Does anyone have opinions on high tech eye upgrades? For my entire adult life I wore prescription glasses and shitty giant polarized glasses on top of them like an old dude on the golf course. Last year I got lasic and after some research got a pair of Smith sunglasses with "Chromapop" lenses. I am really impressed with the way they separate colors. They are better for seeing through the water than glasses I've used in the past, but I'm not sure how much better just yet. Just wondering if others have thoughts?
Posted 02 June 2015 - 11:49 AM
Posted 02 June 2015 - 08:09 PM
I have everything from, Oakley SI military sets, Revision military sets, Ray Bans, Linda Farrows (the Bruce Lee and Scarface glasses), Tom Fords, guccis, Armani's and a bunch more and out of all of these I prize my MAUI JIM TITANIUM SPORTS as the best I've ever used in terms of optical clarity, form and function.
They're light, the titanium wire frames are ultra tough, the lenses are crystal clear and see straight through water. They eliminate glare. The lenses are not ANSI rated but I've had shells and ricochets deflect off my lense saving my eyes numerous times. I'll never buy any other sunglasses again and they can have prescription lenses
Posted 03 June 2015 - 09:12 AM
I was never one to spend the extra $ on higher end sunglasses for fishing as I usually lost or broke about 2 pair per year on average. Still, one day I bit the bullet and with a promising deal on a pair Habervision glasses (that came highly recommended from several sources) I splurged and bought a pair. This was about 3 years ago and I still have them....I guess since I spent more I have learned to be more careful with them. For everyday regular fishing I don't think there is too great of a difference...as long as glasses are polarized that can often be enough. What I can say though that there is no comparison whatsoever between actual ground glass vs plastic lenses. Scratch resistance is a major factor. One bad drop with a plastic lens and you can have a nice annoying scratch mark in your line of sight for the rest of the time you use that pair. More than just a little annoying. Cleaning plastic lenses is tricky. If you use anything but the softest cloth to clean them you risk removing the film on the lens which, over time, starts to eliminate any clarity and creates a blurry view. Where the quality lenses really pay off is when you are sight fishing in moving water. For me, salmon and steelhead fishing got even better once I started using better fishing sunglasses as I found I could spot fish that I may not have before. Ground glass produces much deeper light separation and greater contrast for spotting fish, especially in moving water.
Posted 01 July 2015 - 12:28 PM
Best part is the lenses have a lifetime warranty. If they scratch send em back for new ones! They also have a prescription version and they will custom make lenses with your prescription built in!
I've had mine 7 years and they're great.
Posted 01 July 2015 - 12:43 PM
Thanks for the responses! I have been very satisfied with my Smith's so far. I even got a second pair with"low light ignitor" lenses. They are really awesome for dusk/dawn/dark overcast situations- Totally usable in a much darker scenario than any other sunglasses I've owned.
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