Regardless of the type of fishing you do, there’s a must-have accessory to keep in your arsenal: polarized sunglasses. Not only they protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays, but they enhance your vision, and every angler knows that eyes are the best tool they have to catch fish. Here’s what you should look when it comes to choosing the perfect pair of sunglasses for your fishing trips.
Look for polarized lenses
When buying a pair of fishing sunglasses, you should always choose polarized lenses over regular ones. The reason is, only a polarized filter can eliminate glare, the annoying reflection bouncing off water. Have you ever had that feeling of being blinded by strong, intense light? Well, consider that glare is especially strong on flat surfaces (such as water) and, therefore, it’s crucial to protect your vision while fishing.
Polarized sunglasses will provide superior vision clarity and comfort to your eyes, allowing you to see sharper and more contrasted objects. And if you love sight fishing, you’ll be able to look through the water and see the fish better, instead than just looking at a shiny surface.
Polarized sunglasses tend to be more expensive than regular eyewear, but the extra cost is justified by their quality and manufacturing process. However, they’ll be a solid investment that can last you for years.
How to choose the material
When it comes to lens materials, you have two choices: polycarbonate or glass. Let’s start by saying that no choice is better than the other for fishing purposes and it’s simply a matter of personal preference. Polycarbonate is a material that offers excellent impact-resistance and has very good optical clarity. Moreover, it’s affordable and lightweight, but the downside is that it’s less scratch resistant.
Glass is known for its superior optical clarity and is more scratch-resistant than polycarbonate. Glass is usually more expensive and heavier, which can impact comfort. Before choosing, it’s best to try different pairs to find what works best for you.
Finally, some polarized fishing sunglasses can float if dropped in the water, allowing you to rescue them easily. If you feel that’s something that might happen to you, opt for a pair offering this technology, as well as a hydrophobic coating on the lenses.
Look for 100% UV protection
Polarization doesn’t automatically mean UV protection. Although most polarized models already include a UV filter, you should always check the label to be sure that the pair you want to buy is safe for your eyes. Look for the UV400 label, meaning that the lenses can block 100% of harmful ultraviolet rays.
The design is important
You’ll find different frames and styles out there, but does it really matter which one you choose? Actually, it does: picking the right frame has nothing to do with aesthetic, but it’s a matter of comfort and functionality.
A wrap-around style is the perfect choice if you often fish in bright environments (such as in the open sea), since their design will prevent light from entering from the sides, offering you top-notch protection. You can also get graduated polarized sunglasses, but if you simply want to wear your regular prescription glasses underneath your sunnies, look for wider frames: some are especially designed so you can wear two pairs.
Which color to pick?
Polarized sunglasses come in a variety of colors, and each shade works best in different environments. Gray, blue and green are your best choice when the light is very intense; while yellow, copper and orange work best when the light is low and offer the best depth perception.
A few more tips
So far, you should be able to choose the best pair of sunglasses for your next fishing trip. Remember that the best sunglasses should sit comfortably on your nose and ears and the weight should be evenly distributed.
If you’re shopping online and have no idea about how they fit or whether they’ll suit your face, read the product description carefully: every manufacturer will include guidelines (such as “fits smaller faces”) that will help you choose the best option for you.