Almost as lightweight as they are versatile.
Smith crafted their sports glasses reputation on replaceable lenses. Remember Smith Sliders? These Pivlock V90 glasses are a natural evolution, though they use an entirely different system. The one piece lens has specialized slots where the temple/hinge inserts, then pivots into a locked position. The nose piece also snaps in with little effort. The Pivlock system is at once easy, quick, and secure. And since they're designed for high energy activities, the grippy Megol rubber on the ends of the temple and on the nose piece are a welcome addition to help hold the frames in place, even with your forehead on the stem chasing a breakaway.
Smith Optics is known for just that, their optics. So it comes as no surprise that they've figured out how to build sunglasses with such a sweeping, curvaceous lens, yet retain the clarity at the periphery you need for high speed sports. The lens on the Pivlock V90 series is what Smith calls their Carbonic TLT. The TLT stands for Tapered Lens Technology, and this means that the thickness of the lens tapers from the optical center, towards the edges. This thinning allows for less refraction and therefore less distortion for the light waves passing through the lens. The Carbonic lens is also highly resistant to impacts. This is a great thing to know when you think about the myriad objects that could threaten your eyes on a bike ride -- gravel from car tires, tree limbs, birds (seriously, we know from experience).
The Grilamid TR90 frame provides you with maximum comfort, maximum flexibility, maximum toughness, and maximum resistance to sweat and sunscreen. And the hydrophilic Megol nose and temple pads keep them locked in place on your face. They won't slip. They won't slide. They won't fall off.
The Smith Pivlock V90 is available in Black w/platinum, Matte Smoke w/red mirror, and Smoke Crystal w/platinum. You'll get two extra lenses. The Ignitor lens is great for overcast days as it increases definition and depth perception in low light. The Clear Mirror lens is best for very low light conditions. The lenses are interchangeable with the larger profile lens on the Pivlock V90 Max as well. The Pivlock V90 offers medium coverage, and Smith considers them a small-medium fit in terms of sizing.
- Please note: no extra lenses included for Gunmetal/Ignitor, Ice Blue/Blue Mirror, Ivory/Bronze Mirror, Violet/Pink Mirror; check variants carefully before ordering
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- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
when they say changing lenses is easy, they mean it. i cant say ive ever used the clear option, but the red "ignitor" lens works wonders in overcast skies or for late afternoon rides. dont move on your head, PHENOMENAL field of vision
LOVE these sunglasses. They're very lightweight, stick to my nose when I run or bike and have great coverage. I have a relatively small face and these still look great on. I have zero complaints. They're awesome.
I know there is a newer version of the is glass but for me, this has been a winner all along. Super lightweight, great coverage and I love the Ignitor lens (rose color). This is a great lens for afternoon rides and even all day.
These sunglasses are great for almost every active endeavor. I really enjoy essentially having half a dozen pairs of sunglasses in my arsenal.
My only gripe is how easily the frame seems to unlock from the lens after a few weeks of use. At first you had to put a little effort into snapping them into place, now they slide in - and out - effortlessly, a fact that has seen me fumbling to catch the pieces as it fell apart on me mid-stride after moving them from the top of my head back down to my face.
Otherwise great glasses, though.
SOOOO cool.i bought a pair of Smiths about 14 yrs ago in Colorodo,for cycling and running,but I ive in Ohio.They are fantastic as far as changing lenses,although I've gone through many dark lenses(like 4) as they scratch a lot.I've also lost and found them a dozen times. I needed a new pair since my Oakleys( a yr old )are not interchangeable lenses.Anyone who cycles knows you need those kind of lenses since we go out in all kinds of weather.It makes a huge difference when your out for hrs. and it's overcast,being able to pick lenses according to the weather.
I just wore them for the 1st time yesterday and they were great.They were a little snug with my head warmer
and helmet on ,but hopefully I won't need full face mask in about a month!
Love these! These have no distortion, and they did not fog up in the cold! I do prefer a non-mirrored lens due to less 'finger print smudges'. They stay on your face and don't cause any discomfort around temples, or nose. Very comfortable. The best thing about this pair of glasses is that they are rimless! It is as if they are not even there. I had to return first pair purchased due to a scratch in mirrored finish, replacement sent promptly. Every time I have dealt with any customer service reps at Real Cyclist they have been excellent, going above and beyond to help out.
I bought these after reading the description as being good for women's face size and being described as small/medium. I previously had the Toaster, but felt they were a little too small and I wanted a bit more coverage.
The stems wrapped halfway around the back of my head and they were much wider than my face making me look like an alien. The carrying case is also impractical for taking along on the ride, its huge!
The glasses themselves are lightweight and looked like good quality lens.
Guess I'm back to the Toasters...not as stylish, but better fit for my face.
I've tried on both v90 and v90 max, they both seem to fit my face. If I were to buy the v90 max, could I then purchase standard v90 lenses and use those on days that I don't need the protection of the larger lens?
Great sun glasses. Easy to change lenses and fit perfectly. Nice model too!
The PIVlock system works great. Really easy to change lens, really simple and fast to change. They also look great with the mirror lens!
extremely light-weight. Definitely gentle on your head as well- can barely feel them on. I bike in them and the interchangeability of lenses is easy and impressively useful. Full coverage of eyes and peripheries. Also- they never fog on me. it's pretty badass because I sweat pretty hard when im sucking air uphill and have a tendency to finish sunglasses off with face-fog before I get to the top of a climb and then have to bust out the "squeegie" for the decent. Never with these: they have a good distance from your face and with no rims- nothing to inhibit airflow. I have to admit they look at times overly hardcore for a casual afternoon mnt bike ride... but function over fashion... they're the lightest sunglasses I've ever tried on. they work great
Lost my favorite Smiths so bought the PIVLocks and loved them so much I bought another pair and recommended them to my friends. Great for tennis, running (even in the snow), XC and Alpine skiing, and mountain and road biking. Fit under all my helmets and don't fog up too bad in the cold. Love the warranty too.
Before the boys from RealCyclist.com started wearing them, I wrote the review in Atlanta Examiner:
what I like about these Sunglasses is that sometimes I forget that I'm wearing them. Lightweight and comfortable.
Smith comes through again with another great product the PIVLock V90 Sunglasses. These glasses are lightweight and very comfortable, they are light and I cant even tell that I am wearing them. I have used them mostly for bike riding and they offer great coverage with no distortion or blind spots. The lenses are also very easy to change to help vision in different light conditions.
I had my doubts - mainly about the look of these things, but from the other side of the lenses, they're pretty terrific glasses. Lenses swap out easily in seconds, wraparound is comfy and nonobtrusive, glasses weigh nothing. Best of all, the field of view is completely unobstructed by a frame. As other reviewers have noted, this saves your neck from some long-ride pain. I may look like a douche in these, but they work fantastically well. Glad I got 'em.
Most lightweight and comfortable riding glasses I have owned. Great coverage for on the road or in the dirt. Love the versatility of interchangeable lens for varying conditions and super easy to switch out!
This are nice, but they do not come with interchangeable lenses (clear, light, darker sometimes seen as pink, yellow, and clear). They are a semi-dark blue. The problem with this is that theyre best used only in lots of light. Not good for the fall, very early spring, or even in the summer where there may be lots of shaded tree area. Expensive given this limitation, and I would not buy recommend based on this.
These glasses cover every thing you need in one deal! You get all 3 lenses you need from dark to clear, you get the case, the cleaning cloth and another nose piece all under $150!
They also fit in your helmet great never fall out or shake down.
They look good and feel great to.
I have to wear glasses when training and competing, one to protect my eyes and secondly to keep my eyes from watering (contacts). Through the years I have been open to using the next best thing in sunglasses for my endeavors. The PIVlock has taken sunglasses to the next level for my needs. I wear them year round in training and racing: from USSMA events, Backcountry skinning and skiing, MTB and Road racing/training, to Marathon Nordic events. The lenses change out so quickly and easily, I can adjust as light intensity levels change. I can keep my eyes comfortable and my vision clear whether I am riding in low light, bright snow reflected light, or at night. Having the same pair of frames also keeps my head happy with no sudden pressure changes to the side of your temples from different frame fits. Unlike other larger coverage frames I never have these fog up while training, even in cold temps or high humidity. These are my everyday go to frames when I walk out the door. Ride On