Low-key styling meets high-tech optics.
- Polarchromic lenses eliminate glare and self-adjust tint according to light conditions (when the clouds roll in, the lens lightens, and when the sun comes out, the lens darkens)
- Techlite polarized TLT glass lens for distortion-free clarity and scratch resistance that is far superior to plastic lenses
- Grilamid polycarbonate frame for durability
- Medium fit with maximum coverage
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Great sunglasses. They are a tiny bit large for my head, but still feel great and optics are so quality.
You'll Catch More Fish
I call them my X-Ray vision sunglasses. You'll call them your favorite glasses ever.
Best Smith Glasses I've Ever Had
I have 10+ pairs of Smiths and I've been wearing them for years. I can honestly say that these are my absolute favorites. The hinges are strong, the glass lenses are super clear, coverage is perfect (if you like it on the large side). I use them for fly fishing, mtn biking, ski touring and they haven't let me down.
Increase your odds with techlite glass
Look good and see way more fish with the polarchromic advantage!
Any suggestions for the best color...
Any suggestions for the best color polarchromic lens to use for trout fishing in rivers?
Polarized lenses are your freind. They will cut the reflected glare from the water and let you see down through it. There is no " best" color for all conditions and time of day. Here is a breakdown of different common len's colors and their uses:
Gray: This is a general-purpose tint, and will work well in a wide variety of situations. Colors are transmitted evenly without distortion, ensuring that all colors remain "true" while looking through the lens. Grey lenses are a good choice for sunny and bright days.
Brown: Brown lenses provide the best compromise between true color and contrast, meaning that focal points will remain vivid and sharp throughout the spectrum. These are a perfect choice for medium to bright light conditions. Anglers with sensitive eyes will enjoy the comfort these lenses provide.
Tan/Copper: These are another all-purpose tint to choose, performing best on cloudy or overcast days. They are comfortable for all-day wearing, and work well for sunshine conditions. For those anglers that sight fish, these are your best bet to buy.
Yellow: Yellow lenses help in enhancing the available light, making them a good choice for dusk and dawn, and extremely low light level periods throughout the day. These will be all but useless during bright light conditions.
Hope this helps!
Great lense, nice fit.
Great lenses, with brilliant clarity. I've got a slim to medium face/head size and they fit fine, although, they are bigger fitting than previous sunglasses I've owned (mostly Oakleys). The tortoise shell frames look good.
Love these shades. Wear them daily. Optics are wonderful. Fit is great for look and I trail run in them. LOVE the Touchstone.
Fishy Face, Fishy Sunglasses
Nicest Sunglasses I've Owned
While someone else mentioned a great fit on a larger head- I've got a more slender face and they fit very well on me as well. The lense coverage is great for mountain biking, preventing any eye watering or drying. The Evolve frame looks really cool and as everyone has mentioned, the lenses are top notch. I've got the polarchromatic ignitor lense, and I'll wear them from overcast/rainy to bright sun. They honestly improve my eyesight. Absolutely worth the $.
Smith Touchstone with Kirt Voreis
Fly Fishing shades
Smith's techlite polarchromic glass is the real deal. Its like putting a camera lens on your face, everything is so crisp and sharp. For fly fishing, having a glare cutting lens is key.
Here Ian uses his Touchstone glasses to see where the fish are hiding!
Fantastic sunglasses of the highest grade
I've had a number of sunglasses over the years in the $50-$250 range (I don't go for fashion brands!) and had varying degrees of success with them. Some such as Native was always hit or miss, some such as Oakley was consistently good. I've only had one pair of Smith sunglasses (although plenty of their snowboarding goggles) the photochromic Methods from about 2006 and they've gotten plenty of miles in them. Hence I figured it was about time for an upgrade. I've got to say I'm very impressed with these so far. The build quality is very solid compared to Methods. My head is medium size and they sit fairly nicely - not too tight like a lot of wraparounds and not too lose like some of the casual sunglasses (similar to Methods). I'm not quite ready to go water rafting in these but eventually I think I will. Optics quality is amazing, but in this price range I don't think I ever saw bad glass.
How funky is it to look through the purple...
How funky is it to look through the purple lense?
Not that funky.
Not funky at all. Makes the world seem cooler looking actually.
Great Glasses for a larger head
These glasses are awesome for my big head. The spring hinges make them super comfortable every day - all day! Glasses lenses are crisp, clear and super durable. Love em!!
Ziggy in the Touchstone
They let dogs see in color!
Worth the money
Got these for use as my everyday shades, they're great for driving, climbing, and all kinds of activities in between. I don't really notice the lenses darkening or lightening at all, but they do seem to be functional in a wide range of light conditions, so maybe its just too subtle.
The glass lenses aren't too heavy, and although the frames have a wide coverage, the double hinges keep them comfortable on my head for long periods of time. The rubber grips on the nose and temples keep the shades secure, and the Matte black frames are sleek, stylish, and functional. The polarization is remarkable, things like clean vehicles, the ocean, and snow are no longer blinding. The downside is that it makes some LCD screens appear completely black at some angles.
These are hands down the most comfortable, high performance shades I have ever had the pleasure of wearing. They are certainly worth the money, I recommend them to friends, and I would buy them again in a heartbeat.
These are the Polarchromic Evolve - notice how the lenses appear much more mirrored than in the product photo.
Bought these guys after smashing my pair of Smith Bootlegs, totally my fault but Smith gave me a deal. Got the matte black w/ polarcromatic ignitor, my main concern when ordering these was I didn't want to be that guy in sunglasses with pink lens but from the outside they just look dark with a slight mirror. The polarcromatic is very subtle you almost dont even notice it but they always seem to be the right tint so I guess thats the point. only problem has been some fogging issues, but not a big deal and can prob be attributed to the cold snap we've had
I hiked to the top of Mt. Baldy, Alta yesterday in the Touchstone's. Here I am loving life in them. Great fit, look, function, and style.
Question: what's the difference...
Question: what's the difference between Evolve Polarchromic Ignitor and "regular" Polarchromic?
The Evolve is made in an environmentally conscious fashion, with frames made 1/2 from the castor plant, a coconut fiber bag, water based appliques etc.