Sunglasses have become part of my head and you can tell when you look at my chubby face and see raccoon eyes. I get that too often. “Nice tan line” some pounder will say to me. Well jack wagon if I am going to be in the sun all day I am going to wear sunglasses and not worry about my public appearance you vain bastard. That is what I want to say but instead I stare at them and just smile. Generally an awkward moment. With all the eye wear products on the market today it can be tough to make a decision on what to spend $200.00 on. Personally I have a very difficult time busting out the plastic for a pair of shades that are going to get trashed in a month or so. But, I know that i will wear them day in and out until I drop them in the river. Here is what I look for when buying sunglasses.
First – Comfort. I have chubby cheeks and like to smile so bigger lenses will tend to rise off my face when I am laughing or showing off my pearly whites. So I try to find a lens that gives me good coverage, feels good on my face and is lightweight.
Second – Lens Color. I have always been a fan of amber/ copper colored lenses. They seem to give everything a golden hue and lighten things up just a bit on an overcast day. The darker lenses always seem to dull things out and give a grey appearance. This is a preference.
Third – Cost. I hate spending $$ on anything, Thats only because I don’t ever have much of it. But, I try not to skimp when it comes to sunglasses. They play a large role in my day to day life so I figure a little extra will go a long way. Until I scratch them and then I am pissed. I have found that you can purchase a good pair of Polarized Sunnies from $75.00 – $250.00. I would prefer to fall on the lower and of that scale but usually end up more towards the upper 3rd.
Recently I have had a thing with Smith Optics. They offer more shapes and sizes and tend to be in mid upper level price range. As far as comfort goes they fit me the best. The pair of glasses I own now have been some of my favorites. They are the Smith Dolen and are super light weight and have many different lens colors. I would recommend that you check them out if you are in the market for a new pair of polarized shades.
Costa Del Mar are obviously a big deal in the fishing world and they do a good job of marketing to folks like us. It seems that I have not been able to find a pair that fits me quite right. They are a little tight on my head and I can never find a lens I am really excited about. Although these shades look very similar to the Smiths above. I know a lot of guides wear Costas and like what they pay for. Maybe this is an avenue to look down.
Regardless of what you wear the overall goal of polarized sunglasses is the same. Cut the glare and help anglers see through the water better. Not, just for fishing either. Polarized lenses help when rowing a boat down a river, running a skiff in the skinny back country or fishing the deep blue. Without Polarized lenses a lot more rocks and other underwater hazards would be tearing holes in the bottom of boats. It is also nice to be able to see things like the trout below when people with fancy non polarized pounder shades cannot.