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#10865096 - 05/22/15 08:48 PM Great Deal Smith Optics ChromaPop Sunglasses
Aggie61 Offline
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Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 151
Anyone interested in Smith Optics Chromapop sunglasses. Backcountry.com is having a sale 20% and free 2day shipping. Glasses are regularly $209.00 backcountry has them for $167.00. Great price for excellent sunglasses with Excellent Customer Service.

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#10865111 - 05/22/15 08:55 PM Re: Great Deal Smith Optics ChromaPop Sunglasses [Re: Aggie61]
Zedteamk2 Offline
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Registered: 01/04/13
Posts: 157
Loc: Little Elm, TX
ok, so i usually wear some $20 polarized glasses with a yellowish tint.
Whats the difference that warrants the extra expense? (not being a troll, honestly curious )

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#10865159 - 05/22/15 09:17 PM Re: Great Deal Smith Optics ChromaPop Sunglasses [Re: Zedteamk2]
Aggie61 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Zedteamk2
ok, so i usually wear some $20 polarized glasses with a yellowish tint.
Whats the difference that warrants the extra expense? (not being a troll, honestly curious )


Honestly, go try them both on and then compare( not being a wisebutt), maybe you will like your $20 glasses better.

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#10868350 - 05/24/15 10:30 AM Re: Great Deal Smith Optics ChromaPop Sunglasses [Re: Aggie61]
ETX_Chad Online   content
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Registered: 09/11/13
Posts: 114
Loc: Garland, TX
I was in the same boat as you and thought that I'd never pay $200 for shades. But then I started having issues with my cheaper glasses losing the polarization, frames breaking, lens getting scratched, etc.. So, I did some research. I went with Costa vs Smith Optics but they are both good glasses.

In cheap polarized glasses the polarization is just a spray that is applied. The first time you get sunscreen on your lens and have to use water or a cleaner the spray is wiped away. So you are left with a pair of non-polarized glasses. With the higher quality lenses the polarization is usually in between the layers of lenses so that it can't be wiped off.

I have the glass lens Costas and in 3 years of daily use I haven't scratched them yet. I've also never had a frame break but if they do Costa will replace them.

Long answer but the short version is: Quality.

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#10868387 - 05/24/15 10:44 AM Re: Great Deal Smith Optics ChromaPop Sunglasses [Re: Aggie61]
ETX_Chad Online   content
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Registered: 09/11/13
Posts: 114
Loc: Garland, TX
Also, you don't have to go straight from the $20 to the $200 glasses to see improvement. There are some much nicer glasses in the $50 range that you can try. They aren't as high of quality as the others but here are some I've used.

Peppers - prob the best in this range. They have good lenses. I had issues with the frames breaking after a year of tough use. Maybe I am just hard on glasses though? You can get these at REI

Columbia - these weren't as comfortable as others and I found the lens to scratch easier than the peppers. But they were durable and one set of frames floats

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