Smith Pivlock Asana Review

May 20, 2015
Smith Pivlock Asana
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
88
Security of Fit
8
Comfort
9
Lens Clarity
7
Coverage/Wind Resistance
8
Features
8
Value
8

The Good

  • Lightweight design
  • Easy-to-use interchangeable lens system
  • Good optics
  • Wrapped lens offers good coverage and wind resistance

The Bad

  • Not adjustable, save for a 2-position nose pad
THE VERDICT

The Smith Pivlock Asana is a high-performance sunglass that offers true lightweight comfort and good looks for women. The Pivlock Asana was one of the more comfortable sunglasses tested—and one of the best looking. With a 7-base wrapped profile for full coverage and an interchangeable lens system, the Pivlock Asana delivers usable features in a multi-sport package. My only gripe: With only a 2-position adjustable nosepad, this sunglass has very limited options for a custom fit.

FULL REVIEW

Fit & Comfort

The Pivlock Asana has a very comfortable fit for women. Its rimless design (i.e. the lens is attached only to the temple ends and the nosepads “float” on the lens) makes this one of the lightest performance sunglasses I tested. The wrapped design delivered very good protection from the elements during testing. The only downside is that this frame offers limited adjustability—you can only customize via the two nosepads settings. 

Lens Clarity

In testing, I used Smith’s platinum lens, which had very good clarity and offered noticeable contrast enhancement and definition on the trail. The Pivlock Asana’s wrapped design offers a wide field of vision, which particularly came in handy on the road, while running and riding. The Asana also employs Smith’s Pivlock™ interchangeable lens system, which is easy to use and delivers customized lens options for varying light conditions. The Pivlock Asana package comes with two lens options, one for bright light and one for low light.

Wind Resistance

Due to its aggressive wrapped design, the Pivlock Asana cut the wind well, even on blustery days in Colorado. This frame has no specific venting system but its frame-less design does help cut fogging.

 


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