Having your goggles fog up is probably the worst part of wearing goggles mountain biking, so the new Squad mountain bike specific goggles from Smith Optics are all about the air flow. While the frame looks similar to the existing Squad model intended for snow sport use, the MTB specific versions similarities end there.
A look at the latticed frame on the MTB Specific Squad Goggles from Smith Optics.
These things are made to breathe, with air flow the priority in their creation. Taking a dramatic approach to ventilation, Smith stripped away any non-essential vent foam on the frame and added vent ports to the lens.
Then they added an anti-fog coating to the inside of the lens to battle humidity and sweat.
The goggles also feature a cool looking lattice design between the lens and face flange. It’s not just meant to look interesting though, it lets the frame flex to fit different shaped faces and adds comfort.
As you’d expect, the Squad MTB interfaces flawlessly with the Forefront helmet, also from Smith. The combination is extremely comfortable. (yes, I’m wearing a helmet and the goggles as I type this, because I’m a nerd like that)
I’d heard a few comments on dust and wind being able to access one’s eyes through the vents, but it doesn’t look like it will be while you’re facing it head on at speed, as the goggles butt up right against the helmet without any visible space between them.
The goggles come packaged with a premium mirrored lens as well as an additional clear lens, both of which are tear off compatible.
I’ve been recovering from a dislocated shoulder so I’m not quite capable or ready to ride at goggle velocity quite yet, but I’m looking forward to spending some time wearing these.
The Squad MTB lists for $60.00 and will be available in October. Check them out at SmithOptics.com