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#611864 03/03/22 11:47 AM
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I've been using a great pair of Smiths now for over 20-years, for both hunting and fishing (& even driving) but they're getting a bit long in the tooth these days. I know the technology in eyewear has advaced several steps from where it was when I bought these units, so who's got the better option these days? Costa "sunrise silver" mirrors were reccomended to me a while back, to deal with that strobe-like tree shadow, open light, tree shadow stuff that makes it tricky for a lot of sunglasses. I used-to flyfish alot here (before Colorado became overrun by all the refugees from the left coast) but I still really rely on my shades to navigate the local (& other) waters when wading, so very good polarizing is absolutely essential as well. Cheap sunglass have also come a long way but... cheesy plastic stuff leaves me cold, so I'm willing to pay the freight for the right suff. What says the cognosenti here?

I don't need prescription shades just yet, so I'd still be looking at over-the-counter options. Maui Jim and Glacier have also been mentioned to me as well.

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I just spent six weeks shooting quail in the desert wearing Bolle’s.

Prescription, bi-focal, polarized, poly carbonate, wraparound.

Absolutely no complaints whatsoever.

1 caveat though.

Some automobile surfaces are tinted with polarized film. And if you look at them wearing your polarized glasses, you will get constructive interference, and the surface will look black, or striped. That’s just physics.

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Lloyd3 #611868 03/03/22 12:16 PM
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Lloyd,
I've used Ray Ban Aviators my entire life with good results, both polarized and not. The lens coverage and shape just suit me. I like the sportsman frame as well with the cable temples. A neutral tint is important to me as well.
Being ex Air Force, I've also used Randolph's aa well. Search slowly, It's important!
Karl

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Keep in mind that if you have a car with a HUD (heads up display) like my wife's Hyundai Palisade you cannot see the HUD display with polarized glasses. Polarized glasses also don't work with the tablet I use in our airplane for navigation. I now use polarized sunglasses only for fishing.

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Check Oakley
I believe that they have water-specific lenses.
I wear Oakleys cycling and think highly of them.


“When faith is lost, when honor dies, the man is dead” - John Greenleaf Whittier
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Shady Rays. I tend to keep sunglasses too long and scratch the Dickens out of them. I've run the gamut in prices and styles. Shady Rays are comparatively inexpensive, come in a variety of styles, and are well made. They typically have a sales price. When I bought mine, it was two for the price of one. Buddy bought a pair and had a minor issue and they replaced them without asking for a return. Gil

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Originally Posted by FlyChamps
Keep in mind that if you have a car with a HUD (heads up display) like my wife's Hyundai Palisade you cannot see the HUD display with polarized glasses. Polarized glasses also don't work with the tablet I use in our airplane for navigation. I now use polarized sunglasses only for fishing.

My HUD in my GMC truck is still visible with polarized lenses, but at full brightness it is noticeably less visible than with conventional lenses.


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I’ve been wearing Maui Jim’s for years for everything. High quality, they stand behind the product, and comfortable on my melon of s head.


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+1 on Maui Jim.

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I'd like to stick with glass lenses, but since there is a shooting component here.... I'm flexible. The bad thing is that I want one pair that does it all (much like my Smith's have done). Aviators are fine (ie. Ray Bans) because I think they look great, but they don't seem as rugged as some of the competition (and for fishing I suspect their coatings aren't as advanced).

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