Mirror
- Sensor Mirror
- Gold Sensor Mirror
- Gold Lite

To be honest the best low light goggles I've used were a pair of $30 blue blockers (orange lens) I bought about 7 years ago. I'd just like to find a pair of them again!
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I just picked up a pair of Smith IOXs that came with a Green Solex and a Blue Sensor lens. I was impressed with the peripheral vision. Forcing my eyes all the way to the right and left (to the point of being painful), there is only half a pinky finger width of frame visible. The shortcoming on the IOXs in my opinion is the downward peripheral vision. Definitely not the best if you have a big nose can can't push them down without closing off your nostrils. Awesome lenses though and comfy as hell.
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