Editors' Choice Snow Awards 2012: Smith I/O Goggles - Backpacker

Editors' Choice Snow Awards 2012: Smith I/O Goggles

Our Editors' Choice award winner resists fog like no other.

 [never-fog goggles]

“Never before have I been able to wear goggles on the uphills,” declares our veteran tester, who wore the I/O on stiff climbs and in heavy snow and couldn’t fog them up. Even our most sweaty-faced skiers enjoyed clear, mist-free vision, thanks to Smith’s exclusive 5X Anti-Fog technology on the inner lens: Instead of using a hydrophilic coating to disperse moisture, a chemical dip etches texture (think mountains and canyons) onto the inner lens to exponentially increase the surface area. It’s durable (cleaning the lens over time won’t wipe it away) and it produces the best defense against fogging that we’ve ever experienced (Smith’s lab tests measure five times the fog-foiling ability of any other product). Because the etching is on a microscopic level, optical clarity remains good. And the 5X technology is available on a variety of frames, from Smith’s bus-window-big I/OX to the I/OS for smaller faces. $175; 4.3 oz.; smithoptics.com