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  1. #1
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    Smith I/O vs I/O MAG

    Title says it all. My old I/Os got warrantied so I have a coupon.

    Is it worth the extra $50 to upgrade? I've never really done the mid-day lens switch thing, at least when I'm not in the side country just trying to get an unlogged lens after not switching to sunglasses for the climb. Is the MAG that much better? Does the new attachment system mean I'll somehow not destroy the face foam (which seems to be how these goggles die) from less torquing the goggles as I switch out lenses?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
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    I have switched from I/O7 to I/Mag XL and while the magnet attachment is much easier than previous gen clips, I don't see how the lens swap can be done with the frame still on face.

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  3. #3
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    Aug 2014
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    Smith I/O vs I/O MAG

    I have the mag, not xl. Itís fine. The only time I end up switch lenses is on hot pow days. Easy enough. I can do it on my face without gloves on. Edit: itís true that itís harder to do on the face, and if Iím doing it for fog i take them off my head first anyways so that I can see what Iím doing


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    Last edited by mufasa5446; 02-23-2021 at 01:10 AM.

  4. #4
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    Aug 2020
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    I got the mag xl and love them, but agreed that it isnít an on face swap and I rarely actually swap lenses

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
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    I too switched form the I/O to I/O Mag XL.
    I do like the swap a lot more, far easier to use. Is that worth $50 for you? Hard to say.
    I also wanted larger field of view, so went for the XL, even though I have a decidedly medium head and face. It fits well. It real should be called the I/O Mag L, not XL.
    Lens selection might play into it too. What lenses do you want and are they available in the Mag or the plain?
    I got the Photochoromatic and enjoy it, less switching needed, so if you get that, it might be a reason to stick to the regular I/O.
    Last edited by Tjaardbreeuwer; 02-23-2021 at 08:59 AM.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
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    Was in the same situation as OP and went with the mag. 100% worth it for ease of swapping out lenses.


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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
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    I have mags now after years with regular i/o.
    I used to have two pair in my ski bag and pick based on days conditions. Now i have one pair and switch lens based on conditions. Switching on mags is super easy unlike older i/o. I never carry extra lens or swap on the hill but if you do get the mags for sure.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
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    I’m more interested in the mags because nothing could be worse then the I/o7 retention system. Maybe I’m doing it wrong but any time my hands even think about going near my 7s they come out. Anyways, on the hunt for mags.
    Do I detect a lot of anger flowing around this place? Kind of like a pubescent volatility, some angst, a lot of I'm-sixteen-and-angry-at-my-father syndrome?

    fuck that noise.

    gmen.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Sugarloaf, CO
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    If anyone has 1/O7 lenses or frames in good shape they want to unload, Iíd be happy to buy em off you.


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