Post By: multi Posted: 12/22/2017 6:37:42 AMPoints: 0
I need to get some polarized glasses for fishing & I see the prices go from $25.00 & then up, up, up from there. Is there a difference, should I pay for the expensive ones or are the cheap ones just as good? thanks, Mike
Reply by: Skookshunter Posted: 12/22/2017 7:57:33 AM Points: 2866
Cheap ones aren't as good. I've gone through about 4 or 5 pair in the last two years of cheap glasses. The durability isn't very good as two of them just snapped while opening them up. The lenses on others wear out or scratch too easily. More expensive glasses may have some problems as well over time but typically come with a legit warranty. I can't quite gather the strength to spend $200+ on Costas because Im bad at losing glasses so I stick to mid-range priced now.
Reply by: Luke the Dog Posted: 12/22/2017 8:16:30 AM Points: 37
Buy the best ones you can afford. There is a big difference between cheap ones and more expensive glasses. Costas and Smiths are totally worth the price, they can often be found on sale if you dig around on the web a little.
Reply by: esoxrocks Posted: 12/22/2017 8:21:43 AM Points: 2498
Comments regarding good glasses are valid IMO. I use Costas, but there are other excellent glasses out there that are not as expensive...but there is a difference.
My main comment is that if you are fairly new to sight fishing (I couldn't tell from your post) there is a period when its tough to see the fish until you get used to looking for the right things...regardless of whether you are using good polarized glasses or not (although good lenses really help).
Over time you will get a feel for what you are seeing and where to look (dark lines rather than whole fish, flashes, lateral movement, etc) and all of a sudden the fish will start to appear.
Reply by: Fishful Thinker Posted: 12/23/2017 10:00:30 AM Points: 11331
I live in my sunglasses and am pickier about the lens and frame than I am about my lure color most of the time...
Costa 580G if it's in the budget, or 580P if you'd rather not spend as much or prefer a physically lighter pair of glass. 580G is glass, 580P is poly...but both are coated to block yellow light at 580nm. I strongly prefer 580G in Green Mirror for the majority of fishing...it's is an amber-copper based lens that increases contrast in browns/greens (perfect for lakes/streambeds), but is mirrored to reduce glare even more. This is a truly great fishing lens...make sure you get a frame that fits and blocks peripheral light, too.
I only wear two other lenses ever on open water...non-mirrored Copper on partial sun days, and Silver Sunrise on pure overcast or early/late low light. Most bass pro's will tell you Copper is the best all around but we get 300+ days per year of sunshine in Colorado and I strongly prefer the Green Mirror in the sun. Cheap glasses will not only not work as well for sight fishing or line watching, they will be no good for your eyes in the long run and have been known to cause headaches in the short term due to eye strain. Get the best glasses you can afford and take good care of them! CL
Yup, Green mirror, amber lens, 580g in the Man-o-war. Best pair I ever had. Sent it in for repair (the nose piece completely wore out after 6 years) only to find out they discontinued making them. They did however send me my choice for a replacement, for free. Great customer service and quick responses.
When you get to the point where expensive sunglasses matter, get glass versus polycarbonate. I agree, the costa 580G lense are the best and I also agree on the green mirror lense. But if you canít afford costaís 580G glass lense then get the smith action optics techlite glass lense which are far better than costaís 580P polycarbonate lense. Glass lenses are far superior to any polycarbonate lenses. But like what was mentioned above, youíll need to learn how to spot signs of the fish before they standout no matter what sunglasses you use.
Reply by: Hawaiian Punch Posted: 12/26/2017 5:15:55 AM Points: 7788
Any good store that sells polarized will have a test picture,that will let you test how good or not so good a pair of glasses work . . .its the first thing I try before I put down my money. I had the same problem with sight fishing for SMB at Aurora and Quincy . . .I got a pair of clip ons from BPS . . .they are called Cocoons and were afordable at $20. I wear perscription glasses,so clip ons were the only answer.
Reply by: walleyedsalmon Posted: 1/28/2018 9:33:36 AM Points: 40
I've had amazing luck with the quality and durability of Maui Jim sunglasses, they are pricey but extremely well made, plus the customer service I got from them was first class. Had a pair that was almost 5 years old and they replaced the frames at not cost when I started having some issues with the lenses not seating correctly. With polarized glasses you definitely get what you pay for.