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Hail to the shades.

The Smith Chief Polarchromic Sunglasses command respect, but it's not like they're unapproachable. They're ready to adapt to any situation you may encounter from mountain trails to beachside barbecues. The secret is in these shades' Polarchromic lenses, which boast some of Smith's top technology. They a automatically lighten or darken to respond to the level of light around you, removing glare and UV rays and sparing your retinas from the full force of the sun. The result? You're wearing just the right lens for the day, every time you wear it.

  • Lightweight, optically-precise TLT lenses adapt to high or low amounts of UV light to provide just the right tint for the situation
  • Anti-reflective and hydrophobic lens coating keeps your lenses pristine
  • Evolve frames utilize Smith's Rislan bio-based material, which is sustainably produced and less harmful on the environment than conventional sunglass materials
  • Spring hinges cradle your temples for a secure fit that won't squeeze your head
  • See sizing chart for lens color explanations

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Best I've Owned

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

Bought a pair of the Chiefs with the copper mirror photochromic lenses. The sunglasses wrap the face very well providing peripheral protection. They are snug fitting so sliding down your nose or falling off you face is not an issue. The lenses don't get quite as dark as I hoped (while the sun is low and more in your face), but that is why they make a variety of lenses. The glass lenses seem pretty scratch resistant as I have dropped them a couple times now and no visual damage yet. They also look great!


Smith cheif

  • Fit:True to size

These sunny Gs are incredible, like hd vision. Super comfy fit perfect. Best around. Ignotor lens is perfect for all types of light


The Chiefs

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

these are my favorite glasses from Smith, without a doubt. I can wear them for an entire day of fishing and my eyes wouldn't have it any other way. The Polarchromic glass is key for changing light conditions when you are on the water all day. It's amazing to see how effective the polarizing qualities of the glass are at cutting down glare on a whole variety of water surfaces. These shades really bring the fishing experience to another level! I love them. Copper mirror or ignitor for trout fishing all day long.

(*edit: not a trout.... Payara from Bolivia)

The Chiefs

Like opening a window

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

The quality that I enjoy most about these glasses is the way that I can see trout underwater. There will just be glare on the water and I put these on and suddenly I can see fish! I have used a lot of different fishing glasses and these are the best that I have ownd. They don't look bad around town either. 5 stars


One word to describe these sunglesses..

    WOW!Duh, to the incredible optics that you come the expect from Smith and a great fit. Make these the ultimate fishing sunglasses. I spend 75+ days on the water, and have worn a lot of sunglasses from Costas to Oakley's. I can honestly say these are my favorite. the polarchromic lenses in-hanse your vision and the glare reduction is out of this world. If you take care of these glasses they will last the rest of your life, and are worth every penny.


    The Best

    • Gender:Male
    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    These are the best pair of sunglasses that I have ever owned. The spring hinges help them retain their shape after being on my big head, day after day. The polarchromic ignitor lenses improve visual clarity at different light levels. I've worn them fishing, driving and biking. I simply love these shades.


    polarchromatic magic

      I love the Smith Chief glasses...they just fit me well. Its awesome that they make this model with polarchromatic glass which is perfect for variable light condition when climbing in the mountains. Its really a crucial feature when you are on a lead and you start out in bright conditions..then the light conditions change to shade and you are a no-fall situation...these lenses adjust and you can still focus on the crux at hand. The marvels of modern technology, so psyched!