Whether you’re traversing through a lush forest, or trekking over rocky terrain, you’ll need a high-quality pair of sunglasses to properly take in Mother Nature’s beauty. With innovative frame designs and top-notch lens technology, SMITH has created eyewear that will become an essential part of your hiking equipment, along with your boots, walking poles, and water bottle. Join SportRx for our picks of the best SMITH hiking sunglasses!
Table of Contents
A. What to Look for in Hiking Sunglasses
B. Best SMITH Hiking Sunglasses
1. SMITH Embark
2. SMITH Basecamp
3. SMITH Emerge
4. SMITH Barra
5. SMITH Outback
C. SMITH Sunglasses FAQs
D. Shop Prescription SMITH Hiking Sunglasses
When you’re packing your hiking backpack, you don’t want to forget a key piece of gear — your sunglasses. A quality frame can take your hike from tedious to totally mesmerizing. That can be achieved with the best frame and lens technology.
A comfortable pair of sunglasses is essential, whether it’s for a leisurely afternoon stroll or a weekend-long trip. No matter the elevation level, you will want a frame that is easy to wear and doesn’t disrupt your experience. Additionally, sunglasses with proper coverage, like ones with a wrap around design or large lenses, will keep your eyes protected from excessive sunlight, airborne debris, and wind.
To get the most out of your hiking adventure, opt for lenses that enhance your surroundings. SMITH’s ChromaPop™ lens technology increases visual definition and makes colors truly pop. You’ll be able to read the trails better, avoid potential hazards, and better enjoy the sights.
For more information, check out our Hiking Sunglasses Buyer’s Guide.
Embark on your next adventure with the aptly named SMITH Embark! With lightweight Evolve™ frame material, the Embark sunglasses are durable and perfect for a day outdoors. ChromaPop™ lenses will give you the greatest view when you reach the peak, enhancing the colors and scenery around you. Removable vented side shields increase peripheral coverage and airflow, while the adjustable temple arms guarantee a tailor-made fit. Megol grips on the nose pads and temples ensure the frames remain comfortable all hike long. An optional strap takes frame stability one step further, allowing you to focus on the terrain and not constantly have to secure your sunglasses.
Embark Key Features:
- ChromaPop™ lenses sharpen details and color definition
- Side shields block peripheral light, wind, and debris
- Adjustable temples allow for customized fit
- SFW (What is SFW?): 134 (Men's M/Women's L)
Next up, we have the SMITH Basecamp. Frame ventilation wicks away sweat and moisture for crystal-clear visibility, while Megol grips keep the frames comfortable and optically aligned. An oleophobic lens coating minimizes smudging and repels facial oils, while an anti-reflective coating protects against glare and irritating light. Bent temples help secure the Basecamp in place and AutoLock hinges ensure that the frames are easy to take on and off.
Basecamp Key Features:
- Ventilation keeps lens fogging at bay
- Megol grips ensure a secure hold
- Anti-reflective coating reduces blinding light bouncing off lenses
- SFW: 136 (Men’s and Women’s L)
Hit the trailhead in the SMITH Emerge, a pair of sunglasses that is ready for any excursion. Constructed from bio-based Evolve™ material, the Emerge is lightweight and effortless to wear. Integrated frame ventilation increases airflow and wicks away moisture, for fog-free vision. Megol grips placed on the nose pads and temples provide a non-slip fit, while remaining perfectly comfortable. An oleophobic lens coating repels oils, keeping your lenses unobstructed.
Emerge Key Features:
- Evolve™ frame material is light and durable
- Grips on the nose pads and temples keep the frames steady
- Lightweight design makes for seamless all day wear
- SFW: 138 (Men’s and Women’s L)
Hike in style with the SMITH Barra sunglasses! With large lenses, you’ll receive optimal coverage, while the extended side shields provide added peripheral protection. Crafted from Evolve™ frame material, the Barra accommodates a variety of face shapes. A hard lens coating protects against scratches and abrasions, ensuring frame longevity and durability. Megol grips and AutoLock hinges keep the frames secure and comfortable. Equipped with a sweat management system, the SMITH Barra promotes increased airflow and clear visibility.
Barra Key Features:
- Extended side shields offer extra eye protection
- Hard coating protects against lens scratches
- Sweat management drains moisture to reduce obstructions and fogging
- SFW: 138 (Men’s and Women’s L)
Rounding out our list is the SMITH Outback. This 8-base wrap around frame increases peripheral vision and provides extensive coverage. The frame design allows for increased airflow, resulting in clearer lenses and a better ability to navigate the terrain. An anti-reflective coating blocks glare and a hydrophobic coating helps sweat and moisture run off the lens surface. Megol nose pad and temple grips prevent the sunglasses from falling off, and are ideal for those with larger heads.
Outback Key Features:
- Wrap around design extends field of view
- Integrated ventilation ensures clear lenses
- Available in Elite for added safety ratings
- SFW: 139 (Men’s L/Women’s XL)
What is ChromaPop™?
ChromaPop™ is SMITH’s proprietary lens technology that filters out wavelengths of light that cause color confusion. With overlapping colors, it can be difficult to distinguish definition of your surroundings. With ChromaPop™ lenses, you’ll receive sharper colors, increased clarity, and a faster reaction time because of those enhancements. When you're hiking, ChromaPop™ makes it easier to read the terrain and soak up the views around you.
Perfect for sports and everyday activities, this lens tech makes each experience more enjoyable.
Where Can I Buy SMITH Prescription Sunglasses?
Through SportRx! When you shop with us, you’ll find video guides and tool tips throughout the build process as you customize the perfect pair of SMITH sunglasses. An answer to all your questions is at your fingertips, and if you want to chat with an expert, give us a call. We’ll put you in touch with one of our friendly in-house opticians, who can help you build your prescription SMITH sunglasses.
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