Road Tested: Smith ChromaPop Sunglasses
I’m as particular as the next guy about my sunglasses but never more so when I’m fly fishing, a sport that demands a good pair of polarized specs to cut the glare and help you read the water. So I decided to test a pair of Smith ChromaPop sunglasses, which claim to go some way beyond the idea of mere polarization.
Smith says that “By blocking specific color wave intersections as they pass through the lens, ChromaPop is able to eliminate color confusion, so your brain is recognizing true color, faster. ChromaPop optimizes color and increases clarity, enabling you to see the outside world with an unparalled level of vibrance.”
It was a good pitch and I was game to try them. I quickly found out that these aren’t the polarized glasses that you might buy from anyone else. They offered a really bright view of the world, did not fatigue the eyes and the wrap around style of the Tenet model meant they stayed on when I was casting. They passed my personal tests this summer when I was fly fishing at AMC’s Gorman Chairback Lodge in Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness. They are rather cool looking as well, about as cool as I’m going to get, at any rate. Fishing aside, they certainly seemed to enhance the near cinematic interplay of the Atlantic Ocean and the deep green Dingle Peninsula when I brought them to Ireland on a hike this fall? But did they really help me land two decent landlocked salmon one afternoon on the AMC’s Long Pond? I’ll give them at least some of the credit.
Smith ChromaPop retail from $209.