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Information about Smith Optics Riverside Sunglasses - Polarchromic, Polarized
Closeouts. You don't have to be waterside to enjoy Smith Optics' Riverside sunglasses; their polarchromic lenses automatically adjust to brightness by land or by sea, and protect eyes from glare with polarized lenses.
  • Lenses:
  • Polarized to reduce glare
  • 100% UV protection
  • Material: Techlite glass
  • 60mm width
  • Frame:
  • Flexible TR90 Grilamid® frame
  • Hydrophobic Megol nose pads
  • Material: Composite
  • 5-¼" temple to temple
  • Made in Italy.
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  • Made in Italy
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  • Made in Italy
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  • US shipments only
Specs about Smith Optics Riverside Sunglasses - Polarchromic, Polarized
  • Lens features: Polarized,Photochromic
  • Extra lenses: None
  • Base curvature: 7 Base
  • Frame fit: Large
  • Lens coverage: Medium
  • Temple to temple: 5-1/4"
  • Light transmission: 13-20%
  • Weight: 1.4 oz.
  • Lens material: Techlite glass
  • Frame material: Evolve (Rilsan made from castor plants)
  • Made in Italy
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  • US shipments only

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Reviewed by cbsdaddy from san antonio on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I have a really big head and it is difficult to find glasses that fit well. these fit great!

The lenses are awesome as well. the polarchromic actually work!

Thinking about ordering another pair now.
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  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Boston Bob from Massachusetts on Saturday, July 19, 2014
    Believe the reviews... these sunglasses are very high quality, and compete with Revo, Oakley or high end brands. The polarized Ignitor may be one of the best all-around lens there is for both bright and low light conditions. The frames aren't super high-end acetate, but acetate can be heavy and stiff, and these are comfortably light weight, but not flimsy.

    Fit is definitely on the large side.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by JV from GA on Monday, June 9, 2014
    Good optics, hinges seem weak...not very dark...look and fit well
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Macky from Texas on Tuesday, May 13, 2014
    I really like these sunglasses. The fit is just right. I bought them to use for driving and they are very clear and I like the color adjustment which is not too great, but seems right for the situation.
  • Reviewed by flyrodn1 from Iowa on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
    I have been wearing Smith specs for years. Order pair for fishing trip, liked the fit but the glasses had scratched lenses and I believe they were worn and returned by someone else. I returned them as well and hopefully they will be sold as damaged goods.
  • Reviewed by JR from Colorado on Wednesday, December 4, 2013
    Great glasses for any kind of outdoor activity. Polarchromic changes are minor and not noticeable. A great value!!!!

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  • Question “Are all the Smith Riverside sunglasses photochromic?”
    Asked on 8/6/2014 9:52:17 AM by JDorsey from Maine
    • Answer They are but do not change lens tint very noticeably. Don't buy these if this is feature you are looking for.
      Answered on 8/6/2014 2:16:54 PM by JV from GA
    • Answer Darker the better, these lenses do not change much with light.
      Answered on 8/5/2014 12:00:41 PM by JV from Newnan
    • Answer I would suggest the regular polarized mirrored blue lenses, which are a fairly strong tint. The photo-polarized rose tint is a great all-around lens, but doe not get very dark. I have no experience with the copper lens, but I do not believe it is as dark as the mirrored blue.
      Answered on 8/5/2014 2:14:24 PM by Boston Bob from Massachusetts
  • Question “Can you tell me about the light transmission Is higher better or worse. Please explain.”
    Asked on 9/19/2013 2:35:31 PM by jdelan99 from new york
    • Answer Color 03 Matte Black/Polarchromic Copper has Polarchromic Copper lenses which have a VLT of 13-20%. Color 04 Tortoise/Polarchromic Amber has Polarchromic Amber lenses which have a VLT of 15-30%. Color 02 Black/Polarchromic Copper Mirror has Polarchromic Copper Mirror lenses that have a VLT of 13 to 20%.
      Answered on 9/19/2013 3:12:16 PM by Prod. Spec. Kevin from Sierra Trading Post
  • Question “Does anyone know what the curve index is on the lenses?”
    Asked on 3/3/2010 12:00:00 AM by Jiminy from New York
    • Answer These sunglasses have a 8 Base Lens Curvature according to Smith.
      Answered on 3/8/2010 12:00:00 AM by Customer Care from Sierra Trading Post
    • Answer The polarized brown is for medium to bright conditions and provides increased depth perception and a "soft effect: on the eye with a VLT of 14%.|The polarchromic copper lenses is a medium to bright conditions with medium contrast with increased definition to make this lends very comfortable and soothing for all day use. It has a VLT of 13-23%|The brown lens will be darker and present a sharper image.
      Answered on 3/2/2010 12:00:00 AM by Customer Care from Sierra Trading Post
  • Question “Is the lens made from glass?”
    Asked on 1/4/2010 12:00:00 AM by Jim from Phila, PA
    • Answer The Riverside is only available with our Techlite glass lens material. The Riverside has been in our product line for a little over a year now. Please let me know if you have any other questions.||Christy
      Answered on 1/11/2010 12:00:00 AM by Christy from USA, SMITH
    • Answer Jim||Just got these glasses, and yes, they are glass. I called Smith headquarters before I ordered, and they told me they never made the riverside in plastic. Glass TLTs. ||Ben
      Answered on 1/13/2010 12:00:00 AM by bctlawdotcom from helena, MT