Smith Backdrop Sunglasses

Priced: $179.00 - $238.95 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 8 reviews.
Smith Backdrop Sunglasses
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Color: Mahogany / Copper
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Shades for your on-the-go lifestyle - the Backdrop Sunglasses from Smith are made with tough and flexible Grilamid frames and employ stainless steel spring hinges and shatter resistant glass lenses.


  • Fits a medium-size face
  • Small to medium fit with medium coverage


  • Utilizing a nine layer construction set up, all available light is managed to maximize clarity and eye comfort
  • Grilamid® TR90 lightweight nylon frames offer a consistent fit and flexibility in all temperatures and are extremely impact resistant


  • By absolutely minimizing lens thickness to provide a 20% weight reduction over standard lenses, total frame weight rivals any sunglass on the market
  • Evolve Frame Materia
  • Grilamid TR90 plastic frame is exceedingly light and durable and will maintain its shape under all temperature changes
  • Frames feature spring hinges to accommodate a multitude of head sizes
  • Frame Measurements 61-16-135


  • Techlite Polarized Glass lenses produce clarity, optical precision, and comfort

Traction and Grip:

  • Hydrophilic Megol™ nosepiece and temple ends become tackier when wet for reliable grip during exercise and hot weather


  • Anti-Reflective and Hydroleophobic Lens Coatings
  • Anti-Reflective (AR) mirror coating to absorb back light effects
  • A permanent Oleophobic coating protects the lens and mirror coatings by repelling water, dirt, fingerprints, and grease
  • Techlite Polarized Glass TLT Lenses block glare and UV (ABC)
  • Created through a finishing process with controls maintaining 1/200th of a millimeter tolerance, each lens is optically-corrected using Tapered Lens Technology
  • TLT Techlite glass lens offers maximum optical clarity and greater durability than plastic
  • Lightweight Techlite™ lenses feature high-quality borosilicate glass that is polished and chemically tempered for increased shatter resistance
  • Polarized lenses reduce 99% of visible glare for increased sharpness and decreased eye fatigue
  • Stainless Steel Spring Hinges
  • Photochromic lenses automatically adjust tint according to light conditions; lenses darken in bright light and lighten when there's less light
  • Protective case included
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Polarchromic lenses are both polarized and photochromic, eliminating glare and self-adjusting tint lighter or darker according to light conditions
  • Polarized photochromic copper lens tint provides medium contrast with excellent definition; double-sided hydrophobic coating sheds water
  • 8 Base Lens Curvature
Northern River Supply
With sharp styling and thoughtful detailing, Smith Backdrop Sunglasses showcase medium coverage Techlite Polarized Glass TLT lenses for unmatched optical clarity on water and snow.
Despite their understated, retro style, the Smith Backdrop Polarchromic Sunglasses pack more features and technology than all your shades and all your friends’ shades combined. Probably your friends’ friends, too.


In and out of shadows and from sun-up to sun-down, the Smith Backdrop polarized photochromic sunglasses are your single eyewear for sun protection.


A perfect complement to the Touchstone, the Smith Backdrop incorporates the same great features like stainless steel spring hinges and Megol contact surfaces at the nose and temple tips. Sharp styling and thoughtful detailing, showcase a medium coverage lens profile with unmatched optical clarity.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
The Smith Backdrop's sharp detailing showcases a medium coverage lens profile that makes these sunglasses perfect for the leisure activity of your choice.
The Backdrop encompasses a ton of great features like spring hinges and Megol covered nose pads and temple tips. Sharp detailing showcases a medium coverage lens profile that makes it perfect for the leisure activity of your choice.
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Best Use:Casual
Blocks Uv:Yes
Case Included:yes
Fit:Medium Fit / Medium Coverage
Frame:Evolve Frame Material
Frame Color:Black
Frame Fit:Regular
Frame Material:Plastic (Nylon)
Frame Size:M
Interchangeable Lenses:no
Lens Material:Techlite TLT Glass
Lens Size:M
Lens Tint:Gray Green
Lens Type:Polarized
Light transmission:13 - 20 percent
Removable Side Shields:no
Side Shields:No
UV protection:100 percent
UVA Protection:100%
UVB Protection:100%
UVC Protection:100%
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Smith Backdrop Sunglasses Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

This is my third pair of Smith's now. I bought the Slider series over ten years ago then upgraded to the Interlock when they came out. Now I just made the move for a set of Polarchromics. I have not had a chance to use these in many diverse conditions yet so I can't give a detailed review yet. But what I can tell so far is that these are by far the best shade I have had. The Techlite glass lens is far and away more clear than any plastic based lens on the market. The ultimate test for me will be when I'm on the river fishing until dark. If these shades can still be effective in the late evening then they'll forever be shade quiver. As far as construction and detail are concerned, these are probably the prettiest/cleanest pair of shades I've ever owned. Then again, for $179.00...they should be.

Scott Swallow at on 04/08/2010

Comfortable, sharp

After many years of inferior glasses, I took the plunge and spent a bit for these. I was not disappointed. I use them for snowshoeing and snowcamping, and will use them in the summer for backpacking. They stay on nicely without being too tight, provide good coverage/protection, and they're sharp, with a pleasing lens color. The only drawback is that they would not be suitable for driving, because the temple part is large and might obstruct your vision as you glance to the left to check for cars in your "dead spot."
Steadyhiker at REI on 02/02/2013

I can't go any where without sunglasses even on cloudy days. I have the mahogany polar chromic copper and love these glasses. They filter the light nicely to where I can see as comfortably on sunny bluebird days as on cloudy ones. I wear them all the time around town and depending on the day on the mtb trails and all the time in BC touring. The storage case they come with is great for shoving them in the pack. I recommend!

matthew.d.1571478 at on 12/16/2011

My personal favorite and I am the rep. The polarchromic Ignitor lens is Awesome all day long. Love the spring hinges. Wear them on my hat when I am inside and they never fall off.

Garret Rose at on 03/10/2011

These glasses are sick. Great style, great comfort, and bomber construction. Obviously since the lens is glass they are heavier than polycarbonate or other lenses, but the clarity is unmatched. Incredibly crisp, clear optics.

beng8352 at on 05/09/2012

Second pair of Smith's that I have owned. They just keep getting better! I refuse to wear any other brand. Great feel, photochromic quality is awesome, good fit. Buy them...

mro3240128 at on 07/25/2010

Great polarization and optical clarity. Photochromic quality is subtle but works. Good glasses for fishing or mountain sports

Ryan at on 11/11/2010

Negative Reviews:

Check that the case is included with these. The regular polarized ones do not come with any case, which is a bummer considering they cost $178. Even though the detailed view on those shows a case. They just come with a crappy bag. Ask in advance.

mar4587376 at on 03/24/2011