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I have a pair of Smith IO goggles and only have the one lens in Blackout (10% VLT). What color would be a good secondary lens to complement this one for cloudy days? Ive heard good things about the red sensor mirror. Looking for other input

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 9

I have a blue sensor mirror and it works great even for night skiing for me. the other one I use is the green sol-x for sunny days

post #3 of 9
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I have a pair of Smith IO goggles and only have the one lens in Blackout (10% VLT).

 

Where do you ski, the surface of the sun???

 

The Sensor Mirror (pick a color) is probably the most popular low/flat-light lens for the I/O.

 

Here's the whole selection: http://www.smithoptics.com/products/#/Snow+Goggles/Snow+Goggle+Replacement+Lenses/IO+Replacement+Lenses/view/

 

Sol-X is almost as dark as Blackout (15% vs. 10%).  There's also a polarized rose (25%), which to me would probably be more useful in bright situations -- should cut glare without totally blinding you in the shadows or flat light.  And that photochromic sensor mirror is new, will have to see if I can find one of those to look at...

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Originally Posted by R4D4R View Post

I have a pair of Smith IO goggles and only have the one lens in Blackout (10% VLT). What color would be a good secondary lens to complement this one for cloudy days? Ive heard good things about the red sensor mirror. Looking for other input

 

Thanks!

The red sensor mirror sucks, IMO. Provides very little in the way of contrast. I have ordered the blue sensor, but it is currently on back order (for the IO/X) so I am still awaiting it's arrival.

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Originally Posted by Matthias99 View Post

 

Where do you ski, the surface of the sun???

 

 

 

 

 

Dont be silly, I dont ski on the sun mostly because I dont think it can snow there. However, for terrestrial skiing, the sun does sometimes appear in the sky, hence the need for one set of dark lenses. For the times where the sun is not shining, I would thereby need a different lens; the topic of this thread

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I've got the I/O with the Green Sol-X and Blue Sensor mirror.  The Blue Sensor is great for snowy days but my eyes are pretty light sensitive so if it's just cloudy, I find I need something darker.  On bluebird days the Sol-X is great but in the shadows it can be a little hard to see.  I'm going to order the Ignitor mirror which Smith says is a good all around lens. 

 

I only ski in Utah but it looks like you may be on the east coast.  I've seen a few east coast people on here say the blue sensor mirror is the one they use most skiing in the east. 

 

Here's a thread I started where another member here was nice enough to post a photo of the view through the red sensor and blue sensor mirror.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/114954/anyone-use-smith-red-sensor-mirror-lens

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Dont be silly, I dont ski on the sun mostly because I dont think it can snow there. However, for terrestrial skiing, the sun does sometimes appear in the sky, hence the need for one set of dark lenses. For the times where the sun is not shining, I would thereby need a different lens; the topic of this thread

 

I just have a hard time visualizing situations where I would want a lens THAT dark.  I have the ~36% ones and those seem fine for sunny days.  (The 70% Sensor lenses are definitely too light for bright sunshine.)

 

Maybe at high altitude above treeline with lots of glare off the snow...

post #8 of 9
Blue sensor mirror and call it good. \thread
post #9 of 9
Platinum and Blue Sensor are my choice 90% of the time. For above treeline (Breck/ABasin/Vail Bowls) spring skiing, I have a Green Sol-X (the black lens would be ok here).

The black lens you have is honestly rarely a good choice and probably should have been your third lens. I'd recommend the Ignitor lens. You need something that can deal with sun and shade. If you want a storm lens, you'll still suffer on partly cloudy days, or in the shade on sunny days, especially in winter when the sun is low in the sky. This is generally the bulk of most people's skiing. So you'll be suffering most of the time - any time it's partly cloudy or you're skiing in the shade.

If you get the Blue Sensor, get the Platinum also. If you only get one lens, get the Ignitor.
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