Vincent Lwrote a review of Smith Pivlock Arena ChromaPop Sunglasses on December 6, 2017
I think these are very cool sport sunglasses but at the time I believe they have a fundamental problem. These lenses tilt at a very generous angle off my face, leaving quite a gap off my forehead while coming very close to my cheeks at the bottom. The big gap around my forehead would be a problem with overhead/stray rays, as I would see some reflections swirling around depending on the angle where the light hit. Reflection is not as bad with the main darker Chromapop lens, but it is worst with the extra lighter rose shades for some reason. If I wear a visor or a cap, reflection would reduce drastically. I think there is a light mirror finish with these lenses, which would produce a small amount of reflection regardless. The generous angle of these shades off my face would sort of negate the benefit of a frameless expanded and unobstructed field of view as intended. Until I tried these glasses, I never thought that a frame around the top could act as a seal against overhead/stray lights. I think this frameless design is great but they just need to reduce the angle of the glasses. The Pivlock system is a clever design but I think it could become a problem if I swap lenses frequently, as the lock could wear down prematurely. This Pivlock system also requires stringent manufacturing tolerances, as a slight dimensional off on any of the parts would amplify and affect the fitting on a face. Mine actually sit a little off balance on my face. The nosepiece is also another clever design with two adjustable settings. I have a small nose so I use the narrower setting. I think you probably need a tall and big nose to use the wilder setting. The rubber nose pads seem a little hard on my nose. I have both the Arena and the Arena Max and I noticed the difference between the two is minimum, as you really have to look closer to the shape of the lenses at the bottom to see it. I think that’s about all the things to mention that I can think of. These glasses only came with two lenses instead of three as per previous iterations, which I think is still great comparing to other brands. Before, I always thought of Smith Optics as a very regard company with some top-notch products, but now that image is smudged a little bit after trying these Arena glasses.