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Are you extra foggy? Not after a heavy night on the town-we can't help you there. We're talking about days when you take the lift up, go out the gate into the sidecountry, hike, and suddenly you're blind as a bat. Smith would like to end your foggy-day blues once and for all with the I/O X Elite Turbo Fan Goggle. the I/O X combines Smith's 5X Anti-fog inner lens with its new, military-derived Elite Turbo Fan for the most powerful fog-fighting in the universe. As far as we know, anyway. Add to all that fantasticness photochromic lenses that change with changing light conditions, Smith's quick-release lens interchange system, two included lenses, a floating foam membrane to alleviate temple pressure, and Smith's Vaporator technology with Porex filter, and you could put the I/O X in line next to the pyramids, the Hoover Dam, and those little plastic things on the ends of shoelaces as some of the great technological marvels in history.

Proposition 65 Warning for California Consumers: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm.

  • Smith photochromic lens changes tint with changing light conditions
  • Silent 2-speed anti-fog fan for the ultimate in fog-fighting
  • Medium to large fit for medium to large faces
  • Quick release lens system for easy changes with no scratches
  • Spherical Carbonic-X Lens for clear, distortion-free optics
  • 5X anti-fog inner lens stays clear even during a backcountry hike
  • QuickFit Strap Adjustment system makes it easy to fix the fit on the fly
  • Ultra-wide silicone backed strap is comfortable and won't slip off your helmet
  • 3-layer DryWix foam for all-day comfort and moisture management
  • OSD2 and eyeglass compatible
  • Includes microfiber goggle bag with replacement lens sleeve
  • Includes 2 mirror lenses
  • Item #SMI0912

Tech Specs

Spherical Carbonic-X
flexible urethane
Eyeglass Compatible
yes, Smith ODS2 eyewear system
Face Size
medium to large
Recommended Use
skiing, snowboarding
Manufacturer Warranty

Tech Specs

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Best Goggles Ever

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a seriously sweaty dude.
Have spent a lifetime skiing cold because I need to wear half ofbwhat I need so I dont get hot and fog up my goggles.
These have literally changed my life.
I never fog up with fan on.
Have used these goggles for two seasons in Japan in all kinds of weather from dumping in the dead of winter to warm spring days.
I'm having none of the issues other people are having with wires or fan cutting out.
I wear glasses under my goggles and a helmet.
So happy!

Lousy with glasses

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These goggles's air intake is on top of the lens and is much too close to the helmet lining. No fresh air gets in so they cause glasses to fog up. What little air they suck in tends to be humid from a sweaty brow. They don't fog up themselves, but they certainly didn't stop my glasses from fogging up. The photochromatic lens is ok and it has a bright blue hue to it which is a little weird. You're better off buying yourself a pair of prescription sunglasses than these things. They do not do what they are advertised to do...maybe with a different helmet. Without glasses they work well.

Nice goggles, bad electronics

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The goggles are great and would probably work without the fan. The problem is that the cable/connection from the battery to the goggle electronics pulls out when you pull the goggles off your face and put them up on the visor of your helmet. It pulls the plug every time. After it happens a few times the plug connection fails. Would be much better with a permanent connection on a coiled wire that would expand when you pulled the goggles away from your face.

Good in theory, bad in practice

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The motor stops after 6 to 10 minutes. The battery case and specially the rubber switch is a bad design! Tiny on/off button cannot be pushed with gloves. The switch and case are made of many tiny parts, and those parts do not stay assembled when you change the battery or even when trying to push the on off button. The rubber battery cover does not stay in place. The power cable disconnects when removing the goggles. This new model is poorly designed, the older Smith goggles that used only one battery were a better design with a superior on off switch an a real hard battery case. Unfortunately more than 30 days have passed since my purchase and I ?used? these goggles on a recent ski trip,so I cannot return these for a refund.

Almost a great goggle

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have now been out with these a few times. I got the photochormic lens, which works great.

The fan is silent and works very well...when it works. It has two issues, one seems to be more easily solved. There have been many reports of the goggle fan failing to work in below-freezing weather. Many reviewers have suggested that if you use Li-Ion batteries you should not have this problem.

The bigger problem seems to be a design flaw, which I did experience and many have reported. At times the fan stops working - it seems to have something to do with the wire that connects the fan unit to the goggle, and the position of this wire when the goggles are put on the helmet or moved around. I have seen mine stop and start as I move the headband around.

Based on reviews on Smith's website it sounds like this may be a known issue that Smith is addressing. In my experience so far it has been manageable, but it is frustrating and really shouldnt be happening with such an expensive pair of goggles.

Awesome Goggles!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I always had problems with fogging. Stopping, taking off googles, everyone getting mad waiting for me. A total pain. I bought these last year and I love them. I used them 8 Days straight at Breck, had 2 major storms while I was there,3feet+3feet+. No fogging Another 7 days at Mammoth, No fogging, Best investment in a long time.You don't even know there running. Battery time isn't an issue neither. If you have the extra $$ Go for it, you won't regret it...