Acid Yellow/Yellow Mirror, Ignitor, Clear
The first Smith generation, is now updated to the new Pivlock V2 Sunglasses for 2014, and it appears the first thing that’s obvious is the absence of the split arms. The new model features a bit bigger arms, but still very lightweight adding only a gram or two from the original feather weight Smith V90 Max version. They also designed the Smith Pivlock arms to have slightly better leverage for changing the lenses.
A bit closer look reveals several other design changes giving the new version a clear increase in technology advancement over its first model the Smith Optics V90. One of the biggest is the adjustable nose piece. Rather than it simply being flexible, the Pivlock’s nose piece has three set widths that are distinct, allowing you to change the pad positions to be open or closed depending on how low or high you prefer for the frame to sit. Smith also chose for the arms to have 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. Another nice detail, that is a comfort enhancing improvement. Also the new Pivlock version boasts a significantly different lens. The old lens’ soft lines are now designed more aggressive and angular giving a better fit with the helmet, and an even wider peripheral range. Plus, it’s hard to deny how this Pivlock lens simply looks awesome.
The specific lenses in the Pivlock series are what they dub Carbonic TLT. Standing for Tapered Lens Technology, which means that the lens tapers in thickness from the optical center to the edges. This thinning allows for less distortion for the light waves that pass through the lens. To stop any additional distortion in the lens while being worn, the arms of the frame are extra flexible to prevent the lens from flexing outward and changing the view quality. The Carbonic TLT lenses have a deep 8-base curve to stay with your face and protect it from impact from all the many variables that get projected while riding the bike. Their 3 key specifications include being able protect your eyes from 100% of the UVA, UVB, and UVC rays.
The sunglasses are three separate pieces that easily snap on to the lens. The arms are quickly affixed via aligning the slots on the top of the lens, and vertically pivoting into specialized slots on the lens where the it inserts and pivots into a locked position. It allows for swift lens changing without risking fingerprinted or scratched lenses.
Colors for the Pivlock are available in Blue, Black, White, and Orange. Each frame comes with the standard Platinum lens for maximum glare reduction on really sunny rides. And you get two extra lenses with the Ignitor lens which increases the definition and your depth perception on those overcast days or in low light, and a Clear lens used for night riding. If you want to ride with larger lens they are available separately, and they are all compatible with each other, with the only difference between the two is the lens size, not their attachment points.
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$158.00, on sale for $110.00
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$158.00, now discounted to $110.00