Polarized Sun Glasses

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  1. scottmel

    scottmel Member

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    Anyone have any recommendations for Smith polarized sun glasses? I had a pair that started to delaminate - bubbling of lenses around the outside edge. They are a few years old and no longer made, so I need to find a different model. My question, whenI found out they were delaminating I picked up a new pair on clearance to use on a trip. The pair I picked up have copper lenses - does anyone have any recommendations for lense colors? I was thinking rose colored would be a good utility pair. Amber may work too - I mostly fish the streams in Idaho (Silver Creek, S. Fork of the Boise, Owhyee) and in Montana (Madison, Spring Creek, Yellowstone) as well as some mountain lakes that I backpack into.
     
  2. Drifter

    Drifter Active Member

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    For deep canyon fishing I like amber, the best when the water is shaded most of the day. amber helps look deeper with it's lighter color - but being at the locations you said I would think a brown or darker lens would be best, that Idaho sun can be brutal during the summer months

    Vuarnet used to have a "water sports model lens" that was a lighter polarized amber that I loved for deep canyon fishing.

    The best darker classes I have had were from my companies discount eye care that I had ordered! serengetti brown, polarized, none scratch custom glasses I ordered with a company discount at a normal eye doctors office - original cost was some $400 but with discount only $125 and you can order any color or combinations you want with prescription and what ever frames you want. many fisherman from our work place go this route for some of the best glasses built if your company has eye care ins.

    AS far as normal fishing glasses I just buy the cheap ones from a sport store. if you want the best try custom from an eye doctor on a sports frame like the "rec specs" with small wrap around head strap for racket ball!
     
  3. NewTyer1

    NewTyer1 Banned or Parked

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    I use Costa DelMars and I feel they can't be beat and the lenses are awesome, offering many colors and glass grades such as E 400 and such. You can't go wrong
     
  4. Jordan Simpson

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    My two favourite lenses are Oakley Shallow Blue and Smith's Photochromic Copper.
    When fishing shallower water in high-light conditions, the Copper really helps eliminate the at white glare and helps with contrast- which helps you pick out boulders, rocks, ledges...or coral, holes,eelgrass, etc.
    On those days where it's still fairly to really bright with a bit of cloud cover, the Smith Ignitor lenses are great.
    If I was (though this is mostly for my type of fishing), I'm a fan of the Ignitor or Photochromic Copper.

    But take into account what others have said in regards to the lighting and amber shade.
    I'm a big Smith Optics fan, but regardless of what brand you choose, here is a chart of lens colours/shades and what they're for:
    http://www.smithoptics.ca/technology/#/Sunglass Technology/Lens Options/view/
     
  5. fishintom

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    I bought a pair of Costa Del Mars in their glass green mirrored lens for a trip I took to xmas island a couple weeks ago. To test them out I took them to a local stream. I hated them because I could see every damn fish in the stream that I wasn't catching. They worked well in the darker fresh water, and I was spotting bones at the same time as my guides in xmas island (which in my opinion is one of the hardest destinations to spot bones for me to date). The versatility of these lenses is unreal. But it's probably good to try different lens colors to find what works for you best, everyone's eyes are a little bit different.
     
  6. Ray

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    I have Smith Mavericks w/ blue mirror polarized lenses and like them. They are great for bright conditions and have good coverage. Smith's glass lenses are far superior to their plastic ones in terms of optical quality. I do wish that I had a pair of polarized glasses for low light conditions.
     
  7. Bruce Baker

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    I would call Smith and ask them what models they are currently selling that have frames similar to yours. That's what I ended up doing. I currently own two pairs of Smiths, one with silver flash and photochromatic copper and blue mirror. One pair has the Passage frames, which are no longer being made. Smith told me to try Backdrop or Tenet. The other pair I think has the Otis frame, which aslo are no longer being made.
     
  8. scottmel

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    The Smith Ignitor Lens is the one I'm leaning towardsbuying. If I didn't already have the copper lense I would go wih the Photochromic Copper.



     
  9. fjthompsoniii

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    Smith Guides Choice with photochromic copper lenses. Best glasses made imho.
     
  10. Stew McLeod

    Stew McLeod aka BigMac

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    Check out knockaround ...

    http://knockaround.com/shop/sunglasses/polarized

    My son turned me on to them since he wanted some of their sun glasses for Christmas. while I was ordering his, I ordered a couple of their polarized glasses for myself. I used the Amber ones fishing a couple weeks back in Cle Elum. Worked well and who cares if you step on them or lose them at those prices.

    Stew
    P.S. ..and they have a moving sale on ...
     
  11. Jordan Simpson

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    Holy jeez, I guess I was really tired when I typed my thing and made those grammatical errors.

    On another note, my 'quiver' or sunglasses is the Chief in photochromic copper (for those bonefish days), Collector model in polarized gray-green for those 'at the beach days', and the Soundcheck model in grey-green (non-polarized) for just hanging around town.
    Ignitors lens is on my to-do list.
    If you're going to drop the money on a good pair of glasses, I would take into consideration the type of fishing you plan on doing, and where you plan on doing it...
     
  12. steelydan

    steelydan Newb seeking wisdom

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    I have the Smith Guides Choice in Polarchromic Cu, but I think they called this lense something else 10 years or so ago when I got them.
    I wanted the lighted tint I could get for the lovely PNW gray pallor that we fish in.
    Great glass, great frames.
    I got an updated style, Backdrop, in photochromic amber, and it is nice, but noticeably lighter in tint, more yellow.
    Both are great glasses.
    ONly buy glass, don't get CR39 or polycarbonate.
     
  13. Dorylf

    Dorylf Oregon Member

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    I have a pair of Smith glasses where the frame cracked under normal use and, on another forum, it was suggested that Smith has a great warranty and I should send them back and they'd likely replace the glasses. I didn't ever get around to it, but I'll pass that idea along for what it's worth.

    Oh, and if you send them back and they get replaced, please let me know, maybe I'll yet do the same.
     
  14. Itchy Dog

    Itchy Dog Some call me Kirk Werner

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    I've had two pairs of Smiths and neither pair were anywhere near as comfortable as the Revo Headways (bronze lens) I have now. The Smiths pinch my head after a few ours of continuous wear. The Revos are hands-down the most comfortable frames I've ever had. Excellent optics, too. I also have a pair of Costa Double Hauls (copper lens) which are very nice as well, but Revo gets the nod for being just a bit nicer in my opinion. Revos are also made In the USA.
     
  15. JE

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    Dorylf is spot on about their warranty, send the old ones in and they will more likely than not replace or let you pick a new model if yours is discontinued. Contact customer service first and they will give you info on where to send. I've had great experiences with them including within the past year.