In our Best Fishing Sunglasses of 2013 feature, we sang the praises of Smith's new ChromaPOP lenses, introduced late in 2013. Since that time, we've continued dragging along our favorites of the ChromaPOP lineup along on all manner of watery excursions, and this relatively new technology from Smith has continued to impress everyone we've shared it with. So, we were considerably pleased to learn of Smith's announcement from yesterday which introduces two new ChromaPOP lenses -- the ChromaPOP Polarized Brown Mirror and Polarized Blue Mirror -- both designed specifically with fishing in mind.
And yes, we're well aware that we've beaten the anglers-need-good-eyewear message to the point of dead horse status, but we're going to keep talking about it. For one, it remains crucial to an angler success. Plus, we like it.
The ChromaPOP Polarized Blue Mirror lens, as blue-mirror lenses typically are, are geared towards the saltwater fisherman in mind. According to Smith, the lens was "designed for the serious off- shore waterman seeking to cut glare, eliminate backside reflections and maximize fish spotting opportunities in open water environments." The lens is the darkest of the ChromaPOP offerings and is intended for use in bright, sunny conditions.
For medium to bright conditions, as well as more variable fishing environments, Smith is introducing the new ChromaPOP Polarized Bronze Mirror and isn't being bashful about its versatility and performance. Smith notes, "the ChromaPop Polarized Bronze Mirror lens creates a color-enhanced visual experience like no other mirror lens you’ve seen. Intensified reds, blues, and greens result in almost 3D-like visuals."
No word on availability, but expect to see these available soon from SmithOptics.com and Smith Optics authorized retailers.