Published on May 22nd, 2012 | by Kira0
Smith Optics: Seeing the World A Little Clearer
The TrulyNet team is not afraid of the elements! We are happy to be out on our bikes even in rain, shine, heat, or snow. For me, living in Brooklyn, it can often take me half the time to get somewhere on my bike versus using the subway. So, even if it were less than ideal weather, I would rather rough it and save the time. It is also an added bonus that I get a workout.
While none of us here are avid racing cyclers, we can still appreciate the protection the Smith Optics Pivlock V2 Max offers us while darting around the city or biking for pleasure. For starters, it tends to be about 20% lighter than the standard lenses, because Smith Optics has found a way to minimize lens thickness. They have 100% UVA/UVB protection, which is fairly standard but still should be a requirement for you as you consider sun protection. As a cyclist who is willing to bike in the rain and has a bad habit of touching my glasses, I was happy to learn that the lens and mirror coating are protected by a permanent hydroleophobic coating, which repels water, dirt, fingerprints, and grease. The water will actually bead up and disperse without streaking. Finally, all lenses are also impact and scratch resistant. And even if you do some how find a way to mess up your glasses, they have a lifetime warranty (only a year warranty if they are prescription though).
Smith Optics has developed a very sophisticated technology to insure that you have the best visibility while riding. They have found a way to taper the lenses so that there is no light wave distortion even at the most extreme edges of the lens. Ensuring that what you see is what is actually out there. On their polarized lenses they have aligned the polarized layer inside of the lenses to truly obliterate glare, reducing 99.9% of the “visual static.”
We here at TrulyNet also try to be eco-conscious; so, it pleases us greatly that all the Smith Optics sunglasses frames are 53% bio-based. Made from easily renewable, non-genetically modified castor plants, the Rilsan® Clear material makes the frames lightweight, durable, and fully transparent. Even the FSC certified packaging and coconut fiber storage bag is green friendly.
The really neat part about the Pivlock glasses is that they have interchangeable lenses. The Pivlock V2 Max comes with the platinum, Ignitor, and clear lenses. These lenses are ideal for different levels of brightness, from very bright to not at all respectively.
It is very easy to switch out the lenses. You just twist out the temple pieces and squeeze the nosepiece to remove it. The Pivlock V2 Max is great because its nosepiece is also size adjustable. This is ideal for people like me who have a very small face. That being said, I still look like a bit like a bug when I wear these glasses.
Speaking of aesthetics, the Pivlock V2 Max comes in 7 sleek colors: orange, white, matte graphite, caldera red, blue, black (this is the one we have), and acid yellow. While the glasses come with three interchangeable shields (the platinum, ignitor, and clear lenses), you can purchase a number of additional lenses if you are looking for different colors or attributes.
The Smith Optics are in the same price range as Ray-Bans and other high end sport glasses. You can find the Pivlock V2 Max for $117.