Smith Parallel

2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Reviews

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Superb optics and great fit. Super lightweight. Great…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $58

Summary

Superb optics and great fit. Super lightweight. Great for running and biking.

Pros

  • Fits small / medium adult face
  • Excellent optics
  • Mulitple lenses included
  • Hard case

The Parallel frame wraps my face snugly leaving no gaps for air to sneak in. I have a smaller face (apparently) as Smith "medium" glasses usually fit me well. 

The frame measures 135mm from temple to temple hinge.

My first outing with these was in full sun on snow. The brown polarized lenses are excellent. Cuts glare and enhances contrast.

The Ignitor lenses are fantastic for overcast days or transitioning in and out of shaded tree cover to open areas.

A hard zippered case was included with mine. This was not mentioned in the product description so it was a nice unexpected bonus.

0

This glasses are totally sweet. Purchase the glasses…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $130

This glasses are totally sweet. Purchase the glasses for the full price and get two more interchangeable lense sets. They are really a great buy, albeit $130.  

These glasses are perfect for cycling or just looking bad ass. They hold tight, but don't squeeze my head.

Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

In a parallel universe, not long ago, Smith set out to develop the ideal interchangeable sunglass. It was agreed that this style needed to be lightweight, contemporary, and performance driven. The Parallel is just that.

- CampSaver.com

The lightweight, versatile Smith Parallel polarized interchangeable sunglasses include a selection of lenses for any light and offer great peripheral vision when running, cycling or paddling.

- REI

When we think of the ultimate pair of high performance sunglasses, we envision a super lightweight, sweeping design that stays put, no matter how sweaty we get on a ride. The Smith Parallel checks all the boxes. Beyond all that, it delivers interchangeable lenses so no matter the light conditions, you'll have optimum clarity and definition. We'd call the Parallel a close-fitting design. After all, the base curve of 9 ensures that the lenses sweep all the way around your eyes for optimum protection from unwanted light and glare as well as physical objects. The frame is made from Grilamid TR90, a tough plastic that is at once flexible, yet tough as nails. This lightweight frame supports individual lenses that pop out easily, like Smith's sliders of old. The lenses use Smith's Tapered Lens Technology (TLT) to give you a distortionless view. As you might've already experienced, visual distortion occurs when light waves hit an aggressively curved lens causing them to refract. This refraction causes a prismatic effect, or distortion. TLT corrects the distortion by progressively tapering the lens thickness from the optical center toward the peripheral edges. With TLT, light waves travel directly to your eye to generate precise vision and reduce potential eye fatigue. Objects are clearly defined and seen in their exact position. Seeing clearly adds safety, but so does Smith's Carbonic lens material -- the most impact resistant lens material money can buy. Smith treats them with an anti-scratch coating to keep them as new as possible, as long as possible. They're light, they exceed ANSI Z80. 3 specifications, and they protect your eyes from 100% of the UVA, UVB, and UVC rays out there. The Grilamid TR90 frame provides you with maximum comfort, maximum flexibility, maximum toughness, and maximum resistance to sweat and sunscreen. And the hydrophilic Megol nose and temple pads keep them locked in place on your face. They won't slip. They won't slide. They won't fall off. Th...

- Backcountry.com

In a parallel universe not long ago Smith set out to develop the ideal interchangeable sunglass It was agreed that this style needed to be lightweight contemporary and performance driven The Parallel is just that

- Bentgate.com