After some warming up, I’ve come to like the new Smith Foley sunglasses. They are a complete departure from every other pair of sunglasses I’ve ever owned as I never opt for style over function, but these are a fun pair of sunglasses.
Built with all the lens technology you’d expect from Smith, these are much more than your typical metal 80′s throwback sunglasses. They are offered in polarized and non-polarized and feature Smith TORIC lenses with TLT optics for superior optical clarity in all conditions. Here’s the skinny from Smith:
The FOLEY is an exceptionally well fitting NEW METAL style from SMITH. Intended to compliment the documented success of the Serpico, this new style features a medium-scale, modern silhouette that uniquely blends the classic shape of a navigator and an aviator. The sculpted metal temples feature dimensional branding that seamlessly integrate with the sleek lines of this style. TORIC lenses featuring TLT Optics deliver optical clarity in both polarized and non-polarized options.
Smith Foley Review
While the Smith Foley glasses are pretty much dedicated to looking stylish or impersonating motorcycle cops, they are still highly functional with excellent optics. They feel very light on your face and offer excellent wraparound coverage–something not many aviator-style glasses are known for. My gold-framed glasses were mated to polarized gray/green lenses.
In spite of the darkness of the lens, I felt like these glasses were letting in ample light for mixed conditions. Direct sunlight was a bit bright (a mirrored coating would reduce that), but overall lens tint was excellent. I appreciated the quality of the polarized technology and didn’t get much in the way of rainbow effect, which happens with some polarized glasses.
The lenses are only slightly curved top-to-bottom, but feature quite a wraparound as compared to most aviator glasses. This really improved the function of the glasses and increased the peripheral vision. Grippy nose pieces keep things in place, but you’re not going to want to do much more than chill in these shades unless you’re Officer Friendly then we’ll all be kept wondering if you’re a good cop or a bad cop.
MSRP: $139 (polarized) or $119 (standard lens)
- Stylish update to aviator-style sunglasses
- Lens quality and optical clarity
- Cool throwback styling
- You get to play good cop bad cop
- Grippy nose pieces keep things steady
- Pretty much relegated to hang-out duty
- Don’t sit on these (at least Smith will take care of you)
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