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Enter the arena.

Perhaps your event of choice is cycling rather than chariot racing and your weapon of choice is a pair of trail running shoes rather than a trident or sword, but the Smith Pivlock Arena Max ChromaPop Sunglasses will have you feeling like a victorious gladiator nonetheless. However, if you happened to bump into an ancient Roman, you'd definitely get pegged as a space-age time traveler with the super-modern wraparound silhouette, updated in the Max version to keep larger faces fully covered.

Smith's signature ChromaPop Lenses thrust the world around you into staggering color and clarity while resisting any water, oil, and dirt you encounter. With the Pivlock interchange system, you can swap lenses in a flash so you don't get caught unawares by changing light conditions. Whether you're a pedal-pusher or pavement-grinder, you're likely to work up a sweat—but the hydrophilic nose pads and temple tips on the light, strong TR-90 frames hang on to your face like there's no tomorrow as you head into battle.

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  • Space-age sunglasses for the modern fitness gladiator
  • Signature ChromaPop lenses increase clarity and vibrance
  • Additional lens included for low-light conditions
  • Hydrophobic lens coating wards off precipitation and sweat
  • Lightweight, burly TR-90 frame material
  • No-slip grip thanks to hydrophilic nose pads and temple tips
  • Designed for larger faces with unbeatable wraparound protection
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Decent, not great

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these glasses because they're on of the only pairs of performance sport sunglasses on the market that accept a prescription adapter (the Smith ODS3). If you have bad eyes but can't or prefer not to wear contact lenses, these are a good option for wrap around sport glasses that will take a prescription insert. They wouldn't be my first choice other than that, but they're certainly not a bad pair of glasses - just not a great one.

The optics and lens tint options are excellent as I've come to expect from Smith. It's the rest of the package that's just not that inspired.
First off, for a pair of glasses that's supposed to be oversize, they're just not that big. I have a big head and they fit, but they're honestly right on the threshold of what I'd consider too small both fit and coverage wise for sport sunglasses. A little more coverage would be nice for wind protection and to reduce glare.

They are extremely light, but perhaps at the cost of feeling a little bit cheap/fragile overall. The Pivlock system is perfectly functional, but feels like it will break in the long run. The arms feel pretty chintzy too. The plastic has quite a bit of flex so they ought to hold up fine through some abuse, but definitely don't feel super high end.

The fit is a mixed bag. I have a pretty average width nose and have never had issues with that aspect of fit on sunglasses, but the nose piece on these is way too narrow for me so they sit a little bit strange. At first I didn't think they would work at all because the fit on the bridge of my nose was so bad, but because they're super light and have very grippy rubber on the nose piece and the arms, they stay on just fine and are pretty comfortable for extended wear.

Overall - acceptable. It's nice to be able to swap lenses depending on conditions and the optics are great, but the rest of the package is pretty uninspired. I've stuck with them so I can use my prescription insert. If it weren't for that, I'd probably look for another option.

Good biking glasses

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these glasses for low light mountain biking. They have been great for that. however, they are not the most comfortable fitting glasses

Awful

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

Was really excited about getting these for my birthday. I had them on for 10 minutes and had to stop wearing them. The nose piece is so far in, it made the glasses stick way out which caused eye fatigue. There were reflections on the back of the lens and the frame was in my peripheral vision. Maybe the worst pair of sunglasses I have worn. Immediately returned them. It’s a shame because I have had several from Smith that are great.

Great Glasses

    I bought these so I only had to carry 1 set of glasses. The fit great on my face and prefer
    The Smith brand over others

    How many lenses does it come with? If more than one, what colors or for what lighting conditions?
    Thanks.

    Tralina,



    Thanks for asking this! It comes with one extra lens that is made for "low light" conditions.

    Just about perfect but.....

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Perfect glasses with a tremendous low light lens. Love what smith has done with the Chromapop. Very rarely do they fog up on sweaty climbs. The one item to note...precursor I have a small head with a solid European hook nose. The nose piece sits very high on the bridge of the nose. I would like a little large of a nose piece or something more flexible. Secondly, the MAX are not all that big. I originally bought the standard Pivlocks but the lenses were tiny. The MAX are standard size in my opinion.

    Great glasses!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I recently bought the Pivlock Arena, but after two rides I realized the Arena Max would be a better fit. I've been mountain biking with them all summer and could not be happier! They always stay in position and I love the chromapop lenses!

    Quality lens but...

      First, the lenses are high quality. Note that the category 3 lenses worked best in full sun, even with Chromapop. To echo a previous reviewer, the pivlock mechanism seemed destined to fail; after several months, it finally did. Not sure if it was just my pair as only one of the arms had this problem. Fortunately, Backcountry was there to help out. Thanks!

      Comfort and Performance

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

      These glasses are great! I just switched over to Smith after using Oakley's for years. I have to say I actually prefer the Smiths!

      I have a pretty narrow face and these fit great! The ChromaPop lenses actually work. They help keep the lighting consistent while you are dodging in and out of wooded areas while mountain biking. Not only do they perform well but they are super comfortable and lightweight.

      My only complaint is that the PivLock system is pretty fragile. Everytime I swap out lenses I feel as if I'm going to break them. The temple of the glasses lock into two small holes on the lens.

      Overall, I would recommend these glasses to anyone!