It’s getting to the point that Smith is almost as recognized for their helmets as they are their eyewear, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still pumping out new glasses as well. This year, they were showing off three new styles of riding glasses that should cover the spectrum between MTB and road.
Calling it their new Velocity performance frame, the Tempo and Tempo Max features a TR90 frame that is open at the bottom of each lens. The Tempo Max uses a bit larger lenses for more coverage, while both are available with ChromaPop lenses and are RX compatible. The open frame design also allows for replaceable lenses which simply pull out of the frame.
The Rebound (top shelf, above) uses the same 9 base, hydroleophobic ChromaPop lenses, but this time it uses a full rim frame. While you’ll find the same megol temple and nose pads, the lenses are not replaceable. Depending on the model, the new glasses will run from $139-169.
Smith also had most of the Session and Network helmet line on display with a number of eye catching colors that match a number of their sunglasses. Positioned as their mid-level helmet, both have Koroyd protection zones on the sides and open vents in the center to offer a good mix of protection and ventilation. Both retail for $160 with MIPS.
Over at 100%, of course everyone was interested in checking out the radical Speedcraft Air in person. Instead of traditional nose pads, the glasses use stick on nose pads with magnetic dots that are attracted to the nose pieces of the glasses. Pretty wild.
Less wild, but still attractive is their new line of casual glasses which includes the Blake, Type-S, Campo, and Hudson. Offered in a wide array of frame colors, lens tints in standard, Polarized, or their own HiPER lenses, prices start at $110 and go up from there depending on the combination.