Slightly smaller than the mirrored sunnies favored by state troopers, the Audible sunglasses from Smith Optics appear similar to most aviators. But a closer look and a quick motorcycle ride reveals that the Audibles are, dollar-for-dollar, just as much about performance as they are about style.
Even at $269, which is on the spendy end of the sunglass spectrum, the best optics we've experienced and a great fit — even underneath a snug helmet — had us reaching for them before every ride. Some of that cash is going to the lightweight titanium frame that includes narrow arms and nose pads that provide plenty of no-slip grip.
But what sets the Audibles apart is the proprietary lens tech dubbed ChromaPop. Like most polarized lenses, ChromaPop knocks down brightness while delivering contrast and deeper colors. We put them to the test against other sunnies we love such as a pair of mood-boosting Spys and Kaenons. They all performed well, but the Audibles were the best because they brought down the brightness of the Southern California summer sun while maintaining killer contrast and enhanced hues. It was similar to seeing the world with full-time color correct or listening to an old Judas Priest record on vinyl instead of on Spotify: warmer in a good way. And when you start to wear them every day like we have, they’re worth the extra coin.