Happy birthday to Smith – the original goggle brand hits the half-century this year. Fifty years since orthodontist Robert Earl “Bob” Smith patented the first double-lens goggle, the company that bears his name is still going strong.
The I/O7 took a gold award at the ISPO snowboard trade show in 2014, impressing the judges with its quick-change lens system. A small key sits on top of the frame, and can be lifted and twisted 90 degrees to release the lens. Once this is done, it’s a simple matter of popping the sides out and pulling it free at the nose. The latter step can be a little fiddly, particularly when you’re putting in the new lens, but it does make the finished article feel a lot more secure than some other quick-release systems currently on the market.
It comes with two lenses as standard – the ‘Blackout’ lens is as ideal for those oppressively sunny days, while the Red Sensor Mirror alternative. Also included is a protective bag and slim but secure case for keeping your lens safe in your bag. They do look a bit fighter-pilot – with shades of Christian Bale’s Batman – but if you’re into the style then you’ll be equally happy with the performance.