Tournament fishermen know that sunglasses are as much of a tool as their fishing rod. Of course, there is the cool factor that we all look for, but for most fishermen, that is only one of the many things they look for in sunglasses. The quality of the frames, comfortability and polarization are just a few features serious fishermen need every time they are on the water. Of course, all fishermen want the best fishing sunglasses they can get for the money. Let’s take a look at the sunglasses that fishermen will wear this year.
Blue Otter Polarized
If you are not looking for hardcore fishing glasses but want something you can fish in or wear to the duck blind, then Blue Otter Habitat Sunglasses are the way to go. They are extremely light and easy to wear all day. The nylon lens by Zeiss are polarized and filter UVA, UVB and UVC light. The lenses are extremely tough and exceed ANSI Z80.3. The Blue Otter anti-fog coating dissipates quickly in changing temperatures. Hydrophobic and Oleophobic coatings repel oil and water, dust and dirt.
Costa Blackfin and Fantail
Demanding fishermen will not settle for second best. They expect the best performance fishing gear they can get. For these fishermen, Costa is what they hit the water with. The Costa Blackfin is one of Costa’s bestsellers for a reason. Simply put, their lens quality is second to none. You can’t go wrong with the super clear polarized glass lens or the more lightweight polycarbonate lens. Either is great for saltwater or freshwater fishing.
The Costa Blackfin frames are the most durable and wrap your face nicely, keeping light from coming in the sides. They can be big for some. In that case, the Costa Fantail with green lens and Mossy Oak frames are a great option. You get all the features of the Blackfin, but the smaller frame of the Fantail. The molded grips on the temple and arms keep them from sliding in rough water. Both the Blackfin and Fantail are comfortable enough to wear all day.
Leupold Performance Eyewear
New to the eyewear game is Leupold, a company known for its optics. Leupold’s sunglasses will take you from season to season. If you’re looking for that one pair of sunglasses that will take you from task to task, these are the ones. Leupold Performance Eyewear has the polarization needed to beat the glare. These sunglasses are lightweight, shatterproof and durable. They’re designed to be more than you need. From the water to the shooting range, Leupold’s new eyewear line does it all.
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Oakley Fuel Cell and Gascan
The Oakley Fuel Cell is the choice of several special forces units. One reason is the clarity and protection of the Plutonite lenses. They block out 100 percent of harmful UVA, UVB, UVC and blue light rays up to 400nm. The Polaric Ellipsoid lens design provides great peripheral protection and exceeds ANSI Z87.1 optical impact standards. These polarized glasses are clear enough to see how to tie a fishing knot or tough enough to use at the range.
If you find Oakley Fuel Cell sunglasses are little big, it’s because they have an overall larger frame than the Oakley Gascan. If you like all the features of the Fuel Cell but need a smaller pair of sunglasses, the Oakley Gascan is the way to go. For those needing prescription sunglasses, you can pay extra to put your prescription lenses in the Oakley Fuel Cell and Gascan frames.
Strike King and KastKing
If you're rough on sunglasses and would like a cheaper option, there are the Strike King Okeechobee sunglasses and the KastKing Skidaway polarized sunglasses. They are both under $50. For this price, you can buy several pairs with different colored lenses. With several lens colors in the boat, you can see in various environmental conditions without breaking the bank. Both have great face coverage with peripheral protection. They are comfortable enough to wear all day. Remember: Some cheaper sunglasses do not have the lens quality of more expensive sunglasses.
The Wiley X Twisted Ops sunglasses are used by the military, competitive shooters, bikers and fishermen everywhere. They are durable and the composite lens is clear, provides impact protection and is polarized. They exceed ANSI Z87.1 optical protection rating and are Occupational Safety and Health Administration-approved. The design of these glasses provides great peripheral protection against unwanted light. You can wear these sunglasses and be confident that a big weight flying back at you will not shatter a lens. Besides the durability of these glasses, they look good and are great for fishing, too. These polarized sunglasses are great for all outdoor activities.
More and more fishermen are trying Torege Sport Sunglasses. Like the KastKing and Strike King sunglasses, the Torege sunglasses will not break the bank. When fishermen see the features they get for under $50, they can’t help but put a pair in the boat. These sunglasses are polarized and block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. The lightweight TR90 frames are heat and UV-ray resistant. The Torege lens uses a DSX-SR saltwater-resistant hydrophobic and oleophobic coating. The frames and lenses are unbreakable with a money-back guarantee.
Is It Time to Upgrade Your Sunglasses?
These sunglasses will be used by fishermen in various weather conditions this year. It never hurts to have several different lens colors for various conditions like cloud cover or sunny days. Often, these conditions will change throughout the day. The sunglasses you need may change several times on the same fishing trip. Prices may vary, but the need for quality sunglasses is there for every fisherman. They may be the tool you need for your personal record this year.