Outdoors 1016

Published on May 21st, 2010 | by Greg


Ignoring Your Glare While Maintaining Our Weight With Smith Optics Parallel Max Sunglasses

As we head into summer, the need becomes clear for a decent pair of sunglasses that allow us to actually enjoy ourselves while engaging in vigorous rigamarole that allows us to use our Polar Fitness Watch. We decided to combine our efforts of tracking our movement while blocking out the suns deathly glare.

You can easily spend upwards of $400 for a designer pair of shades, and rarely get what you pay for. So we decided to take a look at what Smith Optics has recently come out with, in a much more palatable price range.

The Parallel Max Sunglasses in Smoke/Green Mirror have proceeded to convince us that paying for designer shades with fancy names scripted on them are not in the same parallel universe as these.

These glasses are perfect for everyday use, but particularly come in handy for those that enjoy outdoor activities i.e. exercise. We were stoked that we could actually enjoy our jog with glasses that fit well, which meant no sunglasses sliding down our temples.

Grilamid is a surprisingly light and durable plastic that will maintain its shape under whatever temperature changes you encounter while participating in nature. These glasses came with a TR90 Grilamid frame which provides a resilient and flexible fit. This is as equally important when mountain biking in the Sierra Nevadas or jogging through Golden Gate Park in Frisco.

We can’t promise these are unbreakable and shatter resistant like the Numa Optics we last reviewed, but we can agree that the hydrophilic Megol on the nose and temple pads guarantees a non-slip fit that also adds to our comfort level.

We appreciated that you could switch out the lenses with prescription lenses though we didn’t need to. We reviewed the Smoke/Green Mirror glasses but they are available in a variety of colors. Our only complaint was depending on your face shape, they might seem a little big. If you aren’t as concerned about looks as comfort, then you will surely be under their spell.

The lifetime warranty is definitely a plus and the price tag didn’t set us back. You can find for around $100 on Amazon as well as the other colors. We would suggest for those of you who find the need for polarized lenses to check out other colors available that include those lenses. Polarized glasses cut out the glare and for those of you participating in water sports, we would suggest checking out the other flavors.

Suffice it to say, we had quite the workout and the gear to ascertain we made strides in our competitive nature.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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