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Smith Sunglasses and Goggles Frame and Lens Technlogy

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Technical Information:
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Techlite lenses:  To create our lightweight Smith Techlite lenses, we use the highest quality borosilicate glass ground down to our desired thickness and polished by precision machinery.  Then each lens is chemically-tempered in a nitrate bath for increased shatter resistance of any lens material available and is significantly lighter than standard glass lenses.
Carbonic Lenses: 
Our Smith Carbonic lenses feature our Tapered Lens Technology (TLT) and provide a shatter resistant front line of defense against dust, flying debris and other airborne irritants.  Ultralight and optically precise, they don't just meet ANSI standards for optical clarity and impact resistance, they exceed them.
Grilamd Frame:
  In theory, Grilamid is a rugged, resilient frame material that is specially formulated for flex, impact, strength and dimensional stability.  In practice, it's tough enough to withstand the most aggressive physical punishment your body is willing to endure.
Acetate Frames:  Our handcrafted frames combine fashion details with durable acetate, and feature wire core temples for easy adjustability and a secure, comfortable fit. Each frame is individually hand crafted through a 17-step process and polished for a refined, precise appearance.
Hydrophilic Megol: 
Our rubberized nose pads and temple ends are made from moisture absorbing hydrophilic Megol.  As you sweat the Megol becomes tacky, keeping the sunglasses positioned comfortably on your face, even during the most rigorous sports activities.
Tapered Lens Technology (TLT): 
Visual distortion occurs when light waves hit an aggressively curved lens causing it to refract or distort.   This distortion results in a reduction of optical clarity.  Smith's Tapered Lens Technology corrects the distortion inherent in standard 8 and 9 base lens curves by progressively tapering the lens toward the outer edge.  This way, light waves are delivered straight to your eye.  The result?  Zero distortion.
Polarized Lens:
(marked with *) Light waves traveling freely can vibrate in any direction.  When light strikes a horizontal surface, such as water, sand or pavement, it vibrates horizontally, creating glare.  Our Waterman's Series polarized lenses with their Horizontal Glare Reduction (HGR) filter are designed specifically filter out 99% of reflected glare.  The end result is enhanced visual acuity and reduced eye fatigue.
Protection from the Sun:  Solar radiation is formed by visible and invisible light waves.  Measured in nanometers, it has three wavelengths that reach and affect your eyes:  Ultraviolet, Visible Light and Infrared Radiation.  Ultraviolet exists at 200-380nm.  Studies show that long term exposure to UV may cause eye diseases, including cataracts.  In addition, short term exposure can cause temporary conditions such as "snow blindness".  Ultraviolet radiation can be divided into three categories.  UVC (200-290nm) is absorbed by the Earth's atmosphere and never reaches your eyes.  UVB (290-320nm) is a  physically painful form of ultraviolet radiation.  These are the suns "tanning rays" which are absorbed by the cornea.  Exposure to UVB can temporarily damage the cornea. UVA (320-380nm) rays are absorbed by the lens of your eyes.  The resulting damage heals slowly, if at all.  About one percent of all UVA rays penetrate the retina, which can not repair itself.  All Smith lenses provide 100% protection from dangerous UV radiation.

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 Prescription Lens Prices
Note:  Only styles marked with Rxable , or symbol are available with prescription. Prescription lenses are add ons and must be added to your shopping cart separately.  Prescription lens prices are marked in the blue or yellow shaded boxes underneath all the frame color options.  For more information, please see the prescription information page or call, email for use online chat.

 

Lenses made directly into frame: Prices shown are for a pair Authentic Smith prescription lenses for prescription ranges of +2.00 to -5.00 sphere and up to a 2.00 cylinder.  CR-39 lenses are plastic (for casual activities).  Carbonic lenses are polycarbonate (good for sport or casual activities).  All lenses provide 100% UVA/B/C protection.  Add frame to cart plus prescription lenses in the color of your choice. For instance, on the Maven, add Black frame for $70 and True Gray prescription lenses for $155 for a total of $225.  Allow 2 weeks for processing.   All prescription sales are final.  Authentic lenses do not qualify for our prescription re-do/exchange policy.  Note: PD measurements are required to properly fill prescriptions.

For other lens options, which may be less expensive than authentic Smith lenses, see our prescription information page.

 

Rx Adapter: Prescription lenses are built into an adapter that snaps inside the goggles.  Prices quoted for prescriptions up to 4.00D in CR-39 plastic.  For higher prescriptions and other lens materials and coatings, see prescription information page.

Lens Colors:

Sunglass Colors

SB 18 - Sienna Brown (VLT) 18%: Ideal for bright sunny days and slightly overscast conditions. The brown based tint absorbs "blue light", sharpens visual acuity and enhances depth perception. 100% protection form harmful UVA and UVB rays.
TG 15 - True Gray (VLT) 15%: A comfortable tint that allows objects to be seen in their most natural state without distorting colors. 100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
RC 36 - Rose Copper (VLT) 36%: A universal lens tint that provides the best vision for the widest variety of light conditions. Enhances depth perception, increases contrast and sharpens visual acuity. 100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
GN 40 - Green (VLT) 40%: A tint that excels in a variety of light conditions especially medium to low level light. 100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
GL 55 - Gold Lite (VLT) 55%: An outstanding multi-purpose lens tint that filters reflected blue light to provide superior contrast, shadow definition and depth perception in bright, overcast and flat light conditions. 100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
R 59 - Rose (VLT) 59%: Brightens details while boosting depth perception in varying levels of flat light conditions. 100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Y 68 - Yellow (VLT) 68%: A vibrant lens tint that increases visual acuity in extremely flat and low light conditions. 100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
C 98 - Clear (VLT) 98%: The ideal lens for nighttime use. 100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
PM 15 - Platinum (VLT) 15%: Our Sienna brown lens tint with a silver flash mirror cuts light and glare by reflecting it away from the eye. 100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
BM 15 - Dielectric Blue Mirror (VLT) 12%: A true gray based lens tint with a vibrant blue multi-layered mirror. The hydrophobic coating prevents dirt/grease build up. Ideal for bright, sunny conditions. 100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
BP 15 - Brown Polarized (VLT) 15%: Reduces 99% of reflected glare from water, snow, sand and pavement. The brown based tint absorbs "blue light," sharpens visual acuity, and enhancing depth perception. 100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
GP 15 Gray Polarized (VLT) 15%: Reduces 99% of reflected glare from water, snow, sand and pavement. A comfortable tint that allows objects to be seen in their most natural state without distorting colors. 100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
RC22 Rose Polarized (VLT 22%):  Reduces 99% of reflected glare from water, snow, sand and pavement. A high-contrast lens tint that provides the best vision for the widest variety of light conditions.  Enhances depth perception, increases contrast and maximizes visual acuity.   100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
  Polarized Platinum (VLT 12%): Reduces 99% of reflected glare from water, snow, sand and pavement. True gray based lens tint with a multi-layered silver mirror maximizes color definition and visual acuity.  Hydrophobic coating repels dirt and grime. 100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
  Polarized Bronze (VLT 12%): Reduces 99% of reflected glare from water, snow, sand and pavement. Sienna brown based lens tint with a multi-layered bronze mirror maximizes color definition and visual acuity.  Hydrophobic coating repels dirt and grime. 100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.q


Polarized Photochromic:  Lighting conditions are always in flux. The sun moves across the sky, clouds blow through, and you are on the move.  Smith's photochromic lenses adapt their tint to match the circumstances.  They darken in the bright light and lighten in the dim, constantly adjusting themselves to reduce eye fatigue and optimize your visual experience. The glare stopping benefits of polarization meet tint shifting photochromic magic in the most advanced lenses Smith has ever created.  VTL 12% to 34%. Available in Gray, Brown and Copper.

 

RC-30: (VTL 30%)  Medium conditions. High contrast rose.

 

 

 

Goggle Lens Colors

Smith Rose Platinum Lens Platinum Mirror: Rose base lens tint increases depth perception in very sunny to partly cloudy conditions. Platinum mirror coating provides increased glare protection. Category 2.  25% VLT.
Smith Blue Sensor Mirror Blue Sensor Mirror: Light rose base lens tint with a multi-layer mirror maximizes color definition and increases depth perception in varying levels of flat light conditions. Category 1.  70% VLT.
Smith Red Sol-X Mirror Gold Sol-X: Dark sienna brown, Sol-X base lens tint with a multi-layer gold mirror cuts glare and reduces eye fatigue in sunny conditions.Category 4 7% VLT.
Smith Gold Sensor Mirror Gold Sensor Mirror: Light rose base lens tint with a multi-layer Gold Sensor Mirror enhances color definition and increases depth perception in varying levels of low-light conditions. Category 1. 70% VLT.
Smith Blackout Lens Blackout:  Darkest, non mirrored lens.  Gray Base.  Good for bright days. Category 3. VLT 10% 
Smith Green Sol-X Mirror Lens Green Sol-X Mirror:  Dark sienna brown, Sol-X base lens tint with a multi-layer green mirror cuts glare and reduces eye fatigue in sunny conditions.Category 3. 12% VLT.
Smith Ignitor Lens Ignitor Mirror: Proprietary new universal lens tint designed to reduce eye fatigue while enhancing contrast and depth perception in all conditions. A versatile lens tint designed to be used all season long. Category 2.  35% VLT.
Smith Yellow Sensor Mirror Yellow Sensor Mirror:  Light rose based lens with yellow mirror overlay.  Enhances color definition in low light conditios. Category 1 lens, 65% VLT.
Smith Lens Red Sensor Mirror Red Sensor Mirror: Light rose based lens with red mirror overlay.  Enhances color definition in low light conditios. Category 1 lens, 55% VLT.
Smith RC36 Lens RC36: The universal lens tint. Combines rose and copper base tints. Provides the absolute best vision in most conditions. Increases depth perception and cuts glare in all conditions. 36% VLT.
Gold Lite: An outstanding multi-purpose lens tint that filters reflected blue light to provide superior contrast, shadow definition and depth perception in bright, overcast and flat light conditions. 55% VLT.
Smith Clear Lens Clear: The ideal lens for night-time use. 84% VLT.
Smith Polarized Rose Copper Lens RC22 Rose Polarized (VLT 22%):  Reduces 99% of reflected glare from water, snow, sand and pavement. A high-contrast lens tint that provides the best vision for the widest variety of light conditions.  Enhances depth perception, increases contrast and maximizes visual acuity.   100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
 Smith Photochromic Red Sensor Lens  Photochromic Red Sensor:  Smith combines the Red Sensor mirror with photochromic molecules that activate by light.  Great for varying light conditions. Category 2.   VLT 20% to 50%.  
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