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Garage Finds | Smith Warp Rolloff Goggle


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The COVID-19 quarantine in California has motivated me to actually clean out my garage cabinets and do some serious organizing in the one part of my home that is truly 100% all mine, and this morning I happened upon a brand-new pair of Smith Warp Goggles, complete with Rolloffs installed. 

It’s been several years since Smith Optics left the motocross and off-road markets (their motocross goggles are now marketed as mountain bike eyewear.), but the Idaho-based brand was once a major player in our arena. For years, Smith held the design patent on the film system that is now produced by every goggle manufacturer in their own design, but it seemed like forever that you would see Oakley, Scott, and SPY athletes racing in the rain with Smith Rolloffs installed on their goggles, with the Smith logos taped over. 

The Warp Goggle was the first Smith goggle to incorporate an outrigger strap system, and I remember that I loved the Warp Goggle because it was the first goggle that would seal perfectly against my small Japanese-American nose. Because the outriggers pulled the goggle frame towards your face instead of across it, this allowed the face foam to form a perfect seal against my face. The look of the Warp was super distinctive, too. My big brother Ross would make fun of me when I rode in them, saying it looked like I had big, bushy eyebrows, but I loved the Warp. The box I found was a complete kit, with two rolls of film and a film visor included. Crazy how the white frames have yellowed over the years, in spite of being tucked away in a cabinet, away from the sun. 

My memory of the Warp Goggle was that they had a massive field of vision, but in comparison to the oversized Scott Prospect goggle that I favor nowadays, they seem tiny and restrictive. Funny how time changes everything!

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Donn Maeda

Donn Maeda is a 30-year veteran in moto-journalism, having worked at Cycle News and Dirt Rider before launching MXracer Magazine and TransWorld Motocross Magazine. Maeda is the Editor-In-Chief at Swapmoto Live and you can catch him on a dirt bike or in the saddle of a mountain bike on most days.

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