Smith Fuel v.2 Sweat-X Goggle - Review

Apr 28, 2014 at 15:16
by Mike Kazimer  
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Smith Fuel V.2 goggles review

Smith Optics Fuel v.2 Sweat-X Goggle

Smith Optics has been in the goggle business since 1965, when the company's first ski goggle was created in Sun Valley, Idaho. Since then, Smith's eyewear lineup has expanded to include just about every style imaginable, from sunglasses suitable for a movie star to night-vision compatible goggles designed for military usage. The Fuel v.2 Sweat-X goggle is intended to help moto or mountain bike riders keep those flying globs of mud out while also remaining fog-free. The goggles come with a clear, single layer Lexan lens along with a roll-off kit that can be screwed onto the lens. The Fuel's plastic frame has outriggers built into it that extend the straps away from the frame, keeping the goggles secure against the face even when a helmet is worn. The Fuel v.2 is backed by Smith's lifetime warranty, and is available in eight different frame colors. MSRP: $65.00. www.smithoptics.com


Smith Fuel V.2 goggles review
Outriggers and a strip of silicone on the strap keep the Fuel goggle in place, while vents on the top and the bottom of the frame keep fogging at bay.


Pinkbike's Take:

bigquotesHere in the Pacific Northwest, we usually toss a pair of goggles into our pack for the descents, since there's nothing worse than spending an evening picking dirt chunks out of your eyes. There are number of options in the goggle category, but when it comes to judging performance, fit and fog management are key factors to consider. We didn't run into any fogging issues with the Fuel - the vents on the top and bottom of the frame helped keep enough air flowing through to keep them haze-free, even on wet, humid rides. The fit with a full face helmet was excellent, and the outriggers do their job well, allowing the goggles to hug the face without any pressure points or discomfort. We also wore the Fuel with a number of half-shell helmets (fashion police be damned) without issue, although with the Troy Lee A1 helmet, which sits lower on the forehead than most other helmets on the market, it's a rather close fit. The Lexan lens provided a wide, clear view of the trail ahead, and its resistance to scratching has been impressive. Even if the lens was to get marred up badly enough to warrant replacement, Smith sells lenses starting at only $7 USD. The only slight issue we ran into is that the three layer foam that sits between the frame and a rider's face began to separate near the nose of the goggles, but the separation was contained to one small area and didn't cause any fit issues. Overall, the Fuel v.2 Sweat-X goggle works exactly as intended, keeping the elements out and freeing up the night time for doing things other than mining dirt clods out of your eyeballs. - Mike Kazimer





60 Comments

  • + 35
 It matches Ronald McDonald's outfit.
  • + 1
 ... Which doesn't matter if you're going fast enough to need these. Wink

Yes, I own them. And yes, they're awesome. Smile
  • + 1
 So Danny Hart's outfit from last year haha.
  • + 19
 Smith & Scott goggles are massively under rated in MTB circles...Seems everyone just used what ever the latest trend is & at the moment that is 100%
  • + 4
 I have tried many different goggles out there including Smith and Oakley and the 100% goggles offer the BEST field of view.
  • + 6
 My 100% have fog issues and they guy from 100% never wrote me back about it. That's all I'm going to say. Smith goggles look great. I should give it a try.
  • + 5
 On my second pair of smith, only because my first pair are now set up with roll offs and it's a pain to take the roll off kit on and off so I have a wet pair and a dry pair. Absolutely excellent. No complaints
  • + 2
 I ride smith for winter sports and love them. 100% for biking, hands down. Great fit and field of vision which is awesome. They have been around long before DH too...moto industry.
@Pablo...any single lens goggle will have fog issues after time. But, they do make a duel lens for their goggles, and they stay fog free.
  • + 1
 I bought my 100%s because they were the cheapest available. aside from the clips for the strap braking almost immediately (fixed with duck tape) they've been great for the past year
  • + 6
 I use the Smith Stance that are my old skiing goggles and they are SO much nicer than my oakleys. The field of vision is second to none and then lens is fantastic, barely any scratches and it's been through two ski seasons and two summers of biking. The fit is peeve to with my D2 and I much prefer them to my friends 100% goggles. Can't recommend smith enough. Plus, look at their athlete list, it's silly good.
  • + 1
 I wear Oakley because I get them for half price.
  • + 1
 So do I
  • + 2
 I own a pair of the 100% and they so tend to fog up when you're going at lower speeds or stopped. Gonna try the smiths this season, sick color schemes and a good price too
  • + 1
 Try their dual lens out...I think its only $15
  • + 3
 @TacomaTrev. I get them for 51%off.
  • + 5
 Can't find any goggles that won't fog up in the insanely humid, hot weather conditions of the U.S. Gulf Coast. These goggles sound like they might be the next chapter in my goggle purchasing saga. Anybody know of anything else that might work? I'm tired of wasting money on goggles....
  • + 3
 Ryder's North Shore are the only pair I've tried, that do not fog.
  • + 1
 I have these and had the Shore, issues with fogging on both, recently I pulled the foam out of the frame on the Smith Goggles and they stay fog free much longer.
  • + 2
 Smith intakes do a great job as you can open the vents on them, smith also makes tacticle googles that have little fans in them... Those are literally fog proof
  • + 1
 I just bite the "uncool" bullet and wear glasses when it's too humid to keep goggles unfogged.
  • + 2
 Ryders Eyewear Shore goggles have never fogged on me after a year on them.
  • + 1
 I've been riding Dragon's for a year and I haven't had fogging problems
  • + 2
 Oakley air brake mx are the best goggles I've ever owned, they have never fogged on me, the lenses swap out in literally seconds with out the frustrating things u have to pop a usual lense into, the frame lets you breathe super freely through your nose, and they have the widest range of view I've ever seen in goggles and also the most comfortable on your face, And I've tried everything else, smith, spy,100%, Scott, Ryder's, other oakley models, non own up to the air brake mx in my opinion. An all the air brake snow lenses fit in them to, so u only need one pair for everything !
  • + 1
 In paint balling you can buy wipes for the inside of the goggles to stop them fogging up. I have wondered before if they would work on my goggles. They seem to do the job in the paintball masks
  • + 3
 If you are really serious about riding fog free, then go with the Turbo Fan
www.smithoptics.com/Root/Men%27s/Goggles/Motorsport/OPTION-OTG-TURBO-FAN/p/OT1CFKS13
  • + 1
 Smith is Badass. Been running a pair of the Intake Sweat-X since 2008 and they still look brand new. In the winter I use the I/OX (The best snow goggle you can buy bar none) and I have a pair of Lockwood sunglasses. Smith products are the best, plus look at the customer service: they have a PB account!
  • + 6
 Have had one for over 6 months now, used in the rainy or hot and humid weather in the Philippines. No issues whatsoever, whether on a full face or half lid.
  • + 5
 Look good but 100% seem to be on top at the moment. I have a pair myself and they're top notch!
  • + 3
 I have the Fuel V2 sand and they are an excellent goggle. Never fog even with the extra vent filter. I just wish mine came with tear offs.
  • + 1
 Jeez. A bloody goggle's a goggle! Every single one I've ever tried are the same. They steam up and they scratch up. In between that they keep the dirt out your eyes and that's it!!
  • + 2
 Tell me about it hey. Jerk harder guys, maybe the cum will eventually stick to it.
  • + 2
 I just want a goggle for which you can still find replacement lens after the company changes the style to suit the little fashionistas' ADD
  • - 1
 "Overall, the Fuel v.2 Sweat-X goggle works exactly as intended, keeping the elements out and freeing up the night time for doing things other than mining dirt clods out of your eyeballs", just like any other piece of plastic you put in front of your eyeballs
  • + 3
 Is there honestly such thing as fog free goggles?
  • + 2
 Nope. They will all fog in the right temperature / humidity conditions, even if treated with the so-called anti-fog treatments. Constant airflow is the only true way to keep them clear, but once you come to a stop.... argghhh!
  • + 1
 Everyone should take a look at EKS brand goggles, excellent foam and sweat absorption, plus they also sell BEER goggles which are more my speed. Good prices too.
  • + 2
 I use Smith Fuel v.1 and they're great too.. Just saying.
  • + 1
 me too
  • + 0
 I have the Smith Fuel Enduro goggles. They were made especially for Enduro and everything :-)

They still fog up tho, despite their dual lens design
  • + 1
 But they fog up much later! The later the colder it is outside. That's why ski goggles always have dual lenses, and bike goggles simply should have, too! And good ventilation. And maybe, someone invents heated lenses, this would help Big Grin
  • + 2
 Waow. Goggles
  • + 1
 i have 3 pairs of smith love there goggles
  • + 1
 that picture of the bottom, the foam is already separating....
  • + 0
 I have these and love them. Just need some new lenses........ Used them in some serious mud, and they are great.
  • + 2
 OTG models?
  • + 3
 Smith has always been one of my favorite choices when it comes to eye wear.
Always fair priced, always good styling along with plenty of variety to match a kit.
And the best part is that they make an appearance at some of the amateur moto events here in So Cal.
Very rarely do you see Spy or Oakley doing anything like that.

And 100% deserves all the support they can get. Really cool history behind that company.
  • + 1
 I have the Option OTG and I am quite happy with them. Quite comfortable with glasses, and fog management is as good as any non-OTG model.
  • + 1
 Is this a new google from Smith?
  • + 2
 No
  • + 1
 Spy foreva
  • - 1
 OH SICK THESE ARE SO MUCH BETTER THAN ANY OTHER GOGGLE I'VE SEEN. oh wait they're a fucking goggle
  • + 0
 looks like a seven year old model.
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