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Smith Guide's Choice Sunglasses - Polarized ChromaPop+

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Nothing fishy.

You can't catch the fish if you can't see the fish (or so we've been told), so it's not surprising that Smith's Guide's Choice Polarized ChromaPop+ Sunglasses are ridiculously popular with anglers of all stripes. The ChromaPop+ polarized lenses are made to boost color, increase contrast, and cut glare like you wouldn't believe, so staying on the water all day won't burn your retinas, and the eight-base curve gives the Guide's Choice a snug wraparound fit that prevents rays from sneaking in the sides of your eyes. To keep your shades stuck on your face, Smith included hydrophilic megol nose and temple pads, premium Italian spring hinges, and even a detachable leash that'll make sure you don't spend the day trying to fish your sunnies off the sea floor.

Proposition 65 Warning for California Consumers: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm.

  • ChromaPop+ polarized lenses
  • Anti-reflective and hydroleophobic lens coating
  • Evolve bio-based frames
  • Hydrophilic megol nose and temple pads
  • Stainless steel spring hinges
  • Detachable leash

Tech Specs

Lens:
ChromaPop+ polarized
Polarized:
yes
Frame:
Evolve (53% bio-based)
Nose/Temple Pads:
yes, hydrophilic megol
Hinge:
stainless steel spring
Face Size:
medium to large
Base Curve:
8
Frame Dimensions:
[lens/bridge/temple] 61 / 16 / 120 mm
Recommended Use:
fishing, casual
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime

Size chart

Smith Sunglasses

Lens Tints
POLARCHROMIC LENSES--ANTI-REFLECTIVE (AR) MIRROR COATING ELIMINATES BACK GLARE. OLEOPHOBIC COATING REPELS WATER, DIRT, AND GREASE. PROVIDES 100% PROTECTION FROM HARMFUL UVA/B/C RAYS.
VLT* CATEGORY CONDITIONS DESCRIPTION
IGNITOR 12 - 18%  3 medium/bright POLARCHROMIC IGNITOR comfortably maximizes colors and depth perception while reducing glare. An exceptional Polarchromic lens suited for all day use in high altitudes or open water environments.
COPPER MIRROR  13 - 20% 3 - 2 medium/bright Our POLARCHROMIC COPPER MIRROR tint combined with a subtle Silver Flash Mirror coating creates a performance based, esthetically appealing lens. Medium contrast, very comfortable, and pleasant to wear.
COPPER 13 - 20% 3 - 2 medium/bright POLARCHROMIC COPPER provides increased color definition and medium contrast while reducing reflected glare from water, sand, or pavement. An exceptional general purpose Polarchromic lens that is comfortable and soothing to wear all day.
AMBER 15 - 30% 3 - 2 low/medium POLARCHROMIC AMBER is a higher contrast "yellow" Polarchromic lens tint that enhances depth perception and gathers available light in lower light conditions.
POLARIZED LENSES--PROVIDES 100% PROTECTION FROM HARMFUL UVA/B/C/ RAYS.
VLT* CATEGORY CONDITIONS DESCRIPTION
BLUE MIRROR 8% 3 bright A true color POLARIZED Gray lens with multi- layer BLUE MIRROR provides true color vision without affecting light reaching the eye. AR mirror coating eliminates back glare. Oleophobic coating repels water, dirt, and grease.
GREEN MIRROR 12% 3 bright A high contrast POLARIZED Brown lens with multi-layer GREEN MIRROR provides strong contrast in bright conditions without affecting light reaching the eye. AR mirror coating eliminates back glare. Oleophobic coating repels water, dirt, and grease.
COPPER 12% 3 medium/bright POLARIZED COPPER enhances contrast and depth perception. Reduces reflected glare from water, sand, or pavement.
GRAY 15% 3 bright POLARIZED GRAY reduces reflected glare and sharpens detail in true colors. Oleophobic and AR coating on Techlite Glass lenses.
GRAY GREEN 15% 3 bright POLARIZED GRAY GREEN reduces reflected glare and sharpens detail. Oleophobic and AR coating on Techlite Glass lenses.
BROWN 15% 3 medium/bright POLARIZED BROWN absorbs stray "blue light" and sharpens visual acuity while reducing reflected glare. Oleophobic and AR coating on Techlite Glass lenses.
YELLOW 31% 2 medium/overcast POLARIZED YELLOW enhances low levels of light while reducing reflected glare.
NON-POLARIZED LENSES--PROVIDES 100% PROTECTION FROM HARMFUL UVA/B/C/ RAYS.
VLT* CATEGORY CONDITIONS DESCRIPTION
PLATINUM 15% 3 bright A Gray lens with PLATINUM mirror to reduce visible light and glare by reflecting it away from the eye.
GRAY 15% 3 bright GRAY lens tint provides true color perception for exact color definition. Creates soothing effect on eye in bright or sunny conditions.
BROWN 18% 3 medium/bright BROWN lens tint excels at absorbing stray "blue light" and sharpening visual acuity. Perfect for activities where depth perception is important.
IGNITOR 32% 2 medium/overcast IGNITOR maximized an object's definition and enhances depth perception. A multi-layer mirror coating increases eye comfort without affecting color appearance. Hydrophobic coating repels water, dirt, and grease.
YELLOW 68% 1 overcast/dark YELLOW enhances greens, yellows, and reds and is best suited for extremely low light conditions.
CLEAR MIRROR 75% 1 dark/low CLEAR MIRROR is best suited for low light or night conditions. The light mirror reduces glare from water, sand or pavement.
CLEAR 98% 0 dark/low CLEAR is best suited for low light or night conditions.
*VLT (VISIBLE LIGHT TRANSMISSION):
THE PERCENTAGE OF AVAILABLE LIGHT ALLOWED TO REACH THE EYE (THE LOWER THE NUMBER, THE DARKER THE LENS)

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Would Be Amazing For Fishing

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Seeing how most reviews I've read about the Guides Choice are from a fisherman's perspective, I should say: I don't fish. I got these to replace my 6 year old Native Trango's for everyday wear, hiking, and as a backup for mountain biking.

The first thing I noticed is how stunning the world looks with these on. I've never experienced sunglasses that make the day look so great - the colors pop and everything looks like it's in HD. To match the lenses, the fit is spot-on. It has a great base curve, for full coverage, and the large arms do a great job at blocking out the sun. While wearing them casually, there's not much to complain about.

Now, for the negatives. Being someone with very sensitive eyes, I need a darker lens for very bright days. While these are great in the afternoon, they're not dark enough for me when it comes to the morning/evening sun. Also, I haven't found the megol nose & temple pads to be very effective. While great against dry skin, while wearing them backpacking this past weekend, they consistently slipped down my nose. It wasn't a pain to deal with, but it worries me for future activities.