Smith Attack Sunglasses ReviewFebruary 10, 2019
- Great peripheral vision
- Poor wind protection
- Reflection in low angle light
The Smith Attack is a pretty well-rounded pair of performance sunglasses. The frameless design has a lot of advantages such as being a very lightweight, flexible and great peripheral vision. The weight and flex make for a very comfortable pair of sunglasses that can comfortably be worn all day. They have a curved arm, instead of straight, which does not put any pressure on the side of your head and works well by wrapping around. The design of the Attack is striking. We tested the red arms with a grey tint and mirror finish lens. The red really pops and they will definitely draw attention. There are other color options available.
The lenses on the Attack are very clear in the right condition. They come with two options, a dark grey tint, and a rose tint. It is fine changing between lenses before your run or ride but the since they are frameless, you have to detach both arms and the nose piece, which is not complicated but would be cumbersome out on the trail. The hard carry-case is huge and is not suited to being carried in a pack. These were the most expensive lenses tested at $250, but you do get the second pair of lenses, whether you want them or not. They are a quality pair of sunglasses and are a decent value for the money.
The Smith Attack is very comfortable. The frameless design is very lightweight and the adjustable nose pads create a custom fit that is comfortable all day. The arms are very curved which helps alleviate any pressure around the side of the head and the rubber tips grip well. Because of the frameless design, there is some built-in flexibility since the lenses can flex just a little bit, but that also helps reduce pressure.
Security of fit
The weight of the Attack helps the lens sit light on your nose so there is no slipping when you start to sweat or when running on technical terrain. The curved arms wrap around your head really well and grip without having to pinch the side of your head as most sunglasses do. The rubber on the tips of the arm also do a good job a gripping and don’t grab your hair.
The Attack comes with two pairs of lenses, A dark grey tint and rose tint both with a “chroma pop” mirror finish. The grey tint is the more useful lens and the one used most often. The rose tint works really well darker situations but in bright light, it just doesn’t block enough of the light. Both lenses work really well outside and are exceptionally clear. When the light is at a low angle (indoors or around sunrise and sunset) there was a significant reflection inside the lens. It ended up being pretty distracting and was very apparent. It was worse in the rose tint than in the grey tint.
Peripheral vision in the Attack is very good. The lenses are fairly wide and wrap really well which helps get the arms out of your view and since there is no frame there is nothing else obstructing your view.
Coverage and protection from debris and sun are very good. Because of the wide lenses, there was never a problem with a side glare. The wind protection was not great. The Attack’s counterpart, the Attack Max has a larger lens that has excellent wind protection but less ventilation. The Attack has excellent ventilation but if you have issues with your eyes getting dry due to the wind, the Attack Max might be the lens to go with.Continue Reading
Gavin Coombs brings 20+ years of running and racing experience and a background in run specialty retail to his reviews.