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Sam Collins posted 07-22-2001 12:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for Sam Collins   Send Email to Sam Collins  
I would like to purchase a good pair of Sunglasses for use on the boat and while fishing.. Any Recommendations ?
tarbaby posted 07-22-2001 01:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for tarbaby  Send Email to tarbaby     
costa del mar. The best IMHO
sport15er posted 07-22-2001 06:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
The difference between polarized and non is incredible. I bought my first pair last yr (prescription), definitley the way to go, cutting out the glare, etc....
Dan posted 07-22-2001 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
I use the blue mirror Ocean Waves in bright sun and my Maui Jim ambers when it's not so bright. Best place to buy shades imho is at http://www.apairofshades.com
triblet posted 07-22-2001 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Polarized is the only way to go on the water.
It cuts the reflections off the water, and
also lets you see into the water if you are
looking for fish or whatever.

Brand: Not terribly important, esp. to me as
mine are prescription. But you get what you
pay for, mostly. Ray-Bans held up well for
me back when I wore contacts.

Color: I prefer a neutral grey. I don't want
a color shift.

Chuck

SuburbanBoy posted 07-22-2001 11:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
I can second triblet's color comments. But there may be a time when a non-neutral color is appropriate.

Don't let $/pair influence your judgement. Use common sense.

I believe that all Polaroid glasses have a sheet of polarizing plastic in a lens sandwich (the outer layers can be glass or plastic. Properly manufactured, they can greatly enhance your vision on the water.

Take at look at this web site for more information. I sure there are others.

http://www.hidalgos.com/

sub

OutrageMan posted 07-23-2001 07:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
I also agree that polarized is the way to go. To that end, the best lens that I have found are Maui Jim.

Although I do have a pair of Smith's with interchangeable lenses. They generally come with 3 lenses (yellow, amber, and grey), and polarized are available. These glasses also saved my eye.

I had my antenna down. I have a T-top, and when the antennal is down it points to the transom. I was standing on the transom, and steped into the cockpit. When I did, I got the full impact into my left eye. The frames cut my nose, and below my eye, and I got one hell of a shiner, but otherwise I was OK. And the lens didn't break or scratch.

Brian

Whaletosh posted 07-23-2001 08:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
Also make very sure they will filter UV. Glass lenses will filter most of the UV naturally, a secondary UV filter coating is good though. Plastic lenses must have a coating or a filter impregnated.

Unfortunately, many sunglasses claim to block UV, but don't block all of it. I have an advantage, in that I have access to several UV/vis spectrphotometers. I usually run a spectra on a new set of glasses, gives me the UV throughput. Most name brand prescription or over the counter sunglass makers won't post misleading claims of UV filtering.

Sean

jimh posted 07-23-2001 08:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Polarized sunglasses are a must. They will let you see into the water better, allowing your to see rocks, shoals, etc.

Avoiding color shift can be important at times. Many sunglasses have a green tint, which can be a problem in navigating. Here is my experience:

One hazy late morning we were steaming across Lake Huron on the ferry Chi-Cheemaun. I was on deck talking with a few of the other travellers aboard. One of them--a first time passenger on this trip--asked how far across the Lake were we.

I said we were "just about halfway across, and we should be seeing the buoy on BAD NEIGHBOR ROCK any minute."

"Oh," he said, "there it is!"

I looked out to the horizon, but there was no trace of the green buoy.

"You see the buoy out there," I asked.

"Yeah," the fellow said, "right there," pointing at it.

I looked again, but there was nothing out there but waves and mist.

"Yes," said another guy, "I see it, too."

Normally I can find buoys like this at a distance of five miles. I know we are sailing just a few hundred yards off the buoy, and I can't see a trace of it. And all these other people--non-boaters--can see it, too.

I am beginning to wonder if I need an eye examination. Finally, I took off my green-tinted polarized sun glasses, and there was the green buoy, plain as day.

I was shocked! I put the sunglasses back on, and the buoy became indistinguishable in the mist and haze.

The sunlight that morning was being filter through very strange low clouds, creating an odd, diffused lighting. The grayscale value of the green buoy was a perfect match for the surrounding mist and fog, and with the color filtering of the sunglasses, the aid to navigation just disappeared in the mist.

Now if I am looking for a buoy, particularly a green one, I take my sunglasses off from time to time to make sure I don't miss it.

Bigshot posted 07-23-2001 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Where I live we all have boats and the majority of boaters wear Costa Del Mar(I love mine) or Ocean Waves. Get the costa brochure and see why. Do NOT buy cheap polarized glasses cause they distort stuff. Especially car windows and digital readouts. With cheap glasses I can not read my digital temp guage. With Costas I can.
blackdog posted 07-23-2001 12:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Maui Jim's. Polarized. Big Bucks, but you only have 2 eyes
ChrisK posted 07-23-2001 01:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for ChrisK  Send Email to ChrisK     
I use Costa del Mar for inshore and offshore. I have the ones with a metal frame, no plastic. The difference between polarized and non-polarized is huge. I bought my wife a pair of Costas and she doesn't even fish, but loves them while driving b/c they cut the glare so well. These are fairly expensive ($125-$200/pair) but they will last a long time and protect your eyes well. I've heard nice things about Maui Jim's and Ocean Waves as well.
alan posted 07-23-2001 05:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for alan  Send Email to alan     
I've got Maui Jim's, there is a big difference between cheap sunglasses and quality optics. Polarized or not.
Alan
alan posted 07-23-2001 05:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for alan  Send Email to alan     
I've got Maui Jim's, there is a big difference between cheap sunglasses and quality optics. Polarized or not.
Alan
flwhaler posted 07-23-2001 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for flwhaler  Send Email to flwhaler     
I have found some less expensive sunglasses plorized. They cut the water really well and have snug fit. They also don't leave huge
"Raccoon Eyes" Try Dragons!
Makonut posted 07-24-2001 12:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Makonut  Send Email to Makonut     
I can't remember how many GOOD poloroids I've lost overboard...Happen to be in Walmart a few weeks ago..bought my whole crew glasses I think 9.00 each. (and no distortion) Worth a checkout.
MilwaukeeWhaler posted 07-24-2001 09:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
I am a fan of the Smith--Slider 01. Not only do they make a great polar lens, but the lenses are interchangable. I am into a number of other sports and it is nice to swap for the amber lenses. They are probably not practicle if you looking simply for a polar pair, however if you are into other sports ie.biking,skiing,or shooting it is nice to have the flexability to change lenses. They offer about 12 different lens types, all bullet proof,including two different polars. Worth glance! Due to my love for the water, I am on my third pair. cost $100
TRIDENT posted 07-25-2001 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRIDENT  Send Email to TRIDENT     
Maui Jims Typhoon in Amber. They are the best I have ever tried. Cost $184, my eyes are worth it.
will posted 07-26-2001 04:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for will    
you can get presription Costa's off of their web site. the shop that does their prescription work in in High Point, NC. Very nice people and they do great work. I have a pair and love them. Try eyesave.com if you don't need rx.--will
Bigshot posted 07-26-2001 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
had a prescription pair of Revos back in the days. Great idea!
Mark Gallagher posted 07-29-2001 03:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mark Gallagher  Send Email to Mark Gallagher     
Personally I like Maui Jim. Just bought a pair this year. Excellent quality. However, I had a pair of nice and light plastic Oakleys that I wore while boating until recently when I did something dumb!
I took my glasses off and set them on the bimini top, at anchor, while removing my shirt on a hot day. Later while getting under way my wife said, what was that that fell of the top! They sank to the bottom before I even had a chance.

I thought about this while reading binocular thread and someone mentioned It would be upsetting to drop a pair of expensive ones over the side. I guess you need to be very careful with the good stuff!

A final note, while shopping for Maui Jims I found the best deal at eyesave.com. $40 less than local stores and excellent service/delivery.
Mark

Jurisproodenz posted 07-29-2001 05:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jurisproodenz  Send Email to Jurisproodenz     
Ocean Waves, blue mirror polarized. I did a side by side test at the Bass Pro Shop in Ft Lauderdale -- theyll let you take three pair out of the store to experiment seeing into their lagoon with. I found the Ocean Waves to have the least distortion and the clearest penetration. Great for marlin fishing. With Croakies, they'll float. My wife hates them because she can't see my eyes, but I won't go outside anywhere now without them on a bright day. I bought them for fishing, but they're just too good to keep on the boat.
reelescape1 posted 07-29-2001 09:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
I'm very happy with costas/blue mirror...especially coming back from offshore the red bouys really stand out. I prefer the maui jim typhoon for everyday and driving...the blue tint on the costas isnt good for driving.

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