Over the last year I’ve worn three different pairs of Chromapop glasses and have converted every member of the team. Every person I’ve handed these glasses to has done a double, or even triple take. Sliding the glasses up and down to look at nature unfiltered and through the Chromapop lenses for a back to back comparison.
Smith designed the Lowdown glasses to be a casual, lifestyle glass however I’ve demoted my older beat up pair to mountain bike duty and keep the freshies in the van. I don’t like “performance” style sunglasses as the future frames just don’t suit me. I’ve worn everything from Ray Ban Wayfarers to Oakley’s casual glasses off road and the Chromapop Lowdowns have definitely become my favorite in brighter trail conditions.
That being said, I feel like we have to make a disclaimer noting these are not mountain bike glasses, and don’t have the ventilation or design features of other performance sunglasses. These are a casual glass that I’ve taken on the trail because they look better to me.
Off the trail and on the road, Smith’s Chromapop lenses left me bugging my road dogs as I constantly pointed out vivdly green fields and insanely colored clouds and the sharply ridged canyons. After about the tenth callout being met with less than enthusiastic agreement I took my glasses of to get a better look and instantly realized why I was the only one excited— I was the only one eye doping!
I passed the shades around and listened to the oohs and ahs roll in. There is no denying that Chromapop technology really boosts what you see. It’s like real time photoshop. We all noticed a huge difference in everything from driving conditions to scenic walks with the dog.
One place I particularly like them is on long road trips. Because of the color and contrast boosting tech, I can legitimately say that they keep me more alert and focused on the road. The blue tinted lenses also aid the effort. Like most high end glasses, the polarized coating also cuts down on glare coming from the road and cars.
The Wolf’s Last Word
It’s not just your vision that becomes instantly clear after putting on Smith’s Chromapop equipped Lowdowns. As we said before, in a time when every brand has got the best, world changing product you never knew you needed, it’s exciting when something actually works this well. No it won’t make you ride faster, jump higher or grow your bank account, but it will make your day to day existence a little more enjoyable.