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Sunglass Tech

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ChromaPop™

Chroma Pop

Chromapop™ Polarized Lenses

The most visually stimulating lens in the world. A proprietary combination of patented polarization and color management technology creates incredible clarity. ChromaPop lenses maximize color and contrast by improving the speed of visual processing so you see truer color, faster.

Carbonic

Carbonic

Carbonic Polarized and Non-Polarized Lenses

Carbonic lenses are optically tuned in a wide range of tints offering you visual comfort and protection from the urban grind to the mountaintop.

How ChromaPop works

Through our proprietary ChromaPop lens technology, we help you see detail and color beyond normal capabilities. ChromaPop filters two specific wavelengths of light that cause color confusion. By doing this the lens delivers greater definition, more natural color, and unmatched clarity to allow you to see more detail.

Normally

The eye’s retina has trouble distinguishing between blue and green, and red and green light perception.

With ChromaPop

ChromaPop filters these specific crossovers, allowing greater definition, natural color, and clarity.

Why is it better?

Through our proprietary ChromaPop lens technology, we help you see detail and color beyond normal capabilities. ChromaPop filters two specific wavelengths of light that cause color confusion. By doing this the lens delivers greater definition, more natural color, and unmatched clarity to allow you to see more detail.

Innovative lens platforms

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Lens

Benefits

Features

ChromaPop Polarized

Make the details pop and cut the glare through the clearest and lightest, impact-resistant polymer lens on the market.

Our durable ChromaPop Polarized lenses deliver more clarity than our standard ChromaPop lenses and are up to 10% lighter for all day comfort - while also offering anti-reflective, water and oil resistant coatings. 100% UV protection.

Techlite Glass Polarized

Cut the glare with the clearest glass lenses on the market – our ultimate scratch resistant lenses.

Our proprietary Techlite lenses are up to 12x more scratch resistant than polymer lenses, and 20% lighter than traditional glass, and offer 100% UV protection with an antireflective coating to ease eye strain.

ChromaPop Polarized

Make the details pop and cut the glare through our impact-resistant carbonic lenses.

Our ChromaPop Polarized lenses are optically tuned to give you visual comfort and impact protection with enhanced glare reduction – while also offering antireflective, water and oil resistant coatings. 100% UV protection.

ChromaPop

Make the details pop through our impact-resistant carbonic lenses.

Our ChromaPop lenses are optically tuned to give you visual comfort and impact protection – while also offering antireflective, water and oil resistant coatings. 100% UV protection.

Carbonic Elite Ballistic

Shield your eyes with MilSpec certified ballistic lenses.

Our Elite lenses are optically tuned to give you the clearest lens with superior impact protection. These lenses meet MilSpec standard MIL-PRF-31013 and ANSI Z87.1 for industrial protection.

Carbonic Polarized

Cut the glare through our impact resistant lenses.

Our carbonic lenses are optically tuned to give you visual comfort while including polarization for glare cutting, ANSI Z80.3 standard for impact resistance, water and oil resistant coating, and 100% UV protection.

Carbonic

See clearly with these impact resistant lenses.

Our carbonic lenses are optically tuned to give you visual comfort while including ANSI Z80.3 standard for impact resistance, water and oil resistant coating, and 100% UV protection.

Tuned for life beyond walls.

Water

Tints matter. Dial in your lens for the right environment. Our custom lenses are tuned to deliver you the ultimate in clarity and durability for any experience.

Fresh Water

IGNITOR
BROWN

In-Shore

IGNITOR
BROWN
BRONZE MIRROR

Ocean

IGNITOR
GRAY GREEN
PLATINUM
BLUE MIRROR

Land

Tints matter. Dial in your lens for the right environment. Our custom lenses are tuned to deliver you the ultimate in clarity and durability for any experience.

Road

IGNITOR
PLATINUM
GRAY GREEN

Trail

BROWN
GRAY GREEN
IGNITOR

Field

IGNITOR
BROWN

Clearly Better.

Lens Technology

Lens Construction

LENS CONSTRUCTION TO OPTIMIZE PERFORMANCE

ChromaPop , Techlite glass and Carbonic lens constructions are optimized to provide a variety of optical and impact-resistant benefits. We precisely align the finest polarized filters and finish our lenses with multi-layer mirror, Anti-Reflective (A/R), anti-scratch, and Hydroleophobic lens coatings. The end result is an artfully crafted lens that preserves color perception and delivers optimized optical clarity and precision in all environments.

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SMITH POLARIZATION

Polarization cuts glare. Glare off of horizontal surfaces like snow, water, and asphalt, decreases depth perception, and reduces visual acuity which causes eye fatigue. We precisely align the polarized visual layer inside our lenses to filter out 99.9% of this "visual static" for a finely tuned view of the action.

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POLARCHROMIC: POLARIZED LENSES WITH PHOTOCHROMIC TECHNOLOGY TO ADAPT TO EVER-CHANGING LIGHT CONDITIONS

With Smith Polarchromic, we combine the glare-free benefits of advanced polarization with UV sensitive, self-tint-adjusting photochromic technology to bring you lenses that adapt to changing light conditions, so you always have the perfect tint for the amount of light.

Polarization
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TLT (TAPERED LENS TECHNOLOGY)

When light passes through a medium it refracts, i.e. changes course. If left uncorrected, this refraction can cause visual distortion and eye fatigue. Smith’s Tapered Lens Technology straightens out the incoming light rays by progressively tapering the lens from the optical center toward the peripheral view. What this means for you is that you see with 100% accuracy and maximum comfort.

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HYDROLEOPHOBIC - WATER AND OIL PROOF COATING

Repels moisture, grease, and grime. A barrier between your lenses and the world. Water will bead up and disperse without streaking. Smudges from fingerprints are wiped clean easily.

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ANTI-REFLECTIVE (A/R) COATING

Vacuum applied, Anti-Reflective (A/R) coatings on the back side of the lens will eliminate bothersome sidelight reflections.

Lenses are only half the story.

Metals

Metals

Ultra lightweight with an immaculate fit. Classic silhouettes constructed with premium stainless steel or sculpted alloy metal frames. Adjustable silicone or optical nose pads provide all day comfort.

PIVLOCK

Change is easy.

PivLock Technology

The PivLock interchangeable lens system features a proprietary, patent-pending temple and lens interface that truly provides an unobstructed field of view. Engineered to minimize frame weight while maintaining a secure fit, both the temples and nosepiece remove easily, making the task of changing lenses easier than ever.

Evolve

Evolve

For nearly 50 years Smith has been a steward of the outdoors. The Smith customer is a socially conscious hard charger. Great days in the water, dirt, and snow are made better when we are mindful to protect the environment we recreate in.

We incorporate the revolutionary, Rilsan® Clear material into what has become the largest eco-friendly sunglass collection in the world. This material allows us to create lightweight, durable frames, that are over 53% bio-based.

Rilsan® Clear is derived from the renewable, non-genetically modified castor plant. Characteristics of this material include flexibility, lightweight, high elasticity, remarkable toughness, and excellent chemical resistance. Most importantly, this material is not petroleum based.

Why is 53% bio-based important? Through extensive testing and field trials, Smith has found the correct balance of materials required to sustain performance and durability, while reducing our environmental impact.

Our brand heritage was forged with a passion for the outdoors. This responsibility continues to drive us today. We recognize our obligation to be considerate to the environments we revere. With an unwavering commitment to further develop, we explore the use of sustainable manufacturing materials into the Smith product of today, and into the future.

Base Curve

Base Curve Diagram

The base curve is the radius of the sphere measured from the back of the lens. Smith features styles with 6,8, and 9 base lens curvature. Models that include 6 base tend to be more flat relative to your face. While 9 base styles provide the maximum amount of wrap around your face.

Spring Hinge

Spring Hinge

Stainless steel optical hinges incorporate small springs within the hinge structure that keep the temples snug against your head. This type of hinge is designed to smoothly self adjust in order to accommodate a broader range of head shapes and sizes more comfortably.

Megol

Megol

Placed at the nose and on the temple tips, Megol gently grips your skin to help keep the frame in place. The gripping power increases when introduced to moisture.

Handmade Acetate

Handmade Acetate

A 33-step handcrafted process that features the inclusion of wire-core temples for a customized fit. A huge variety of rich color combinations that possess depth and have a distinct character are made possible with this material.

Grilamid® TR90

Grilamid TR90

Resilient, tough, and flexible. Grilamid® TR90 is an exceedingly light and durable plastic that will maintain its shape under all temperature conditions.