Smith Ruckus Sunglasses : Versatile, comfortable all-season sport sunglasses

Smith Ruckus Sunglasses - Paul Gallaher of Engearment.com

Smith Ruckus Sunglasses: Versatile, comfortable all-season sport sunglasses

Paul Gallaher

The Smith Ruckus sunglasses with ChromaPop lens technology and proprietary PivLock interchangeable lens system have some great features and innovations that I have been excited to try out. These glasses are made for a person that is active outdoors and needs a medium to large fit and wide visual coverage.

When purchased, you will get the glasses with the preferred lens, plus a ChromaPop Contrast Rose lens for low light conditions, a microfiber bag that doubles as a cleaning cloth, and a hard-shell case with foam cutouts to fit both the glasses and replacement lens.

Smith Ruckus Sunglasses - Paul Gallaher of Engearment.com

Smith Ruckus Sunglasses – Paul Gallaher of Engearment.com

 

This eyewear is promoted by Smith as cycling eyewear. Cycling is the main activity I have worn these glasses for during testing.

 

Fit:

 

  • The Ruckus has “Megol” nose pads and temples.  Megol is a soft “thermoplastic elastomer” that feels very nice on the nose and the contact points behind your ears. I’ve never gotten a hot spot behind my ears or a sore nose wearing these sunglasses. Additionally, they really tend to stay where I put them, as Megol is also very grippy, and the glasses are lightweight.

  • These glasses are compatible with Smith’s Optical Docking System, which allows for the addition of a prescription lens insert.

  • While the earpieces do not appear to be “moldable” when I bend them, they do fit snugly on my face, and I do not feel the need to try to bend these earpieces to fit (like I do with some glasses that have a wire insert in the earpieces).

  • The glasses do have venting on the top bar that also provides some rigidity to the lens as these are “frameless” sunglasses.

Smith Ruckus Sunglasses - Paul Gallaher of Engearment.com

Smith Ruckus Sunglasses – Paul Gallaher of Engearment.com

Lens:

 

  • The lenses on the Ruckus are a very nice, full wraparound shape. While I can see the outside and bottom edges of the lens peripherally, this will block bright sunlight and glare from directly impacting your vision across any normal range of view. This lens is about as panoramic as you can get. Interestingly, the way this lens was designed to be cycling friendly, my view “up” is totally covered by the lens in that I cannot perceive the top of the lens, even with peripheral vision. If you are riding a bicycle in an “aero” position, these sunglasses are designed to provide both good coverage at the top of the field of view AND good ventilation in the same space. A+ grade on that design!

  • These lenses are carbonic impact-resistant lenses with excellent clarity. They also feature Smith’s trademarked “ChromaPop” technology, which according to Smith, has “enhanced color, clarity and definition”. What I CAN attest to is that these lenses, particularly my ChromaPop black lens are very dark, allowing only 10% of visible light transmission (VLT). As I live and play at high altitudes in the Colorado Rockies, low VLT is exactly the lens I need on a Bluebird day above 10,000 feet of altitude.

  • Additionally, when I am wearing them, I don’t think about wearing them. Everything looks like natural colors, and I see through them very well. If the glasses I am wearing make me forget they’re there, they’ve done their job. The VLT of the second ChromaPop Contrast Rose lens is 48%. I’ve worn these on a cloudy day and on an evening right before sunset, and they work great!

  • A word about lens shape and size; I’ve tried other very large shield-style sunglasses in the past. They were so big on my face, the top of my bike helmet would “knock” on the top of the sunglasses, constantly bumping them down my face. Not only did those become a hassle to deal with as I’d have to reach up and reposition them on my ride, but that distraction could also be dangerous when I’m on the bike. These glasses are not THOSE glasses. These fit great and provide excellent wind flow around them, which helps to keep my eyes from drying out in a dry dusty climate or when I am riding at high speed.

Smith Ruckus Sunglasses - Paul Gallaher of Engearment.com

Smith Ruckus Sunglasses – Paul Gallaher of Engearment.com

 

Lastly, the PivLock interchangeable lens system is great! Changing lenses is intuitive and takes less than a minute to change them out. If you’re on a long distance outing and you bring your extra lens in the included microfiber bag, you will have the confidence of knowing you’ll have 90% of possible lighting conditions covered while you’re out and about. I’m really looking forward to trying these sunglasses this coming winter while cross country skiing.

On blue sky days in snow country, the light is extremely bright at high altitude when reflecting off snow. I expect the dark lenses will work great. Conversely, on cloudy, snowy days I am eager to try out the Contrast Rose lenses when we have days with snow flurries and flat light.

Smith Ruckus Sunglasses - Paul Gallaher of Engearment.com

Smith Ruckus Sunglasses – Paul Gallaher of Engearment.com

I anticipate they will help with contrast when it can be difficult to make out tracks in the snow ten feet ahead. When you’re choosing a pair of sports sunglasses, consider the Smith Ruckus glasses with ChromaPop lenses. They’re available in seven frame and lens color combinations including one option for photochromic lenses.

Attaching four photos, two with dark lenses and two with Contrast Rose lenses


Paul Gallaher

Paul Gallaher

Paul Gallaher

 

Paul grew up in Minnesota where he learned to love the outdoors, riding his bike, fishing and canoeing in the summers and skiing in the winters on Minnesota’s 300 foot-tall “mountains”.

Paul Gallaher

Paul Gallaher

After finishing college, he was commissioned as an officer in the USAF eventually becoming a special operations and reconnaissance instructor navigator flying and serving around the world for twenty-two years.

Paul Gallaher

Paul Gallaher

 

Living and traveling around the world has given Paul opportunities to explore outdoor passions. He is an advanced scuba diver, a pilot, a sailor and has skied in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.

Paul Gallaher

Paul Gallaher

 

These days, Paul lives in Summit County, Colorado with Kate (the Doctor of Stoke) and Sansa the snow dog. He works as a Registered Nurse and Nordic Center Groomer.
Paul Gallaher

Paul Gallaher

Given the time, he enjoys alpine and nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and skijoring as well as hiking, mountain and road cycling in the “off season”.
Paul Gallaher

Paul Gallaher

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