Smith Arena Max and Women’s Asana Pivlock Sunglasses get Chromapop Performance Lense

Smith Arena Chromapop Sunglasses



Smith’s Chromapop lens technology is nothing short of awesome. Available on their lifestyle sunglasses for some time, the tech makes colors more vibrant and ultra bright. The first time you put them on, it’s a wow moment.

Now, that same rainbow-bursting saturation is coming on their performance lenses. The Smith Arena Max (above), Arena and women’s Asana Pivlock interchangeable sunglasses will have the option, with multiple lens tints using it, as well as their Squad mountain bike goggle…

smith pivlock arena chromapop sports sunglasses colors

Shown above on the Arena are the Green Mirror, Sun Red Mirror, and Platinum Chromapop lenses, with a wide array of Arena frame colors to choose from. All also include the Contrast Rose Flash Chromapop lens in the package, retailing for $189. Light transmission ranges from 12% to 15%, plus a Chromapop Brown (not shown) at 17%, and the Rose lets in 48% for lower light rides or overcast conditions. Options for the Asana are the same, but pics aren’t available yet.

smith squad chomapop mtb goggle

The Squad and Fuel V.2 (not shown) goggles both get Chromapop options for $85 and $95, respectively. Look for Red Mirror and Contrast Rose options, too, and each one comes with a clear lens for night riding.

Ahe Arena mode are available in September.


Poc Do Half Blade Sunglasses

Poc Do Half Blade Sunglasses




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Dubbed the DO Half’s, the newest sunglasses are a logical evolution of their original Blade model. Essentially a DO with the lower section of the frame removed (hence the name), the Half retains all of the tech of the originals but with an increased field of vision.

Poc Do Half Blade Sunglasses green-octal-helmet

As the official helmet and eyewear supplier of Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling, the Half’s are clad in a matching hue of Cannondale Green. Using replaceable lenses that have been developed with Zeiss Optics, the anti-fog and water repellent shields are said to pop in and out of the Blades’ frame quickly and easily.

Poc DO Half Spec:

Material – Injection molded grilamid Half frame.
Adjustable nose piece – yes
Availability – June 2015
Replaceable Half lenses – yes
Colors – All their complete color spectrum.
Manufacture – Poc
Model Name – Half Blade



Smith Optics Pivlock V2 Sunglasses

Smith Optics V2 mountain bike sunglasses
Smith Pivlock V2 mountain bike sunglasses


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.
Pivlock V2 graphite super platinum
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.

Both models are currently available at Backcountry and qualify for free shipping, click on the purchase info link below:
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$158.00, on sale for $110.00

Pivlock V2 blue platinum glasses
Smith Pivlock -acid yellow with yellow mirror
Smith Optics -black

Smith glasses
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$158.00, now discounted to $110.00