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Published on May 22nd, 2012 | by Kira


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.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.

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