Smith Touchstone - Sport Sunglasses: Reviews

Nov 1, 2010
Outside Magazine
Smith Touchstone - Sport Sunglasses: Reviews

   Photo: Inga Hendrickson


You can just about taste Smith's grapey Ignitor lens tint, in delicious polarized, photo­chromic, optically ground glass. Pinkish in low light, like rosé wine, it deepened to pinot in bright sun. Acuity was as good as it gets: easy on the eyes, for all-day wear. The Touchstone was easy on greener consciences, too, with some frame material sourced from castor bean plants, of all things. The style statement is big, solid, macho. All-around excellent frame, but also a slight puzzle: The reddish tint screamed action and speed, but the glass said no. So we went easy, while looking really hard—and were especially wild about the Touchstone for training runs on quiet streets. Rx-able.
Value: 3.5
Sport/Street Crossover: 4.6

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