A question on eyewear

Mine were awesome. Sank faster than I expected, unfortunately

Check out Seaspecs. Polarized with UV protection.

Motto of one of the opticians in the Keys is…
“You can’t catch 'em if you can’t see 'em.”… :sunglasses:

I’m a clutz. dollar general. $5. buy three.

I just got two pair of Foster Grants for $17 BOGO online. :sunglasses:

Check out Safety Glasses USA. They have a wide variety of inexpensive, durable sunglasses and sunglass readers. They also sell some higher-end brands, if that’s what you want.

When I’m out on the water, especially the ocean, when the sun light is sparkling off the water, I prefer glacier glasses because the side shields keep out bright light from the sides and the wrap around arms means the glasses are not coming off, and the lenses have to be polarised.


I’m sure there are plenty but be sure to get glasses that don’t have the frame that wraps completely around the lens as they fog much more do to less ventilation. I’m partial to Oakley due to their prism shallow water polarizing lens, very sturdy build and the option to customize.

I have been pretty happy with these:

Chopper | Rx Motorcycle Eyewear - Riding Sunglasses (libertysport.com)

they have a strap, and magnetic side shields. I wear prescription lenses, so got them at my optician. The lenses I got are not the darkest, nor are they polarized, but they do have a black mirror coating on the lens. I also carry a relatively cheap pair of polarized, fit over sunglasses, like these:

Amazon.com: Polarized Fit Over Wear Over Reading Glasses Sunglasses, Size Large (Black 43299, Smoke): Clothing

for those times when the sun is low and I need to head into it. Two sunglasses at once! The combination works pretty well, and that gives me a few more options.

Agreed - I buy the cheapest ones I can fine - usually around $15 at a gas station or convenience store. I like the ones that look more like reading glasses with the straight front. I find the ones that wrap around my face fog up to easily.

Go with polycarbonate lenses if you can as they are opaque to UV, unlike the other plastics.

I wear sunglasses any time it’s even a little bright and I baby them, so I tend to buy nice ones. Lately I’ve been using the Costa Tuna Alley on the water. I don’t love the fit (everyone’s head is shaped differently) but the coverage and optics are great.

I have some Julbo glacier glasses. Never used them on the kayak but they’re great. Very dark and fantastic coverage.

Finally, I own a pair of Roka sunglasses that are my go-to for most outdoor activities. My particular pair aren’t polarized so I don’t kayak in them much but that option is available. They have a try before you buy program so you can check them out and only pay shipping if you decide to return them (if you buy any of your trial pairs they cover the shipping). High quality lenses and great fit. Best pair of sunglasses I’ve ever owned (and no, I’m not getting a kickback :slight_smile:).


Smith Chromapop polarized. Haven’t lost or damaged a pair yet. Having had an eye scare in the past, I’ve come to realize that I need to pamper my eyes with with the best (relatively speaking…) doing what I love the most.

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I wear polarised Zone 3 swimming goggles which protect my eyes from UVA & UVB as with sunglasses, they do not stay in place and do not keep the glare or salt out of my eyes.

I wear prescription glasses but ended up dropping over $400 on a pair of prescription polarized anti-glare for fishing plus starting to get into open boat whitewater, figured they’d help out on seeing some rocks. I recently got a floating strap just in case but have tried to see if my glasses float in the sink yet. Lol

When I looked into sunglasses awhile ago, reliable sources said to get wrap-arounds with at
least 99% UVA and UVB protection or “UV 400 nm.” They also said that inexpensive glasses that actually provide that are generally fine, but how do you know what you are getting from a brand X product sold for $5.00 at a gas station? I need a correction for astigmatism. For my most recent pair of sunglasses, my optician told me that polycarbonate is tougher than glass or commonly used plastic, but that about 1 out of 10 people get eye strain from it. I got it despite some history of eye strain, and haven’t had problems. I chose orange-ish “contrast” lens because they reputedly help in identifying slightly submerged rocks. I think they do, but they also make the sky look less blue and the trees look less green, so next time I have to plunk down $400 for sunglasses, I’m going to get dark grey. With the aid of a head strap, I usually hang on to a pair for about a decade.