A shield from
glare for anglers, Smithís VTi Interchangeable Performance Optics (continued)
contd': I utilized the clear mirror lens the least, but I did find it very
useful on one particular evening when Cal and I got carried away on fishing on
Clear Lake. We got into our most productive spot late in the day and before we
knew it the sun had just about set and we were miles away from the launch. No
tint at all was a good thing as I simply needed wind protection as we made our
way back in the dark. The clear mirror shield allowed me to make use of what
little light was left without having squint as we powered home at full throttle.
Removing the lens shields takes
Ergonomics: The VTi is very light, weighing at only 1oz., and the best thing
about the VTi is that I barely felt it on my face, even after 8 hours straight
on the water. The V Tiís frame weighs less than most pure plastic frames because
it is primarily built out of ultra-light composite of
Titanium/Beta Titanium temples and a
Grilamid TR90 face front. The exceptional combination of these materials allows
for a secure fit while maintaining comfort and easily interchanged lenses.
The frame alone weighs only .5oz
I never seem
to have problems with the weight on my nose, but with other heavy sunglasses the
earpieces sometimes feel like they are actually digging in after time and the
cradle of my ear can become sore. The VTi reduces the weight on the earpieces to
a minimum while still making the optics fit securely. Smith was very serious
about weight reduction and even ported out the center of the titanium temples.
The titanium is rigid enough that the reduction of material did not impact the
rigidity of the frame in any negative way.
The included copper carbonic
everyone will have a slightly different experience with the pressure from the
temples I found the titanium design to deliver just the right amount of pressure
and give, resulting in a secure yet comfortable fit.
The Ignitor lens is great for
medium conditions (32% VLT)
hydrophilic megol nosepieces do are very comfortable, and they are large enough
that they hold the frames very securely in place. Even when plowing through
rough water the VTi remained securely positioned on the bridge of my nose. This
secure fit is also a major plus for anglers that trek or find themselves
navigating streams, like fly anglers.
The Clear Mirror lens is good for
low light and night conditions (70% VLT)
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