Coming in September: Three new Smith sunglasses

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Arena, Arena Max and Asana update Pivlock range

Like a windscreen for the face
Like a windscreen for the face

Previously rarely seen in the UK, US-based eyewear company Smith has recently been picked up by Saddleback, so we’re expecting to see more from them going forward.  Though they won’t be properly released until September, the company has shared some details about a few new additions to the Pivlock range of cycling-oriented eyewear.

Using a clever anchor system, Smith’s Pivlock models are frameless, allowing for a massive, uninterrupted field of vision.  Without frames, the glasses are also quite light- current Pivlock V2 models weigh in around 25g.  Combined with curved ear stems and adjustable nose pieces, this makes Pivlocks some of the most stable and unobtrusive ways of keeping sticks, mud, and cancer out of one’s eyes.

Like a van windscreen for the face
Like a van windscreen for the face

For the Arena, Arena Max, and Asana, Smith have shortened the arms (relative to current models) to reduce interference with some helmet retention systems.  The Arena is aimed at medium-sized faces (much like the current Pivlock V2) while the Arena Max provides more coverage for more… face.  Picking up where the original Pivlock V90 left off, the Asana has been tailored to better fit ladies’ faces and tastes, with a less aggressive shape (and no hair-pulling arm grippers).

Smooth & curvy
Like a curvy windscreen for the face

They’re not revolutionary, but improvements to already good products are always welcome.  We’ll check back in with Smith come Interbike time for the final details.

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