Coverage and comfort.
The Smith Approach Max Polarized Sunglasses combine a cycling-specific design with a classic, unassuming look. The lenses house Smith's Tapered Lens Technology, which taper gradually from the optical center of the lens to straighten light waves, eliminating vision-altering light distortion. Then, Smith gave the lenses a polarized finish to reduce glare from sprawling open roads and sun-drenched lakes.
Any cyclist knows fit is crucial when you're spending hours in the saddle laboring up winding climbs and railing down technical descents, so Smith gave the Approach Max Sunglasses a medium fit to accommodate most face sizes, but enlarged the lens profile to deliver a broader range of coverage. The nose pad can be adjusted between two different positions for a secure fit, and the slide-on temple pads grip tight to the face to reduce slipping when you're sweating it out on a steep climb. Speaking of sweat, Smith finished the lenses off with a hydroleophobic coating to keep the lenses clear in the face of sweat and oil.
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- Sunglasses crafted for cycling
- Polarized lenses reduce glare from roads and water
- Tapered Lens Technology eliminates light distortion
- Hydroleophobic coating keeps lenses clear from smudges
- Adjustable nose and temple pads offer a snug and secure fit
- Medium fit with an enlarged profile for broader coverage
- Interchangeable lenses
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|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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)
Reviews & Community
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
They seem well made but are a strange fit. They have a tendency to slide down the nose, and create a 'gap' in between the top of the glasses and the forehead. As a cyclist, you really want that top gap reduced as much as possible to keep the sun glare out.
I'm returning for another pair of smiths, as that's what fits my helmet. Not sure i'd purchase another pair otherwise.
Great for active glasses
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I use these as my mountain biking sun glasses and love them. The interchangeable lenses are great for different conditions and the clear kills it for keeping dust and debris out of the eyes while night riding. I haven't found anything I don;t like yet.
Do these come with interchangeable lenses?
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
My wife returned these because they hovered over her nose rather than rested down ON it... It was probably just because of the shape of her face though, so if these fit well, then she said they were otherwise great glasses.
My new go-to shades.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I got these to replace the discontinued Smith Factor D Max. Slightly narrower fit and these lenses are Max lenses, not D Max, so they don't cover quite as much of your face. But still enough to keep the wind off my contacts so far. Love the brown polarized lens. It's great for a huge variety of light conditions - bright winter sun, shady trail biking, driving, water applications. Plus, you don't realize it until after you go back to grey lenses, but the warm brown lens hue enhances your mood too. I almost never swap out the lenses for the clear or igniter lens. Polarized brown is pretty universal. Only down side is that there's only the one color of frame available with the polarized brown lens. I wish I could get it with a different color frame.