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  • Polarized lenses reduce 99% of visible glare from water, snow, sand and pavement for increased visual acuity and decreased eye strain
  • Each frame includes 1 set of polarized lenses (tint depends on frame color) and 1 additional set
  • Brown frames feature polarized brown lenses that block reflected glare while providing increased depth perception and reducing eye strain
  • Black frames feature polarized gray lenses that block reflected glare while preserving natural colors in order to provide true color definition
  • Non-polarized, additional lenses are ideal for low and medium to nighttime light
  • Scratch- and impact-resistant Carbonic™ lenses use Tapered Lens Technology from Smith™ to provide distortion-free vision
  • Tapered Lens Technology contours the thickness of the lens so that light travels through without distortion—what you see is what you get
  • Grilamid® TR90 lightweight nylon frames offer a consistent fit and flexibility in all temperatures and are extremely impact-resistant
  • Hydrophilic Megol™ nosepiece and temple ends become tackier when wet for reliable grip during exercise and hot weather
  • 9-base-curve lenses; (the higher the number the more curved the lens—Smith features sunglasses with 6, 7, 8 and 9 base curvature)
  • Frames have a medium fit with large coverage

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Specs

Best Use Multisport
UV Protection 100 percent
Lens Tint Gray / brown / rose-base
Light Transmission 14 / 15 / 32 percent
Lens Material Carbonic TLT polycarbonate
Polarized Yes
Interchangeable Lenses Yes
Additional Lenses Included 1
Frame Material Evolve castor-based polymer
Gender Unisex
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I tried on every pair of performance sunglasses I could, expecting to buy Oakley's. Oakley's tend to be overstyled, trendy, and not actually comfortable on my face. The Parallel Max's are perfect--true performance glasses. They've been with me on hot (6 mile, 100 degree) mid-summer Texas hikes, long runs, countless mountain bike rides, backpacking trips, all day drives, and even look good with a suit and tie. I lost my first pair on a backpacking trip and immediately replaced them. The fit is perfect, they never move (even when sweaty), the colors look clear and brilliant. I highly recommend!!!
Date published: 2014-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great glasses, even better warranty These replaced a similar but discontinued style of Smith's. The fit is really comfortable, lightweight, and secure. I would wear these all the time, from just being out in the car to on the trail, running or biking. But, now the most impressive part of these Smith's are the fact that the company sent these to me to replace the previous pair within a day of receiving my claim. The old pair had a kind of powder coating on the frame that had worn off (this pair has nothing like that) just from wear with bike helmets and hats, I think. They said this was completely covered and politely offered to replace with an equivalent pair of glasses, which they then shipped immediately. It made me feel that much more justified to spend over $100 on a pair of sunglasses.
Date published: 2012-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing quality I have several Smith sunglasses. They range from safety glasses to the expensive dating frames. I recently received the Parallel Max. They turned out better then expected. I was amazed at the quality of the frames. I was expecting a light fragile frame. They were far from it. The lenses slipped out easily and the new ones went in flawless. I used the rose color for cocktails the night I got them and worked great. I would highly recommend these lenses for anyone who is active and wants a well made product.
Date published: 2014-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SMITH Parallel Max I use this product for beach volleyball. I bought SMITH because I have used them for fire fighting in the past and know their strong reliability. Sand Volleyball requires complete protection from flying sand, cutting wind and other players fingers during play. Volleyball also demands optimum field of vision with the glaring sun on the beach and water. The Parallel Max covers the entire eye without being bulky and the cut of the frame does not impede vision of the field. The included lenses provide choices for changing conditions, I would not trade these glasses for anything else while in play! Thanks Smith for another great design - Steve Blackwell
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Parallel Max These sunglasses are perfect for mountain biking. With the interchangeable lenses provided, I feel prepared for rides in all weather conditions!
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Close to perfect I use these glasses to run and bike. I use the clear lenses to keep my eyes from drying out when I run in the pre-light hours. The darker lenses are ALMOST as good as my very expensive Maui Jims (that's saying alot since MJ sunglasses are the best imo). I was looking for a pair of interchangeable glasses with at least a set of clear lenses (for pre-dawn and night running) and polarized dark lenses. These fit the bill. They are more expensive than the Tifosi Slips but since they have everything I wanted and are more comfortable than the Slips AND because they cover enough of my eye area to keep the wind out (something the Slips didn't do). . .it was totally worth it. These glasses do fog ever so slightly on the edges on very cold days when you stop moving and have really worked up a sweat. But once you start moving. . .they clear up immediately. I would totally buy these again if they were ever lost or damaged.
Date published: 2013-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Minimal and Versatile Style I bought these with a primary use in mind: wearing under a motorcycle helmet. So, I wanted a slim design, but with good coverage. I wanted interchangeable lenses, and I wanted straight temples to slide into the helmet easily. Typically these requirements add up to a very sporty design - but, I also wanted a somewhat versatile style - something that looked good off the bike, for casual wear. These fit the bill. Only comment is that I was afraid the "max" may be too large. Now that I've got them in hand, I think there would be room for a super-max, with a bit more coverage at the bottom of the lenses. Same frame, bigger lenses.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended for all activities I wear Smith and only Smith sunglasses. Constantly being exposed to every element imaginable working in the outdoors I rely heavily on protecting my eyes from sun, wind, and glare. After losing my other pair, I instantly bought the Parallel Max again after the cover they provide and the lightness of them. I love the polarized lenses and the fact that Smith warranties are outstanding is a huge selling point. I recommend Smith products to all of my buddies. Thanks!
Date published: 2013-11-27
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Do these come in a bifocal?   Which are your sleekest looking bifocal sunglasses in an amber for brown glass. Thank you

Asked by: Chuck 65
Unfortunately, we do not carry these sunglasses in a bifocal, and at this time have no future plans to carry bifocal sunglasses.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-07

I have a narrow face.  Would these fit close to the side of my face? thanks, If not what brand of glasses are made to fit someone with a narrow face. vince

Asked by: Vinces
They may fit you. They are a medium fit. Tifosi makes some small (narrow) fit sunglasses: http://www.rei.com/product/864243/tifosi-tyrant-20-polarized-fototec-sunglasses-mens http://www.rei.com/product/864244/tifosi-podium-xc-interchangeable-sunglasses-mens
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

What is the difference between Smith Parallel Max and Parallel D-Max? thx

Asked by: PWC
The Parallel Max has 3 inch shorter lenses compared to the Parallel D-Max.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-08

I purchase the Smith Parallel Max Sunglasses and was looking fro additional replacement lenses fro them Does REI carry them? Are the par of the online selection or is it only available as a in store item? Thanks, EJL  

Asked by: stickboy
We unfortunately do not carry replacement lenses for the Parallel Max Polarized Sunglasses. They can however be purchased directly from Smith.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I tried on every pair of performance sunglasses I could, expecting to buy Oakley's. Oakley's tend to be overstyled, trendy, and not actually comfortable on my face. The Parallel Max's are perfect--true performance glasses. They've been with me on hot (6 mile, 100 degree) mid-summer Texas hikes, long runs, countless mountain bike rides, backpacking trips, all day drives, and even look good with a suit and tie. I lost my first pair on a backpacking trip and immediately replaced them. The fit is perfect, they never move (even when sweaty), the colors look clear and brilliant. I highly recommend!!!
Date published: 2014-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great glasses, even better warranty These replaced a similar but discontinued style of Smith's. The fit is really comfortable, lightweight, and secure. I would wear these all the time, from just being out in the car to on the trail, running or biking. But, now the most impressive part of these Smith's are the fact that the company sent these to me to replace the previous pair within a day of receiving my claim. The old pair had a kind of powder coating on the frame that had worn off (this pair has nothing like that) just from wear with bike helmets and hats, I think. They said this was completely covered and politely offered to replace with an equivalent pair of glasses, which they then shipped immediately. It made me feel that much more justified to spend over $100 on a pair of sunglasses.
Date published: 2012-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing quality I have several Smith sunglasses. They range from safety glasses to the expensive dating frames. I recently received the Parallel Max. They turned out better then expected. I was amazed at the quality of the frames. I was expecting a light fragile frame. They were far from it. The lenses slipped out easily and the new ones went in flawless. I used the rose color for cocktails the night I got them and worked great. I would highly recommend these lenses for anyone who is active and wants a well made product.
Date published: 2014-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SMITH Parallel Max I use this product for beach volleyball. I bought SMITH because I have used them for fire fighting in the past and know their strong reliability. Sand Volleyball requires complete protection from flying sand, cutting wind and other players fingers during play. Volleyball also demands optimum field of vision with the glaring sun on the beach and water. The Parallel Max covers the entire eye without being bulky and the cut of the frame does not impede vision of the field. The included lenses provide choices for changing conditions, I would not trade these glasses for anything else while in play! Thanks Smith for another great design - Steve Blackwell
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Parallel Max These sunglasses are perfect for mountain biking. With the interchangeable lenses provided, I feel prepared for rides in all weather conditions!
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Close to perfect I use these glasses to run and bike. I use the clear lenses to keep my eyes from drying out when I run in the pre-light hours. The darker lenses are ALMOST as good as my very expensive Maui Jims (that's saying alot since MJ sunglasses are the best imo). I was looking for a pair of interchangeable glasses with at least a set of clear lenses (for pre-dawn and night running) and polarized dark lenses. These fit the bill. They are more expensive than the Tifosi Slips but since they have everything I wanted and are more comfortable than the Slips AND because they cover enough of my eye area to keep the wind out (something the Slips didn't do). . .it was totally worth it. These glasses do fog ever so slightly on the edges on very cold days when you stop moving and have really worked up a sweat. But once you start moving. . .they clear up immediately. I would totally buy these again if they were ever lost or damaged.
Date published: 2013-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Minimal and Versatile Style I bought these with a primary use in mind: wearing under a motorcycle helmet. So, I wanted a slim design, but with good coverage. I wanted interchangeable lenses, and I wanted straight temples to slide into the helmet easily. Typically these requirements add up to a very sporty design - but, I also wanted a somewhat versatile style - something that looked good off the bike, for casual wear. These fit the bill. Only comment is that I was afraid the "max" may be too large. Now that I've got them in hand, I think there would be room for a super-max, with a bit more coverage at the bottom of the lenses. Same frame, bigger lenses.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended for all activities I wear Smith and only Smith sunglasses. Constantly being exposed to every element imaginable working in the outdoors I rely heavily on protecting my eyes from sun, wind, and glare. After losing my other pair, I instantly bought the Parallel Max again after the cover they provide and the lightness of them. I love the polarized lenses and the fact that Smith warranties are outstanding is a huge selling point. I recommend Smith products to all of my buddies. Thanks!
Date published: 2013-11-27
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Questions & Answers

Do these come in a bifocal?   Which are your sleekest looking bifocal sunglasses in an amber for brown glass. Thank you

Asked by: Chuck 65
Unfortunately, we do not carry these sunglasses in a bifocal, and at this time have no future plans to carry bifocal sunglasses.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-07

I have a narrow face.  Would these fit close to the side of my face? thanks, If not what brand of glasses are made to fit someone with a narrow face. vince

Asked by: Vinces
They may fit you. They are a medium fit. Tifosi makes some small (narrow) fit sunglasses: http://www.rei.com/product/864243/tifosi-tyrant-20-polarized-fototec-sunglasses-mens http://www.rei.com/product/864244/tifosi-podium-xc-interchangeable-sunglasses-mens
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

What is the difference between Smith Parallel Max and Parallel D-Max? thx

Asked by: PWC
The Parallel Max has 3 inch shorter lenses compared to the Parallel D-Max.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-08

I purchase the Smith Parallel Max Sunglasses and was looking fro additional replacement lenses fro them Does REI carry them? Are the par of the online selection or is it only available as a in store item? Thanks, EJL  

Asked by: stickboy
We unfortunately do not carry replacement lenses for the Parallel Max Polarized Sunglasses. They can however be purchased directly from Smith.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20
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