Polarized sunglasses are an essential, if not critical, piece of equipment when it comes to fly fishing. They give you protection from the sun and UV rays and errant hooks and also give you the ability to see on and in the water. In a recent questionnaire, I asked numerous guides on the Bighorn what they consider to be the most important piece of equipment for the river. The unanimous answer was “polarized sunglasses”.
Orvis has teamed up with Zeiss Optics to offer sunglasses that are some of the lightest and most visually clear sunglasses around. They are made of polycarbonate, making them 33% lighter than glass, yet still have the visual clearness and durability of glass lenses.
The bonus to the Zeiss lenses is that Orvis offers them with prescription lenses in both single vision and bifocal prescriptions.
The lenses come in two colors: amber and rose. Amber is the only color available for prescription lenses.
I like both colors. I find amber to be the better for all-around use. The rose are good for all around use also but I like them more for overcast conditions. If you don’t need prescription lenses, I don’t think you can go wrong with either color.
I’ve been using the Deschutes frames and find them to be very comfortable and very light. They have excellent coverage around the eye to reduce errant light from coming in the side.
So if you are in the market for sunglasses, check out the Orvis Zeiss sunglasses. Lightweight, crystal clear and stylish….
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