Polarized Sunglasses

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by shadowcast, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. generic

    generic Active Member

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    I agree Jim.

    Although one day I was wearing a pair of lighter colored amber glasses, and didn't realize how dark it was getting, until I took them off. Normally it isn't a big deal, but I had a four and a half mile trek back to the rig... and I forgot my headlamp :eek:. I ended up with a couple bruises and a twisted ankle :p
     
  2. Mark Juranek

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    I am partial to Keanon sunglasses. These are high end made for the water glasses. I have a pair of grey lenses which are great for full bright sun, but my favorites are copper C12 lenses. The contrast is exceptional and very sharp. I have sailed for several years with the G12 lenses, they are well built sunglasses. For sight fishing the copper is a great aid.

    I also have a pair of SunClouds, $45 at REI (think they are made by Smith) which are more amber for low light.
     
  3. Peyton00

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    I have Maui Jims and Natives. The MJ's are glass and after 8+ hours on my face i can feel their heavier weight. I like the MJ's style and lense quality better than my Natives, but the Natives fit better and are much lighter. I drive with my MJ's and fish with my Natives. I like amber and copper lenses
     
  4. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    So how come these "high end" supposedly quality sunglass companies don't make clip ons or fitovers for people that wear glasses?...... I guess I need to order prescription ones.
     
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  5. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I wear glasses all the time I never worried about how much they weighed. I don't see how something that light had any weight to them. To me it is natural to the weight of the glasses on my face. If I didn't wear them I couldn't see to fish,read, or thread those small eyes on size 20 hooks. It's funny but I can drive without them and watch TV without them.
     
  6. get some contacts
     
  7. Flyborg

    Flyborg Active Member

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    You just answered your own question. $.$
     
  8. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    Rudy Projects for my shooting, and natives for pretty much every other time. I use the interchangeable lenses frequently, like today, since it's raining. I'll be teaching a young man how to shoot long distance rifle, and it's nice & gray outside. So it's the clear lenses for today. I'll be on the scope most of the morning, and don't need the contrast-raising ability of the amber.
     
  9. Bruce Baker

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    I have a pair of Oakley Half Jackets in Black Iridium VR28 that are prescription. Lenses are digitally cut. Lightweight and good coverage around face. Rarely any slippage. I have to admit that at times, it would be nice to have some darker lenses. I don't know what the current model lineup is, but they sold fishing specific sunglasses. For example, you could buy a pair of Flak Jackets and either get them with lenses for inshore fishing (shallow blue) or lenses for offshore fishing (deep blue).

    I also have a pair of Smith Optics photochromatic copper with silver flash. I like these as well and with the megol nose pads and ear pads, very little slippage. If I'm wearing contacts I wear these glasses.

    Many years ago I had a pair of Costa Del Mars. I didn't care for the frames because they didn't have any antislip materials as they do now, which is hydrolite. But compared to some of the other manufacturers, they don't seem to have much of an area of coverage with the hydrolite and it's not on all models.

    I'm tempted to buy a pair of Maui Jim readers for when I wear contacts and I may try and save up to get a pair of progressive polarized sunglasses. Unbelievable how much they cost! My other choice is to go with contacts, sunglasses and bring along readers or a magnifier to put on my hat.
     
  10. shadowcast

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    Just wanted to thank everyone for all the recommendations. Got a pair of Smiths my mom wasn't using, so I'll give them a shot.
     
  11. Don Freeman

    Don Freeman Free Man

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    Smiths Optics will make you a pair in your prescription, you send them your Rx, or go through your local shop. I get mine at PSFCo, but use the Padres which have built in bifocals. I have one pair I've worn nearly every day for six years or more. Hinges are still tight, no eye fatigue, finally a few hairline scratches. Copper is the best all round color for my use under most conditions..
     
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  12. Bruce Baker

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    I had an eye exam in March and checked out prescription sunglasses. I currently wear progressive bifocals. Maui Jims were going to cost about $800 and Smith Optics weren't much cheaper. Depending upon the curvature of the lense, you may or may not be able to get a particular pair of sunglasses in prescription, or you can, you may be limited to single vision.

    One thing I may try is Optx-20/20 stick on bifocals.