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Smith Pivlock Arena Max Sunglasses

Our favorite interchangeable-lens sunglasses of 2015 offer great coverage with an idiot-proof changing mechanism.

Brand: Smith

Model: Pivlock Arena Max


Why we like It

Get great coverage with an idiot-proof changing mechanism.

Coverage

Usually “medium fit” means “medium coverage.” Not with these specs, which offer superior protection for the size. The lens extends from above the brow to below the cheekbone, fully wrapping the sides of your eyes, almost like glacier glasses. (For smaller faces, we recommend the Asana, which offers the same huge protection.)

Lenses

You get three (dark, rose, and clear are standard); for the dark, we liked the Red Sol-X Mirror, a true gray lens with a red mirror that blocks 89 percent of visual light and repels water, dirt, and grease.

Changing lenses

It isn’t new, but the Pivlock lens swapping mechanism is still one of the best: Twist the arms up to unlock and remove, pull the nosepiece off, switch the lens, reattach the hardware.
$159 (includes three lenses); 1 oz.; smithoptics.com

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