Smith x Howler Guide’s Choice Sunglasses Review

Bennett Colvin

Bennett Colvin lives in Steamboat, Colorado and is an avid fisherman, hiker, skier, and outdoorsman. Bennett instructs fly fishing and runs youth fly fishing programs. He also is a professional fly tier and ties publicly at fly shops and expos.

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2 Responses

  1. Ofir Zeltzer says:


    Really enjoyed reading your review.
    Can you please help to understand which lens/frame combo this is?
    Smith offers photochtomic lenses only for glass but you also mention impact protection which is the trivax material (ChromaPop +), so I’m confused 🙂
    I’m addition, I usually pick Matte Black frame as shiny frames (or semy translucent) allow light from the sides. Is this frame color block light well from all sides?

  2. Bennett Colvin says:

    Ofir, thanks for the comment. These are the glasses that were reviewed . They are the Tortioise Guides Choice Frame with the Bronze Chromapop Lens. I am not sure this combo is still in production. You are correct the Chomapop + lens are made of the Trivax material These were the Chromapop lens so I don’t believe they are Trivex. The Trivex material seems to have the similar impact resistance propeties as polycarbonate/cabonic lens so either way they are great for fly fishing. This is in comparison to glass or plastic. As far as light blocking properties I find the tortoise color vs black to be negligible. I have sunglasses in both solid black as well as semi translucent and it does not make a big difference when on the water to me. I am sure clear frames would let in a fair amount of light. What does make the difference for me is fit and coverage on my face. Large lens that fit snugly to my face do the best job. These did that. I hope that helps with your decision on sunglasses.

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