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Smith Optics, Inc. was founded in 1965 with the creation of the first-ever goggle featuring a sealed thermal lens and breathable vent foam. In his early days as a business man, Smith would often trade his sunglasses for lift tickets at ski mountains. Some of the innovations introduced by Smith include Fog-X anti-fog coating, PMT Perforated Membrane Technology lens ventilation system, patented Turbo C.A.M. Constant Air Management system, patented Regulator adjustable lens ventilation system, patented Roll Off's film advance system for motocross, patented ODS (Ocular Docking System) prescription insert, and patented Slider series sunglasses, the most innovative interchangeable lens sunglass available.
Smith sunglasses and googles are the eyewear of choice of action-sport athletes worldwide.