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getting back into riding after a 10+ year absence.

feeling like a noob with all of the tech change.

can anyone tell me if spending big dollars on Anon m1/m2, smith i/o, oakley airbrake is worth it. there are so many goggles that sell at half the price. i'd hate to spend big money just to find out the differences are slight.

any feedback is appreciated!
 

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I'm also very interested in knowing the answer to this! I'm looking into getting some goggles and want to make sure that I can find the best deal on some good goggles. I don't know what all the features are that I should be looking for so any info along with this answer would be great!
 

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There is no right answer to this question. I would say they are worth it to me, however for people who don't have fogging issues it is less important. Also lenses for different conditions are big for me
 

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There is no right answer to this question. I would say they are worth it to me, however for people who don't have fogging issues it is less important. Also lenses for different conditions are big for me
So would someone need to get different goggles for different conditions if that became an issue or are there goggles that allow changing out of lenses so that all you'd have to do is just buy a different color lens?
 

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So would someone need to get different goggles for different conditions if that became an issue or are there goggles that allow changing out of lenses so that all you'd have to do is just buy a different color lens?
Most higher end goggles have interchangeable lenses.

The smith io that I wear actually come with 2 different lenses: a dark mirror for bright days and a light pink lens for overcast days. They sell about 40 different shades and colors for this specific frame. Takes about 30 seconds to swap one out.
 

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It all depends on what you want. I think the three goggles you listed would be better than other goggles, but I have friends who would disagree with me on that. I'm thinking about getting some smith i/o. I have some Oakley splice goggles with an iridium lens so they work well in bright conditions. They get a little dark sometimes, which is why I may get some goggles that work better in low light conditions. I don't expect vision to be too much different, I just want a lens that performs better in low light. Like I said though, it all depends and what you want out of your goggles.
 

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Most higher end goggles have interchangeable lenses.

The smith io that I wear actually come with 2 different lenses: a dark mirror for bright days and a light pink lens for overcast days. They sell about 40 different shades and colors for this specific frame. Takes about 30 seconds to swap one out.
Hmmm. Alright, I'm looking at some smith i/o goggles right now that are the 2014 model and they're $175 which isn't too pricey for me if they would save me the trouble of having to buy other goggles. Does that sound like a good deal to you, or average?
 

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It all depends on what you want. I think the three goggles you listed would be better than other goggles, but I have friends who would disagree with me on that. I'm thinking about getting some smith i/o. I have some Oakley splice goggles with an iridium lens so they work well in bright conditions. They get a little dark sometimes, which is why I may get some goggles that work better in low light conditions. I don't expect vision to be too much different, I just want a lens that performs better in low light. Like I said though, it all depends and what you want out of your goggles.
is that most of whats different? lens options?
 

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I have the M2s. Definately the best goggles I have owned. I love the field of vision and clarity. They have fogged up a couple times - likely due to not being tight enough. It is nice to go into the bar, pop out the magnetic lens and let the air get to them right away. They clear real fast.:thumbsup:
 

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For me Oakley Airbreak was the choice. I definitely needed an easy change lens so that brought me to the Airbreak, IO, and M2. Personally I had issues with the IO changing it to my standards. Took that out. I also didn't like that I didn't get a case with the IO. So it was Airbreak vs M2 tried both on really liked both just felt a little risky to me with the magnets in the M2 personally. Plus the Airbreak just fit my helmet better.
 

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I just waited for sales and bought two pairs of EG2s for about $45 each, one for bluebird, one for overcast/night. The second pair was cheaper than just buying lenses. And, I love them. I don't know if I'd love them for $150-$100, but for $50 I love em.
 

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is that most of whats different? lens options?
Lens options, size, and a few small other details are the main difference between most goggles. Do a little research and you should be able to figure out which goggle is right for you. Like I said before, it all depends on what you're looking for. You're not going to be disappointed any of the three choices you are looking at.
 

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Someone mentioned fit...I tried on a lot lf goggles before settling on the smith io. Did it with and without helmet as well. Some pinch my nose. Some are too narrow. Some are too wide. Some are gaper. For me at least, the io fit well, lens is easy to change, easier to carry a lens than carry a whole extra pair of goggles.
 

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thanks everyone!

this all helps me tons! anyone running a bern helmet with either the m1/m2 or i/o?
 

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Personally i wear cheapos... i always wanted a pair of expensive goggles, but i cant see how spending more than 80 dollars on goggles will benefit me. I slam so much and have seen my cheapos fly off my head i'd probably freak if my expensive ones flew off or got smashed like that when i slam... Right now i got a pair of Spy Targa 2's that i picked up for 40 bucks new 2 years ago, and theyre scratched to hell, but dont fog. Bottom line is i dont want to sweat scratching them or cracking them. They work fine for me, as long as they don't fog up, keep the wind and snow out of my eyes, and i can see where im going its all good.
 

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I am looking at buying the new Zeal goggles with the lens that changes with light so that all you need is one lens. You might check these out before you pull the trigger. I like the idea of having minimal gear when riding...one lens and done.

Zeal automatic...
Zeal Optics Slate Automatic Goggles 2014

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Those seem pretty dang sweet! And I mean with a 1% discount who wouldn't want to snag a pair; ultimate bargain shopping;D I'm honestly considering them though. Minimal is optimal.
 

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Those seem pretty dang sweet! And I mean with a 1% discount who wouldn't want to snag a pair; ultimate bargain shopping;D I'm honestly considering them though. Minimal is optimal.
:D I didn't even notice that...damn, if I can save 99 cents I might as well go ahead and order them tonight! Seriously wish someone would buy these and throw a review up to see if they are worth it. Overall Zeal seems like they make a solid goggle.
 
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