Expert Review: Smith Squad MAG Goggles · 2022
This review is my honest opinion of the goggles, which I purchased with my own money in February of 2022.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the goggles, which I purchased with my own money in February of 2022.
The Smith Squad MAG Goggles look great, fit great, and have an amazing field of vision. Add in two easy-to-change lenses, and these quickly became my go-to goggle for all conditions.
About the goggles I own
- Model: 2022 Smith Squad MAG Goggle
- Size: Medium/large fit
- Does it feature lens replacement?: Yes
- Fit: Fit large faces best; low bridge fit is also available for flatter faces.
- Helmet: 2021 Giro Jackson
- Wear glasses with goggles: No
- Experience: 20 years of snowboarding
- When I bought them: February 2022
- Days used: 10
- Lenses I own: ChromaPop™ Sun Green Mirror and ChromaPop™ Storm Amber
- Weather conditions used in: Primarily in East Coast flat-light conditions at moderate temps, used two days during a decent New England snowstorm, and one day in May at Killington in full sun.
- Where I’ve used them: Blue Mountain, PA, Windham, NY, and Stratton, Killington, Sugarbush, VT
- Terrain: Resort days, spring riding
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was looking for new goggles with an easy-to-change cylindrical lens to replace older Oakley Flight Deck goggles that were tough to swap lenses with.
Why I chose this gear
I chose the Smith Squad MAG because of it’s super easy to swap lenses, great fit, and they look sick. I also looked at the Scott Shield and Anon M3. The Squad MAG had the easiest-to-change lenses and the look I wanted. I’ve used easy-to-change lens systems from Smith, Giro, Scott, and Anon in the past. Smith has a number of different lens-lock systems, and some models are better than others. These are one of the most secure and easy lens systems I’ve used.
What I love about them
- Fit: I have a long and moderately wide face, and these goggles fit me perfectly. They’re not so big that they push up my helmet or pressure my nose.
- Comfort: Smith’s three-layer foam is super comfy and stays in place.
- Lens replacement: Two easy-to-use latches release the lens, and six magnets guide the new lens into place and keep it there. The lens doesn’t flex out of the frame or “leak” when the frame is twisted. The lens latches can be used with light gloves.
- Ventilation: I used these goggles in a New England snowstorm, spring riding in May, and on normal resort days, and I had no fogging issues at all.
- Visibility: The field of view on these is incredible; there’s very little frame visible peripherally, and it offers an excellent downward field of view as well. The Sun Green Mirror lens works great from full sundown to overcast days. I only needed to switch to the low-light lens in snow and for night riding in Pennsylvania.
- Helmet compatibility: I’ve used them primarily with the Giro Jackson helmet (Smith helmets don’t fit my head well), and the goggles match up to the vents well and sit flush with the helmet.
- Features: Smith’s dual ChromaPop light filtering lenses combined with their anti-fog coating and easy-to-use magnetic lens swap system create a goggle that I only need one of. The wide strap resists twisting and keeps them in place and me looking good.
- Durability: The lenses have held up well and have no scratches from 10 days of riding.
- Other: The magnetic lens system Smith uses is super secure, and I never worry about losing my lenses. I’ve had lenses from other brands pop out of the frame partially or completely. With these, I’m not concerned about riding back to the lodge without my lens(es).
Issues I’ve encountered
- Strap: The only feature on these, and all of Smith’s goggles, that I’m not a fan of is the strap clip at the back of the helmet. I get why it’s there, but it interferes with the helmet goggle clip on non-Smith helmets. I would love to see Smith offer an alternative strap without a clip.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite day rocking these goggles was May 1st at Killington. First off, it was Killington, May, sunshine, great coverage, and good beer. These goggles rocked from the chilly start to 70-degree slush laps down Superstar. A goggle tan in May is always a good thing.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Smith Squad MAG is priced competitively for a quick-change lens goggle with two light-filtering lenses. I’m essentially getting two $150 goggles here. At $240, the price is a little lower than some competitors and Smith’s 4D and I/O MAG. In my opinion, they’re worth the price tag and a better value than the highest-end offerings.
The Smith Squad MAG has the look, the fit, and the lenses to be the only goggle one needs.