Expert Review: Smith Rascal Goggles · 2022

Published on 05/03/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the goggles, which I purchased with my own money in December of 2022.
Devin Johnson, Snowboarding Expert
By Snowboarding Expert Devin Johnson

All photos courtesy of Devin Johnson

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the goggles, which I purchased with my own money in December of 2022.

My take

The Smith Rascal Goggles are a great low-cost option for a beginner skier or one who forgot their goggles at home while on a trip. They would also be perfect as a daily google in any condition for kids who aren’t concerned with high-quality features.

About the goggles I own

  • Model: Smith Rascal
  • Size: Small
  • Does it feature lens replacement?: No
  • Fit: True to size

About me

  • Wear glasses with goggles: No
  • Experience: 16 years of snowboarding

Test conditions

  • When I bought them: December 2022
  • Days used: 30
  • Lenses I own: N/A
  • Weather conditions used in: Night riding, whiteout at night, clear nights
  • Where I’ve used them: Utah
  • Terrain: Groomers, trees, resort riding

How they perform

Field of View
Anti Fog

What I was looking for

I needed a pair of clear goggles for night riding and working nights at the resort. I was specifically looking for a budget option, knowing they would get destroyed at work.

Why I chose this gear

I bought this product because it was available at a great price at my local resort. It also offered the clear lenses I needed for night riding. I considered buying a clear lens for my Oakleys that I wear daily, but the Smiths were cheaper and available in person versus the Oakley lens only being available online. I have used a lot of different goggles in the past, but I’m currently using the Oakley Fall Line with the Sage Gold Iridium Lens. I can’t really compare those goggles to these Smith Rascals because they cost roughly eight times the price. Compared to other low-cost goggles I’ve used in the past, I think these Smiths are very average.

What I love about them

  • Fit: For super-cheap goggles, they fit really well. Obviously, the foam is barely existent, but that should be expected at this price point. The frame is tall, so it can fit a wide array of face shapes.
  • Ventilation: The ventilation is great on these—not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. When it’s cold outside, my face really takes notice. The ventilation does help with any fog building up but also disperses any heat just as fast.
  • Visibility: The visibility is what I expect from a clear lens. They work really well at night, but the lens does scratch easily and can reduce visibility a lot. The field of view is actually a lot better than expected, and the thin strip of foam and flexible frame keep them tight to the face, which helps.
  • Face frame: These goggles fit really well on my face; they bend nicely and hug the nose bridge really well, keeping them tight.
  • Other: The best part about these goggles is the price. They are the ultimate budget option for someone just needing them for a short time or something that can be abused by friends and not worried about. Even better, they are sold at almost every shop that sells goggles, but they are usually not on the shelf with the higher-priced options. They tend to live behind the register in a mountain of boxes.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Comfort: While I wouldn’t say they are uncomfortable, they are certainly far from plush, which should be expected at this price point.
  • Lens replacement: These goggles offer no lens replacement options.
  • Strap: The strap holds on decently enough, though it won’t last very long. Mine have that stretched out-look all the way around, but if I pull them tight, they will stay on.
  • Features: These goggles don’t offer any features; they are more of a minimalist type of goggles.
  • Durability: These goggles probably will not last more than one season, but the upside to that is that they are so darn cheap.

Favorite moment with this gear

My favorite moment with these was the first time I got off work at night and had to ride down the slopes. With the clear lenses these goggles offer, I was finally able to see where I was going.

Value for the money vs. other options

I’ll say it again, the Smith Rascals are hands down the best cheap goggle option. So much so that there are not a lot of other goggles in this price range to compare them to. The closest thing to these would be the Smith Daredevils; while they are more durable, they cost almost double the price of the Rascals.

Final verdict

For the amazing price I paid for the Smith Rascal, I couldn’t be more stoked. They served their purpose all season long and are still going strong as a backup pair for me and all my friends.

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