Smith Lowdown XL 2
Words by Drew Rohde | Photos by Chili Dog
In a marketing age of never ending hype, it’s rare that a product delivers the way Smith’s Chromapop technology does. We got our first pair of Smith Lowdown glasses over a year ago. After a few shameless emails to Smith, our whole grew got kitted out with new shades one by one. Now we’re all eye doping and it feels good.
Smith’s Lowdown and Lowdown XL2 glasses are part of their extensive lifestyle line and come in a variety of frame and lens colors. They’re similar to the tried and true Wayfarer but with a slightly modern twist. The XL2 is the larger version and offers bigger lenses to hide your hangover, or offer you more optical pleasure.
What makes these glasses so great isn’t the plastic frame that so many companies can replicate. Instead it’s the lens technology, specifically Chromapop. The technology is proprietary to Smith and they claim it helps you see detail and color beyond normal capabilities. We certainly agree, at least in the terms of the color enhancement.
Chromapop works by filtering the two wavelengths of light that cause color confusion and affect definition. The human retina has difficulty separating blue and green and red and green. By filtering those specific wavelength crossovers, Chromapop lenses are able to give the wearer increased definition and color while improving clarity over traditional lenses.
Smith offers Chromapop lenses not only in a variety of colors, but also in a few different variations. You can choose between the Chromapop+, polarized or non-polarized lenses to suit your needs. Our glasses also feature antireflective treatment, are water and oil resistant and offer 100% UV protection.