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Embark ChromaPop Polarized Sunglasses

4.496062992125984 out of 5 stars
127 Reviews
$209.00 - $239.00
Color:Black/ChromaPop Polarized Gray Green


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Why We Like The Embark ChromaPop Polarized Sunglasses

Unlike most glacial glasses, the Smith Embark ChromaPop Polarized Sunglasses are something we'd wear on the drive to the trailhead as well as the alpine. The side shields are an absolute necessity in the alpine because sunlight's bouncing off snow and rocks, and they're removable whenever we aren't in the alpine. These sunglasses feature Smith's best optics available, too.


  • Smith sunglasses styled glacial and alpine pursuits
  • ChromaPop contrasts color to make natural colors pop
  • Polarized cuts glare for crystal clear visibility
  • Anti-fog and hydroleophobic coatings keep smudges and fog at bay
  • QuickFit temples and nose pads provide a secure fit
  • AutoLock hinges stay secure open or closed
  • Includes removable side shields, retainer strap, microfiber bag, and hard case
  • Item #SMIZ9F4
Responsible Collection
Nose/Temple Pads
Case Included
microfiber pouch
Face Size
Base Curve
Frame Dimensions
[lens/bridge/temple] 58 / 16 / 145mm
mountaineering, hiking
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 127 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 8 reviews
2 Stars - 3 reviews
3 Stars - 6 reviews
4 Stars - 11 reviews
5 Stars - 99 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

October 2, 2023

I Have Three Pair of These

So awesome on windy days when sand and dirt are flying through the air. I have hard contact lenses and these allow me to spend more windy time outside. They are stylish and comfortable


Originally reviewed on smithoptics.com

5 out of 5 stars

August 29, 2023

Backcountry favorites

appreciate these glasses for the clarity and as an alternative to goggles while in the backcountry. Easy to remove the shields when fogging is an issue and the fit is excellent.


Originally reviewed on smithoptics.com

5 out of 5 stars

August 20, 2023

Enhanced visibility

Enhanced visibility. Side shields and strap are essential features. I bought two.

Jeremy N.

Originally reviewed on smithoptics.com

5 out of 5 stars

July 3, 2023

Best sunglasses ever owned

I got these glasses mostly for mountaineering. They’re so stylish that I wear them pretty much anywhere unlike other glacier glasses. They’re also no large shades that you don’t wanna wear unless you’re doing some sport activity. These glasses are just the right size and shape that make them quite stylish even day to day. The crispness of the glasses are phenomenal. I’ve never owned a pair that is as sharp. The best part is the auto dimming feature. Honestly, life changing. Can wear these glasses in varying conditions from shaded areas to bright sunlight and you won’t have to take them off or switch them up. Don’t waste your money on other shades. This is a pretty versatile pair that is of absolute quality.


Originally reviewed on smithoptics.com

5 out of 5 stars

May 23, 2023

Mt. Hood Glacier Day

I went with the photochromic glacier lenses. My eyes are very sensitive to sunlight, so I thought it would be a good idea to invest in a pair of real, actual glacier glasses. I have a few other pairs of Smith sunglasses and ski goggles with 10% VLT lenses, and I always have to squint and end up with dry, sore eyes after a day in the snow. For my first test, I took them skinning up Palmer Glacier this weekend. It was a full-sun day, and my eyes were very comfortable; I was barely squinting and made it back to the car feeling like I wasn't going to go blind. I was also very impressed with the clarity and contrast of the snow; I could see every little detail in the snow and up on the mountain. Although I bought these mostly for ski mountaineering, I think I'm going to also get a pair of Smith Pursuit's with the photochromic lenses purely for spring ski days and winter backcountry. I imagine the wider coverage will be a little better for field-of-view and look cooler under my Smith helmet.

Kenan M.

Originally reviewed on smithoptics.com

1 out of 5 stars

April 30, 2023

Save your money and time

Photochromic isn’t dark enough for glaciers. Arm broke on it with light use. Warranty claim. Great new pair. New pair same arm broke. Cheap construction 0 stars if I could going back to my actually dark clifdens. Never made a review before this is a first


Originally reviewed on smithoptics.com

3 out of 5 stars

April 4, 2023

Too big and some fogging problems

I want to love these. The lenses on them are great and I was so excited when smith came out with a pair of glasses with the side flap cover things. Realistically they are too big for my face/head and I have an issue with them sliding down my nose. They like to fall off when I have them pushed up on my head and if I’m doing things and bed over. I have also had a problem with them fogging up, especially when I wear a hat with a brim. This happens most often when I am head down powering up hill. I still wear them often and want to make them work, but they need some adjustments to be a good fit for women.


Originally reviewed on smithoptics.com

5 out of 5 stars

February 17, 2023

The last glassed you'll ever need???

I was looking for optimal clarity, low light and high light coverage, in a comfortable all day - day after day sunglass... These do it all. Over the years I've owned sunglasses from a lot of brands. These might be the best, usually if you want the best lenses you go after glass fishing sunglasses as they have their focus on optical clarity in varying light. BUT these knock those out of the park. Living in 6 months of snow I've been putting these to work on pre dawn light, flat light, vertigo inducing clouds and fog banks as well as full sun bluebird days skinning. I think the photochromic (I got the glacier photochromic copper blue mirror) is what helps in low light. It is picking up the blue from the snow in shadows. So I'm seeing definition on snow that I haven't picked up on with other sunglasses. In full sun the lenses change quickly and have the usual Chromapop magic - Oakley prizm. Whatever color enhancement you want to compare. The frames on these are lighter than most and also have a gripier/spongier feel. The temples are bendable so they can be fit to your head and the megol rubber grip make them "lock" in place and feel very secure. The times you really don't want to lose them the strap is added security/bonus. All that makes them comfortable all day with or without hats etc. The coverage is perfect with the side shields. I get no light leaking through and a comfortable fit but also like I can take the side shields off if I want. Fogging, I was concerned these would fog on heavy snow/wet days when moving uphill and sweating with those side shields in place - but I haven't had an issue. It seems like keeping the internal side of the lens is key there as that's where all the tech is on these glasses.

Daniel R.

Originally reviewed on smithoptics.com

5 out of 5 stars

January 21, 2023

Love this glasses but please sell replacement lenses

These sunglasses are great for mountaineering and trekking in snow or whenever. One issue though is that My lenses are badly scratched and they don’t sell replacements.


Originally reviewed on smithoptics.com

5 out of 5 stars

January 19, 2023

Perfect Shades For Ski Touring

I absolutely LOVE these sunglasses! I recently purchased these to use on my uphill adventures in the backcountry and they have far exceeded my high expectations. The Embark is an incredibly versatile pair of sunglasses - the side shields are incredibly helpful on bright high glare days, and I love that they can be removed when they are not needed. I highly recommend these glasses to anyone who spends time outdoors during the winter!

Robert R.

Originally reviewed on smithoptics.com