I know the Smith Interlock Trace Sunglasses have been out for awhile but I love them. They’ve been my go to glass for over two years.
Smith stepped up the interchangeable lens game when they released the Interlock lens system a couple of years ago and they stepped it up again with the release of the Piv-Lock system. The Slider system worked but it was a little bit of a pain getting the lenses in and out. The Interlock system makes lens swaps easy with a simple twist of the temple pieces. I’ve been a fan of Interchangeable lenses since the Slider days but I was extra stoked when the Interlock came out.
Smith Interlock Trace Features
- Carbonic TLT Lenses
- Interlock Interchangeable
- 3 sets of lenses (mine came with polarized brown, Ignitor, clear mirror)
- Nonslip emple pads
- Medium fit
- Hard Protective case (at least mine came with one)
- Lifetime Warranty
- RX Compatible
- Price: $149
Smith Interlock Trace Review
I’ve been a fan of Smith for a long time now and the Interlock Trace doesn’t disappoint. The Trace features a medium fit and sit nicely on my face. The lenses on the Trace are a little larger than other sunglasses, but not big enough that you look ridiculous. They do provide enough coverage that on sunny days touring the snow reflection doesn’t get through the edges, they keep keep the wind out on fast bike rides, and enough coverage to keep the rain and mud out when the weather gets dicey.
Like most all frames, the Trace frame features a little bit of a springy-tension to allow fit on a wider range of head sizes. I like this because it helps keep the glasses where they need to be on my head. In my experience this tension goes away within a year or two of use, but after nearly two years of use it’s still going strong. The temple pieces have long pads to also keep the frames on your head, especially when you are sweaty. Many others I’ve used would still slip, even with the pads.
The two lenses I’ve used the most are the brown polarized and the clear lenses. Of course the polarized brown on sunny days and the clear on the rainy days or when I commute home at night. The clear lenses feature a very light mirror to help break glare when riding at night or in the rain.
- Interlock Interchangeable system
- Good face coverage
- Fit and look
- RX compatible
- Are a little bigger, might look silly if you have a small face
- If you have a big head the temple tension might be uncomfortable
- If lenses aren’t inserted just right they’ll pop out
The Smith Interlock Trace has become my “go to” sunglass for everything. I wear them when bike commuting, trail running, mountain biking, going to the park with the kids…everything. After two years I haven’t had any problems and am still extremely satisfied with these glasses.
Buy Now: Pick up the Smith Interlock Trace Sunglasses and put your other sunglasses on the shelf.