What Sunglasses Do I Buy For Fishing?

The second most used piece of equipment for any angler is their trusty pair of sunglasses. If you’re anything like us, you probably own multiple pair of sunglasses and they’re practically an extension of your body. Here at Fishing Southwest Florida we recommend investing the time in money in selecting the best pair of sunglasses for you. A good pair of sunglasses will last a lifetime and protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun.

 

Polarized or Non Polarized Fishing Sunglasses

If you’re spending a lot of time out on the water then you most certainly want polarized. Polarized lenses are designed to block the light that is reflected from flat surfaces; such as large bodies of water. Not only do they protect your eyes, but polarized sunglasses reflect light more uniformly. This reduces glare, and allows us to see below the water’s surface. This is extremely beneficial for those sight fishing and even avoiding hazards while boating or wading. We recommend Polarized.

So which sunglasses are right for you? Here are our favorites.

 

Smith Backdrop ChromaPop Polarized Sunglasses $99.98

Smith Backdrop Sunglasses is one of our favorite choices on the water

Product Information:

  • ChromaPop lenses use a proprietary technology to optimize color and increase clarity and definition, enabling you to see the outside world with exceptional vibrance
  • Polarized Trivex® lenses reduce 99% of visible glare from water, snow, sand and pavement for increased visual acuity and decreased eye strain
  • Black frames feature gray-green tinted lenses, ideal for medium-to-bright light
  • Matte black frames feature polar blue mirror lenses, ideal for bright-light
  • Tortoise frames feature brown tinted lenses that enhance your vision in a wide range of light and weather conditions
  • The Smith Backdrop ChromaPop Polarized Sunglasses feature a hydrophilic Megol nosepiece and temple ends that get tacky when wet for grip during exercise and hot weather
  • 53% bio-based Evolve frames are made with Rilsan® Clear, a light, durable, non-petroleum-based material derived from renewable, non-GMO castor plants

Why We Like Them:

Smith has quite the reputation in the the optical field. They’ve consistently produced quality optics since 1965. Affordable, light and durable what’s not to love about the Backdrop?
Smith Backdrop Sunglasses

Costa Del Mar Brine Sunglasses $107

Product Information:

  • Made in US
  • Costa’s 580 Polycarbonate provides high clarity, impact- and scratch-resistance along with lightweight all day wear-ability.
  • Green Mirror Polarized enhances vision and contrast, great for fishing inshore and on flats.
  • Costa’s co-injected bio-based nylon frame material is both tough and durable, while offering a comfortable fit.
  • 100% polarization kills reflected glare and reduces eye strain.
  • Built by hand and backed for life. Every pair of Costa Sunglasses includes a limited lifetime warranty.

Why We Like Them:

My everyday sunglasses, I personally wear these out on the water. Costa Del Mar makes extremely durable frames that are very comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Throw in fantastic customer service and these are a no brainer.

Buy The Costa del Mar Unisex-Adult Brine

Costa Del Mar Fantail Sunglasses $122.99 

Product Information:

  • Made in US
  • Costa’s 580 Polycarbonate provides high clarity, impact- and scratch-resistance along with lightweight all day wear-ability.
  • Blue Mirror Polarized is best for bright, full-sun situations on the open water and offshore.
  • Costa’s co-injected bio-based nylon frame material is both tough and durable, while offering a comfortable fit.
  • 100% polarization kills reflected glare and reduces eye strain.
  • Built by hand and backed for life. Every pair of Costa Sunglasses includes a limited lifetime warranty.

Why We Like Them:

Costa Del Mar was born in Daytona Beach back in 1983 and since then the name has become synonymous with quality eye-ware and fantastic customer service. I personally own 5 pair, and the 580 lenses are magnificent.
Costa Del Mar Fantail Sunglasses, Black, Blue Mirror 580 Plastic Lens

 

Maui Jim Stingray Polarized Sunglasses $180 – $202

Product Information:

  • Composite
  • Imported
  • Frame Material: Plastic
  • Lens Material: Glass
  • Lens Width: 55mm
  • Bridge: 23mm
  • Arm: 129mm

Why We Like Them:

You want top of the line? You get nothing less with Maui Jim’s, known to having some of the best lenses on the market the Maui Jim Stingray’s make our list of favorites. Sturdy construction and dipped glass lenses make these a must have on the water.

Maui Jim Sunglasses – Stingray / Frame: Tortoise Lens: Polarized HCL Bronze