Thursday, June 23, 2011
Gear Review: Smith Proof Polarized Sunglasses
Yeah. Basically, these shades are awesome. After Hank punched a lens out of my 5-year old Ray-Ban Predators (MSRP $159) last summer, sending the glass lens plummeting to the asphalt (crunch!), I bought some cheap ($30) polarized sunglasses and enjoyed about 10 months of headaches and poor polarization. However, I recently (FINALLY) saved up enough duckets ($90 on sale, MSRP $119) to buy a pair of Smith Evolve Proofs, in my signature tortoise shell (awesome matte/flat finish) with brown polarized lenses. I am doing everything I can to keep them out of Hank's general purview. But on the plus side, Smiths come with a lifetime warranty (suck on that, Ray-Ban!). I've wanted a pair since learning about the brand in 2003 from an Army Corps of Engineers biologist, but I never found the right pair at the right time until now.
It's only been a month, but I'm hoping that the Smith Evolve Proofs and I will have a long, steady relationship in the field. Check them out for fit and tint the next time you're in the market for technical glasses - they may not be exactly what you're looking for but you won't be sorry you tried them on.
River Mud Gear Grade:
Fit: 5/5 - large but snug.
Lenses 5/5 - some of the better lenses I've owned
Weight: 5/5 - Very light.
Field Utility - 5/5 - strong performance
Overall Grade: 5/5 - buy these.
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