Review: Smith Attack MTB sunglasses
Well-ventilated shades provide wide coverage without fogging up
Mountain biking can be hard on sunglasses. They have to work in rapidly changing light conditions, and be tough enough to survive frequent abuse.
Smith’s Attack MTB shades do well on both fronts, with the help of a few unique features. They also look good, fitting in somewhere between too-small-to-provide-coverage and the cartoonishly oversized styles that are growing in popularity.
The first feature that helps Smith’s Attack MTB shades stand out are the Chromapop lenses. The shades I tested came with the Chromapop Black lenses, as well as a low light clear lens option. While the lenses are easily switched out, I found I stayed with the black lenses in all but the murkiest conditions. The Chromapop Black lenses let enough light through to work in shaded woods. But they were consistent enough that they also works in the mixed light conditions, like the dappled light of sun coming through trees, and wide open sun. This meant I rarely felt the need to pull them off in order to see the trail properly, which is when I usually end up losing glasses.
Smith describes the Attack MTB fit as medium, with large coverage. That is a very accurate description of how they felt while wearing them. They fit comfortably, but provided wide enough coverage that my peripheral vision was clear, not interrupted by the frames, both side-to-side and vertically. Still, they fit my face better than some of the larger-frame options out there. They sat close enough to my face to keep out errant branches, but, with several well placed vents, didn’t fog up while riding.
Smith MAG lens interchange system
A quick and simple to use magnetic clasp holds the lenses in place
And avoids scratching the lenses
The second stand-out feature of Smith’s Attack MTB glasses are the MAG lens interchange system. The magnetic clasps make switching out lenses easy and fast. It also avoids scratching the lens, like many pivot-lock systems, or smudging the lens with your fingers while switching shades. Crucially, it also makes the glasses more durable. The magnetic closures are strong enough to hold the frames together in normal situations, but also allow the arms to break away in a crash instead of damaging the frame.
The Attack MTB lenses stayed clear, even when I was a sweaty mess after climbing up the hills surrounding Kelowna, B.C.
The glasses sit comfortably close to my face, but can be adjusted with the two-position nose piece
Smith Attack MTB sunglasses
The Attack MTB sunglasses come with two sets of interchangeable lenses and a hard shell zip case.