Smith Optics was founded in 1965; its first product was a goggle that had a thermal sealed lens with breathable vent foam. It was this design that revolutionised the ski and snowboard experience, that made Smith Optics the worldwide brand that we know and love today.
The first goggle that they produced was created using dental tools, foam and glue! The founder Dr. Bob Smith would build his prototypes around his kitchen table, around his family and friends and then trade his prototypes for lift passes whilst travelling to test out his goggles.
It's because of the heritage Dr. Bob left behind that Smith Optics is where they are today, with their 5x anti-fog inner lens, the Turbo Fan air management system and their patented regulator adjustable lens system it's no wonder they're at the forefront of goggle design.
Smith Optics also takes a lot of pride in their helmet range. Although they weren't the first company to create a ski and snowboard helmet, they embraced the need to have a complete safety package. The main issue that Smith Optics wanted to address with their helmet range was to incorporate their own goggles into the mix and making all Smith Optics products compatible with each other, which gives every skier and snowboarder a much better fitting product, that works in harmony with each other.
Using both the helmet and goggle Smith Optics were able to establish and design the perfect venting system which works perfectly with their anti - fog system in their goggles.
It's because of the need to stay true to their roots and also to build on their heritage that Smith Optics has become a worldwide trusted brand that top end skiers and snowboarders use, as well as first timers new to the powder, who can pick up a goggle and helmet, put them on, find a great fit then hit the slopes.