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Jimmy 04-04-2001 03:09 AM

The "EYES" Have It
When it comes to sun glasses...I'm in the dark. I would like to find a pair of glasses that would be good in most fishing conditions. I've noticed that there are many colors of lenses. Is there one color that is better designed for all around use? Or am I going to be forced to own several different pair of glasses? If there is any one who can help me see the sun glass picture a bit clearer, I would be most greatful.


sorry about the puns..but it's 4a.m. and I'm a bit Punchy myself

Adrian 04-04-2001 07:38 AM

Hi Jimmy

This year I invested in a pair of Action Optics with copper photochromatic lenses. I found them great on Christmas Island both during the "brief" intense sunny spells but also when the clouds rolled in. Very light weight and about $150.

GregS 04-04-2001 09:36 AM


I have dark amber (vermillion/copper, call it whatever color you want) lenses and have always been happy with them in all fishing situations. If you believe all the marketing hype, you will need three or four different lense colors to best cover all possibilities. If I hit the lottery, I might be temped to try other colors. But, until then, I'm staying with dark amber.


Nick 04-04-2001 10:54 AM

I have had a pair of Costa Del Mar's Euro Frames for two years now. I have the glass lenses with a green mirror/amber or copper tint. I love then. Can't give enough praise to them. I fish mostly inshore in the summer and they make a world of difference in visibility (sun or clouds) I know some are against glass lenses fly fishing, but I find them a must. If I am relying on them to protect me from a clouser, then I should turn around and fish with the back cast. The lenses have been through everything and not been marked. I dropped them on rocks and such without a problem...even tossed them in my bag with no case and sand everywhere. Just a little rinse and their clean. The frames give a great amount of coverage and don't let much side light in. I highly recommend them.


striblue 04-04-2001 11:17 AM

Jimmy, I have the same as Adrian's ... Action Optics amber or copper.

juro 04-04-2001 12:56 PM

I am totally pleased with the $49 Fisherman Eyewear brand gray wrap-around polycorbonate polarized shades sold at Costco, model 90301. They are shatterproof and cut the glare beautifully. At that price I am thinking of buying a back-up pair although these have served me very well and I expect to have them for a long time.

<b>In my opinion, FWIW, is that they are the best price/performance value in polarized polycarbs on the market.</b>

Best way to preserve sunglasses is to put them on the croakies or other 'round the neck loop. Gotta watch leaning on the gunwhale though.

I like gray for all-around use although they are not as good as other colors in low light. Everyone's eyes are different but I couldn't deal with the color distortion of red-tone lenses. I tended not to notice brake lights in front of me when wearing mine so I switched back to gray after a few near misses. I must have been born with only a few red detecting optic sensors to start with, and the amber tones cancel reds out for me.


Price - $49
Style - nicely styled wrap
Sturdy frames

Not so good:

Gray is not ideal for low light
Polycarb must be wiped with cloth only to avoid scratching

Your results may vary!


Jimmy 04-06-2001 08:04 PM

Thanks for the help guys. I'll take all the advice I can get.

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