Smith Flywheel Assessment | Climbing Gear Evaluations


The Smith Flywheel is one in every of their new vary of ‘oversize’ sports activities sun shades. Whether or not it’s for trend (most certainly) or perform (extra wind/solar safety) there was a revisiting of the early days of wrap round eye-shield sort sun shades during the last couple of years by most of the massive producers. The Flywheel has been my go to sun shades all through the winter and spring for climbing and working and I’ve beloved them.

Smith Assault (left) Smith Flywheel (proper)

There’s a particular retro vibe to the Flywheel past simply the oversize lens. The aspect arms are ‘hockey’ model reasonably than the extra commonplace curved plus non slip ear-sock. This model has benefits and downsides: it bulges much less and arguably places much less stress on the aspect of your head (one thing that some folks can discover irritating) nevertheless it tends to not be fairly as safe particularly throughout actions while you’re sweating lots. An adjustable non-slip nostril piece takes care of the match choices. Smith’s high notch ChromaPop lens in a Blue Mirror end gives the safety from UV and wind. I’ve used Smith’s ChromaPop earlier than on their Assault glasses and been totally impressed – they’re equal if not higher than something in the marketplace, the proprietary polarising expertise renders colors extra naturally in addition to giving improbable readability and definition. What’s shocking is simply how low nicely they coped in low gentle situations. I’ve stored them on when strolling off the hill in Scotland virtually to the purpose the place I’d be seeking to put my headtorch on! Having mentioned that these are most likely round CAT3 by way of safety so nice for all makes use of aside from sustained use at altitude.

In use the Flywheel greater than lived as much as my expectations. They’re safe, comfy and as I’ve already talked about the lens gives nice safety alongside trade main readability. The big lens format meant that I may dwell with out goggles because it not solely protected my eyes from UV but additionally the viscous Cairngorm winds this winter. Regardless of their dimension I discovered them unobtrusive to put on and had no points with catching them when climbing. For path working they labored equally nicely though there was an inclination for them to mist up slightly for those who stopped shifting after heavy exertion; as an example after a steep uphill, stopping to test the map and so forth. As quickly as you set off and airflow returned they cleared so this was a minor annoyance. They will simply be ‘worn’ atop your head for those who want them out the best way and even with out grippy ear-socks they remained solidly in place – a lot in order that I ‘threw’ them throughout the carpark (they survived) after a couple of runs when eradicating my cap! Sturdiness smart they survived the winter getting stashed in my sac together with the total blended climbing paraphernalia with nothing past the cleansing bag for cover – I used to be frightened that the pronounced curve of the lens may make them extra weak to snapping however this has not proved to be the case. The largest draw back to the Flywheel is that the lens just isn’t replaceable and also you solely get a cleansing bag for storage. If the big lens safety is your purpose then one other £50 will get you the Smith Wildcat which features a second lens and a protecting zip bag is arguably a greater purchase.

The Flywheel are nice sun shades however the undergo as compared worth for cash smart with the others within the Smith vary. If the lens was replaceable they might be a 4 and even 5 star product.


  • Sensible lens
  • Nice protection from wind or solar
  • No difficulty with peripheral imaginative and prescient
  • Sturdy


  • No substitute lens
  • No ‘arduous’ case

SRP = £115


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