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See the road like you never have before.

Building on the simplicity and hugely versatile lens-swapping technology of their legendary Sliders, the Smith Pivlock V-system of lens interchangeability is a natural and elegant optical evolution. The merits of this design allowed Smith to go blow-for-blow with some of the most entrenched optical sponsors in the pro peloton in 2010 and 2011, and got their then-new Pivlock V90 on the heads and helmets of pro teams all across the domestic and international circuits. Smith used all of those saddle hours to further polish and fine-tune the Pivlock design, resulting in the radical new Pivlock V2 -- which is getting put through the ringer this year, by our own Competitive Cyclist Pro Team riders.

At first glance, the biggest difference between the new V2 and the first-generation V90 is the absence of the split arms. The V2 features slightly chunkier, albeit still fantastically lightweight (the V2 Max only adds a gram or two from the V90 Max), and expertly branded arms that create slightly better leverage when swapping out the lenses. A closer inspection reveals several other subtle design changes that give the V2 a clear advantage over its predecessor. The first is the adjustable nose piece. Rather than simply flexing, the piece has three distinct set widths, allowing you to ratchet the pads open or closed depending on how low or high you prefer your frames to fit. A small detail to be sure, but it removes a lot of the ambiguity or imbalance found in nose pieces whose pads adjust independently of each other. Smith also went with a new slide-on Megol temple tip that terminates several millimeters from the end of each arm to keep the tips gripping only the sides of your head, without hanging up on the sides of your ear. Again, a very subtle detail, but a comfort-enhancing improvement. Aside from the arms, the V2 also boasts a dramatically different lens. Granted, it follows the same dramatic horizontal sweep and tight pantoscopic angle of the V90, but the old lens' soft lines are now significantly more aggressive and angular. This ensures maximum coverage in both sizes of the V2, a better overall helmet fit, and an even wider peripheral range. Plus, it's hard to deny how it also looks exponentially more awesome.

The lens on the Pivlock V90 series is what Smith calls the Carbonic TLT. The TLT stands for Tapered Lens Technology, and this means that the thickness of the lens tapers from the optical center to the edges. This thinning allows for less refraction, and therefore, less distortion for the light waves passing through the lens. To prevent any additional lens distortion while being worn, the frame arms are extra flexible to prevent the shield lens from flexing outward and changing the optical quality. The Carbonic lens houses a deep 8-base curvature to hug your face, and protect it from impact. This is a great thing to know when you think about the myriad of projectiles that could threaten your eyes on a bike ride -- gravel from car tires, tree limbs, or wayward insects on a mach 3 descent. They exceed ANSI Z80.3 specifications, and they protect your eyes from 100% of the UVA, UVB, and UVC rays.

The entire sunglass is essentially three separate pieces that effortlessly snap on to the lens. The arms quickly affix by aligning the temple slots on the lens, and vertically pivoting into specialized slots on the lens where the temple/hinge inserts and pivots into a locked position. The nose piece also snaps in with little effort. The Pivlock system is at once intuitive, quick, and secure, and thankfully, doesn't require a flowchart to understand. More importantly, it allows for swift lens changing without risking fingerprinted or scratched lenses. Standard for Smith Optics, the V2 is constructed from a tough Grilamid TR90 frame for maximum comfort, flexibility, and resistance to corrosion or fading from sweat and sunscreen. And the hydrophilic Megol nose and temple pads keep the frame confidently locked in place on your face, even as you traverse rough cobblestone sectors or jarring downhill trails at high speeds.

The Smith Pivlock V2 is available in Black, Blue, Orange, or White. Each frame ships with the standard Platinum lens for maximum glare reduction on really sunny rides. You'll also get two extra lenses: an Ignitor lens which increases definition and depth perception in low light or on overcast days, and a Clear lens for night riding or in exceptionally bad weather. If you'd like to ride with a smaller lens (sold separately), the lenses are all interchangeable with the arms and nose pad from the current-generation Pivlock V2 Max, as the only difference between the two is the lens size -- not the attachment points. The Pivlock V2 offers medium coverage (not unlike Oakley's ubiquitous Radar "Path" lens), and a highly flexible medium fit in terms of temple sizing.

  • Includes three colors of super-durable, crystal-clear Carbonic TLT lenses
  • Evolve frame material is over 53% bio-based, created from renewable castor beans
  • Hydroleophobic lens coating repels moisture, grease, and grime
  • Three-position adjustable nose pads gets the fit to fit your face
  • Megol temple and nose pads give you a no-slip fit, even when you're pouring sweat

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4 5

Slightly Big

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I lost my favorite pair of Smith PivlockV90 (I am still super sad), I ordered the V2s as a replacement. I have a small face and the V2s are just enough bigger/wider/etc than the V90s that it doesn't look quite as awesome. The poppy color was more of a red red than an orange/pink/red than I was expecting. Smith lenses are amazing, but I think I am going to send them back and get another pair of V90s.

4 5

Sweet Shades

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The look is great and the functionality is unparalleled. They fit on my face a tad high for my liking, covering my eyebrows but not the lower part below my eyes. This can cause some fogging on the tops of the lenses in certain conditions. Very comfortable though. Adjustable, configurable, and an excellent case.

5 5

Finally, my search is over

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like a lot of the reviewers, I needed a multi-use pair of sunglasses. I cycle 3-5X per week, and race sailboats 2-3X per week. I really needed something that was ideal for both. Since I wear contacts, protecting my eyes from wind was paramount.

Most of my cycling group wear Oakleys, but I wasn't ready to spend $250 on sunglasses that could get banged up on the boat. Another cyclist recommend the Smith Optics, and I did a little research. There was a sale at my LBS, so I tried them out.

I loved them instantly, and when the days got shorter, easily was able to change out to the amber lenses for dusk rides. They fit well with both of my helmets, and I even adjust the nose piece depending on what I'm doing - riding/sailing.

I've taken them hiking in Colorado, on multiple fondos, and they've been through some abuse with no problems. These lenses seem to be a little more scratch resistant than some others I've used, so I'm ecstatic with the results so far.

Couldn't be happier!

5 5

so versatile

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I gave them as a gift to my step father, and he loves them.
The interchangable lenses are the best feature as you can use them pretty much 24 hours a day... they are good for all conditions

5 5

Best ones so far!

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

I bought these for mountain biking and trail running after fighting with heavier less sporty glasses. They are awesome!! Super lightweight and the adjustable nose piece makes the fit dialed in for your face. With 3 lenses to swap out (changing them takes 30 seconds) all your basses are covered. I now use them for everything and can't seem to put my other glasses on.

4 5

Quality optics

I've worn these on a few rides and overall have been really impressed. Right off the bat the rubber nosepiece was much too narrow and the glasses fit way to high on my face. I was bummed, but they realized that the nose pads are adjustable, which is pretty rad. Now they fit great and I've been impressed with the quality of the optics.

Probably my favorite feature is the ease of switching lenses. I am always switching between lenses before a ride depending on the weather, and I love how quick and simple it is to just snap the arms off and take off the nose pad.

My only gripe: the ends of the arms aren't flexible like some cycling glasses, and they interfere a bit with my helmet. It's not a huge deal, but I wish I could curve them around my ears like other glasses I've had.

Quality optics
Responded on

are those the v2 or v2 max?

Responded on

Hey Akoning, they are the V2.

5 5

Sweet for outdoor sports

These glasses are perfect for running, biking, fishing, anything! Lightweight and durable and stylish with easy to change lenses. Smith has it figured out.

5 5

Great buy!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Those glasses are amazing. I use them for biking or running. They are pretty light weight and durable.

The glasses are easy to exchange and I've been using them for a while and haven't got problems with them.

They come in handy for different weather conditions because of the different colors.

5 5

Perfect for running or biking

These shades fit great, stay on my face, and give me a clear perspective of what is on the trail ahead of me. I love how easily the Pivlock's arms and nose piece changes out to switch lenses so that I can see whatever the conditions may be. I would also agree with Julian Carr's statement that you don't really notice you're wearing them; they are the first pair of sunnies I haven't had to repeatedly push back onto my face when playing.

Perfect for running or biking
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I really like your shades. What color frame did you get to go with the blue mirror lens?

5 5

Perfect Active Shades

Whether getting your sweat on Mountain Biking or Trail Running - these shades do not slip, provide great optics for protection from wind and sun - and you really don't even notice you're wearing them. A great pick up for your outdoor activities. Or wear them to the club, and tear up that dance flo!

5 5

Pivlock V2 Kicks Ass

These glasses are the best riding glasses I have ever owned. First of all the adjustable nose piece is the most innovative feature I have seen in a sunglass in years. It clicks into three positions ensuring a perfect fit. It comes with three lenses that are super easy to change out and a hard case to store them in. The Ignitor lens (rose tint) is my go to lens for most conditions. Especially those afternoon rides in the trees. Love these glasses!