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    We've come a long way since the days of the massive Oakley Eyeshade, made famous by Andy Hampsten as he triumphed over Mother Nature's frightful wrath during the 1988 Giro d'Italia. Granted, his fateful trip over the Gavia Pass couldn't have been done with much less than a full goggle like the Eyeshade. But under more palatable riding conditions, the Eyeshades fogged too easily, and weren't compatible with then-evolving helmet technology. The same necessity for maximum coverage with minimum interference still exists today in the sunglasses we wear, but luckily, our modern shield lenses have advanced a great deal since '88. The Pivlock V2 Max from Smith is one such evolutionary leap.

    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 giving 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 thankfully 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 new 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 their 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 mitigate 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 Max 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 and extra Ignitor lens which increases definition and depth perception in low light or on overcast days. If you'd like to ride with a larger lens (sold separately), the lenses are all interchangeable with the arms and nose pad from the current-generation Pivlock V2, as the only difference between the two is the lens size -- not the attachment points. The Pivlock V2 Max offers extra-large coverage (not unlike Oakley's Radar "Range" lens), and a highly flexible medium fit in terms of temple sizing.

    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.

    • Includes an additional super-durable, crystal Carbonic TLT lens
    • 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
    • Item #SMI0881

    Tech Specs

    carbonic TLT
    Interchangeable Lens
    Evolve (plastic)
    Face Size
    Recommended Use
    hiking, cycling, running
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    A little difficult to swap out lenses.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    These glasses fit really well and are not too big and rest nicely inside my helmet. They are light and being frameless you get a great field of vision. I'm giving them only 3 stars because I find the lenses very difficult to swap out. It takes me a while to get the lens off and while I'm doing it, it feels like I'm going to break them. The frame color was a lot more fluorescent than it looked online. They come with 3 different lenses.

    Love Them

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    I have used these sunglasses for the past 2 months and I love them. They fit really well and you don't even realize you are wearing them after a few minutes. It is super easy to change out the lenses if you need to and takes about a minute or so. The case that the glasses come in is also a great plus to help keep your spare lenses nice and fresh while you are out on a ride. Check these out if you are looking for a new pair of biking shades.

    Favorite Riding Sunglasses

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 195lbs

    I'm a huge fan of the frame-less style for biking. Better field of vision, and less weight to bounce around so they feel very planted on your face even in rough terrain. Lens swapping is fast and easy which is also great.

    If you have a big head, definitely get this max version. Even if you have a normal head, probably still worth considering they aren't over the top huge.

    Great cycling and multi-sport shades

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are good shades for cycling. They sit far enough off the face that they don't fog up most of the time. They are comfortable too. It's easy to change the lenses. I use the Ignitor lens most of the time, it works well if you have changing light conditions i.e. you are in and out of the trees a lot. The coverage is great, it really blocks the wind well. I'd always opt for the

    Great shades

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

    These are the best cycling sunglasses I have owned. The frameless construction removed all blind spots, the lens-changing effort is minimal, and the look fits with my helmet (and head).

    Amazing Cycling Glasses!

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

    These have been great so far! They are very light weight, stick to your dome, and work in most all conditions. Has really good protection for your eyes and peripheral vision is great.

    Fantastic road cycling sunglasses

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

    Super comfortable, good sized lens so u don't have to hurt ur neck or worry about air coming over the tops of the lens and the interchangeable lens to go from shaded for sun, rose colored for low light and clear for protection is a bonus. Adjustable nose piece is a nice touch to customize fit and how high they sit on ur face. I would recommend these all day everyday and twice on Sunday. If you find them at a good price pull the trigger.

    They kill it

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

    These glasses are simply the best possible form factor for road bike cycling. Almost any other frame cuts off your field of vision at the top. When you are low on the drops this means neck and shoulder pain as you bend your neck upward to see under the top of the frame. The Smith Pivlock V2 fixes that because there are lots of lens above the nose (no wind burn on the eyes) and no frame line. Finally I can ride without straining my neck!
    What about sweat pooling on the lens? Just get a thin headband made for cycling - they fit comfortable under your helmet. There is no need to have sweat on the lenses on a hot summer day.
    No reservations. These are the best glasses for road bikes - and I have tried plenty of cycling glasses.
    Plenty of lens options to fit any situation.

    They kill it

    Smith Glasses Killing it, Yet Again!

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

    Smith continues to impress... The PivLock V2's are the best mountain biking glasses I have ever owned for a number of reasons.

    Sunny, rainy or gloomy the PivLock's are able to adapt to any variable condition with ease. These come with three (3) crystal-clear Carbonic TLT lenses. No matter what condition or weather you adventure out into you can trust these glasses to have your back.
    The fit of these glasses is also perfect. The adjustable nose-piece can fit any size nose and face with a simple adjustment that takes about 2-3 seconds.
    As far as coverage is concerned these glasses cover your eyes so well. I have never had an issue with wind or small insects (usually gnats) flying into my eyes with these on.

    Besides fit and ease of adjustments these glasses are so light. In a world where we are taking every ounce into consideration these glasses basically weigh nothing - they rock!Overall, I'd highly recommend these to anyone biking, running or any action sport for that matter. I went with the black on black (impossibly black) and love em!

    If you have any questions or concerns about the PivLock's or any other mountain biking apparel/gear feel free to hit me up at (801) 746-7580 ext. 4776!

    My go to glasses for riding.

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

    I can’t tell you how many pairs of Smith sunglasses and goggles I have had over the years and I keep coming back. They are well designed and well built. This is actually my second pair of PivLock glasses I have purchased. The only reason I purchased a second pair is my wife pushed me off the boat at the local lake and now my shades are somewhere in the bottom of the lake creating a nice fish habitat :( The adjustable nose pads are a nice touch because, well, not all noses are created equal. I use these mainly for road biking. They don’t fit too tightly on the temples, allow for nice air flow preventing fogging and they just plain look great in spite of my ugly face. This pair will hopefully last several more years…unless my wife decides the fish need more habitat.

    The perfect glasses

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

    I picked up a pair of these for cycling. They are my favorite, go to glasses. My favorite aspect is the lack of a frame, which always seems to be right in my line of sight. These glasses feel like you are looking out of a big window, unobstructed!

    I like them so much, I decided to get a pair for my son, who races in the Utah NICA league. He loves them just as much as I do.

    I did have an issue with the mirror finish that was coming off after a cleaning. A quick call to Smith and the issue was taken care of. Great company to deal with and a stand up product. If you can get these on sale, jump on them. The retail price seems a bit high.

    Best There is for Riding

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

    I have owned multiple pairs of these sunglasses. They are great for riding road or dirt. Multiple lenses that are easy to change in and out for all riding conditions. Get yourself a pair, you'll be happy you did.


    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    I just got these glasses but I am really impressed so far. The adjustable nose piece is great and the glasses are really light. I also bought the photochromic lenses and they are awesome. The glasses are super comfortable and there is no frame in your peripheral. These are replacing a pair of Oakley Jawbones (Racing Jackets.)

    theyre grrrrreat!

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

    so far no problems with these. they fit well and i dont feel like they are getting covered in sweat. lightweight and decently stylish. the nose piece could look a little better but thats not the end of the world.

    best sport shades around

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These things are the best. With an adjustable nosepiece, the extra-wide coverage of the max lenses blocks out wind during descents and tends not to fog when stopped. In Seattle keeping rain out is important and these do a great job plus the water that does accumulate actually beads in such a way that it doesn't impede your vision as much as others do. They come in a sturdy storage case that's bounced around my car and race bag with no trouble. Highly recommend!

    V2 Max accepts the Smith OSD2

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I needed some quality sunnies to keep the wind & sun out of my eyes. Sunnies that could use an adaptor for my prescription lenses. I found the perfect answer! V2 Max does accept the Smith OSD2 prescription lens adaptor. These work great and is money well spent. Thank you C Cyclist.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I was super psyched to get these after reading the great reviews & I wanted to like them? if they would just stay on my face. The lenses & changeability were great, but I'm a bit of a heavy sweater and as soon as my face got sweaty the glasses would start falling off. I even tried putting an Oakley nosepiece on which helped a bit, but in the end the combination of the adjustable nosepiece & wideish side arms just didn't cut it. Can't go wrong with my Oakley Radar XL's.

    Good product, strange color.

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I have a pair of the pivlock V2 frames in white and they are great. I wear them when I ride and sometimes on a run. I bought the acid yellow frames and was disappointed when I opened them. The color was more of a chartreuse, rather than the bright yellow shown in the picture.

    Unanswered Question

    Does a sunglass case come with these and is the included crystal carbonic TLT lens color clear? Thanks...