OR: Smith Threshold Slider Sunglasses - David Tagnani
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SMITH THRESHOLD SLIDER SUNGLASSES
BY DAVID TAGNANI
June 30, 2008
NAME: David Tagnani
LOCATION: Spokane, Washington
HEIGHT: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
WEIGHT: 160 lb (72.60 kg)
Backpacking Background: I have been camping and hiking for as long as
I can remember, but I've really only been backpacking for eight years
or so. I started off in the hills of northeastern and central
Pennsylvania, have hiked trails from Maine to Georgia, and now I am
exploring the incredible terrain of the inland northwest. I seldom do
trips longer than three days, with most trips being overnighters. I do
not own crampons, an ice axe, or a climbing harness, so if the route
is technical enough to require them, you won't find me there. I simply
like to walk in the woods.
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Manufacturer: Smith Optics<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 4"
IMAGE CAPTION = "Case and lens insert">>
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
"http://www.smithoptics.com/index.html" LINK TEXT = "Smith Optics">>
Listed Weight: Unavailable
Measured Weight: 1.0 oz (28.4 g)
Frame Material: Grilamid nylon
Lens Material: Carbonic
Frame / lens color: Graphite / Brown
The Smith Threshold Slider sunglasses came with a semi-rigid case and
three pairs of lenses: Brown, Rose Copper, and Clear. The case
includes an insert that holds three pairs of lenses. I purchased the
Polarized Platinum Mirror lenses for an additional $50.
Since I purchased them in April of 2007, these have been the only
sunglasses I've worn. So I have worn them in every season during a
variety of activities.
During the spring, summer, and fall, I hike, backpack, and fish
frequently in the dry, hot, sunny climate of the Inland Northwest. Sun
protection is a important consideration when recreating in the
outdoors around here. I've worn these sunglasses on several
backpacking trips, including such diverse terrain as the rainforests
of Olympic National Part to the hot and dry alpine lakes of Idaho's
Selkirk Mountains. The Threshold have been on my face during long
dayhikes in Montana's Glacier National Park, the Alpine Lakes region
of the Cascade Mountains, and the Columbia Highlands of northeastern
These are also the glasses I use for my fairly frequent fishing
excursions along the Spokane River and on the many alpine lakes I hike
to in the surrounding mountains. This is the main reason why I decided
to shell out the additional $50 for polarized lenses to go with the
three pairs of non-polarized lenses that were included.
Though I hike in winter less frequently than I would like, these have
been my glasses in those few winter trips that I have been on, both
with and without snowshoes. Additionally, in the high mountains of
Washington and Idaho, spring and early summer hiking often means
hiking on snow.
Smith's website designates the Thresholds as a medium / large fit, and
I find that to be accurate. I have a large head, and these sunglasses
work for me. The megol rubber at the nose and temples offer a
comfortable, secure fit. They do not pinch or squeeze, yet they
maintain a solid and secure grip, so much so that I do not feel the
need to use a strap in case they slip off. It has not happened yet,
and I cannot imagine that it will. They really feel that secure on my
They also work as far as appearance goes. They are not too large for
my face, yet they offer complete coverage, only allowing a bit of
light to sneak in the tops if the sun is at a certain angle. Any hat
will solve this problem. But I think the problem exists in the first
place because the Threshold are a roomy pair of sunglasses. By "roomy"
I mean that I don't find my eyelashes scraping the insides of the
lenses, and the frames allow enough air circulation that condensation
is almost never a problem. A few extreme circumstances have produced
some fog on the lens, but it quickly disperses and is never a major issue.
The Threshold was my first foray into high-end, specialty sunglasses.
Before purchasing the Smiths, I would buy cheap sunglasses every few
weeks. I had major reservations about spending good money on a product
that I essentially viewed as disposable, but after tiring of the
endless search for cheap sunglasses that were durable, I relented and
bought the Smith Thresholds. They seemed to me to be more reasonably
priced than other comparable brands and models.
I have not been disappointed by that decision at all. The nylon frames
flexible and comfortable, but at the same time they feel sturdy and
durable. The metal hinges operate smoothly. The lenses have proved to
be quite durable, surviving bugs, branches, thorns, snow, and rain
without a scratch. I am, however, awfully careful about cleaning and
storing them, which has likely contributed to their longevity.
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clear, brown, platinum, rose copper">>
Changing the lenses was easy for me to get the hang of. I primarily
use only two sets of lenses: the brown and the polarized platinum. I
use the polarized platinum lenses all summer long, whether near water
or deep in the forest. They are dark lenses, transmitting only 12% of
visible light. But for me, they work in all but the darkest
situations. The elimination of glare is invaluable when scanning the
water for fish and suitable cover, not to mention looking out for
obstructions when on a boat.
The brown lenses I use in winter and the shoulder seasons when it is
cloudy. But even in winter when it is sunny, the polarized lenses come
The rose copper lenses are designed to increase depth perception,
something that is rarely an issue for me. Theses lenses distort color
too much for my tastes, so I never use them.
The clear lenses are listed on Smith's website as designed for
nighttime use. Huh? I don't get why you would want to wear clear
glasses at night, unless flying debris was an issue for some reason.
Perhaps these lenses could be of use for turning the Thresholds into
safety glasses, but though they are shatter-resistant, the
informational materials that come with the glasses specifically state
that Smith sunglasses are NOT safety glasses. Anyway, I can't find any
conceivable use for the clear lenses.
THINGS I LIKE
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
Includes lenses I don't want or use
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> Sorry, I don't know how to do the "tinyurl" thing.Copy the web address you want to make tiny, go to tinyurl.com, plug it in to the box for it
there, and they'll give you a little tiny address.
> MSRP: $119EDIT: US
Comment: I was confused for a second looking this up. After your MSRP, you might want
to put "($109 to $149, depending on lens type)" or something like that.
> Frame / lens color: Graphite / BrownComment: It's not required, but it would be nice to have the list of other colors available.
> The Smith Threshold Slider sunglasses came with a semi-rigid case andComment/Edit: Do they all come with these lenses? Or do other color frames come with
> three pairs of lenses: Brown, Rose Copper, and Clear.
EDIT: Where's your product description?
Does the manufacturer make any claims about the Grilamid frames (I don't know what that
is, by the way) or the carbonic lenses? Who are these glasses intended to fit? Can you
describe the frames? It looks like they don't go all the way around the top. Is these any
ventilation? What are the megol nose pads? Oh, I see now you put a lot of this information
in the summary. You didn't mention it before, so it should really be moved out of the
summary and up into a description section.
> By "roomy"Comment: Ooh, good description. That happens to me with most sunglasses and I hate it!
> I mean that I don't find my eyelashes scraping the insides of the
> Anyway, I can't find anyComment: Keeping bugs out during evening bike rides or maybe keeping the ash away
> conceivable use for the clear lenses.
when walking around California at night during fire season.
> THINGS I LIKEEdit: The pros you listed are pretty generic, while you really had a number of good things
to say about the glasses in your review. Can you add some more of your pros/cons here
from your report? Maybe the looks of the glasses, that they fit snugly and don't fall off,
they're roomy enough for eyelashes, etc.