Summer is fast approaching and folks are thinking about exploring the great outdoors. Fishing, hiking, camping, boating, all the fun stuff. Sunglasses are more than Fashion. Choosing the color lens for your preferred activity can make a big difference in the enjoyment factor of your favorite outdoor sports.
How to chose the right lens
I always use polarized lenses on the water and off, as they provide maximum protection from harmful UV rays.
Beyond that any color combination is OK, the following are optimal colors for different conditions. However, the wrong color polarized lenses are 100% better and safer than the right color non-polarized lenses.
Polarized glasses help to reduce the glare created by the sun when it hits the water. With this glare eliminated, it enables you to be able to see into the water. This is a huge advantage to any angler who fishes shallow water in lakes or likes to fish in the flowing water of rivers and streams.
Fly fishing / Flats Fishing
Lenses in the amber, copper, bronze or brown are the best choice for general, shallow water, river, lake and flats fly fishing. They give the eyes good definition and relief. They are not too dark for early morning or evening fishing.
Blue Mirror Front Lens, Grey Inside Lens – polarized sunglasses with this color combo are the best option for offshore fishing. The blue front lens matches the color of the offshore waters and cuts down on the glare that reflects off the surface.
Gray lenses are best for offshore fishing where the sun is intense because they offer the most protection. Rather than being a high-contrast lens, a gray tint doesn’t change color perception and allows you to see true-to-world color instead. If you’re headed to open waters and need to prioritize light-blocking over color enhancement, gray is the best lens for fishing.
Blue Mirror Coating
Applying a blue mirror to your lens is perfect for deep sea fishing because it works overtime to block harsh light trying to get in from all angles. You have several options for a blue mirror
Green Mirror Coating
A green mirror applied to a high-contrast lens enhances your vision even further for inshore, sight fishing. It bleaches out brown, dirty water and enhances the greens to make it easier to spot fish. For instance, by using a copper lens with a green mirror boosts contrast and illuminate your field of vision.
Types of Sunglasses
Casual : Best for everyday use and basic recreational activities, do an excellent job of shading your eyes from the sun while you drive or walk. Casual sunglasses are typically not designed to handle the intensity of action sports.
Sport: Designed for activities such as running, hiking and biking, sport sunglasses offer light weight and an excellent fit for fast-paced adventures. High-end frame and lens materials are more impact-resistant and flexible than casual sunglasses. Sport sunglasses also typically feature grippy nose pads and temple ends, a feature that helps keep the frames in place even when you’re sweating.
Glacier glasses: Glacier glasses are special sunglasses designed specifically to protect your eyes from the intense light at high altitudes and sunlight reflecting off snow. They often feature wrap-around extensions to block light from entering at the sides.