You Could Wear These Sunglasses at Night
When it comes to optics, Smith definetely has the reputation and name in the industry. When I was looking for a new pair of sunglasses for cycling and running I immediately thought of Smith.
I really like the design of the Pivlock V90. They really conform to your face, while providing enough coverage so that you don’t see the edge around your eyes. I also, really like the weight of these sunglasses. They are very light, and seem to disappear when you put them on.
Unfortunately, the Pivlock 90 has a pretty big problem. I’ve found on multiple occasions, both running and cycling, that sweat will run down your face and right onto the lenses. Because the lenses are a solid piece, the sweat just hits the lenses and streaks down. This is a big pain, especially if you are doing a hard interval ride or run. The other hassle is then that your vision is obscured, and I’ve had to clean the lenses after just about every activity.
The quality of the optics are exceptional. The polarized lenses make for crystal clear viewing. Also, the Pivlock V90 comes with 3 set of lenses to choose from. A darker polarized lense, a rose or lighter colored lense, and then a clear lense. I have found all three to be very useful and convenient. (You can actually wear the clear lens at night!)
The other helpful thing to know about the Pivlock V90 is that to change out the lenses you have to pull off the side arms and then re-attach them to the new lens you want to use. This can be a little tough the first couple times you do it, and you will probably be worried that you will break the lens. The good thing is that lenses are very strong, and the system works well, so you won’t actually break the lens. You’ll need a little practice, but you’ll be able to do it like a pro in no time.
The Bottom Line ~
The Pivlock V90 is a well-designed and high quality lens. The big drawback of this product is that sweat will run down your forehead and right onto the lens, leaving sweat streaks all down your glasses. If you don’t mind cleaning your glasses frequently, or if you don’t sweat, than this wouldn’t be an issue. The optic quality and weight of these lenses is great. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this product to friends and I wouldn’t by another pair, until they fix this design problem.