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Smith Range Review

An affordable and functional goggle that will keep casual skiers happy
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Price:  $80 List | $48.00 at Evo
Compare prices at 4 resellers
Pros:  Good ventilation, new school look
Cons:  Some color shift, only comes with one lens
Manufacturer:   Smith Optics
By Isaac Laredo ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 15, 2021
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  • Lens Quality - 20% 5.0
  • Comfort - 20% 6.0
  • Ventilation and Breathability - 20% 6.0
  • Ease of Changing Lenses - 15% 4.0
  • Durability - 15% 6.0
  • Style - 10% 5.0

Our Verdict

The Smith Range offers decent optical clarity paired with some impressive ventilation to keep casual riders happy on the hill. It provides an impressive field of vision when compared to other models nears its price point. The lens slightly increases definition in the snow but tends to shift whites and earth tone colors. It has vents in between the lenses and an effective anti-fog coating to minimize your chances of fogging. This model only has one lens with no straightforward options to purchase another lens. For the price, we would like to see an extra lens included to enhance its value. Overall, the Smith Range is a functional goggle with new-school styling to appeal to occasional users.

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Pros Good ventilation, new school lookMagnetic lens for fast swapping, great comfort, clear optics, lower price for higher techInexpensive, durable, multiple lenses includedDecent price, two included lenses, great ventilationReasonable price, two included lenses, 8 color options
Cons Some color shift, only comes with one lensNot as easy to swap lenses as other models with magnetic lensesMore basic styling, lenses aren't the easiest to changeOld school lens securing technology, cylindrical lenses, poor fit on larger facesVentilation, lens change system
Bottom Line An affordable and functional goggle that will keep casual skiers happyA frameless goggle with all of the features you'd hope for but at a lower priceAn affordable and functional goggle, this pair feels good on your face and keeps your wallet paddedA traditional style goggle that lacks the latest tech but still vents well and comes with two lensesA great value for the casual rider looking for a versatile goggle
Rating Categories Smith Range Zeal Portal RLS Smith Squad ChromaPop Anon Helix 2.0 Giro Roam
Lens Quality (20%)
5.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Comfort (20%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Ventilation and Breathability (20%)
6.0
7.0
6.0
8.0
6.0
Ease of Changing Lenses (15%)
4.0
7.0
4.0
3.0
3.0
Durability (15%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
Style (10%)
5.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
5.0
Specs Smith Range Zeal Portal RLS Smith Squad ChromaPop Anon Helix 2.0 Giro Roam
Number of Included Lenses 1 2 2 2 2
Tested Lens Green Sol-X Mirror Persimmon/Sky Blue Mirror Chromapop Sun, Yellow Blue Variable/Amber Loden Green
Lens Shape Cylindical Spherical Cylindrical Cylindrical Cylindrical
Frame Size Medium M/L Medium/Large Medium Medium
Layers of Foam Two-layer DriWix Triple layer 2-layer Dri-Wix Dual layer Dual layer
Ventilation Airflow technology Dual vent with anti-fog coating Not specified Full Perimeter Channel venting Foam

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Smith Range is an introductory budget offering from the eyewear and helmet giant Smith Optics. It blends a simple but modern styling with some thoughtful features that help make this product a solid first goggle for the skiers and snowboards who hit the mountain a few times each season.

Performance Comparison


smith range ski goggles review - the smith range gets the job done without depleting your wallet.
The Smith Range gets the job done without depleting your wallet.
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Lens Quality


The Smith Range comes with one cylindrical lens, and we tested the Green Sol-X Mirror. For the price point of the goggle, this lens offered surprisingly good optical clarity and coloration. We found the lens tended to overlay a yellowish hue across a wide array of lighter colors like white, blue, and green (the most frequent colors we will see on the slopes). According to Smith, this lens lets in 12% VLT, though we think this might be an overestimate as our light tolerant reviewer did plenty of squinting on sunny California days. This lens lacks any optical enhancements like Smith's Chromapop. Regardless, we found the lens offered increased sharpness to differentiate inconsistencies in the snow surface better than the naked eye.

smith range ski goggles review - the lens doesn't feature smith's chromapop, but we found it provides...
The lens doesn't feature Smith's Chromapop, but we found it provides decent contrast regardless.
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The field of view of the Range is a bit smaller than other models we tested, especially when compared to frameless or larger frame goggles. When compared to goggles of the past and those in its price category, however, it does have a relatively good field of view. That said, the frame and foam are somewhat visible around the edges of the lens which impacts the total field of view.

Comfort


The Range is a very comfortable google. The strap is wide enough to avoid pressure points and uses a standard sliding adjustment system. The two-layer foam with Driwix has a nice semi-soft next to ski feel and was not itchy.

Smith included its Responsive Fit technology that uses a minimalist and soft rectangular structure to allow the frame to gently flex and adapt to your facial features. Our testing found they fit a variety of face shapes but are best for those with smaller facial structures due to the smaller frame size. For larger facial structures they also offer a Low Bridge Fit.

smith range ski goggles review - the range will keep you comfortably out on the hill.
The Range will keep you comfortably out on the hill.
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Venatilation and Breathability


These goggles use a full channel ventilation system to help prevent them from fogging. The frame features a full-length top channel and two lower channels that wrap around the bottom to the top side of the frame. This frame ventilation system is fairly standard and it works relatively well. The lens of these budget-friendly goggles also has some thoughtful and effective ventilation. The lens has what Smith calls Airflow Technolgy which consists of four small vents on the face of the lens. The vents split the exterior and interior lens to help airflow between the lenses and prevent moisture from getting trapped in between them, minimizing the chances of fogging.

The face foam uses DRIWIX which is intended to move moisture to the exterior of the goggle. This helps prevent sweat buildup and adds to the breathability of this model, lowering the likelihood that of fogging up the lens.

smith range ski goggles review - active venting of the lens. a great ventilation feature on this...
Active venting of the lens. A great ventilation feature on this budget goggle.
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Ease of Changing Lenses


The Range only comes with one lens and the Smith website doesn't have spare lenses for sale for this model. Should you come across a replacement lens, the process to change it is rather traditional and doesn't use any fancy magnets. It's not particularly hard, especially when doing it from the comfort of your home, but we wouldn't advise changing the lens in the field or mid-day. Fortunately, Smith uses fewer, larger notches in the edge of the lens that are easier to align than smaller notches found on some other models. To complete the task, you have to touch the lens of goggles. Be sure to protect the lens by using the included microfiber bag instead of your fingertips.

Durability


The Range seems to be a durable goggle and when handled with care, the lens could last for several seasons of use. The frame offers great flexibility for cramming into a backpack or changing the lens without fear of brittle plastics breaking. The cylindrical Carbonic-x lens is intended to have enhanced impact resistance.

The silicone bead, strap elasticity, and face foam should all last for a couple of seasons of use with care.

Style


Style is a naturally subjective category, and to help manage this we leaned on outside eyes to rank each goggle. The Range generally fell in the back of the pack in our focus groups. The smaller frame size and full-wrap frame were two of the primary complaints about this goggle's appearance.

While it may be a bit of a departure from current snow sport goggle trends, The Range brings a semi-modern look that is leaps and bounds ahead of where introductory goggles were just a few years ago.

smith range ski goggles review - the range was compatible across all the helmet models we paired it...
The Range was compatible across all the helmet models we paired it with.
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Value


We feel the Range is a pretty good value for casual skiers and riders considering its respectable performance and super approachable price tag.

Conclusion


The Range is offered at a very reasonable price and provides adequate optical quality, good ventilation, comfort, and should last for a few seasons with care. This is a great goggle for casual skiers looking for an affordable and functional model to get them on the hill.

smith range ski goggles review - the range will happily suit the needs of casual skiers and riders...
The Range will happily suit the needs of casual skiers and riders without breaking the bank.
Credit: Isaac Laredo

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