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Smith Parallel

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Smith Parallel sport sunglass

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


  • 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.

Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $58

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.

Price Paid: $130

Lightweight, interchangeable lenses.


  • Light
  • Good-looking
  • Semi wrap-around

I had to replace my Smith Escapades (Lifestyle) because the cold weather snapped them, so I bought the Parallels with ignitor lenses. Just as the other reviewer mentioned, this color lense is great for varying light levels. I am going to try brown, next.

I've had these glasses for 4 years and they have been perfect for cycling and running. The looks is a great mid-way between extreme racing and conventional leisure.

They come with an optical-quality bag (you can use it to clean the lenses) and a zippered hard-shell case.

I've only incurred damage once: Without looking, first,  I slapped a mosquito on my chest and my Parallels were hanging from my neck. They snapped in half, right at the nose bridge. A little super glue and they've been sailing fine for about 9 months.

The lenses seem durable, and have only minor, tiny scratches near the perimeter.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $79

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Price MSRP: $129.00
Historic Range: $31.73-$149.00
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