Smith IO7 2018 - 2015 Review by The Good Ride
The Smith IO7 Goggle is the very well liked IO with some mustard on it. They basically took the IO and redesigned it to have a better field of view, better fit and be easier to take off and put on.
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Not that the IO wasn’t sexy and a great goggle but the IO7 is a nice bump in all around feel and function. Is it worth $50 more? That’s more your call than mine but it’s a very nice goggle. What I’ve found after wearing it for many days is the foam fits better around the nose and cheeks. Because of this, it’s a much more comfortable feel from the first day till now and the goggle doesn’t slide down to the bottom of my nose like the IO’s would occasionally do.
As far as lens diversity they are still fleshing that out but it has most of the favorite lenses in their line like the Photochromic Red Sensor. At the time I published this review it still doesn’t have the polarized option but I’m sure it will eventually.
For me, I’m pretty happy with wearing this Lens combo but I always have more than just this.
Photochromic Red Sensor most of the winter and then using a lens like the red sensor for really low light and something like the
Green Solex Mirror for really bright/long spring days but it’s all personal preference. I’ve found that the Photochromic works in partly cloudy days to sunny/short mid-winter days really well. The Green Solex Mirror sit’s in my case most of the winter but come late April it starts to make its way into the rotation. It’s best when it’s really sunny from morning to afternoon. I’ve tried all the lenses made for sunny conditions and don’t feel this is superior to the other lens options. I just like the way it tints the snow a little green and its fun to look through on a bright day.
Red Sensor Mirror for when it starts to dump. It doesn’t let as much light in as some of the other low light lenses in but for some reason I feel like I can see the contours of the snow with it in dumping/whiteout conditions where the Blue Sensor doesn’t seem to highlight bumps as well for my eyes.
Another honorable mention is the Ignitor Mirror. It’s a really fun lens with a mirror tint on the outside and a pink/red look behind it that makes the mountain fun to look at. It also is very good with mid-winter bright days as well as dealing with coming into a shady section at high speed and highlights the uneven terrain well. It doesn’t transition or anything but the same tint works in a lot of conditions. Same goes for the Rose Polarized if they launch that lens.
Chromapop Storm doesn’t work well for me (brown eyes) but many who have tried it in our crew…especially the blue or green-eyed riders liked it. I found that unlike the Chromapop Everyday it had a bit of a 3D effect like you are looking at a 3d screen without the glasses.
Lenses are really all personal preference so don’t think you should only get these. These are just the lenses that my eyes prefer.
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I've worn the Smith Vice the last few seasons (with Ignitor Mirror). Great goggle, but I was looking for something with improved peripheral vision. This fit the bill. Great field of view and perfect fit, even though I have a fairly small face. The quick change tech is very easy to use (not sure I would do it on the chair, but otherwise still quick). The chroma pop lenses are also top notch. I've used both the every day and storm lenses. I was particularly impressed by the storm lenses in some seriously low light conditions. These goggles aren't cheap, but they are worth it.
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