A snowboarder or skier can only be as good as his vision. If you can’t see the terrain in front of you, you can’t exactly ride it with much finesse. Smith I/OX goggles include a few design advantages that make your vision pop, giving you a better feel for what lies ahead.

Smith introduced the I/OX goggle, the latest in its award-winning I/O series, at the SIA show earlier this year. I/O goggles have long cut out hunks of the frame to increase your peripheral vision, and the I/OX gets bigger and pushes the sides of the frame completely off the lens, opening up even more space on the peripherals.

Not only does the rimless design give you better sight around the edges, it creates a super-quick lens interchange that can be performed on the fly. Simply pop open the two levers on top, pull the lens out and replace it with a new one – it all happens in seconds and is easy enough to do on the gondola.

I have not used the new I/OX goggles, but I do have several seasons of experience with the I/O goggles. I can confirm that they work as advertised. The quick release lens system really is that easy to use, and the sensor mirror lens tint makes the terrain pop in snowy, low-light conditions. The combination of rimless design and Vaporator lens technology lets plenty of air in, meaning that fogging is extremely rare. The I/O is easily the best goggle I’ve ever worn and I’d buy another in a heartbeat.

Video Reviews of the I/OX Goggles

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The House has I/OX goggles with two sets of lenses for $175. The I/O or I/Os will be better options for those with smaller faces.

Smith I/OX Tech Spec

  • Medium/Large Fit
  • Quick Release Lens System
  • Spherical, Carbonic-X Lens with TLT Optics
  • 5X Anti-Fog Inner Lens
  • Patented vaporator Lens Technology with Porex™ Filter
  • Includes Two Performance Mirror Lenses
  • Ultra-Wide, Silicone Backed Strap
  • QuickFit Strap Adjustment System with Clip Buckle
  • 3-Layer, DriWix Face Foam
  • Helmet Compatible
  • Includes Microfiber Goggle Bag with Replacement Lens Sleeve

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