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4 5

Smith optics are awesome. That being said, the lenses sit far out from the eyes. For me, it was just too much space. I felt like I couldn't see what was below. I ski extreme things and I don't want to be on a ridge and having to actually look down with my head to see down. I just felt that I lost some of my field of vision. So I ordered 2 pairs of the phenom's instead. Sure, the price is better to have one pair and be able to swap out the lenses. But I have to be able to see and that's more important. They need to be able to figure out a way to have interchangeable lenses that don't sit out so far from your head


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Both the Giro and Smith helmets have small holes in the base of the neck that let air in on really cold windy days. When you're sitting on a chairlift, and the wind is blowing from behind, it can make your head cold. On these days, I use a baklava or something underneath. This can be a problem with the smith helmet since it is not adjustable, like the gyro is. Also, the Smith's seem to fit a little small. The large in the Smith fit very snug and there was no room for layering underneath. I had to have XL and that was almost too loose. The quality seems comparable between both. But the gyro allows me to adjust to changing conditions. Smith should make their helmets adjustable