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Apparel Review

A shield from glare for anglers, Smith’s VTi Interchangeable Performance Optics 


Date: 3/26/07
Tackle type: Apparel
Manufacturer: Smith Action Optics
Reviewer: Zander

Total Score: 8.91 + EDITORS CHOICE!

Many anglers know the name Action Optics, especially fly fishermen, but did you know that Action Optics and Smith are one and the same? Known as Smith Action Optics the company specializes in optics for outdoor activities. The new VTi is one of their hot new styles designed specifically to address the unique needs of fishermen.


Smith Action Optics VTi Specifications

Frame Type Interchangeable TLT carbonic lens shields
Frame Sizes 1 available (medium fit)
Frame Material Injected TR90 facefront & Titanium temples
Frame Colors 6 available
Lens Colors 3 included (polarized color, clear mirror, ignitor)
Features Interchangeable Lens shields, megol nose and temple pads, protective case, 2 additional shields, lifetime warranty
Price $179.00

Impressions: Smith Action Optics has a dedicated specialty fishing collection which utilizes their expertise to put proven technical features into sunglasses designed specifically for angling applications. These optics are designed to provide superior clarity and definition in all light conditions, eliminate glare, and shield your eyes from harmful UVA and UVB rays.


The Smith Action Optics VTi

All of the optics in Smith’s 2007 Specialty Fishing collection are designed to meet the rigorous standards of not just weekend warriors, but professional guides, those that spend each and every day on the water.

Many anglers know the brand "Action Optics" and on the VTi the Smith logo can be found right on the lens

The VTi features a unique one piece lens design, coupled with exotic materials. “For Smith Optics’ product testers, the goal for every piece of equipment is perfection. In the V Ti, we used the finest materials and a unique design to answer the need for ultimate performance,” said Peter Crow, general manager of Smith’s Action Optics Polarized Collection.

Our tests start out as the sun rises

The VTi frame is made with lightweight and flexible titanium temples and hydrophilic Megol pads on the nose and temple pads are designed to ensure a comfortable non-slip fit during high-speed, high-exertion activities.

The VTi comes with this hard protective case

Regardless of what frame and polarized lens combination that anglers select every set comes with a total of three lenses including the new Ignitor™ (Smith Optics’ light-amplifying lens tint for natural terrain) and Clear Mirror performance optics.

On the other side is a cavity which makes it easy to hold the case

Real World Tests: To test the VTi I head out to fish from dawn to dusk for a period of two months on the some of the largest Northern California lakes including Clear Lake and Lake Berryessa. The VTi was compared side by side with other optics including other pairs from Smith, Oakley, Native, and Ray Ban.

Inside we find the VTi and two interchangeable lens shields

Next Section: Operation of the VTi









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