So what do we like? What makes this goggle stand out from the competition?
First up is the quality. As with the Smith Forefront helmet, the finish and materials are up there with the best. There are plenty of budget options out there but pick up a pair of Squads and they ooze class. The triple-density foam, premium frame materials and lack of rough edges are all small details that add up. You’ll want a pair in your kit bag, no question.
A well-shaped frame with a wide field of view is the aim here and Smith certainly deliver. The ‘semi-rimless’ frame is made from a material which is both tough, yet flexible. The Squad’s frame is ventilated all round, with a lattice weave vent pattern giving huge air flow and circulation with little or no chance of steaming up in all but the most testing humid conditions.
Smith have removed the foam from these vents and along with the four slots in the top of the lens increases airflow further. Sure, in very dusty conditions this may be an issue but it’s yet to prove a problem for us. A triple layer of foam is high quality and sits well against the face, sealing out the muck. A wide silicone backed strap with dual sliders stays adjusted well and keeps the goggles in place well.
Fit and comfort is impressive with these goggles. The flexible nature of the frame, the wide nose area and great shape all add up here.
The lens is the real winner though, a real highlight for us and with plenty of technology going. It’s a curved (rather than flat) lens, which gives great clarity and is easily switched in and out of the frame. Two lenses are supplied in the package (one tinted, one clear) both being roll-off compatible. We’ve been testing the mirrored and tinted Ignitor lens. This Ignitor is a winner for us…read on.