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Parallel Max Polarized Sunglasses
The Smith Parallel Max shares the lightness of their Vxe and Pivlock 90 series sunglasses; they're so unobtrusive you'll likely forget you're wearing them. The key difference is a matter of style. The Parallel Max has separate lenses where the aforementioned models use one full coverage eyeshield. This is also where the Max differs from the standard Parallel sunglasses. The lenses are just slightly taller and wider to offer a bit more coverage.
We'd call the Parallel Max a close-fitting design. After all, the base curve of 9 ensures that the lenses sweep all the way around your eyes for optimum protection from unwanted light and glare as well as physical objects. The frame is made from Grilamid TR90, a tough plastic that is at once flexible, yet tough as nails. This lightweight frame supports individual lenses that pop out easily, like Smith's sliders of old. The lenses use Smith's Tapered Lens Technology (TLT) to give you a distortionless view. As you might've already experienced, visual distortion occurs when light waves hit an aggressively curved lens causing them to refract. This refraction causes a prismatic effect, or distortion. TLT corrects the distortion by progressively tapering the lens thickness from the optical center toward the peripheral edges. With TLT, light waves travel directly to your eye to generate precise vision and reduce potential eye fatigue. Objects are clearly defined and seen in their exact position.
Seeing clearly adds safety, but so does Smith's Carbonic lens material—the most impact resistant lens material money can buy. Smith treats them with an anti-scratch coating to keep them as new as possible, as long as possible. They're light, they exceed ANSI Z80.3 specifications, and they protect your eyes from 100% of the UVA, UVB, and UVC rays out there. 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.
Proposition 65 Warning for California Consumers: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm.
- Performance-driven sunglasses built for coverage in the saddle
- Carbonic TLT lenses offers distortion-corrective vision
- Grilamid TR90 frame is as light as it is tough
- 9-base curve offers an incredible field of view
- Hydrophilic megol temple and nose pads hold down a snug fit
- Item #SMI0617
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What do you think about this product?
May 30, 2018
I just received these sunglasses, and although I haven't used them yet I really like them so far. I have an average-sized face, and they fit a little snug but I don't think they will be uncomfortable. I love the grippy sides, and the lenses are great. I'm a big fan of my other Smith sunglasses and goggles, and am excited to add these to my collection.
December 7, 2017
I love my new sunglasses!!
I never spend much on sunglasses but these are totally worth it. I love them. They fit great. The interchangeable lens are awesome and easy to change out. I have a smaller face and these sunglasses work perfectly.
October 7, 2017
This is a great option if you want glasses with exchangeable lenses. The optics on these lenses are fantastic, and the frames work with lots of helmets.
July 18, 2016
My Dad needed a pair of replacement Smith's since his favorites are no longer available. For him, these are an outstanding replacement. Perfect fit and coverage without being huge. Great color options w/lenses. So lightweight and comfortable, you forget your wearing sunglasses.
September 2, 2015
Love these Glasses
I love this style of glasses from Smith. I originally owned the Factor Max and they were amazing. I used and abused my Factor Max glasses for years and was super bummed to find out they stopped making them. When it was time for a replacement I was guided to these glasses as the replacement. I bought them with some reservation as I was completed sold on the other glasses. I was pleased to discover that the Parallel Max was better. The coverage and comfort were improved with this new design. They look great. I love the brown lenses for fishing and hiking in bright mid day sunlight. I use the Ignitor lenses for early mornings/ evening hiking or in overcast conditions. I also prefer the ignitor lenses when I am mountain biking. They provide sufficient tint to handle bright light and still give me good vision while traveling in and out of tree cover. For comfort, looks, and functionality these are my favorite sunglasses. As far as fit goes. The fit was perfect for my face. My melon is a bit on the larger side and they fit great.
July 21, 2015
Go to glasses
My favorites in far too many ways to specify here...
James P C.
October 30, 2014
A run with a view.
I got these beauties to make my runs a little more entertaining. Nowadays, I think these sunglasses provide better optics than the nicest television, making my runs better than the most creative movie of the year. Seriously though, these sunglasses make everything look better, whether I'm running the mountains or walking through the dirty downtown. The pads feels super soft against my nose and temples, and the lightweight frame stays in place from start to finish.
October 13, 2014
Changing the lens on the Parallel series
August 24, 2014
Fit well, great lenses. I just lost them, so I'll be ordering more. I could even wear them with my full face!
September 23, 2013
Smith Parallel Max Polarized Sunglasses
May 7, 2013
Good coverage without being huge. Easy to change lenses. Great active glasses for cycling, running, cross country skiing etc. I especially like the ignitor lens (amber). It's dark enough to deal with in super sunny conditions, and really good in cloudy weather. I don't end up changing it out much.
July 30, 2012
Quality and Versatility
From morning long runs to sunny four hour road rides, these sunglasses provide the right lenses no matter what the conditions you may face. I also like them because the frames are light weight and lenses not too large. I have done everything from trail runs to triathlons with them and they haven't fallen off my face because of too much sweat or movement. I am happy with my purchase!
July 12, 2012
Great Kayak Fishing
Great fishing glasses. Super light, excellent polarization. I forget I have them on. Only negatives I can think of (and I'm digging deep) is they sometimes briefly fog on muggy summer mornings. Since these are plastic lenses, they do scratch relatively easily compared to glass, but replacement lenses are readily available if you look for the sales and you can easily interchange the D-Max and the Max versions.
July 12, 2012
Kayak Fishing Shades
These are the Smith D-Max lenses for additional coverage. Good polarization ideal for kayak fishing smallmouth.
October 3, 2011
As usual from smith, great optics. Im not a huge fan of the frames but they really aren't bad. I wouldn't recommend these for running, but they work well for biking and skiing.
November 30, 2011
The optics really are no different than the flak jackets but the flak jackets look a heck of a lot cooler.
January 7, 2010
I just bought these sunglasses for snowboarding in the winter and mountain biking in the summer. My initial reaction was they fit great, I have a med/small head, so if you have a large head these may be tight on you. The lens go in and out easily and I got clear, amber and dark depending on the activity. All in all I'd recommend these sunglasses to any of my friends.
December 8, 2009
SmithOptics.com for extra lenses.... Great shades, super light weight, can't wait to take these road biking!
Mt. Baker Shredda
December 8, 2009
Can't go wrong with these
Really does not get much better than these. Very comfortable and would not move regardless of ride surface. No pressure or discomfort on any point- nose or temple etc and peripheral vision is exceptional. At this price...a no-brainer!
October 12, 2009
These glasses are cheaper on the Smith website.
October 16, 2009
I was going to ding this as not really being a great review but I have to say I'll confirm mark the website has the SRP as $129.00. I love backcountry.com and I'm sure they have a reason for their current price, but it'd also be cool if they adjusted the price to Smith's suggested retail price. Perhaps they're a rarity right now?
October 3, 2011
actually backcountry has em for 5 cents cheaper.......
June 8, 2009
I'd give them a 4.5 if that was a rating option and that's just because I'm stingy. They are a sweet set of shades whther ripping waves, snow or pimping. I never have gotten into the aviator piece preferring functionality over chic. Smith rocks as a company and their products exhibit that rockedness. I have had a pair of smiths on my noggin for over a decade. Sad to say but every pair I have owned so far have had burials at sea (river, lakes, etc). So run up the flag!
December 1, 2009
can i buy replacement lenses and where?
can i buy replacement lenses and where?
December 19, 2009
Yes you can get them directly through Smith at www.smithoptics.com
February 20, 2009
Has anyone purchased the Oakley Mag Four...
Has anyone purchased the Oakley Mag Four Sunglasses with the magnesium frames that can shed some light on them?
January 11, 2011
Yes Mark, Actually I am very meticulous. I wanted the Mag Four in carbon black with orange fire lenses. Oakley never made them available. A couple years ago I bought a pair of the plasma frames with the fire lense. About a year later someone on ebay placed a pair of black Mag Four lenses up for bid. I won the bid and took a special screwdriver (with a star shape) I had purchased years earlier and placed the lenses I wanted into the frames I wanted. Now I have a very personalized one of a kind pair. They are extremely awsome, lightweight and just damn great. I've sent Oakley so many ideas over the years about off the wall combinations, designs etc....as I'm a pretty creative guy for a scientist. I even told Oakley they should hire me as a creative R&D and design specialist but of course they continue to ignore me. It is their loss. I wish you luck if you want to find these. I wouldn't sell mine for less than $1000 bucks since I put so damn much energy into putting them together. Total cost to me was about $300 bucks. Bobby
January 11, 2011
sorry Mark ...it was black frames that I purchased a year later, not the lenses.