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Tested and written by Gary
MSRP $75.00
One of the most important safety items we use when riding our ATVs is eye protection. A good pair of safety glasses may provide some protection from bugs etc on a leisurely ride on blacktop or through a freshly mowed field, but most of our riding is over rough, rocky, dusty, sandy, or wet and muddy terrain. This type of riding requires a good quality, comfortable set of goggles to protect your one and only set of eyes.
Protection from elements like sunlight, rain and snow, is also critical for a day of safe and comfortable riding.
The Smith Optics Piston Goggle has a custom painted frame which will set these apart from all others and a non slip strap that keeps them in place no matter how rough the conditions.
Here are the features of the Smith Optics Piston Goggle.
  • Articulating Outrigger Positioning System
  • Colored mirror lens
  • Custom painted frames
  • Includes micro fiber goggle bag
  • In-lens Tear Offs posts
  • Medium/Large fit
  • Roll/Tear Offs compatible lens
  • Specialty strap with exclusive Stay-Put strap retainer
  • Sweat-X F.A.T. 3-layer face foam

The “Articulating Outrigger Positioning System” is phenomenal in positioning the goggle for a comfortable fit. One drawback to this particular area of the system is that it prevents the user from utilizing a “Quick Release” strap system.
The fit of these goggles is great. When most systems are adjusted tight enough to keep the dust out they end up pinching my nose shut, just enough to make me feel like I have head cold. These do not! Along with the fit, the Sweat-X F.A.T. 3 layer foam offers a very nice feel against your face and aids in a better seal. I didn’t sweat any during my testing so I can’t really comment on how that works.
Another problem with most goggles is that they greatly diminish your peripheral vision. The Smith Optics Piston Goggles have a Medium/Large eye opening which gives you a huge improvement in peripheral vision over most of the goggles we have tested.

The red mirror lens looks great and is perfect in blocking the sunlight. I don’t recommend these if you are going to be riding in extremely muddy conditions. Any goggle will scratch but it seems the mirrored tint on these lens scratch a little easier than normal.

They also come with tear off posts but we never tested this aspect of the system.
I have used these goggles over the past couple of months and have enjoyed the confidence in having quality protective eyewear. The mirrored lens is not for everyone but it reduced the glare on those sunny rides and made for enjoyable days of riding.
These goggles are available in many different colors and Smith Optics carries a wide assortment of replacement lenses.
Pros
  • Wide opening for clear un-obstructed view
  • Non-slip strap
  • Top quality materials
  • Great selection of colors and styles to choose from

Cons
  • Mirrored lens’ scratch easily
  • Unable to use with a “Quick Release” strap system.

We give these goggles the ATVTORTURE stamp of approval. Smith Optics makes a great product and the durability and comfort of these goggles have surpassed our expectations in eye protection.
For more information on the Smith Optic product line visit their website at:
www.smithoptics.com

Or contact them:
Smith Optics, Inc.
280 Northwood Way
Box 2999
Ketchum, Idaho, 83340
Telephone: 208.726.4477
E-Mail: smith@smithoptics.com
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