The Smith goggle/helmet phenomenon is truly in full-force these days. The combined technology is dialing in skiers with excellent fit and functionality. It’s funny because Smith is the only one I’m aware of who started with goggles, then moved to helmets. Everyone else did the opposite.

Since goggles have been and continue to be Smith’s forte, they are taking a great goggle (Smith I/O) and expanding on it by offering it in a slightly different profile and with some additional technology. Then, for those who have been hesitant to wear a helmet because they feel too bulky, the new Smith Maze helmet should alleviate that. Lets look at some of the details.

Smith I/OS Goggles

Take the absolutely kick-butt Smith I/O goggle, change the profile, introduce a new outrigger strap connection to better fit a wider variety of face and helmet combinations and then proceed to goggle domination. Swapping out lenses is a cinch–unlike traditional goggle lenses. Another innovation with the I/O and I/OS is the dual lens is sealed using a silicone bead instead of foam. Lens ventilation happens using a tiny Porex port with a breathable membrane. The standard package includes two lenses (Ignitor and Sensor Mirror). Look for the I/OS goggles in stores this Fall for $180 in a myriad of colors.

Smith I/OS Ski Goggles - New for Fall 2009

Smith I/OS Ski Goggles - New for Fall 2009

Smith Maze Ultralight Ski Helmet

I’ve been wearing ski helmets for nearly 15 years. The first ones were essentially sweat buckets that weighed a ton, but kept the melon safe nonetheless.The Smith Maze helmet is the new featherweight king on the block, tipping the scales at a mere 11.5 oz. (which makes it the world’s lightest certified snow helmet on the market). It features a multi-sport cut to use year-round and sports built-in AirEvac 2 ventilation to keep your noggin cool and fresh and your goggles fog-free. Construction is more akin to a bike helmet for approved safety (ATSM F 2040 & EN 1077) in a svelte package that helmet-haters can finally adopt. The price is a wallet-friendly $100 and will be available this Fall.

Smith Maze Ski Helmet - New for Fall 2009

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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