Gear Review: Smith Venture Sunglasses – Conquer the Summit in Style

Unveiling the Alpine Pioneer: Smith Venture Sunglasses

When the call of snow-clad summits beckons, the Smith Venture sunglasses stand ready as your trusted companions. Designed for alpine enthusiasts and crafted with precision, these sunglasses redefine eye protection in high-altitude environments. My journey with the Venture sunglasses was more than an exploration; it was a testament to their prowess in the face of challenging terrains.

Visionary Exploration: ChromaPop™ Polarized Excellence

Equipped with ChromaPop™ Glass polarized lenses, the Venture sunglasses don’t just shield your eyes; they transform your vision. As I ventured into the alpine, the lenses cut through glare, revealing a world of enhanced color and contrast. The terrain-boosting view captured every wind drift and crevasse with unparalleled clarity. The lenses, highly scratch-resistant, held up against the elements, ensuring that my vision remained pristine even in the harshest conditions.

Functional Elegance: Fit and Integration

The medium fit and coverage of the Venture sunglasses strike the perfect balance. AutoLock hinges facilitated easy one-hand on and off, a crucial convenience when my hands were occupied with an ice axe or ski poles. The 4-base lens curvature provided a wide field of view, enhancing my peripheral vision during every ascent and descent.

Megol temple and nose pads played a dual role, providing a non-slip grip to keep the glasses securely in place. The AutoLock hinges, a thoughtful touch, held the frames open for easy maneuvering. QuickFit temples allowed for effortless adjustments, ensuring a customized fit that stayed snug during every adventure.

Crafted for the Elements: Durable Elegance

The frame, made from Evolve bio-based material, demonstrated a perfect marriage of lightweight design and durability. These sunglasses proved to be versatile, excelling not only in the piercing cold of an ice climb but also under the blazing sun during a cross-country trek. The removable TPU side shields became a shield against peripheral light, dust, and snow, enhancing the overall functionality of the glasses.

The inclusion of a removable nose piece added an extra layer of protection, particularly appreciated when facing unexpected weather changes. The sunglasses transition seamlessly from the intensity of an ascent to the relaxation post-adventure, proving that functionality can coexist with style.

What’s in the Box: A Complete Adventure Kit

The Venture sunglasses come complete with removable TPU side shields, inspired by snow goggles, blocking peripheral light and enhancing focus. The addition of a snow goggle-inspired retainer strap ensures that your eyewear stays securely with you, no matter the twists and turns of the trail. The microfiber bag and hard case provide safe storage, a testament to Smith’s commitment to the longevity of your gear.

Personal Symphony: A Hiker’s Perspective

My personal experience with the Smith Venture sunglasses has been nothing short of exceptional. These sunglasses emerged as the ideal companion for a range of activities, from leisurely hikes to the more intense realms of ice climbing. Their lightweight design is a boon during low-intensity pursuits, providing a refreshing alternative to bulky goggles.

The Venture sunglasses were not merely a shield against the sun; they became a reliable barrier against side light, dust, and unexpected flurries of snow. The ChromaPop™ lenses painted the world in vibrant hues, turning every outing into a visual spectacle. Their adaptability from high to low activity levels makes them a versatile choice for anyone who embraces the great outdoors.

In conclusion, the Smith Venture sunglasses aren’t just eyewear; they are an embodiment of Smith’s commitment to functionality, durability, and style. Elevate your alpine experience and conquer the summit in style with the Venture sunglasses.

Ready to conquer your alpine adventure? Explore the Smith Venture Sunglasses at Smith Optics, and redefine your vision in the mountains.

How to Train For Hiking

One of the best ways to have a little adventure out in nature is to go hiking. Whether you’re alone or with a group, going on a hike is a great way to get some fresh air and get the blood pumping. 

However, it’s not that easy to go from being deskbound all the time to going uphill on a steep trek. So, if you’re a complete beginner to hiking, or an old hand who has fallen out of practice, you can use the following to get back into shape and get hike-ready. 

Hikes can vary in intensity, depending on what terrain you’re going to be covering. But in all situations, you will have to walk extensively, over irregular and sometimes inclined stretches, and carry heavy backpacks while you do it. For this, training for hiking consists of strengthening what you need for these:

  • Stamina, through Cardio. 
  • Endurance, for lifting.
  • Fortitude, for getting through challenging situations.

Tip #1: Building StaminaCardio 

In order to build stamina, you have to ease regular sessions of cardiovascular exercise into your daily routine. 

That may sound daunting, but you don’t have to hit the treadmill right away. Start by walking more, instead of taking the bus or driving. When walking, try to escalate to a brisk walk or power walking. 

Once comfortable, intensify to jogging, cycling, and running. You can switch back and forth between low and high intensity cardio, and push yourself a little each time. The most important thing is that you build your stamina. 

Alternatively, you can also do aerobic exercises. If you’re a beginner, start with mild to moderate intensity workouts with intensive stretching, pilates, cycling, etc. From there you can build to high intensity interval training exercises. 

If you have any medical conditions, make sure you ask your doctor before taking on a heavy workout regime. 

On average, you should get in at least 3-5 days of cardio/week, in sessions of 25-45 minutes each. You can reduce the frequency when you start incorporating weight training. 

Tip #2: Building Endurance – Weight Training and Strength Training 

Although it may seem irrelevant to hiking, strength training is an essential part of your prep. Strength training builds endurance and strengthens your major load-bearing muscle groups. 

When you’re hiking, you’re in a natural environment in which you should be able to engage multiple muscle groups. So, your training should aim at strengthening these. 

Exercises like burpees, log jumps, power squats, jump squats, lunges, jumping jacks, switch knee jumps, etc. are bodyweight exercises for fortifying your muscles and improving coordination. 

Switching between different active groups imitates the conditions you meet when hiking over uneven and often unstable terrain. 

Weight training reinforces these benefits. It also trains you in order to carry your backpack over long distances without being fatigued by it. 

If you’re a complete beginner, you can also start carrying a heavy backpack on a daily basis, so as to get used to it. But upper body, back, and core strengthening exercises are what you need to cement your readiness. (Beginners would also benefit from looking through guides like this – beginners hiking guide, to cover all bases). 

Exercises like weighted jump squats, bench presses, overhead presses, hamstring curls, bicep curls, tricep dips, planking (both regular and side), etc. contribute to increasing your strength and overall fitness. 

Start with fewer reps and shorter sets. But the moment you feel as though you’re not challenged by that number anymore, increase the number of reps. If you’re charting your progress, you’ll see visible differences within a week already. 

Knee lifts and squats are also a great way to ward off knee injuries and strains, which hikers often get when they over-exert without preparation. 

Tip #3. Building Fortitude and the Right Mindset 

The idea of hiking makes it seem like a fun uphill stroll. But a serious hike requires you to be mentally prepared for it. And then it really will become a walk in the park. 

You have to be prepared to be outside your comfort zone, with hot or cold winds, unexpected rain, the sun beating down on you, getting good footing as you walk, and carrying a big ol’ backpack the whole time. 

But the payoff is worth it, facing off a challenge, being out in nature, and really making an experience. You’ll find yourself planning the next one before you’re done. 

The mindset changes have to be present in your daily life. You have to constantly push yourself, make yourself uncomfortable, ask more of yourself. Taking the stairs everywhere, for example. Or biking and walking as a habit, instead of driving. 

Make sure that you’re providing your body with the right nutrition. You should also stretch every day, whether you do basic stretches, or yoga, or a mix that works for you. 

Flexible muscles will help your body perform better in a multitude of ways both on and off the hike. Studies also show that warming up and stretching before physical exertion reduce your chances of strain or injuries. 

15 Hiking Quotes for National Trails Day

It’s June 1. Happy National Trails Day!

National Trails Day was designed to encourage muscle-powered trail activities and to connect more people to the trails. It’s the only national event, coordinated by the American Hiking Society and the trails community, that invites Americans of all ages and abilities to find their own adventure. With thousands of events hosted throughout the country, it’s never been easier for new trail users and existing trail enthusiasts to find ways to unite, whether it’s by joining a local club or organization or meeting a buddy and creating your own experience. Find an event across more than 200,000 miles of trails here.

We’d like to think that we all hike for the same reasons — to connect with Mother Nature, each other, and ourselves. While hiking is a terrific workout that often leads you through stunning scenery and vast landscapes, it’s not without its trials and tribulations.

Sometimes there’s a path that leads to nowhere, resulting in some spontaneous rock climbing to keep you on track, or maybe you run into a creature that you’re not so fond of…who definitely feels the same about you. Regardless, we usually power through and have a laugh afterwards.

To pay tribute to our efforts, here are 15 comical hiking quotes that accurately capture what life is like as a hiker. May they inspire your next adventure…and photo caption.

Hiking quote: There is no WiFi in the forest but you'll make a better connection
Photo credit @Luke_photograph

Hiking Quotes

  • “There is no wifi in the forest, but you will find a better connection.” – Unknown
  • “Bring a compass. It’s awkward when you have to eat your friends.” – Unknown
  • “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • “It feels good to be lost in the right direction.” – Unknown
  • “Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost, and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that.” – Ellen Degeneres
  • “Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.”  – Ed Viesturs
  • “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir
Hiking quote: Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence
Photo credit Stephan Seeber
  • “Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.” – Hermann Buhl
  • “Anywhere is ‘within walking distance’.” – Unknown
  • “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” – Frank A. Clark
  • “If the winter is too cold and the summer is too hot, you are not a hiker.” – Unknown
  • “We live in a fast-paced society. Walking slows us down.” – Robert Sweetgall
Hiking quote: Think outside. no box required.
Photo credit @blue_ox_studio
  • “Think outside. No box required.” – Unknown
    “Sticking to the backcountry rivers, because they’re less mainstream.” – Unknown
    “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” – Rachel Wolchin

Make sure you get out on the trails today in tribute, and tag us at @huckadventures or #huckoutside so we can see some of your favorites. If you have any doubts about taking that cheesy sunrise photo, remember…do it for the ‘gram. You won’t regret it.