Drifting dry flies for trout in mountain drainages or sneaking through the saltwater flats for bonefish both require a variety of tools and conditions to line up. The fishing experience is enhanced with quality optics, no matter the water venue. Polarized sunglasses are one of the best tools a fisherman or woman can invest in. This style of sunglasses cuts the glare of light bouncing off the water, increasing your ability to see clearly below the surface to spot fish, reduce eye fatigue and protect your eyes.
In this review, Active Junky has taken a variety of combinations in material, lens color and sizes to review the best options for polarized sunglasses offered in 2017.
These Costa sunglasses are meant for business, and were our tester’s favorite. Complete with Costa 580 glass lens in the mirrored green, this choice allows for incredible contrast and color. The green mirror lens handles full sunlight the best out of all sunglasses in the test. The frames are well designed, comfortable to be worn all day, even with the heavier glass lens choice. Coverage on the Bloke frame is best suited for a medium to large head with full wrap allowing minimal amounts of light to sneak in.
These polarized Zeal sunglasses have environmental stance and a sharp profile. The amber lens choice performs in most light conditions, well allowing for a variety of usage. The Z-Resin Bio Plastic frame and Ellume Bio Plastic Lens are industry leaders for a move away from petroleum products, maintaining no compromise in clarity. Environmentally, our staff has a hard time finding a better option.
Smith Guide’s Choice
A highly popular polarized sunglasses choice for anglers. Active Junky testers took the Smith Guide’s Choice frame and opted to select the Techlite Polarized Low Light Ignitor lens. The hydroleophobic coating keeps water, oil and fingerprints off the glass and allows for an easy clean. These low-light polarized sunglasses are the top selection for dawn patrols or late evening hatches.
Maui Jim Bamboo Forest
Maui Jim offers a great lightweight option for smaller to medium sized heads with the Bamboo Forest. Coverage is reduced with this smaller size with a tight fit to eliminate light sneaking up under the frame. Our tester chose the Root Beer lens to cover the majority of light conditions. Amazing clarity and great contrast was noted with these premium sunglasses.
New for 2017, the Native Sightcaster are set in a large to extra large frame with wrap coverage eliminating light leaks from the sides and bottom. The large frame is surprisingly light for its size, allowing for all day wear comfort. The nonslip grip on the interior of the frame keeps these shades in place despite movement on the water. These Native sunglasses are an excellent performer at reasonable price point.