Some goggles come equipped to easily change out the lens. This is useful in changing light conditions. For example, if you start the day and it is cloudy, and then later on in the day it becomes sunny you will want a lighter lens in the morning and a darker one in the afternoon. Multiple types of lenses are available for goggles with interchangeable lenses. The lenses vary in tints and VLT - Variable Light Transmission - which indicates the percentage of light let through the lens. If a goggle does not have interchangeable lenses, it typically comes with a lens that is decent in all conditions.
Spherical vs. Cylindrical Lenses
The two most common types of goggle lenses are spherical and cylindrical (flat). Spherical lenses provide reduced susceptibility to fogging and typically better optic performance. Cylindrical lenses have the advantage of being lower profile and are typically lower in price, while still providing excellent optical clarity.
Includes Two Lenses
Sometimes goggles that have interchangeable lenses will come with two lenses for different light conditions. For example, a low light and a bright light lens.
Goggle fit is based on approximate face size and also personal preference. In general, a small frame will fit someone with a smaller face. However, someone with a small face might prefer more coverage and therefore opt for a large fit. Goggle fit, for the most part, is not precise in the way that boot sizing is, for example.
Need help finding the perfect Goggles? Smith's IO goggles are their flagship models. The IOS has the smallest frame size and is best for smaller faces. The IO is the standard size and is most popular for men. The newer IOX has a large fit that many think just plain looks good. The IO7 is the newest addition to the series and has a redesigned latch to replace lenses. All goggles in the series come with two interchangeable lenses, one for bright days and one for dark. Read More... »