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Smooth style meets clear visual.

Smith's sleek, rimless design matches up nicely with the ease of their interchangeable technology when you wear the I/O Interchangeable Optics Spherical Series Goggle. Oversized spherical lenses curve like the natural shape of your eye to provide optimal visual clarity when you ride. The quick release lens system makes it easy to change out lenses depending on the weather and which lens works best in certain conditions. Smith uses their Vaporator lens technology on the I/O to keep fog off your lenses for crystal clear sight on the mountain.
  • Eco-friendly Evolve series utilizes 53% bio-based Rislan frame material, FSC certified packaging, a coconut fiber bag, and a water-based lens coating
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Tech Specs

Frame Material
urethane
Eyeglass Compatible
no
Recommended Use
skiing, snowboarding
Face Size
medium-large
Helmet Compatible
yes
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

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Smith I/O Red Sol-x and Variant Brim

I can't wait to try these out this winter!

Smith I/O Red Sol-x and Variant Brim

Couldn't be happier!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Switched over from Smith Phenom's and glad I did! These goggles are the best!



Photo shows ignitor mirror @ vail

Couldn't be happier!

Perfect, just as I hoped

    I heard only good things about these and have loved them. They fit nice and snug, are super comfortable, and don't fog up. The extra lenses are nice to have for different conditions and the I really like the field of vision these offer. I bought a Smith helmet too, and love how they fit together so perfectly. Highly recommend.

    Perfect Goggles

      Perfect goggles, very soothing to the eyes. Great fit with the smith helmet and comes with two lenses. One for sunny day and the other one for cloudy day. That's pretty cool. Good quality product and worth the price totally.

      Warning - lenses have a streaking film inside that fogs

        I put these goggles on my face, within 10 minutes a film inbetween the lenses became visible and completely ruined my vision (and my day).
        I thought it just may have been a bad lense but when I put in the extra lense they came with the same exact thing happened. The foggy film was completely covering the lense. Ruined my day and will NEVER buy these again. For what its worth you can get 2 or 3 pairs of good goggles. NOT WORTH THE $$$$$$$$

        I talked with the very helpful smith rep about this and the reason they fogged was becuase I kept them in my car overnight after a day of sweaty skiing, the next day they fogged when I put them on. They should be cared for like a pair of boots, never leave in the elements and keep as dry as possible in between trips.

        Excellence

          I'm on my second season with the I/O and am totally sold. The ease of switching lenses is phenomenal. And the fit cant be beat. I have a large nose with a high bridge and they fit fine with no gaps. I will be buying another pair this next season

          Was not a fan.

            Maybe these are park Goggles, NOT all mountain Goggles. I have been skiing for 35 years and bought these Goggles because I loved the design and new look. Smith has a great name and I was looking forward to the great lens. Everything I hoped for came true, but there was one problem. When I skied fast, and I mean gun hard down the mountain, air got in and my eyes watered and burned with the cold. I changed out lens still the same issues, watering eyes on cold days. So I try them 3 different days, and at a normal rate they seemed fine, but when I blasted down the hill they always leaked air inside them. I returned them and got the same pair hoping it was a defect in the pair I had, but the first day out was windy, and when I hit it hard, my eyes watered again. I was not happy. I just returned them for a pair of Oakley Splice. They have the same wide view, great lens, with a full frame around them. I am hoping with the full frame they wont leak air.

            Was not a fan.

            I have had this problem before and when I check my lenses they are not popped in all the way around the nose piece. Too bad they didn't work out for you, I have loved mine!

            Must Have

              You won't be unhappy with these goggles unless your a some sort of gypsy. Fit very nice to your face and the sensor lenses are awesome for variable conditions.

              Never going back

                I love the I/O goggles, absolutely love them. They don't fog even in the nastiest conditions and the interchangeable lenses means that I'm never stuck with the wrong pair of goggles for what the weather throws at me. They are kind of big, but I like the full-coverage-bug-eye look. Will probably buy the I/OS next time.

                Basically, I'm agreeing with the other 133 reviews - suck it up and buy these. They will seriously be the last goggles you ever buy.

                A pair of IO

                In retrospect, probably should have gone for the I/OS - but I like the full coverage...

                A pair of IO

                Sweet Goggles!

                  Bought the IO's when I grabbed my Variant Helmet. The 2 things just go together! Fit is sweet, changing lenses a breeze and they rarely fog. I'm real happy them.

                  Sweet Goggles!

                  great goggles

                    These things have amazing field of vision. I was previously using the Smith Phenom goggles. I honestly don't feel that the lenses are really any easier to change in and out than were the Phenoms. This could be because I was used to those ones. Either way, it's more a matter of both of them being really easy than one being better in that respect. Where these things really shine is their optical quality and field of vision. I love Smith goggles and these have done nothing to change that opinion.

                    flat face

                      I really like these goggles a lot. They look cool, you can see crystal clear and i really like the extra lens feature so you don't waste the money on the extra one. My only real complaint is that i don't feel like they fit my face really well (maybe they have to be worn in a little more). I feel like if you have a little bit flatter of a face they will be more ideal for you... maybe It's just me, but i felt like i had to push them to my face to get ric of the gap between my nose and cheek. Other than that they feel and look great.

                      Phenoms vs I/O

                        I love Smith optics, however I had a problem with my Phenoms. Too much ventilation! My eyes would water every time I would bomb the hill. I even put some electrical tape on some of the areas to limit the air flow, but only helped slightly.
                        Soooo I splurged for the I/Os! What a difference. These goggles are perfect! Just tested them for 5 days in CO.

                        P.S. Ignitor Mirror looks chrome when out on the mountain.
                        Sensor Mirror looks blue-ish chrome when out there!

                        I'll post some pics

                        Phenoms vs I/O

                        When I did the order on Amazon.com, I saw...

                        When I did the order on Amazon.com, I saw goggles Smith I/O - http://www.amazon.com/Smith-Interchangeable-Goggle-Ignitor-Mirror/dp/B004YSQ0L2/ref=sr_1_11?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1345706265&sr=1-11&keywords=Smith+I%2FO. But in the status of the order I see Smith I/OS. I wanted smith I/O instead of smith I/OS. If you send me smith I/O, everything is all right. But if it is smith I/OS, please cancel the order and return money. The picture on a site doesn't coincide!!! Or I am not right?

                        Your going to need to contact backcountry. These Q&As are answered by users and not backcountry staff. You can find out how to contact someone to help with the problem here https://sales.liveperson.net/hc/s-9551721/cmd/kbresource/kb-792816335229514977/view_question!PAGETYPE?VisitorProfile=BCS&sf=101133&documentid=239499&action=view

                        Will these work over glasses? If not,...

                        Will these work over glasses? If not, which are the best Smith Goggles for wear with glasses? Thanks!

                        The Knowledge or the Prophecy are the Smiths to look at for goggles that will fit over glasses. These will not do a good job of it.

                        Unanswered Question

                        I'm upgrading from the dragon mace, as I...

                        I'm upgrading from the dragon mace, as I want better peripheral vision. Which has more? dragon rogue, or Smith I/O

                        Other than the VLT% what is the difference...

                        Other than the VLT% what is the difference between the Sensor Mirror and the Red Sensor Mirror lenses? Which is better for East Coast overcast/cloudy days?

                        I would go with the Red sensor for overcast days. A little bit of rose tint to the sensor is awesome for lower light. Either would work well, both have some rose tint to them which is preferred for low light, the red sensor just a little more so.

                        are the i/o's larger than the phenoms?

                        are the i/o's larger than the phenoms?

                        Overall, they're about the same size. They look bigger because of how the lense attaches.

                        Yep, they are almost exactly the same size (as far as the view area is concerned) but the i/o lens is slightly bigger.

                        are the i/o's larger than the phenoms?

                        are the i/o's larger than the phenoms?

                        the lenes is larger, but don't fit bigger. They're made for narrower faces.

                        Yep, they are almost exactly the same size (as far as the view area is concerned) but the i/o lens is slightly bigger. The fit i/os is a smaller fit, but the i/o is a medium fit.

                        Do polarized lenses distort the terrain?

                        Do polarized lenses distort the terrain?

                        No. I've been skiing with polarized for a few years. Easier on the eyes!

                        Not at all. You only get terrain distortion on cheap Spherical goggles because the curve of the lenses doesn't match your field of vision.

                        I'm getting these for my brother for...

                        I'm getting these for my brother for Christmas, I just don't know what's the best lenses to get for him. He travels all the time, and he skis a lot of different conditions. What do you recommend?

                        Best Answer

                        I have the I/Os lenses and I have three types to deal with three different types of snow conditions -
                        -Red Sensor Mirror VLT 60% to deal with very low light and flat light conditions
                        -Red Sol-X Mirror 18% to deal with sunny and bright conditions
                        -Polarized Rose Copper VLT 25% to deal with sunny to partly cloudy conditions.

                        There are others that you can mix and match in that would do a good job in these three different types of conditions - the Green or gold Sol-X are also suggested for sunny conditions. If he skis at night at all, get the clear one as well.

                        He'll enjoy them for sure!

                        Anybody know if you can replace the staps...

                        Anybody know if you can replace the staps and outriggers?

                        While swapping out your straps would not be completely impossible (anything can be done), it will be rather difficult as Smith does not sell replacement straps or buckles (to my knowledge). However, if you have experienced some sort of manufacturing defect, you can always send your goggles to Smith as all smith goggles have a lifetime warranty against such defects. Or you could ask if they make repairs. Personally, I have not had to deal with the Smith warranty/repair folks, so I can’t comment on how that process is handled, but it is worth a shot. Hope that helps to answer your question, and good luck!

                        Replacement straps do exist but they are a little difficult to come by. Replacing them can be a bit of a pain, but it is possible if you want to. You just have to pop them out where they connect to the goggle frame itself.

                        Gold sensor or sensor mirror which is...

                        Gold sensor or sensor mirror which is better for super cloudy blizzard days?

                        Best Answer

                        Both will do the job, but the Sensor Mirror would be the best pick for you. According to Smith, both lenses have a visual light transmittance of 70%, making them almost identical when it comes to performance. The Gold Sensor Mirror and the regular Sensor Mirror are perfect for low to medium light conditions (storms, overcast days, etc.). However, it should be noted that the Gold Sensor Mirror is going to help you most in LOW LIGHT (evening, overcast) while the regular Sensor Mirror is intended for FLAT LIGHT (snow storms, whiteout). Hope that helps you in your decision.

                        Polarized or not polarized which is...

                        Polarized or not polarized which is better?

                        Best Answer

                        This will mostly depend upon where and how you plan on using the lenses. Polarized lenses, while never a bad investment, are not going to benefit you very much if you only go out on stormy, overcast days. For low light/flat light conditions, regular mirrored (un-polarized) lenses will suit you just fine. However, in bright light conditions, there is no substitute for a good polarized lens. Keep in mind, the Smith polarized lens only allows 25% VLT, so it is going to be a fairly dark lens (much like a pair of sunglasses). If you are venturing into an environment with frequent changes in weather and lighting, bring a second lens option if things get dark.

                        I used these for the first time today and...

                        I used these for the first time today and I noticed a ton of air blowing around inside the goggles, at times blasting me in the eyeballs. Has anyone else noticed this? I even tried on a buddy's pair to make sure it wasn't just mine and had the same issue. My face and head are extremely average siez/shape, no unusual features. I was not using my helmet today. Is this normal and something I need to get used to? Do I need to wear the goggles tighter to create a better seal? I suppose this helps with regulating fog but my Oakleys never had this issue.

                        I have never noticed anything like that and have used these for about three seasons. If you are wearing a helmet, the way they are setting on the helmet could be causing the issue.

                        I really love mine.

                        are the smith I/O interchangeable Optics...

                        are the smith I/O interchangeable Optics spherical series goggs prescription friendly?

                        They are, but if you want a cheaper, immediate fix, I would look at the Smith OTG (over the glass) goggles.

                        What is the best lense combo for resort...

                        What is the best lense combo for resort skiing in blue bird vs. flat light conditions, despite frame color?

                        My combo last year was a Green Sol-x and Sensor Mirror. Seemed to cover all my bases pretty well but every ones eyes are different.

                        Ignitor mirror for bluebird has worked perfectly for me twice this season already. Sensor mirror for flat light.

                        Hey guys i really like these goggles but...

                        Hey guys i really like these goggles but i am not sure if i should buy these or the vonzipper fishbowl. which ones would look better. i am a snowboarder

                        Gonna have to go with the I/O's bro. I/O has the much cleaner look which makes you look very crisp and fresh on the slopes. The fishbowls on the other hand, have the bigger frame, but if you are going to the get the fishbowl, might as well get the EG2's because they are A. Bigger Field of View B.Just looks better than the Fishbowl. Yeah, but for those two choices, go with the I/O

                        Several people have asked but not gotten...

                        Several people have asked but not gotten an answer...can these be worn over glasses? I can't wear contacts...Thanks.

                        Mine fit under it. Takes a little effort but they work. I have oakley eye glasses and ray ban sunglasses.

                        Mine fit under it. Takes a little effort but they work. I have oakley eye glasses and ray ban sunglasses.

                        I normally wear glasses and no, they do not fit under the I/O frames. An option you may consider is the Smith OTG (over the glass) goggle.

                        I need over eye glasses goggle.

                        I need over eye glasses goggle.

                        The I/O didn't fit over my seemingly average, medium sized glasses. Try the Smith Prophecy. Still a little bit of a tight fit, but better looking in my opinion than the humongous Smith Knowledge OTG goggles.

                        Unanswered Question

                        I need over eye glasses goggle.

                        I need over eye glasses goggle.

                        I ride a decent amount of the time at nite,...

                        I ride a decent amount of the time at nite, but i have a season pass now, so I will be riding in Bluebird, partly cloudy, and at nite. What lens combo should I get, I wouldnt mind buying a third lens if need be.

                        Can't go wrong with any of the combos - they'll all come with one low light and one sunny lens. If you're going to be riding a ton at night, definitely buy a clear lens as your third.

                        Sick of my crowbars.. all they do is fog...

                        Sick of my crowbars.. all they do is fog up, and slip.. Has anyone had both Crowbars and I/Os and has made the change?

                        Best Answer

                        Both of my brothers have crowbars and have since both switched to the I/O. All three of us use them now and they are great. Make the switch. Optically amazing and super easy to change the lenses in and out, you can do it on the chair.

                        Dude if you have fogging issues these are not the goggle for you.

                        Out of every goggle I've owned the Oakley splice appears to be the most fog resistant. I'll admit that Oakley is not my favorite brand AND I feel their prices are inflated; however, i've never had issues with my splice.

                        The I/O's suck - fog machines - inside the lens and in between the two lenses. Stay away, don't let all of the pro reviews fool you man, these are a nightmare.