Smith Souncheck

May 20, 2013
Outside Magazine
Spy Discord Smith Soundcheck Maui Jim Blue Water best sunglasses of 2013 summer buyers guide

Spy Discord, Smith Soundcheck, Maui Jim Blue Water    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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.


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