Staff Picks!

We asked around the SMITH office and Manufacturing Plant to figure out what the SMITH Family uses to Pursue Their Thrill. We got a great response and would like to share our picks with you.  You can also find our favorites by checking out our Staff Picks collection on smithoptics.com.


Ben Towery

Dealer Services Supervisor

Style: Guide's Choice | ChromaPop™ Polarized Glass Blue Mirror

Activity: "Sailing the Caribbean blue waters of Bear Lake, UT"

Why He Loves Them: "These sunnies are the BOMB! I can see crystal clear, even in changing light.  I need to be able to see wind shifts, buoys and other boats while out on the water and the new ChromaPop™ glass is like no other... clear, durable and lighter than Techlite. These shades protect my eyes from sun and glare and enhance my vision while out on the water all day."



Ilene Davis

Production Lead

Style: Dreamline | Tortoise ChromaPop™ Polarized Brown

Activity: "Driving, Swimming, Bike Riding and Fishing"

Why She Loves Them: "The lens coverage is amazing. There is NO glare while fishing or driving. Not having a glare in your eyes while driving is a huge win for me! Not to mention I look pretty fashionable in them as well 😊."



Carrie Stout

DCO Manager

Style: Roam | Matte Gravy ChromaPop™ Polarized Bronze Mirror

Activity: "Everyday use, driving, walking, hiking"

Why He Loves Them: "I love the look of the metal arms, the way the product fits my face and the shape of the lenses. I also love the color of the frame and lens."



Tim Weisser

West Coast Regional Manager

Style: Drake | Tortoise | ChromaPop™ PLUS Polarized Bronze Mirror

Activity: "Driving, biking, fishing, dog walking, or any activity that comes my way."

Why He Loves Them: "The Drake is a classic, comfortable style that is good for everything from date night, to sports, to running around town. I love the all day comfort of the Drake. I experience a lot of different conditions, in life and on the job that can be harsh on the eyes. The superior quality of the ChromaPop™ lens helps me see more clearly while keeping my eyes less fatigued."



Kenny Perkins

Social Media Manager


Style: Lowdown Steel XL | Matte Black | ChromaPop™ Polarized Black  &  Squad XL MTB | Graham Agassiz

Activity: "Mountain Biking, Out on the Town, Traveling & Outdoors"

Why He Loves Them: "Both the Squad XL MTB and Squad XL (Snow Goggle) fit my face perfectly. It's nice to have a familiar fit across seasons. One for snowboarding and one for mountain biking. I run hot and fog up most MTB goggles but having the foam removed from the Squad XL MTB provides maximum ventilation and I haven't had any issues.  The Lowdown Steel XL makes me look and feel awesome and I dig the Metal Temples"



Carly Rowe

Production Lead

Style: Westgate (All Colors) but specifically | Matte Black | ChromaPop™ Black

Activity: "All casual & formal conditions"

Why She Loves Them: "Super light weight, comfortable to wear, the style and the size are all great. The nose pads are adjustable and the fit perfectly under a ball cap! They help in super bright and sunny weather conditions and even when it's a little overcast out."



Alex Greening

Online Content Manager

Style: Haywire | Honey Tortoise | ChromaPop™ Gray Green

Activity: "Bike Commuting, Driving, Cruisin' Around Town"

Why He Loves Them: "The metal accents make the frame look distinguished and classic, but the megol nose pads keep the sunglasses secure even when I'm dodging drives who are cutting me off or otherwise trying to kill me. These shades protect my eyes from bugs, dust, and glare when getting around town on 2 wheels."



Heidi Schuck

Trade Marketing Manager

Style: Lowdown Slim 2 | Black | ChromaPop™ Polarized Platinum & Matte Tortoise | ChromaPop™ Polarized Brown 

Activity: "Driving, Hiking, Biking and just Kicking it around town"

Why She Loves Them: "Favorite thing about these is that they fit my tiny head and have a universal design to look casual or sporty.  Also, I've never gotten a headache when wearing these so the temples are the right fit."



Graham Sours

Category Manager - Snow

Style: Attack MTB | Matte Moss | ChromaPop™ Black

Activity: "Mountain Biking."


Why He Loves Them: "The fit is amazing. Having an adjustable nose piece allows you to control the airflow and provides a superior fit.  Incorporating Smith MAG in the design allows for me to quickly swap lenses depending on the riding conditions.  They protect my eyes from all the elements the trail throws my way.  The ChromaPop™ Black lens is the best lens within the performance eye wear assortment and my go to for almost all riding conditions."



Peter Crow

Sales Manager - South East Region/International & Fishing

Style: Guide's Choice | Black | Techlite Polarized Low Light Ignitor

Activity: "Fly Fishing during those magical hours of lower light"

Why He Loves Them: "The Frame provides coverage, the lenses provide appropriate light passage and all while still polarized"



Sarah Micioni

Product Line Manager - Goggles, Apparel, and Accessories

Style: Sophisticate | Black | ChromaPop™ Sun Black

Activity: "Lifestyle piece, Commuting, Hanging out, - it's my daily driver"

Why She Loves Them: "The ChromaPop™ sun black lens is my favorite and I love the archive look, it's so different. Being able to see clearly on the most sunny of days is always a plus."



Aaron Barker

Senior Product Designer

Style: PivLock™ Ruckus | Black | Photochromic Clear to Gray Lens with the ODS 4 Rx Adapter

Activity: "Commuting to work everyday, mountain biking, and gravel riding."

Why He Loves Them: "The Ruckus frames are super light & have no pressure points, Photochromic lenses are versatile, so I don't need to change the lenses, and the ODS4 inserts allow an Rx lens to fit comfortably behind the shield.  The seamless integration between a performance shield-style sunglasses and Rx-able lens, without compromising peripheral vision is lightweight and comfortable"



Mark McCann

Global Category Manager - Eyewear

Style: Shoutout | Crystal Mediterranean | ChromaPop™ Polarized Black

Activity: "Mid-Distance running and Golfing."

Why He Loves Them: "They Look great as a lifestyle sunglass, and they're usable for bike commuting on a sunny day here in Portland.  They're my go-to sunglasses for 3-5 mile runs or when I'm out on the golf course."



Keith Langenwalter

Design Engineer

Style: Challis | Matte Tortoise | ChromaPop™ Glass Polarized Brown

Activity: "I use it around town, for driving, and for hiking. I hiked 11 days around Mont Blanc a year ago and didn’t want to take them off."

Why He Loves Them: "First and foremost, I love the ChromaPop™ Glass. Plus, the styling is modern without being too aggressive. The thin temples allow me to use them while driving without worrying about my blind spot. The high wrap allows me to get good coverage (sun, wind) too. These glasses have exceptional clarity. The ChromaPop™ makes everything look better, and with the glass lenses I don't have to worry about scratches."



Alberto Ventura

Senior Product Designer

Style: Barra | Matte Tortoise | ChromaPop™ Polarized Brown

Activity: "Everyday for casual and sporty activities"

Why He Loves Them: "It has a good fit and I love the way the silhouette fits on me.  The side shields protect me a lot from glare, especially on sunny days."



Anonymous

Smith Employee

Style: Lowdown Steel XL | Dark Matte Tortoise | ChromaPop™ Polarized Brown & Attack Max | Matte White | ChromaPop™ Red Mirror

Activity: I use the Lowdown Steel XL sunglasses for everyday activities, and driving around town. I use the Attack Max sunglasses for road cycling.

Why He Loves Them: "The larger coverage of the Lowdown Steel XL is great. I love the combo of the injected frame and metal arms.  It has ah sport lifestyle vibe with an added level of refinement to set it apart. The megol nose pads are conveniently out of site, and provide a comfortable/secure, all-day fit, without slipping. The brown ChromaPop™ lens is ideal for all light conditions, cutting glare, while boosting the vibrance of colors like reds, oranges and yellows.

Similar to the Lowdown XL Steel, I like the Attack Max for the large coverage which provide excellent protection from wind and debris.  These sunglasses also integrate perfectly with the Trace helmet. The red mirror ChromaPop™ lens is a very universal/soothing tint in most light conditions, and allows an added level of clarity for road conditions and computers.  2 position megol nose pads allow flexibility of fit, especially with varying nose bridge sizes.  The megol temple tips keep the glasses in place even when working hard and sweating. The benefit of the large coverage is that they cut down on eye tearing , and the red mirror has a great base tint for awesome clarity!"


Those are some of our staff picks and summer favorites. Please share with us your favorites, by tagging us in a photo on Instagram or by using the #pursueyourthrill. 

Be on the lookout in fall for some of our staff picks for winter favorites. But for now, enjoy the rest of summer and thank you for choosing SMITH.