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  • Top Boating and Fishing Sunglasses

    Top Boating and Fishing Sunglasses


    By: | Date: October 7, 2022

    Picking the right pair of sunglasses is crucial for optimizing your boating and fishing experience. Depending on what activity or type of fishing you may be doing on the water, the wrong pair of sunglasses can make or break your experience. Whether you’re looking to purchase your first pair of shades or upgrade your current pair, you’ve come to the right place.

    Before we dive into the top brands, it’s important to note and understand some essential sunglass features that can dramatically enhance your perception and protect your eyes.


    Polarization

    Polarization is arguably the most important feature when being on the water – no matter what activity you are doing. All sunglass lenses are made to protect from UV rays; however, polarized lenses are formulated with an additional chemical filter. When light hits a reflective surface, such as water, the light becomes polarized, meaning the light molecules scatter in different directions. The vertical light waves are absorbed into the reflective surface, while the horizontal light waves bounce off the surface and cause what we know as glare. The chemical filter used in polarized lenses is made with certain molecules that only vibrate in a vertical direction, allowing it to block out these glare-causing horizontal light waves.

     

    UV Blocking

    UV blocking is another crucial factor for both eye health and enhanced perception. Ultraviolet rays, known as UV rays, are a form of electromagnetic radiation emitted by the sun that have a wavelength up to 400nm. There are two kinds of UV rays that reach the Earth’s surface: UVA and UVB. When looking at the specification of a pair of sunglasses, you want to ensure that they are marked as UV400. UV400 means that the lenses block out both UVA and UVB, meaning your eyes will be shielded from 100% of the harmful UV rays.

     

    Lens Tint

    The different lens colors for fishing sunglasses are designed to help you spot fish in different environments, depending on the type of fishing you are doing and the light conditions. The proper lens color can enhance contrast, depth perception, and color awareness, as well as aid the polarization filter in cutting any glare. Tinted lenses come in a variety of colors and can be gradient or solid. Lenses can also be made out of glass or polycarbonate (plastic) – each have their own separate advantages, with plastic lenses being known to be the significantly cheaper option.

     

    Best lens colors for boating and fishing sunglasses:

     

    • Neutral

    Neutral lenses are grey and are the most versatile of all the lens colors. The color grey allows a uniform amount of light through. Additionally, a grey tint doesn’t change color perception and allows you to see true-to-world color instead. If you’re headed to open waters and need to prioritize light-blocking over color enhancement, grey is the best lens for fishing.

    • Contrast-enhancing

    Copper, rose, and brown tints are your high-contrast lenses. Ideal for inshore fishing where you need to spot and track fish, these lenses boost contrast to better define color in flats, beds, and shallow water. They’re still protective, but not so dark that they can’t transition between sunny and cloudy weather.

    • Low-light

    Low-light lenses often have a yellow, copper, or amber base to help reduce blue light. They also brighten your environment when you’re out at dawn, dusk, or on a particularly overcast day.

     

    Mirror Coating

    Mirror coating color is not to be mistaken with lens tint. Mirror coatings are applied to the front side of the lens to reflect light and provide even more sun protection. By reflecting the light rays, the mirror coating also reduces eyestrain and fatigue, while preventing them from damage.

    For avid anglers, the color of both their lenses and mirror coating depends on the type of fishing and the depth and color of the water. Taking note of the various factors of your fishing environment through the color of your lenses will transform your sunglasses into a performance-enhancing tool.

     

    Best mirror coating colors for boating and fishing sunglasses:

     

    • Blue Mirror

    Blue mirror lenses match the color of the deep ocean water, which allows for the reflection of more light away from your eyes, helping to cut glare and reduce eye strain. Blue mirror lenses are the best choice for offshore and deep-sea fishing.

    • Green Mirror

    Green mirror lenses provide minimal color distortion and enhanced contrast. So, they can brighten shadows while minimizing glare. A great lens color for sight fishing. Green mirror lenses are the best choice when you’re fishing inshore or on flats.

    • Orange Mirror

    The orange mirror lens helps block more of the orange light often seen in the early morning or late evenings, allowing for better contrast and clearer vision at these times. Orange mirror lenses are good for lower-light fishing around dawn and dusk but are still effective in brighter conditions.


    Now that we have the key factors of what makes a quality pair of shades down, let’s dive into some of the best sunglasses for boating and fishing on the market today.


    Costa Del Mar – Fishing and Boating Sunglasses

    Costa Del Mar translates to coast by the sea but is most commonly known as and called just Costa. Costa offers a plethora of high-quality sunglasses that will fit any of your aquatic or outdoor activity needs. Costa only sells polarized sunglasses, so no need to worry about that factor when shopping their brand. Costa also provides 580 lenses, which is a multi-patented glass lens technology that manages light. 580G lenses absorb harmful high-energy blue light (HEV), which cuts haze and blur for greater clarity. It also enhances reds, greens, and blues by blocking harsh yellow light, which not only enhances color but also creates a sharper contrast and higher definition. Costa also offers their 580 lens technology in a polycarbonate option. 580P lenses are lightweight and impact resistant. They are also cheaper than the 580G.

    Men’s top seller:

    Reefton

    Frame color: Blackout

    Lenses: Blue Mirror Polarized Glass 580G (Very bright sun; offshore fishing)

    Size: XL

    Fit: Regular

    Nose Bridge: High bridge fit

    Price: $273

    Our men’s pick:

    Tuna Alley

    Frame color: Matte Steel Gray Metallic

    Lenses: Blue Mirror Polarized Glass 580G (Very bright sun; offshore fishing)

    Size: XL

    Fit: Regular

    Nose Bridge: High bridge fit

    Price: $273

    Women’s top seller:

    Sullivan

    Frame color: Matte Tortoise

    Lenses: Green Mirror Polarized Glass 580G (Variable light; sight-fishing & inshore)

    Size: M

    Fit: Regular

    Nose Bridge: High bridge fit

    Price: $262

    Our women’s pick:

    Loreto

    Frame color: Rose Gold

    Lenses: Blue Mirror Polarized Glass 580G (Very bright sun; offshore fishing)

    Size: M

    Fit: Narrow

    Nose Bridge: Adjustable Nosepads

    Price: $305


     

    Bajío – Fishing and Boating Outdoor Sunglasses

    Bajío, Spanish for the shallows, is the world in which the brand lives and strives to protect – it’s both their passion and namesake. Bajío is an independent brand that is motivated by its profound connection to the water and drive to inspire positive changes. They pride themselves on their radically clear lenses and plant-based frames. Their lenses use proprietary Lapis technology, which blocks 95% of blue light up to 440 nm, as well as the majority of intense yellow light at its peak of 580 nm. Offering 23 unisex products, Bajío has a wide selection of lens colors, while offering both glass and polycarbonate lens materials. The pricing of Bajío sunglasses is quite simple: $199 for polycarbonate lenses and $249 for glass lenses.

    Best seller:

    Bales Beach

    Frame color: Dark Tort Gloss

    Lenses: Grey Polarized Polycarbonate (Variable light; sight-fishing & inshore)

    Size: L

    Nose Bridge: High bridge fit

    Price: $199

    Our pick for men:

    Nato Permit Tail

    Frame color: Black Permit Tail

    Lenses: Blue Mirror Polarized Glass (Very bright sun; offshore fishing)

    Size: XL

    Nose Bridge: High bridge fit

    Price: $249

    Our pick for women:

    Paila

    Frame color: Tinta Tort Gloss

    Lenses: Grey Polarized Polycarbonate

    Size: Large

    Nose Bridge: Proprietary non-slip rubber nose pads

    Price: $199

     


     

    Smith – Sunglasses for Boating and Fishing

    Smith Optics was founded in 1965 by Dr. Bob Smith, orthodontist and original ski bum, who developed the first sealed thermal lens and breathable vent foam. He hand-built goggles in his garage and sold them out of his van on weekend ski trips in Utah and Colorado. Today, Smith offers more than just goggles, including sunglasses, snow helmets, bike helmets, apparel, and accessories. Smith displays unisex products for fishing, snow, road cycling, mountain biking, running, and surfing. Proprietary ChromaPop technology filters blue, green, and red specific crossovers, allowing for greater definition, natural color, and clarity. Additionally, certain sunglass and goggle models offer Smith MAG technology, which grants you the flexibility to swap out your lenses, allowing you to choose the appropriate pair of lenses based on the ever-changing environment and weather.

    Best seller:

    Guide’s Choice

    Frame color: Tortoise

    Lenses: ChromaPop Glass Polarized Green Mirror (Variable light; sight-fishing & inshore)

    Size: M/L

    Nose Bridge: Megol temple and nose pads provide a non-slip grip

    Price: $269

    Our men’s pick:

    Spinner

    Frame color: Matte Black

    Lenses: ChromaPop Glass Polarized Blue Mirror (Very bright sun; offshore fishing)

    Size: L

    Nose Bridge: Megol temple and nose pads provide a non-slip grip

    Price: $209

    Our women’s pick:

    Lowdown Slim 2

    Frame color: Tortoise

    Lenses: ChromaPop Polarized Violet Mirror Lens (Very bright sun; offshore fishing)

    Size: M

    Nose Bridge: Megol temple and nose pads provide a non-slip grip

    Price: $199

     


     

    WileyX – Outdoor Sunglasses for Fishing and Boating

    Veteran-founded and family-owned since 1987, WileyX offers an array of men’s and women’s sunglasses. Priding themselves on their tactical nature, WileyX has shades for outdoor activities, including fishing, shooting, and hunting. Using their CAPTIVATE lens technology, WileyX sunglasses are polarized to fight glare and come in multiple colors for situation-specific benefits. They are exceptionally clear, shatterproof, and ANSI Z87.1+ rated, providing premium protection for boating and fishing.

    Men’s top seller:

    Saber Advanced

    Lenses: Shatterproof Selenite™ Polycarbonate lenses that meet the MIL-PRF-32432(GL) ballistic standards: ANSI Z87.1 optical clarity and high mass/high-velocity impact standards: as well as US Federal OSHA 1910.133(b)(1)(1) standards; T-Shell™ Lens coating

    Nose Bridge: Adjustable take flight nose piece accommodates any face/nose bridge

    Price: $72

    Our men’s pick:

    WX Peak

    Frame color: Matte Black

    Lenses: CAPTIVATE™ Polarized Blue Mirror (Very bright sun; offshore fishing)

    Nose Bridge: Flexible rubber nose pad

    Price: $180

    Women’s top seller:

    P-17

    Frame color: Gloss Black

    Lenses: CAPTIVATE™ Polarized Green Mirror (Variable light; sight-fishing & inshore)

    Nose Bridge: Dual-injected nose bridge

    Price: $180

    Our women’s pick:

    WX Alpha

    Frame color: Gloss Clear Crystal

    Lenses: CAPTIVATE™ Polarized Blue Mirror (Very bright sun; offshore fishing)

    Price: $180

     


     

    Maui Jim – Fishing and Boating Sunglasses

    The story of Maui Jim began in 1987 on Ka’anapali beach in Lahaina, Maui. In the beginning, Maui Jim only offered 7 styles of sunglasses, fast forward to today and you can find over 125 styles of sunglasses. Maui Jim engineered the revolutionary PolarizedPlus2® lens, which protects the eyes from intense glare and harmful UV while bringing the brilliant colors of the island to life. Whatever your activity or lifestyle may be, Maui Jim most likely has you covered, including golf, fishing, running, driving, hiking, tennis, and water sports. Additionally, Maui Jim became a part of Kering Eyewear in 2022, which belongs to the global Luxury group Kering. Kering Eyewear designs, develops, and distributes eyewear for a complete and well-balanced portfolio of brands including LINDBERG, Gucci, Cartier, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Chloé, Alexander McQueen, Montblanc, Brioni, Dunhill, Boucheron, Pomellato, Alaia, MCQ, and Puma.

    Men’s top seller:

    Kawika

    Frame color: Black Gloss with Antique Pewter

    Lenses: Polarized MauiPure Hawaii Lava lenses with red mirror coating

    Size: Average size frame

    Price: $316

    Our men’s pick:

    Kaiwi Channel

    Frame color: Blue Black Stripe

    Lenses: Polarized SuperThin Glass Blue Hawaii lenses with blue mirror coating

    Size: Average size frame

    Price: $262

    Women’s top seller:

    Baby Beach

    Frame color: Rose Gold

    Lenses: Polarized MauiPure Maui Sunrise lenses with pink mirror coating

    Size: Narrower frame front and shorter temples

    Price: $316

    Our women’s pick:

    Honi
    Frame color: Sunset

    Lenses: Polarized SuperThin Glass Maui Rose

    Size: Narrower frame front and shorter temples

    Price: $316

     


     

    Oakley – Outdoor Boating and Fishing Sunglasses

    The overall purpose of Oakley is to enhance sports performance, ranging from football to cycling, baseball, gaming, fishing, golf, snow, and skating. As for products, they sell sunglasses, eyeglasses, goggles, and shields. Additionally, Oakley has Prizm lens technology on select models of sunglasses, which enhances color and contrast so that you can see more detail. Oakley lenses are designed and tested under extreme high mass and high-velocity circumstances to ensure uncompromising protection across a wide range of demanding conditions.

    Best seller:

    Holbrook

    Frame color: Matte Black Lightweight O Matter™ frame

    Lenses: Prizm Sapphire Polarized Lenses (Very bright sun; offshore fishing)

    Size: XL

    Price: $152

    Our men’s pick:

    Radar EV Path

    Frame color: Polished Black Lightweight O Matter™ frame

    Lenses: Prizm Prizm Golf Lenses Lenses

    Size: XL

    Price: $211

    Our women’s pick:

    Reedmace

    Frame color: Matte Grey Ink frame

    Lenses: Prizm Sapphire Lenses

    Size: Regular

    Price: $162

     


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