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Product review: New Smith goggles feature ChromaPop lens

Product review: New Smith goggles feature ChromaPop lens

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS — Smith Optics has received great customer feedback for their ChromaPop lenses, which optimize natural colors and provide improved clarity.

The company decided to incorporate these vibrant lenses into a select line of their snow goggles. During the fall of 2016, they'll release an I/O goggle with interchangeable ChromaPop lens options.

The lenses come in three tint offerings: Everyday, Sun and Storm. As you might guess, the Everyday lens is designed for a wide range of conditions. The Sun lens mellows the harsh glare of the sun in bright conditions, while the Storm lens will give you impressive contrast on darker days.

With these ChromaPop lenses, putting on your goggles is like wearing your favorite sunglasses. You get that same degree of clarity and protection, and because the I/O frames are so lightweight, they won't give you the clunky feeling that comes with some other goggles on the market.

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Each goggle in this line includes a bright light and a low light lens to adapt to a variety of conditions. The interchangeable lenses are available for the I/O7, redesigned I/O and I/O Women's, I/OS, I/OX, Squad, new Riot and Turbo Fan Collection goggles.

If you already own one of the frames listed above, you can simply buy a ChromaPop lens for it, rather than buying a new frame/lens combo. Smith intentionally made these new lenses compatible with older frames to make it more affordable for their customers.

One thing to note is that Smith's I/O frames are generally a medium fit. This means that while they'll fit most faces, they're not always big enough to accommodate those of us with really big noggins. If you've had trouble in the past with goggle frames that weren't large enough to comfortably fit your face, you may want to instead go with an option like the Oakley 02 XL or the Dragon Alliance APX.


PRICE: Starting at $180

What is your favorite brand of goggles? Let us know in the comments.

About the Author: Grant Olsen -----------------------------

Grant Olsen joined the contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book "Rhino Trouble." You can contact him at


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