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Old 02-10-2013, 02:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Tired of fog, iox or turbo fan?

Long story short, im tired of foging. I wear glasses, looking at either smith iox's or iox turbo fan's. so question is to turbo fan or not to turbo fan? Whats everybodies experiences? How do the turbo fans feel on your head? Moneys not an object, can always replace what i spend.....so lets hear some pros cons of both.
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What about some anti fog spray?
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I've never used the TurboFan, but from everyone I know who has, they work. Fogging is a non-issue. I don't think they really weigh any more than regular goggles either. If you wear glasses though, make sure you look for a OTG goggle.
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I had a lot of fogging issues with my I/Os (I overheat like crazy and like to wear a facemask up to my goggles, plus I don't think wearing a helmet helps with proper venting from the goggles) I got mad and bought the I/OX turbo fan goggles around X-Mas and I love them.
First off the I/OX just by itself is wayyyyyy better at not fogging up, this alone might do the trick and you might not need the fan. The fan isn't noticable when you ride, dead silent. If you don't wear a helmet, you might notice the battery pack, with a helmet you don't notice it at all. Because of the battery pack, you have to wear the goggles over the helmet. The batteries are AAA and last well when the weather is decent but -20C days the batteries would stop working from the cold and I would have to switch them out with warmer ones from an inside pocket. The fan works ok at clearing the goggles when they start to fog, but they could be a lot better. On most days i don't need the fan at all and the nice thing is that you can pop the battery pack off in a second and throw it in your pocket and then they look and act just like regular I/OXs.
One of my favorite hills has a lot of temp inversions and last year every day I spent there i would have fogging issues that made it almost impossible to see or ride with the goggles on, but it's always pow days there and you need goggles to keep the snow out of your eyes. This year I've spent 2 days at that hill now with these goggles and can finally ride all day with clear vision.... That alone is worth it to me.
The I/OXs are awesome in my opinion, the turbo fan.... Hmmmmm, just average. Do I use the fan?? Yeah I do. Would I recommend the turbo fan model to others? Not sure. It's a lot more cash and unless you're like me and really really hate fogging up, then the I/OXs might be good enough. I just lost all patience with fogging and decided to go all out. Do I regret the turbo fan model? Not at all.... Being able to see clearly and fully enjoy the few pow days we have, makes all the difference to me.
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What about some anti fog spray?
Ehh, id rather just update my goggles, mine are about 2 year old now, plus the new frameless tech is nice to have.

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I've never used the TurboFan, but from everyone I know who has, they work. Fogging is a non-issue. I don't think they really weigh any more than regular goggles either. If you wear glasses though, make sure you look for a OTG goggle.
According to smith optics website the iox and iox turbo fan are listed under the OTG category.

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I had a lot of fogging issues with my I/Os (I overheat like crazy and like to wear a facemask up to my goggles, plus I don't think wearing a helmet helps with proper venting from the goggles) I got mad and bought the I/OX turbo fan goggles around X-Mas and I love them.
First off the I/OX just by itself is wayyyyyy better at not fogging up, this alone might do the trick and you might not need the fan. The fan isn't noticable when you ride, dead silent. If you don't wear a helmet, you might notice the battery pack, with a helmet you don't notice it at all. Because of the battery pack, you have to wear the goggles over the helmet. The batteries are AAA and last well when the weather is decent but -20C days the batteries would stop working from the cold and I would have to switch them out with warmer ones from an inside pocket. The fan works ok at clearing the goggles when they start to fog, but they could be a lot better. On most days i don't need the fan at all and the nice thing is that you can pop the battery pack off in a second and throw it in your pocket and then they look and act just like regular I/OXs.
One of my favorite hills has a lot of temp inversions and last year every day I spent there i would have fogging issues that made it almost impossible to see or ride with the goggles on, but it's always pow days there and you need goggles to keep the snow out of your eyes. This year I've spent 2 days at that hill now with these goggles and can finally ride all day with clear vision.... That alone is worth it to me.
The I/OXs are awesome in my opinion, the turbo fan.... Hmmmmm, just average. Do I use the fan?? Yeah I do. Would I recommend the turbo fan model to others? Not sure. It's a lot more cash and unless you're like me and really really hate fogging up, then the I/OXs might be good enough. I just lost all patience with fogging and decided to go all out. Do I regret the turbo fan model? Not at all.... Being able to see clearly and fully enjoy the few pow days we have, makes all the difference to me.
Awsome info, good to hear you have positive experience with them. I too absolutely hate fogging. Normaly i can just lift my goggles untill i start au run but this weekend we had moments of sleet and nice strong gusts and it was really shitty to have to get pelted by sleet becuase my goggles were fogging.

Im thinking the turbo fans might be beneficial if say my glasses started to fog up(had that happen once).

Anyways thanks for the repsonses keep them coming, im looking for any experiences good or bad.

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My glasses fogging is the entire reason I got contacts. It took me a really really long time to be decent at putting them in but it was worth it. Not having to worry about or mess with glasses while doing activities is great.

That said, I have heard nothing but good about thew turbo fan Smith's when it come to use with glasses.
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My glasses fogging is the entire reason I got contacts. It took me a really really long time to be decent at putting them in but it was worth it. Not having to worry about or mess with glasses while doing activities is great.

That said, I have heard nothing but good about thew turbo fan Smith's when it come to use with glasses.

Yeah, i tried the whole contacts thing a few years back for road racing purposes. I hated them plus the cost for me to get my perscription in contacts really puts a beating on my bank account, my eyes are all sorts of different.

So short story i dont think ill be going back to contacts.

So far sounds like the turbo fans are the way to go with glasses.
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Please don't get the turbo fan...that shit is so lame. Breaks easily too. I knew 2 guys that had them, both broke within first couple days of use.
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I had a lot of fogging issues with my I/Os (I overheat like crazy and like to wear a facemask up to my goggles, plus I don't think wearing a helmet helps with proper venting from the goggles) I got mad and bought the I/OX turbo fan goggles around X-Mas and I love them.
First off the I/OX just by itself is wayyyyyy better at not fogging up, this alone might do the trick and you might not need the fan. The fan isn't noticable when you ride, dead silent. If you don't wear a helmet, you might notice the battery pack, with a helmet you don't notice it at all. Because of the battery pack, you have to wear the goggles over the helmet. The batteries are AAA and last well when the weather is decent but -20C days the batteries would stop working from the cold and I would have to switch them out with warmer ones from an inside pocket. The fan works ok at clearing the goggles when they start to fog, but they could be a lot better. On most days i don't need the fan at all and the nice thing is that you can pop the battery pack off in a second and throw it in your pocket and then they look and act just like regular I/OXs.
One of my favorite hills has a lot of temp inversions and last year every day I spent there i would have fogging issues that made it almost impossible to see or ride with the goggles on, but it's always pow days there and you need goggles to keep the snow out of your eyes. This year I've spent 2 days at that hill now with these goggles and can finally ride all day with clear vision.... That alone is worth it to me.
The I/OXs are awesome in my opinion, the turbo fan.... Hmmmmm, just average. Do I use the fan?? Yeah I do. Would I recommend the turbo fan model to others? Not sure. It's a lot more cash and unless you're like me and really really hate fogging up, then the I/OXs might be good enough. I just lost all patience with fogging and decided to go all out. Do I regret the turbo fan model? Not at all.... Being able to see clearly and fully enjoy the few pow days we have, makes all the difference to me.
I second this post.

I've been out 25+ days with my I/OX turbo this season and have similar results. Do they work? Yeah, but not as a cure-all. My prescription glasses do still fog from time to time. If it gets too cold, the fan stops working. I will have to try the "extra batteries in my jacket" trick.

Since my eyes are not incredibly bad yet I can still ride without glasses if I absolutely have to. When not wearing my prescriptions the I/OX is a great goggle for me and I have no fogging issues whatsoever.

I got the turbo because I got the goggles new for $120. If I had to pay retail though I would just get the I/OX and get yourself some FogTech. Now that shit works.
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I ride with guys that use them and love them. They swear by them and ski/ride 150+ days a year. Im really thinking hard about getting them but for now i just have a second pair of goggles i carry im my jackets goggle pouch. I can fog up any nonfan goggle.... my son is the same way.
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