BEST FOR: Knock-around street wear.
THE TEST: Aviators with teardrop lenses have been cool-guy shades since the 1930s. Problem was, the wire frames were scary for action sports, because they could puncture the wearer in a crash. Smith solves that with nylon that follows the original lines, more or less, with a bit of period-appropriate shaping at the temples. The tint of the poly lenses is also true to the gray-green aviator lineage, which has lasted 80-odd years because it’s good. Though nonpolarized, the lenses do fine for everyday, undemanding use, especially driving.
THE VERDICT: Versatile reinterpretation of a classic style.