So like, pretty much the opposite of your old, casual bejeweled cat-eye shades.
The Smith Parallel D-Max Sunglasses were designed with cycling, running, and other active outdoor pursuits in mind. The medium-sized frame boasts extra-large lenses and a nine base curve for a good, snug fit with adequate coverage. When the light changes, swap out the lenses with the included lenses to provide the right definition.
- Evolve frame material utilizes FSC-certified reground material that is 100% recyclable
- The scratch-resistant Carbonic TLT (Tapered Lens Technology) lenses provide supreme clarity and distortion-correcting optics (the lens is thicker in the middle and tapered towards the outer edges) so you have a true optical center
- Hydroleophobic lens coating is applied to the top of the lens to repel moisture and grease and make cleaning easy
- 9 Base lens curvature provides a deep wrapping effect around your face
- Includes two extra sets of easily interchangeable lenses (clear and Ignitor) in addition to the lenses already in the frame for a total of three lenses
- Ignitor lenses provide maximum definition on medium cloud cover to overcast days
- Clear lenses are ideal for extremely low-light conditions or even night time
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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
Gave this as a gift, so I don't have the specifics yet, but my brother loves it so far.
Function Over Fashion
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I love these shades. They're super light, have interchangeable lenses, fit my big head, and are comfortable. I bought the ones with matte black frames and gold mirror lenses. The Smith website describes the lenses as a brown tint, but they are definitely not brown. They are a neutral gray tint. I still like them, though.
In my opinion, they're kind of dorky looking. Fortunately I can't see them while wearing them, so I wear them all the time.
These are great everyday outdoor shades. Open on the bottom to let the sweat out. Holds comfortably to your head.
Great shades for active pursuits
My go-to sunglasses for all my trail running ventures. The Parallel D Max is insanely light and very low-key, but still provides great coverage. I have a small face size and these fit me very well. I did not purchase extra lenses, so I am unable to comment on how simple it is to swap them out.
I find that these guys will fog up- generally when I come to a stop or walk during or after a run- but I can't say that I've ever worn a pair of shades that did not fog up during moderate to strenuous activity.