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POC Lobes vs. Smith I/O?

post #1 of 11
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I need new goggles.  I realized only this weekend that my current Uvex goggles have too tight/small a nose bridge causing me to wear the goggles higher than they are supposed to be worn so that my breathing is not restricted.  That then causes the lower edge of the goggle essentially sit right below my lower eyelids which is not very comfortable.  Since as you all know I use a large full faced helmet I am considering one of these large goggles, or even one of the over-the-glasses models to fill in the 'gape' around the helmet opening while affording me massive peripheral view.  

 

Who has, or has had, or has compared these two goggles?  Any others you might suggest?  I will track down the ones on my short list and visit a store with helmet in hand (or head) and confirm fit and comfort, but I want to know what to look for. TIA

post #2 of 11

No one has your nose, you need to go try both on, with your helmet.  

post #3 of 11
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Ok, well let me rephrase, anyone have any experience with these two goggles, good or bad.  I know several of you have bought the Smiths and the reviews have been positive.....now that you have used them for a few weeks still good? 

 

How about the POC?  I understand their lenses are made by Oakley...which is good and bad...good optics, bad durability (at least that's what I have heard about Oakley lenses).  Comments?

post #4 of 11

I have about 7 days on the smith's now and I'm still very happy with them.  I've only used one of the lenses so far but they add a new level of detail to the snow I didnt' have with my old goggles.

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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post

 

Ok, well let me rephrase, anyone have any experience with these two goggles, good or bad.  I know several of you have bought the Smiths and the reviews have been positive.....now that you have used them for a few weeks still good? 

 

 

Still the best goggle I have owned. 

post #6 of 11

Love the Smith I/O. My only complaint was they do not have the rubber type material on the inside of the strap. I have the Smith helmet with the little visor and the goggles won't stay above the visor without flipping back. I have a couple of elastic bands around the strap to prevent this.

I was up Sugarbush this past weekend and ran into a Smith rep. I started right at him and they are aware of the problem (apparently I am not the only person complaining about this). He was wearing next years version and it now has the rubber on the inside of the strap. They also changed up the plastic clip on the back because he said that was breaking a lot. They have some real funky colors for next year too. A lot of the day glow 70's look.

post #7 of 11

Richie,

 

I've never tried the Smith but if you want to look like a fighter pilot go with the Lobes.  We have one pair left.

post #8 of 11

I wouldn't get either one if I were you....   Not aggressive-looking enough.  You aren't going to look like you will "slay the mountain"

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer View Post

 

I wouldn't get either one if I were you....   Not aggressive-looking enough.  You aren't going to look like you will "slay the mountain"


 

Briko and Scott have some aggressive looking goggles, but they are small like my current ones.

 

 

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by nikonfme View Post

 

Love the Smith I/O. My only complaint was they do not have the rubber type material on the inside of the strap. I have the Smith helmet with the little visor and the goggles won't stay above the visor without flipping back. I have a couple of elastic bands around the strap to prevent this.

I was up Sugarbush this past weekend and ran into a Smith rep. I started right at him and they are aware of the problem (apparently I am not the only person complaining about this). He was wearing next years version and it now has the rubber on the inside of the strap. They also changed up the plastic clip on the back because he said that was breaking a lot. They have some real funky colors for next year too. A lot of the day glow 70's look.

 yeah, next years are improved. 

post #11 of 11
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Do the Smiths have many lenses to choose from?

 

I just read something at backcountry that says the POC do not have clear lenses for night skiing...that right there might make my decision for me; even though I rarely ski at night, for the times I do I want to be equipped.

 

I have several lenses to choose from with my current Uvex, I swap them out on the spot as conditions dictate.


Edited by Richie-Rich - 2/20/2009 at 04:50 am
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