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Smith I/O Goggles and Sensor Lenses

post #1 of 15
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has anyone used these? how easy are the quick release lenses? How does the Sensor lens compare to a yellow lens for flat light?
post #2 of 15
I've used them andlike them. Skied in them all loast season and really became a fan. Changing the lenses is simple and very fast. As far as comparing to a yellow lens it does depend upon which yellow lens. A regular yellow that most manufacturers make the sensor is way better, the Oakly Hi-Yellow might be a touch better in terms of definition but that is opinion.
post #3 of 15
The sensor mirror is my choice for flat light. I also have a pair of crowbars that have the HI yellow lens. I still go for the prodigy with sensor mirror because it has great definition in low light.
post #4 of 15
sensor mirror is my favorite flat light lense, in fact I wore nearly all days last year to the north facing nature of snowbird.

as for I/O I have never used them, but the lense rock and dont scratch as fast as oakleys.
post #5 of 15
I like the idea of the I/O, but think the prodigy or phenom would be better choices.
post #6 of 15
The I/O requires a BIG head.. If you are large it will work, if medium sized they leak.. Go with phenom or prodigy if you have a medium sized head.. The sensor mirror is without a doubt the BEST flat light lens available.. I also recommend Zeal detonator photochromatic for all other conditions...
post #7 of 15
Sensor mirrors are the best flat light lenses I've used, and they look cool too.
post #8 of 15
hands down best. its also pretty good up to partly sunny days.
post #9 of 15
I/Os are great, but be careful when putting them down in the lodge. If you put them down lens facing down, you are inviting scratches. Not a problem if you leave them on your helmet.

Changing lenses is pretty quick once you've done it a few times.

Sensor mirror is a great lens. I'll concur that it doesn't scratch as easily as the Oakley HI lenses (which are awesome in low light).
post #10 of 15
I also use the Prodigy with Sensor lense and it works great in flat light but I also use it all around even in bright sun.

Although it looks like Briko might be back in the US market with goggles! I miss my Briko Icarus! I hear the Odissey is back.
post #11 of 15
Sensor lenses is great from partly cloudy to flat light.

But for me, in truly bad flat light (middle of a storm) the Smith Yellow lenses is a little better for me. The difference is small. When skiing in a storm, I do routinely switch goggles with the yellow and sensor lenses just to get a dryer pair.


As Bushwacker said above the sensor lenses is good for a north facing mtn or the general low light you'll find in northern VT.
post #12 of 15
I/O's breathe like no other. That's good and bad. The lens enclosure creates a lot of air through the goggles. They will get snow in them more easily than traditional goggles but the cool thing is that they clear very fast even when still wet.

I like mine but you are trading the seal around the lens for the quick change ability.If it didn't clear so fast these goggles would suck.
I'm going to buy some other lenses for mine. I'd recommend these. The two lenses cover a nice range of conditions and I use the Sensor Mirror for all but the brightest skies..
post #13 of 15
If you are looking for a really good interchangeable lens goggle the Giro Manifest looks really good. I looked at a pair this weekend and they fit great and changed lens really easy.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by kosackthrower View Post
If you are looking for a really good interchangeable lens goggle the Giro Manifest looks really good. I looked at a pair this weekend and they fit great and changed lens really easy.
I played with these at a show and was not impressed.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
I played with these at a show and was not impressed.
I thought that they worked much beter then the I/O, Which had gaps between the lens and frame. And required me to grab the lens and get my finger prints all over them.
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