Fishing Sunglasses: Goin’ fishing? Don’t let the sun fish fry your eyes.
You love the simplicity of fishing…long hours on the water. Relaxing in solitude or with a few friends. Maybe a thirst-quenching beverage or two…or ten. But, without the right fishing sunglasses, spending all that time on a boat exposed to direct and reflective sunlight that bounces off the water’s surface can do real damage to your eyes.
When picking out the best fishing sunglasses, two big considerations are protection and comfort. Of course, this is similar to other sports, but with fishing, you may be out in bright sunlight for an extended period of time. That makes sunglasses a truly functional piece of equipment. It’s as important as your reel or the bait you use, so it’s one thing you shouldn’t compromise.
Things to consider when choosing fishing sunglasses:
1. Protection: Protection is first and foremost. Wrap around sunglasses always does a good job of protecting, and thicker temples help shield brightness from the sides. For great coverage, choose a frame that is “tall” enough, with good up and down field of vision. Also, polarized lenses is a MUST when it comes to fishing sunglasses.
2. Comfort: Of course, comfort is also important when sitting on a boat in the sun for eight hours or more. You want to make sure that your sunglasses fit comfortably underneath your fishing hat or baseball cap (thicker temples may not fit as well under a baseball cap, so keep that in mind.)
Top Picks for Fishing Sunglasses:
Maui Jim Spartan Reef – A great frame with a lot of grip and spring hinges, so they’re really comfy. Super crisp optics with polarized lenses.
Adidas Swift Solo L – The Adidas Swift Solo are smooth-looking sunglasses for fishing. They’re nice and big, and feature a comfortable wrap around design with adjustable nose pads. They’re also available in a smaller size (Adidas Swift Solo S).
Nike Mercurial 6.0 – If you have a high optical prescription, I suggest the Nike Mercurial 6.0. The downside is they don’t have as much wrap around protection; however it works particularly well for those that need thicker lenses.
Bottom line, polarized fishing sunglasses with plenty of wrap around coverage is essential on the water. A quality pair can save your eyes and give you squint-free vision while you cast your line and reel ’em in.
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