Seeing how I was sick of the same ole run-of-the-mill frames released on the market by most sunglasses companies I decided to look for a new pair of shades. Like everyone else I wanted a great polarized lens with an original set of frames. I was tired of walking into the tackle-shop/marina wearing the exact same pair of sunglasses as every other angler in the place. I looked at a few different options, however most brands all seemed to look the same. One brand I found that had an original frame, with a great lens at a reasonable price point was Smith Optics. I checked them out online then headed to my local tackle shop to try on a few pair to get the exact fit and style I wanted.
Gibson (Chromapop Lens) – Seen Above
Because they had such a reasonable price point I decided to get a pair for my girlfriend as well. That weekend we hit the water as we always do to see how they faired. The first thing I noticed was the fit, they kept snug to my face running at high speed which allowed me to look around without worrying about them flying off my face. As for the lens, it performed well in both low-light and sunny conditions. Early in the morning they managed to cut through the water well enough to see fish cruising the mangrove line from about 15 yrds. The clarity and brightness of the ChromaPop lens is what I was most impressed with. It was like someone turned up the vibrance of my surroundings by about 10%. The lens performed as well if not better than any other high-end lens I have used in the past. I am definitely satisfied with the Smith’s I purchased. If you are considering a new set of glasses I would definitely take a look at Smith Optics online or at your local tackle shop.
Dockside – (Chromapop Lens) Seen above & below
Take care, Sawyer