or Connect
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Smith IOX Lens Help

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

I'm going to get the Smith IOX goggles and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good combo to buy?  I was thinking the Platinum + Red Sensor combo, but it seems the Blue Sensors are a "must" for flat light?

 

Any advice would be appreciated

post #2 of 19

both red and blue sensors seem to work for me in flat light. FWIW.

post #3 of 19

Let me say that the IOX lens is fantastic for visibility, and it is the only goggle that I have used that has never fogged (I wear glasses and that has been an issue for me with every other goggle, including OTG goggles)  I love the goggle and recommend it.

 

I have used both the red and blue sensors and would call them about equal in the flat light.  If you have trouble with flat light as I do, nothing yet is quite as good as we would like it to be.  There are times in early morning overcast, low cloud days where I think a clear lens would even be better.

 

Will

post #4 of 19
As stated above - cannot go wrong with either red or blue sensors. However, I think my eyes have a little more tolerance for the reds - if it goes partly cloudy to sunny. YMMV.

Splitting hairs - whichever is cheapest.
post #5 of 19

Speaking from experience the blue sensor (which doesn't look blue) is bright as hell. Awesome for flat-light.

post #6 of 19

Blue sensor for life... been using it across a few pair of Smiths for the past 10 years or so. I also have an Ignitor mirror for my I/O for bright days.

post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 

is the ignitor good for sunny?

 

it is marketed as an all-around lens so i wasnt sure if i should get a lens with a lower VLT

post #8 of 19

For me the best combo is green sol-x mirror/blue sensor or blackout/blue sensor. The mirror lenses and the blackout are the best for blue bird days!

post #9 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by mfa81 View Post
 

For me the best combo is green sol-x mirror/blue sensor or blackout/blue sensor.

 

Roger this. This combo has served me well.

post #10 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by jor17 View Post
 

is the ignitor good for sunny?

 

it is marketed as an all-around lens so i wasnt sure if i should get a lens with a lower VLT

 

I like Ignitor for sunny days, it's 35% light transmission which is enough for high sun in the spring, but importantly the lens still lets in enough light for shaded slopes/trees. Even on the sunniest spring days at Whistler, I find some part of the day is spent in the shadows and really dark lenses do not work well there (for me). Previously I used the RC36 (36% light transmission, no mirror) for sunny/variable days. My I/O came with Blue/Ignitor is another reason I use that combo, no need to spend money on more lenses.

 

http://www.smithoptics.ca/products/#/Lens+and+Accessories/Snow+Goggle+Replacement+Lenses/ lists all of them

post #11 of 19

The ignitor actually really is a great all-around lens It may not look as cool as the sol-x ones but it will serve you well in almost any conditions. Very good for days with rapidly changing conditions.

post #12 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by mfa81 View Post

For me the best combo is green sol-x mirror/blue sensor or blackout/blue sensor. The mirror lenses and the blackout are the best for blue bird days!

+ 1 - That Sol-x green is like an ice cube on my eyes during a sunny day
post #13 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by jor17 View Post
 

is the ignitor good for sunny?

 

it is marketed as an all-around lens so i wasnt sure if i should get a lens with a lower VLT

 

IMO it depends a lot on where you ski.  Ignitor is a pretty good sunny lens here in the PNW.  If I was back in NM still, I'd want something darker like the sol-x.

post #14 of 19

Green Sol-X/ Sensor combo has been perfect in the inland NW

post #15 of 19

Blue sensor is better in flat light than the red sensor, for me. I also have Green Sol-X, whicb is fantastic on absolute bluebird days.  I just picked up the Ignitor, which I might try on changeable days, but haven't field tested yet.  The Green Sol-X was a little dark when I went into trees.

post #16 of 19
I'd be interested to know if color blindness makes a difference in preference and effectiveness of lens colors. I'm red/green color blind and would like to know others experience.
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
I ski in Vail, so any thoughts there?
post #18 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by RickO661 View Post

I'd be interested to know if color blindness makes a difference in preference and effectiveness of lens colors. I'm red/green color blind and would like to know others experience.

 

It makes a HUDGE difference. I also have a serious red green deficiency, and find that rose base tinted lenses work very well for me for low light (I ski WB a lot, so low light is a fact of life.)

post #19 of 19

recently starting wearing Costa sunglasses with a green lens which are incredible. Now you guys go tme thinking to try a green with the Blue sensor. BTW I have the red and its almost as god as the blue, for uber grey and flat days, the blue still gets the edge IMHO.  

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Gear Discussion