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Shades that are as hardcore as you.

Ever gotten a bug in your eye when you're descending at 50mph? Kind of a bummer, but with Smith's Pivlock Arena Sunglasses, you'll never have to worry about it again. The Pivlock offers an enormous and uninterrupted field of view thanks to its bridgeless wraparound design, along with the crystal clarity of water-, oil-, and dirt-resistant Carbonic TLT lenses. It's designed to fit every face comfortably, too, with two-position adjustable nose pads and slide-on temple tips, both made of a hydrophilic material that actually becomes sticker as it gets wet, so sweat won't be a problem. Best of all, the superlight TR-90 frames feature Smith's innovative Pivlock lens-interchange system, which lets you swap out your lenses in a hurry so you can always have the perfect shades whether you're running or cycling.

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.

  • Carbonic TLT lenses
  • Pivlock lens interchange system
  • TR-90 frame material
  • Hydrophobic lens coating
  • Two-position adjustable hydrophilic Megol nose pads
  • Slide-on hydrophilic Megol temple tips

Tech Specs

Lens:
Carbonic TLT
Interchangeable Lens:
yes, Pivlock technology
Base Curve:
9
Frame:
TR-90
Nose Pads:
yes, adjustable hydrophilic Megol
Temple Pads:
yes, slide-on, hydrophilic Megol
Frame Measurements:
[lens/temple] 125 / 120 mm
Face Size:
medium
Recommended Use:
cycling, running
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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Love em

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

Everything you'd need in a pair of bike shades. They are light, have an adjustable nose piece, are easy to clean, easy to swap, and come with 3 lenses for all conditions. That and they look great.

Great glasses!

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

I bought these glasses after my last crash broke my helmet in 4 places (Yes, I'm finally ok after months!) So I purchased a Smith helmet and saw that these fit into the helmet upside down, pretty cool option so I bought them...

I'll have to give the glasses a 10/10. Mine came with 3 lenses, clear, medium gray and the Ignitor (? I think, red lens) darker lens. I've got a massive head and they fit me well ,no movement while riding and I've probably got 3,000 miles with these glasses so far. You forget they are on your head. Lightweight. The only time that I've had them fog up was at a traffic light or something when I stopped moving but quickly cleared up at the least bit of breeze when you start moving again.

If I had a complaint, it would be that they don't really stay on the helmet very well. I've put them up there and as long as you are only walking around it's fine, but they will fall off on bumps while riding. I rarely leave them up there while riding so it's not really an issue but thought it might help you make a decision. I'd buy them again in a second because on the ride, they are great. Nice case too, which holds all three lenses and the soft cleaning cloth and that fits nicely in my upside down helmet in my cycling bag...

Sweet Riding Sunnies

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I had my last pair of riding sunglasses for about 10 years and loved them, so they were a majorly tough act to follow. But I am pretty so stoked to have found the Arena's, so far they are pretty rad.



I have a medium sized women's face shape and wear a medium helmet and these seem to fit pretty perfectly. No foggy on hot sweaty climbs, and they keep the dust out on a filthy MTB descent.



I haven't had a chance to try out the different lens' but -- it's nice to have the options!

Sweet Riding Sunnies

Scientifically Proven to Go Faster

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

Ok maybe not scientifically proven, but I've used them and I totally dig them. I have a medium sized face and they fit pretty well. I mostly wear them mountain biking with a Smith Forefront helmet, though like Jennifer Newman commented, they do work well for running. Photo is of me sloggin' my way up Mount Baldy mid Discrete Peak Series Snowbird race.

Photo credit goes to Doug James, check him out on Instagram at @dougjamesphotography or contact him at dougjamesphoto@gmail.com

Pros:
-First off, they flip and clip onto a Smith Forefront helmet and it is awesome. Its relatively secure - I'll throw em on the helmet for a lot of the climbs.
-Next awesome bit is that they have three lenses that come with it - I bought the Green Sol X and it came with a mirrored gray lens and clear in addition.
-Swapping lenses out is actually a cinch. Some frameless goggles and sunglasses actually are more of a hassle to swap, these take 15 seconds to do.
-Pretty big lens, making it a good dust shield and keeping the sun out of the eyes!
-These make you go faster. Cause they look fast and you know, science and stuff.

Cons:
-Green mirror has scratched a bit, not sure if its just carelessness or if it was just easy to scratch. Something to note regardless.
-Wish the arms could be bent slightly, but they still stay on face relatively well anyway.

Needing an athletic pair of shades? Happen to already have a Smith helmet? Want to look fast & go fast? These shades are for you!

Scientifically Proven to Go Faster

Great Sunglasses

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are a great activity focused sunglass. They come with 3 lenses that are easy to swap out, and fit great under a bike helmet. They stay on your face and don't slip.

Cool for Chicks too!

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

Love these. Great value with the 3 lenses. Easy to change lenses out. Work as good running glasses too. I have a small face and they still fit and look good on me. Would definitely buy again. Never fog up and when sweat does drip down it wicks away with no staining. Super pleased!

I've read in these reviews (and others) that this pair tends to fog up (... but still receives pretty good reviews). Is there any spray or product I can use in the event this is really the case?

Dawn dish soap: put a coating on both sides of the lens, let it dry, then buff it clear....

SO FAST

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When people see someone wearing these shades they always seem to say "Woah. They must be fast." And I'm pretty sure that these shades do make you at least 30% faster. But don't quote me on that. You can even change the lens super fast. Some might say "But don't the 100% speedcrafts (http://www.backcountry.com/100-speedcraft-sport-sunglasses?s=a) make you 100% faster?" To that I would say "I don't know. Maybe? Sounds legit though."

SO FAST

Great shades

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

I've had these since they first came out and they have always done a great job at protecting my eyes. Not only from the light, but from objects as well. It would be nice if they had RX available, but due to the lens curve, they just aren't able to without the adapter that they have. Either way, these are still great. The lens interchangeability is super fast so you can be dialed for what ever conditions are put in front of you. Smith has a huge range of lenses for any light condition so you can always be set. They fit well on the face and the rim less design helps keep sweat from building up on the inside frame and lens like it has a tendency to do. The compatibility with the Smith Forefront helmet is pretty spot on too, as they fit perfectly. They also sit in the front or rear docking design of the helmet fairly securely as well, though one could still have the possibility of them falling off the helmet depending on what they are doing. I use these for just about all my outdoor activities. backcountry touring, hiking, cycling, or even as safety glasses with clear lenses in them. Definitely versatile

Great shades

Nice Shades

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

Use these on all of my Mt. BIke rides. Having the ability to switch between 3 different lenses is great. I wouldn't wear these around town, but still like the look. Anything i buy for my bike is all related to performance and these fit the bill.

As always great service from Backcountry.com, makes it easy to spend money and be confident with all of your purchases.

gotta embrace 'em!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: SAFETY ORANGE

My tipping point for deciding to invest in a pair of "sport" glasses was when I crashed my mountain bike, landed on the side of my face, and had my old pair of sunglasses (a casual pair of Zeals) slam so hard into the side of my nose that it was dented briefly and I was left with a puffy/black eye for about a week. The other scary aspect of wearing those in a crash was that they could have just as easily broken, and I could've been left with plastic shards in and around my eye.. good times!

The Pivlock Arena contours pretty closely to your face, so if you do manage to have your head meet the ground (or any other solid object), the risk of being "punched" in the nose by them is pretty mitigated. The nose pads, made of 'hydrophilic Megol,' are very grippy (the hydrophilic part means the gripping power increases when introduced to moisture, according to Smith) and they're soft enough to be forgiving if you do have a head-on impact.

Apart from their face-saving qualities, what I've really been enjoying about these is the extra lenses they come with! Swapping the lenses out is pretty easy, and I've ended up swapping to the clear lens a lot more than anticipated during rides, especially now that it's getting dark earlier.

Only downsides so far are that they do fog up on me on most rides, and that replacement lenses aren't available here on Backcountry (but you can find them on Smith's site.)

Avg. ride time: 10h 9m per week
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Do these glasses come with the extra clear and ignitor lenses?

Hey, yep, these do come with two extra lenses (definitely clear and I'm pretty sure the second is the Ignitor lens.)