By Tony Pizzata
Smith Optics Inc. is based in Idaho, U.S.A. and were founders of the first ever goggle featuring a sealed thermal lens and breathable vent. This invention revolutionalised goggles for skiing and later with other developments by its founder Dr. Bob Smith, set a standard for high performance eye wear. Today, Smith Optics produces a large range of eyewear for Law Enforcement, sporting, motorcycling and general wear and distributed world wide.
One range that caught my eye was the Tactical Range available in several series including the Hudson, Prospect, Director, Hideout and others. Although all offer a winning style and functional designs, the Hudson offers an outdoorsy touch to them as they are now available in a camo pattern. The Hudson Series feature a stylish, classic frame in the choice of several lens colours including grey, brown, igniter and even clear for the shotgunner/target shooter. Available with Polarized protection, the Hudson Tactical features tapered lens technology in proprietary high impact lenses that meet high standards for impact. While most of the frames in the Tactical range are black, the Hudson series offer hunters the option of AP and Max4 Camo frames with grey lenses as well, so camo wearers can now go all the way when out bush.
While the Hudson/Tactical is classed as a small fit pair of sunnies, their Prospect, Director, Hideout and Lockwood series are of medium size and fit, however, style and size/fit comes down to personal preference. Smith Optics are now available through gun shops Australia wide. For further details ask at your local gun shop or phone 1800 064 200 for your nearest stockiest. Trade enquiries contact Australian agents Zen Imports Pty. Ltd. www.zenimports.com.au