Smith Vice 2017 - 2015 Review by The Good Ride
The Smith Vice Goggle is a good choice if the IO or IO7 is out of your price range. It’s got a very similar fit and feel to the IO and IO7 but it’s just not as fancy in some places like lens changing. It’s got a wide variety of lens options as well and it’s pretty easy to change them out.
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It’s not really a quick release and it’s a lot slower than the IO and IO7 but it’s faster than many goggles because there are fewer points where you have to connect the Rubber frame to the lens. Still, it’s awkward and slow going. Connecting the rubber part is always much harder than quick release goggles so it’s good they minimized it to 4 points instead of the entire frame.
It’s got a good look and it feels similar in terms of field of view to the IO and IO7.
The fit seems very similar too except it feels like it rides a little higher up on my nose which is good.
Smith is known for their anti-fogging and this has the same anti-fogging properties as the higher end models. Smith also markets to skiers and snowboarders equally which is good with us.
The overall fit is very good and it has similar triple foam tech that fits the face pretty well. Ever since Smith upgraded from dual layer foam to triple layer foam the fit has been better. I’ve found that it’s not quite an amazing fit when it compares to companies like Oakley but we found it has better anti-fogging so it’s a little bit of a trade up.
Smith’s lens options are pretty diverse. You have very good clarity and nice color diversity. You can get grey’s if you want something more true to colors out there but you also have reds, pink and other options that make the mountain look cool to look at. They even have a polarized option.
So all in all this is a good goggle for the price and it offers up some pretty decent tech at the 120 price range.
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