Looking to buy new goggles. Smith I/O vs Phenom. Opinions. Pros and cons??
Both the I/O & Phenom have the same face fit.
Smith also produce an I/Os model - different strap to frame linkage compare to the I/O.
The I/O & I/Os lens are not compatible.
All three feels the same while skiing. Just different look.
I never change the lens (only if badly scratched). Much easier to grab another pair with the right tint.
The I/O & I/Os appears to pick up scratches faster then the Phenom.
I just got the Phenom with the sensor lens as they call it. I have taken them out on two days so far and love them. My main selling point was that they allow me to see the snow I'm skiing on on cloudy days due to their clearer lens. For fun, I once even put them on at night and drove my car. Not as good against the sun in your eyes, but good enough to let you see where you're going.
I tried both, returned the Phenom, and kept the I/O.
Fit is similar.
Lens change is worlds better on the I/O.
Been out in damp/snowy conditions (and through snow guns) a few times and didn't notice problems, but never in a downpour or real blizzard. YMMV.
I/O is the mens version and the I/Os is the womens version. Exact same thing except the I/Os is slightly smaller, and has some sparkles on the band.
I like the I/O more than the Phenom because it comes with 2 lenses (night and day) and it takes 30 seconds to switch them out. That being said, they do scratch really easily because of their design so you need to keep them in a case.
Both goggles are great, but the versatility of lenses that the I/O has gives it a few extra points in my book.
Had my I/O goggles today in Utah, probably snowed 9-12" during the day. Didn't have an issue with moisture, although I had the occasional flake find its way through one of the vents.
Lens changes rock on the I/O.
I have to say. I like my I/O's. I have 2 pairs. But when it's really nasty out I always end up with the high yellow crowbars.