Post by guitarrockin on Jun 17, 2019 15:50:05 GMT -6
Specifically talking higher end brands, not Walmart sunglasses. I can get steep discounts through work on most popular higher end brands. As we sell them I know the tech from brand to brand, but looking for opinions from those who actually use them fishing. Oakley has the shallow water prizm, which is supposed to be their shallow/sight fishing glasses. Costa has better lens quality, especially if you go with glass vs. poly. I am really leaning towards a pair of glass Costas, but can’t decide on what color lens. I see guys using the green lenses, they are marketed as sight fishing glasses but the bronze colored lenses are supposed to be the best for sight fishing, but not as good all around as the green lenses. I have tried them all on in the store, but it’s totally different when your outside and looking in the water, which I can’t test out. I have two pairs of Oakley Prizm, in grey prizm polarized and saphire prizm, I really like them for daily use but I want a dedicated set of fishing glasses. I can get the Oakleys and Costas for $70-$100 depending on style and lenses. I can also get discounts on Maui Jim and Smith’s. Anybody use Oakley or Costa on the river?
Post by FlyAndStream on Jun 17, 2019 19:56:08 GMT -6
When it comes to fly fishing purchases often times I will read reviews and buy cheap first, more or less out of curiosity, before buying a more expensive well known product. Sunglasses are no different.
I purchased a pair of polarized amber colored lenses from Shady Rays for like $30 and in many ways they’ve been better than my more expensive name brand lenses, and I don’t have to worry about losing or damaging them.
If I had to, I could buy 10+ pairs of these for the price of my Smiths using their buy one get one half-off. Sure, the quality isn’t the same but I have no trouble spotting fish either.
Just a thought for someone looking for a low-cost solution.
FWIW: I wear prescription glasses. My prescription sunglasses are UVA / UVB and polarized but being on ordinary frames they don't provide protection from the side or bottom. I wound up with the large somewhat bug eyed Cocoons that I wear over my ordinary prescription glasses. Yes, I wear two pairs of glasses at the same time when fishing but the wrap around Cocoons provide all the protection top, side and bottom and are better at the polarization than my prescription sunglasses.
Post by lipripper1983 on Jul 21, 2019 15:50:19 GMT -6
I have a pair of Costa Del Mar Permits with glass blue lenses. They've been great shades. The glass lenses are alot more scratch resistant, but on the downside they're noticably heavier. Not so heavy they're uncomfortable though. I believe they retail for around 249$. Another thing I like about Costas is you can order a pair specifically for prescription lenses as well.