Gear Review: Smith’s Fuel V.2 Sweat-X
The question really wasn’t whether I’d get a pair of Smiths for this season’s mtb goggles. (I rock their Phenoms snowboarding.) But Smith’s mtb goggle line offers the same goggle in several designs tweaked for specific priorities for different conditions: combating light; or sweat-reduction, etc. So, which ones?
I picked up the Fuel V.2 Sweat-X. For $65, it combines several elements to create an across-the-board great goggle—with the sealing factor for me: the “Ergonomic Outrigger Positioning System” that ensures “the perfect fit in a wide range of helmet face ports.” Safe bet, right?
Because of its craftsmanship, the V.2 Sweat-X is wonderfully comfortable. That’s due in large part to the 3-layer face foam, but also that Ergonomic Outrigger Positioning System, which pivots to draw the goggle strap outward independent from the frame to accommodate varying helmet sizes. With it, the goggle remains sealed to your face. In back, the strap secures to the contours of the helmet via a silicone grip-strip.
The clear lens that I chose provides 100% UVA/B/C protection, which is nice, and Smith’s “Lexan” lenses are hard-coated for impact resistance. Though somehow I already have a tiny scratch. Still, I’m happy with the lens as it provides great field of vision and clarity.
Overall, the goggles are light, super flexible and plenty stylish for their purpose; ‘course you’ve got options on colors/graphics. I’ve been riding in them for several months now and haven’t had any issues with durability.