When choosing polarized fishing glasses, protection and seeing well are top priorities. Comfort and fit are also important since they’re crucial in whether or not a person wears sunglasses — or any eyewear — consistently.
Many people might be surprised to find out that fishing is actually A Dangerous Sport, especially for the eyes. In fact, eye injuries from fishing make up over 9% of sport-related eye injuries seen by doctors. These injuries mainly come from hooks, sinkers, and lures.
Protection from the harmful rays of the sun is also important. The sun actually has a double UV impact on eyes when it reflects off of water, so fishing sunglasses must fully protect against UV rays.
Being able to see is obviously crucial for fishing. Varying conditions are the biggest challenges for seeing in this sport. Lens tints can make or break a fisherman’s ability to see fish below the water’s surface.
Fishing Lens Tints
On a bright and sunny day, use a gray/smoke tint. In low light conditions (cloudy, rainy, dawn & dusk), wear an amber/yellow tint.
Another pro, Hank Parker, recommends changing lens color based on time of day and conditions. This means having multiple lenses available to switch out as necessary.
If you take Parker’s approach of having multiple tints available, whether with interchangeable lenses or by having multiple pairs of sunglasses, knowing the strengths of a few different tints is helpful.
- Gray lenses are a great all-purpose lens when conditions are primarily sunny and bright.
- Yellow/amber/orange colored lenses work well on cloudy days but will be too weak in sunny conditions.
- Brown lenses work well for medium to bright conditions.
- Copper lenses are another all-purpose lens tint, but they work best on cloudy or overcast days or for anglers who like to sight fish.
Also, consider a mirrored coating since it helps cut down on glare by reflecting light away from the eyes. Having a mirrored coating is great when in the sun for long periods of time because it helps reduce eye strain.
Comfort & Fit
The main reasons people don’t wear safety eyewear or sunglasses is lack of comfort. At the same time, improper fit often leads to eye injury and strain.
A good fit lets in minimal light around the edges. It also keeps dust and debris from sneaking in the sides/top/bottom. Wrap-around sunglasses are the best option for accomplishing all of these.
In addition, soft rubber nose bridges provide additional comfort and help keep eyewear in place. Also, consider a lanyard for those times you need to take glasses off but want to keep them nearby. Sure, you can put them on top of your head or beside you, but there’s a greater chance of losing or damaging sunglasses when you do this.
How do you know if you’ve gotten the best comfort and fit with your sunglasses? Start by trying them on to see how you feel. After wearing them for a while…
“Your glasses should fit so well that you forget they are there.” ((Choosing Polarized Sunglasses for Fishing)
The sun glaring off the water makes vision difficult and even uncomfortable. This happens when the light reflected by water aligns, or polarizes, horizontally instead of vertically. The concentrations are usually quite high too. Polarized lenses block this horizontal light, sort of like “a microscopic set of blinds.” (Choosing Polarized Sunglasses for Fishing)
Not only will polarized sunglasses increase comfort level and decrease eye fatigue, they also leave vision clear, giving anglers the ability to see fish better.
“Polarized sunglasses will enable you to catch more fish — plain and simple.” (Pick the Best Polarized Fishing Glasses)
Not only can a fisherman see fish in the water better with polarized sunglasses, he can also spot logs and vegetation as well as identify depth changes and drop-offs better.
Lots of Choices
Fortunately, there are a lot of great choices for polarized fishing eyewear. Let’s look at five that are not only best-sellers at Safety Glasses USA but that also meet the three main needs fisherman have for eyewear… safety, sight, and comfort.
- Jackson Nemesis Polarized Safety Glasses — Sleek and sporty, these comfortable sunglasses are ideal for conditions requiring extreme clarity and deep color contrast.
- Crossfire ES5 Bifocals Polarized Smoke Lens — For those who need a little help seeing up close for tying a knot or baiting a hook.
- Edge Dakura Polarized — Sleek styling and hi-tech function. Remove glare from above and below.
- Bullhead Polarized — Lightweight frames and 100% visual acuity lenses. Lots of lens tints as well as photochromic lens options.
- Edge Kazbek and Kazbek XL Polarized — Another great safety eyewear option with polarized lenses.
The above options not only give a lot of styles to choose from, but they also provide many affordable choices. All of these top-sellers fall within the $11-$54 price range.