5 Key Features to Look For in Quality Fishing Sunglasses 2023

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When you're shopping for a new pair of fishing sunglasses, there are certain features you'll want to look for. If you love to fish, then you know how important it is to protect your eyes from the sun. Fishing sunglasses are essential for protecting your eyes from the harsh rays of the sun, and also for reducing glare, allowing you to clearly see underwater. But with so many options on the market, it can be hard to know which sunglasses are best for fishing. From polarized lenses and UV protection to anti-scratch coatings and comfortable wraps, here are the 5 must-have features that should be at top priority in order to ensure maximum protection from glare and UV rays.

Polarized Lenses.
Polarized lenses are a must when it comes to fishing sunglasses. Not only do the reduce glare from horizontal reflections and improve visibility in bright environments, but they provide optimal clarity of underwater structure and allow your eyes to stay comfortable while spending long days out on the boat. They are a top choice for fishing because they reduce glare off the water that can make it difficult to spot fish. In fact, some professional guides will even require customers to wear polarized sunglasses when they take them out sight fishing to improve their success while on the water.

Polycarbonate Lenses.
Fishing sunglasses with polycarbonate lenses offer superior protection against glare and UV rays - a must for any avid angler. Polycarbonate is an incredibly strong, lightweight material that can withstand extreme pressures, making them ideal for fishing applications where the sunglasses are subject to impacts. They are 10x more impact resistant than glass and substantially lighter. Additionally, polycarbonate lenses also provide superior clarity and can be treated with superior anti-scratch, mirror, hydrophobic and color tint coatings.

UV Protection.
UV protection coatings are incredibly important for fishing sunglasses, as the sun’s rays can be hazardous to one’s vision when exposed to water reflections and open sky. Look for sunglasses with high quality, 100% UVA and UVB protection, to make sure you’re being properly safeguarded from harmful UV radiation. This is important because your eyes adapt to ambient light, and pupils dilate when light is dim while you're wearing dark sunglasses. That creates a bigger area for UV to access the eye. If the lenses are simply colored and do not block UV, you're opening them up to eye damage. Bottom line: The first rule of thumb is to always choose sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection.

Mirror Coatings.
While mirror coatings were once viewed as simply a fashion statement, mirror coatings on your fishing sunglasses lenses can help reduce glare even further than polarization alone, and improve visibility in bright light. When added to your polarized lenses, they are also a good choice for cutting down on eye fatigue. While mirror coatings require a little more care, fishermen find the trade-off well worth the price.

Of course, the above benefits are multiplied when you combine each of these features into a pair of quality fishing sunglasses: Polycarbonate Lens material + Polarization + 100% UV protection + Mirror Coating. That is the basis of Fish 419’s proprietary Polarized HD Perfection lens technology.

Frame Materials.
Finally, consider the frame material. Your glasses need to be strong enough to endure long hours spent outdoors and to provide all-day comfort when worn in challenging conditions. It’s best to seek out fishing sunglasses with frames made from resilient yet lightweight metals and composites such as polycarbonate, TR-90, titanium, aluminum, and magnesium. For example, TR-90 Frame material is extremely flexible and provides a featherweight feel, while aluminum provides a rigid material with a slightly heavier weight. Ultimately, should choose the best combination of comfort and protection for your style of fishing.

At the end of the day, choosing the best fishing sunglasses is all about what works for you. Take into account the activity you’re fishing for, the time of day, and of course protection from UV rays. With the right pair of fishing glasses, you’ll be equipped for your next big day on the water.

For examples of all of the above features, check out the Fish 419 full line of Polarized HD Perfection sunglasses. Polarized HD Perfection Sunglasses

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