Smith Pathway Sunglasses Review

First off, Smith is so innovative when it comes to their product lines. Their products work in unison, as I highlighted in the Forefront 2 helmet article. Smith Pathway Sunglasses are just one piece of that puzzle. The way the frames are designed allow for the perfect fit when used with other Smith products. With that integration comes unrivaled stylings. Smith’s lifestyle sunglasses have become a cult classic. Almost every outdoors person I know has a pair. The fit, finish and lenses are all very much top of the line.

Testing

Before everything went down in 2020, I was lucky enough to attend the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival. I strapped on the Forefront 2 helmet as well as the Smith Pathway Sunglasses to get the full affect of the system. I couldn’t have been more impressed with the breathability and photochromic properties of the sunglasses on the bike.

Smith Pathway Sunglasses photochromic lens
Smith Forefront 2 helmet on man
Smith Forefront 2 helmet on man
Smith Forefront 2 helmet on man

Pathway

Fit: You guessed it, the Pathway sunglasses were literally designed to fit perfectly with the Forefront 2 helmet. The soft megol nose and temple pieces make for a super comfortable fit at all contact points. Even with the never-ending sweat pouring off me in the AZ desert, they stayed in place. They are a lightweight, athletic fit intended to stay put and that they did.

Style: These sunglasses look like performance sunglasses, they aren’t something I would wear around off the trail. They are sleek in design and lower profile to integrate with helmets. Smith has an entire lifestyle line of sunglasses that I’m sure you have seen all over the trails. This frame just happens to be a Ferrari and not a Cadillac.

Lens: The specific lens I tried was a PhotoChromic lens with a great reaction time when exiting and entering light. The lens provided enough tint in harsh sunlight while keeping depth perception a priority. I would say these are a very safe choice for all day riding or bikepacking.

Specs

  • ChromaPop™ lenses – Photochromic Clear to Gray
  • Anti-reflective and hydroleophobic lens coatings
  • Evolve eco-friendly frame material
  • Auto-lock hinges
  • Medium fit/large coverage
  • Hydrophilic megol temple & nose pads for a secure fit
  • 8 base frame
  • Microfiber bag included
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY

SIMILAR TO THE SMITH PATHWAY

Smith Pathway Sunglasses arm rubber
Hydrophilic megol temple pads
Smith Pathway Sunglasses nose pad
Hydrophilic megol nose pads
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