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Item # SMI0617

Max out your athletic eyewear options.

The Smith Parallel Max shares the lightness of their Vxe and Pivlock 90 series sunglasses; they're so unobtrusive you'll likely forget you're wearing them. The key difference is a matter of style. The Parallel Max has separate lenses where the aforementioned models use one full coverage eyeshield. This is also where the Max differs from the standard Parallel sunglasses. The lenses are just slightly taller and wider to offer a bit more coverage.

We'd call the Parallel Max 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.

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.

Tech Specs

Carbonic TLT polycarbonate
Interchangeable Lens:
Grilamid TR90
Recommended Use:
cycling, running

Size chart

Smith Sunglasses

Lens Tints
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.
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.
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.

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  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

My Dad needed a pair of replacement Smith's since his favorites are no longer available. For him, these are an outstanding replacement. Perfect fit and coverage without being huge. Great color options w/lenses. So lightweight and comfortable, you forget your wearing sunglasses.

Avg. ride time: 3m per week
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Love these Glasses

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I love this style of glasses from Smith. I originally owned the Factor Max and they were amazing. I used and abused my Factor Max glasses for years and was super bummed to find out they stopped making them. When it was time for a replacement I was guided to these glasses as the replacement. I bought them with some reservation as I was completed sold on the other glasses. I was pleased to discover that the Parallel Max was better. The coverage and comfort were improved with this new design. They look great. I love the brown lenses for fishing and hiking in bright mid day sunlight. I use the Ignitor lenses for early mornings/ evening hiking or in overcast conditions. I also prefer the ignitor lenses when I am mountain biking. They provide sufficient tint to handle bright light and still give me good vision while traveling in and out of tree cover. For comfort, looks, and functionality these are my favorite sunglasses. As far as fit goes. The fit was perfect for my face. My melon is a bit on the larger side and they fit great.

A run with a view.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

I got these beauties to make my runs a little more entertaining. Nowadays, I think these sunglasses provide better optics than the nicest television, making my runs better than the most creative movie of the year. Seriously though, these sunglasses make everything look better, whether I'm running the mountains or walking through the dirty downtown. The pads feels super soft against my nose and temples, and the lightweight frame stays in place from start to finish.

Great sunnies

    Good coverage without being huge. Easy to change lenses. Great active glasses for cycling, running, cross country skiing etc.

    I especially like the ignitor lens (amber). It's dark enough to deal with in super sunny conditions, and really good in cloudy weather. I don't end up changing it out much.

    Quality and Versatility

      From morning long runs to sunny four hour road rides, these sunglasses provide the right lenses no matter what the conditions you may face. I also like them because the frames are light weight and lenses not too large. I have done everything from trail runs to triathlons with them and they haven't fallen off my face because of too much sweat or movement. I am happy with my purchase!

      Great Kayak Fishing

        Great fishing glasses. Super light, excellent polarization. I forget I have them on. Only negatives I can think of (and I'm digging deep) is they sometimes briefly fog on muggy summer mornings. Since these are plastic lenses, they do scratch relatively easily compared to glass, but replacement lenses are readily available if you look for the sales and you can easily interchange the D-Max and the Max versions.

        Great Kayak Fishing


          As usual from smith, great optics. Im not a huge fan of the frames but they really aren't bad. I wouldn't recommend these for running, but they work well for biking and skiing.

          The optics really are no different than the flak jackets but the flak jackets look a heck of a lot cooler.

          Great Sunglasses

            I just bought these sunglasses for snowboarding in the winter and mountain biking in the summer. My initial reaction was they fit great, I have a med/small head, so if you have a large head these may be tight on you. The lens go in and out easily and I got clear, amber and dark depending on the activity. All in all I'd recommend these sunglasses to any of my friends.

            Can't go wrong with these

              Really does not get much better than these. Very comfortable and would not move regardless of ride surface. No pressure or discomfort on any point- nose or temple etc and peripheral vision is exceptional. At this price...a no-brainer!

              Great glasses

                These glasses are cheaper on the Smith website.

                I was going to ding this as not really being a great review but I have to say I'll confirm mark the website has the SRP as $129.00. I love and I'm sure they have a reason for their current price, but it'd also be cool if they adjusted the price to Smith's suggested retail price. Perhaps they're a rarity right now?

                actually backcountry has em for 5 cents cheaper.......


                  I'd give them a 4.5 if that was a rating option and that's just because I'm stingy. They are a sweet set of shades whther ripping waves, snow or pimping. I never have gotten into the aviator piece preferring functionality over chic. Smith rocks as a company and their products exhibit that rockedness. I have had a pair of smiths on my noggin for over a decade. Sad to say but every pair I have owned so far have had burials at sea (river, lakes, etc). So run up the flag!

                  Has anyone purchased the Oakley Mag Four...

                  Has anyone purchased the Oakley Mag Four Sunglasses with the magnesium frames that can shed some light on them?

                  Yes Mark, Actually I am very meticulous. I wanted the Mag Four in carbon black with orange fire lenses. Oakley never made them available. A couple years ago I bought a pair of the plasma frames with the fire lense. About a year later someone on ebay placed a pair of black Mag Four lenses up for bid. I won the bid and took a special screwdriver (with a star shape) I had purchased years earlier and placed the lenses I wanted into the frames I wanted. Now I have a very personalized one of a kind pair. They are extremely awsome, lightweight and just damn great. I've sent Oakley so many ideas over the years about off the wall combinations, designs I'm a pretty creative guy for a scientist. I even told Oakley they should hire me as a creative R&D and design specialist but of course they continue to ignore me. It is their loss. I wish you luck if you want to find these. I wouldn't sell mine for less than $1000 bucks since I put so damn much energy into putting them together. Total cost to me was about $300 bucks.

                  sorry Mark was black frames that I purchased a year later, not the lenses.