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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.

Techlite

Techlite Polarized Glass

Techlite Polarized Glass Lenses

Techlite polarized glass lenses create a visual environment ideal for casual or water-based activities. Up to 12x more scratch resistant than standard lenses, and 20% lighter than traditional glass. Italian engineered for all-day comfort and durability.

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.

NXT®

NXT

NXT® Photochromic Lenses

NXT photochromic lenses automatically darken or lighten with available UV light. Exceptional clarity and object definition follow you through your dawn to dusk activities.

Lens Technologies

ChromaPop™

Chromapop

Chromapop™ Scientifically-Advanced Lens Material

ChromaPop lenses employ a unique combination of patented polarization, and color management technologies. The result is a lens that delivers exceptional clarity, high contrast, and dynamic color optimization.
This advanced material can accept the sophisticated dyes and tints needed to create our proprietary visual experience. Meaning ChromaPop delivers high contrast, select color filtering and color enhancement better than other lens materials commonly used in sunglass and prescription sunglass lenses. Known throughout the industry for ophthalmic grade optics and superior performance, Trivex® is the material that powers the ChromaPop lenses.
This gives ChromaPop lenses a visual acuity approaching glass, with benefits that surpass other materials.

Photochromic

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 the most advanced sunglass lenses we have ever created. How do we do it? Precise amounts of silver halide crystals are infused into the glass lens material during their creation. These microscopic crystals automatically change orientation in response to UV light which results in a shift in tint either increasing or decreasing Visible Light Transmission (VLT), fine tuning the tint of your lens in response to ambient light conditions as they change throughout the day. The result? You get a lens which offers crisp optics and soothing light levels at all hours, allowing you to focus on what matters most from dawn to dusk.

Polarized

Polarized

Precision polarization engineered to obliterate glare

It's like noise-canceling headphones for your eyes. 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.

TLT

Tapered Lens Technology (TLT)

Tapered Lens Technology (TLT)

"Objects in lens are exactly the same as they appear." 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 (TLT) 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.

Lens Construction

Chroma Pop
1: Frontside Hydroleophobic Coating
2: Multi-Layer Mirror Coating
3: Anti-Scratch Protection
4: Techlite Glass or Carbonic Material
5: Smith Polarized File
6: Techlite Glass or Carbonic Material
7: Anti-Scratch Protection
8: Multi-Layer Anti-Reflective Coating
9: Backside Hydroleophobic Coating
We use the best lens materials in the world - Techlite Glass for optical precision and Carbonic for impact resistance. We precisely alight the finest polarized filters and finish our lenses with multi-layer mirror, Anti-Reflective, 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.
 
Lens Repel

HYDROLEOPHOBIC 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.
Lens Reflect

ANTI-REFLECTIVE COATING

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

Frame Construction

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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PIVLOCK

PIVLOCK
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.
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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.
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PIVLOCK Technology

PIVLOCK Steps
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.
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