One of the most important, and overlooked, fishing accessories are sunglasses. Days on the water are long and bright, with plenty of reflection affecting the eyes. This also leaves eyes exposed to harmful rays, dust, debris, and plenty of strain. The only way to combat these effects is by using a quality pair of glasses. These need to have protective coatings and be comfortable on the face and through the lens.
However, sunglasses in the fishing world do more than just protect the eye. They also improve the experience. Being able to see the reactions of your lure, the reactions of the fish, and the conditions that you are targeting are crucial to finding success on the water. To make all of this possible, fishing sunglasses are comprised of technical material and coatings, making them not only protective, but also performance enhancing. To help you understand these features better, we have compiled a list of factors to consider when searching for the best sunglasses for fishing!
Let's start with the most important factor first: protection. Excessive exposure to UV rays has been linked to numerous degrees of eye damage. They do this by not only protecting from the traditional exposure but also from the rays reflecting from behind. Not to mention, during the course of the day eyes are also vulnerable to dirt, debris, and fish hooks. Therefore, if you are going to purchase glasses for only one reason, do it to protect your eye.
Make sure glasses fully cover the eye and are 100% UV protected.
The next feature that needs to be included in a quality pair of sunglasses is a polarized lens. These lenses protect your eye from glare; including light reflecting from sand, water, and other objects. This also allows you to see objects beneath the surface of the water, including your lure presentation, the structure, and the fish.
Anti-reflective coating works well with a polarized lens. By reducing the reflection of the light coming from behind you, it helps protect your eye while improving visibility. This means less strain, fatigue, and debris your eye is exposed to. It’s another necessary layer of protection for your eye.
Fishing comes with moisture. Whether that be from rain, snow, or boat spray, moisture will get on your glasses and you will have to deal with it. Traditional glasses will leave this moisture smeared across your lens, reducing visibility and usability. Hydrophobic technology reduces that.
It works by reducing the spread of droplets by reducing tension. It also helps repel stains and grease from fingerprints; making cleaning lenses much easier.
Hydrophobic coating increases safety by improving visibility and reducing distraction.
Sunglass can come in many different shades. However, there are generally three that are most common: gray, amber, and yellow. These colors will affect how you see your environment. Picking the right color is based on personal preference and conditions.
Determining which one is best for you is primarily dependent upon the time of day you plan on targeting fish. For example, bass anglers who target fish primarily during midday would likely prefer gray glasses as it helps reduce more strain from the sun. However, an angler targeting fish in the evening may prefer amber glasses to allow more light in and therefore improving lowlight visibility.
Of course nobody said you should only buy one pair of glasses; in fact, having different shades of glasses for different scenarios is always wise.
Below are the three most common tints to choose from.
Gray Polarized Lens
For anglers who spend most of their time fishing afternoons, the gray lens is generally the recommended tint. It allows colors to be seen in their truest form while also reducing brightness and glare.
Amber Polarized Lens
Amber is the perfect color lens for low light and cloudy conditions. It works by reducing blue light, therefore creating plenty of contrast against blue and green background. Colors do not look as true with this lens, but they allow enough light through to allow for clear vision in lowlight conditions. Amber is also a great all-around choice for those only wishing to invest in a single pair of lens for all times of the day.
Yellow Polarized Lens
The yellow lens provides the most light for lowlight conditions. Not only does it improve lowlight seeing but it is also perfect for sight fishing. However, it doesn’t tame brightness; therefore is usually not recommended for bright and sunny days.
The final factor to consider is comfort. For glasses to actually work, they need to be worn consistently. For glasses to be worn consistently, they need to be made of a material that feels good on the face and to the eye.
Often times comfort comes from the fit of the frames. These features generally include being flexible, lightweight, and durable. A popular choice for this type of feel is thermoplastic. Thermoplastic is flexible enough to feel comfortable along the face while staying lightweight. It also can handle every day wear.
Nines Optics takes all of these factors and combines them into a pair of high quality, a durable, and protective pair of glasses.
Nines optics works by allowing you to achieve a sharp and enhanced view while protecting your eyes from the most harmful UV rays. By using the best technology in the industry, anglers can get the glasses they need at a price they can afford.
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