SMITH AT­TACK MAX

› Clever wrap­around shades

Cycling Plus (Malaysia) - - NEW KIT -

SIN­GLE LENS WRAP SHADES HAVE al­ways of­fered the great­est un­clut­tered range of vi­sion, with the one-piece lens also help­ing to keep over­all weight down and clar­ity up. Smith’s new At­tack Max glasses do ex­actly that with the 45mm-deep lens of­fer­ing an un­fet­tered field of vi­sion.

Where Smith has been re­ally clever is with the lens at­tach­ment. The lens it­self has a tri­an­gu­lar mould­ing at the tem­ples with a holed cen­tre. The metal-hinged and sprung arms at­tach into this, with a mag­netic jaw that holds the lens se­curely.

If, like us, you have ex­pe­ri­enced the ten­sion and fear of try­ing to ‘pop’ out an ex­pen­sive lens from its frame, the At­tacks take any po­ten­tial wor­ries away, the clever lens re­ten­tion sys­tem re­ally im­pressed us dur­ing test­ing.

The lens sys­tem is one of the safest we’ve tried, it even sur­passes Smith’s own Pivlock sys­tem for sim­plic­ity. How­ever, the in­cluded hard­case is de­signed to store the two lenses and the arms sep­a­rately so you do have to ‘build’ your glasses be­fore you ride. This isn’t a dif­fi­cult job, we would just have pre­ferred the case to be able to take the com­plete glasses without them foul­ing the zip.

On the bike the At­tack’s light 26.9g weight means you hardly no­tice them, and the twopo­si­tion ad­justable nose­piece means you’ll achieve a se­cure fit. While rid­ing on the road, the Smiths re­mained se­cure, but they did bounce a lit­tle when we de­cided to un­der­take a few gravel ex­cur­sions.

The grip­pers on the arms run the full length, which is good to see, as is the in­clu­sion of a sec­ond lens de­signed for low-light con­di­tions fea­tur­ing a light-en­hanc­ing or­ange tint. The pro­tec­tion lev­els are pretty good but we did ex­pe­ri­ence a lit­tle buf­fet­ing from the wind, and we would say the 45mm-deep lenses are bet­ter suited to smaller faces.

In all, we are very im­pressed with the Smith At­tacks, they fit very well, and the lens sys­tem is a work of ge­nius. We do have some reser­va­tions with any sun­glasses that re­tail at just un­der £200.

The At­tacks are very, very good, we just aren’t sure they are that good.

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