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vastly improved

I wasn't crazy about the original Pivlock, and Smith must have been listening, because the new version is leaps and bounds better. Much more aggressive styling and a subtly updated lens geometry with nicely improved nose piece adjustment. Fit is still super lightweight, but it now slides around helmet retention systems more comfortably. There's an awful lot to like here, and in case you were wondering, sizing on the V2 Max is on par with the Oakley Radar XL - definitely tall (the difference between the V2 Max and the regular V2 is only in its height - not width or stem length) coming in around 50mm at the top above the nose, and potentially in the way if you like your helmet to sit low on your forehead. Otherwise, excellent vertical and periphery coverage. Crazy multi-sport versatile, and if you score the White or Acid Yellow colorway, Euro-fabulous too.