With summer just around the corner, no doubt you’re getting antsy about getting out on that water (I know I am). As comes with summertime, the heat, allergens and that beloved sun will be peering it’s way into our lives very soon, so we have to be prepared for what it may bring. That being said, how can we enjoy the beautiful views from the water, but protect our eyes for years to come?
Today, I will fill you in on our list best polarized sunglasses for fishing. Whether in the winter, spring, summer or fall, these choices will not only keep you protected from those harmful rays, but will make sure you see that bass before they see you.
What are the best polarized sunglasses for sight fishing?
Here is just a preview of what is to come:
- Maui Jim Ka’anapal
- Spy Optic Frazier Wrap
- Smith Parallel D Max
- Native Eyewear Highline
- Costa Del Mar Pawleys A Few Options for the Ladies…
- Ray-BanWayfarer Polarized Sunglasses
- Maui Jim Baby Beach
- Kaenon Sunglasses
- Oakley Feedback Polarized Aviator Sunnies
A few cheaper options…
- HODGSON Polarized Sports
- Luenx Polarized
No we didn’t forget about the kids…
- Naga Sports Polarized
- RIVBOS Polarized Sunglasses
Why are polarized sunglasses so important?
While many believe that any pair of sunnies will do, that simply is not true. Yes, most pairs sold in the US provide some degree of protection, but many do not provide the coverage needed to protect one of our most valuable senses-our sight. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause serious health issues and it’s been said that those who spend a lot of time near the water can develop cataracts prematurely.
So, you’re probably wondering, what benefits do polarized glasses have in comparison to an ‘ordinary’ pair of sunglasses?
Polarized glasses are uniquely designed to reduce glare typically created on water, glass or snowy surfaces. There are many benefits to polarized glasses over non-polarized including:
#1 Comfort. While it could be an uncomfortable drive during your 6am sunrise commute, it could also be an enjoyable one with a pair of polarized lens. Instead of having to adjust that visor above your steering wheel to see the road in front of you, just throw on a pair of polarized glasses and you’re ready to go. Polarized also means less eyestrain.
#2 Clarity. Vision is dramatically enhanced when peering into water or down on ground surfaces. Imagine that glare reflecting off the ocean at mid day gone as you see a school of fish swim by. This is a nearly impossible event with non-polarized specs, but with them, a highly anticipated one.
To see just how much of a difference polarized sunglasses can make when fishing check out the following video:
#3 Color. No, we’re not talking about the color of the frames, but the color seen through each lens. Ever notice a change in intensity when removing your everyday sunglasses? In other words, while wearing the accessory, you weren’t seeing things as purely as possible. Perhaps the color was a bit off or everything just looked kind of dull. Well, polarized lenses fix just that. No more cloudy color, but vibrant, real colors, so bright you may even forget you have a pair of shades on!
So just what are the best polarized sunglasses for fishing?
Here are some of our favorite options:
Maui Jim Ka’anapal
- Polycarbonate Lens
- Clearshell Coating
- Titanium Frame
- Approved for Saltwater fishing
Are you looking for one of the best pairs of sunglasses for fishing on the market today? Well if so, you’ve just found them! Maui Jim’s are a renowned brand of sunglasses known for not only their stylish, sleek look, but the protection that only a high-end brand can provide. These Maui Jim Ka’anapal polarized fishing sunglasses not only protect you from polarized light, but with the brands PolarizedPlus technology, those UV rays are eliminated as well. Worried about dropping them while reeling in a huge bass? No need to as their Clearshell coating will protect BOTH sides of your lens from any scratches. Oh yeah and if they happen to go overboard, they’re saltwater safe too!
Spy Optic Frazier Wrap
- Plastic Lens
- Plastic Frames
- 100% UV protection coating
- Prescription ready
When sight fishing you need a pair of shades that are going to be comfortable, allow you to see into the water and most importantly protect your eyes. That is exactly what the next pair have to offer.
These Spy Optic Frazier Wrap Polarized Sunglasses not only provide protection from the sun’s glare, but they have 100% UV protection as well, ensuring your eyes defend those harmful rays all day long. With their Grilamid construction, these glasses are nearly indestructible, making them a great investment for years to come!
Smith Parallel D Max
- Carbonic Polarized TLT Lenses
- Wraparound frame
- Interchangeable lenses
- Hydroleophobic lens coating
Smith Parallel D Max Sunglasses are a great choice for the avid fisherman because of the lightweight, wraparound frame and polished design. These frames are not only said to be very comfortable, but they block that “side light” that so easy peeks its way through on a sunny day. The lenses also have a hydroleophobic lens coating that helps to repel water from building up on your lens. No more looking through smudged glasses all day. Oh and bonus(!), these frames are interchangeable! So whether you wear them on the water or for a stroll around town, these frames will fit your needs.
Native Eyewear Highline
- N3 Polarized Lenses
- Lightweight frames
- Available in 14 different colors
These next pair of sunglasses look great on most medium to large face shapes and sizes.They are very durable, yet lightweight and with the adjustable nose pads and ear stems, they are comfy as well! These Native Eyewear Highline Polarized Sunglass also come with N3 lenses, some of the most leading edge lenses on the market, blocking infrared light 4X more than your typical polarized lens. Crisp, clear vision is what you can expect with this popular pick!
Costa Del Mar
- Plastic Frame
- Plastic Lenses
- Comfortable fit
Costa Del Mar is one of the most reputable brands on the market today. They have a wide selection of polarized shades to keep you protected all day long. One of our favorites is these Pawley’s 580. Not only are they unisex, so they look great on anyone, but the 100% UV protection and polarized scratch resistant lenses give you all the protection you need for an afternoon at sea. These specs are also handmade and so you know just what went into making each and every pair. There are many colors to choose from and with the stylish wayfarer frame, you may just have to buy two!
Now not only guys like to go fishing, but we know the ladies do too. For that reason, I asked my wife to write about a few of the best polarized sunglasses for fishing for the ladies below. Enjoy!
- Plastic Frame
- Plastic Lens
- 100% UV Protection Coating
- Available in 3 different colors
Ladies, ever feel like you’re sacrificing style for protection? Look no more! These super trendy Ray-Ban not only protect you from the rays all day, but they are one of the hottest looks of the season. With the lightweight frames and upscale aviator shape, these glasses are one of a kind!
- Polarized Plus 2 Technology
- Waterproof Coating
- Scratch resistant lens
As a woman myself, I absolutely love these shades! The classic aviator comes back, but in a totally chic way. This pair especially looks great on a petite face, as the thin, but durable titanium frames provide a super sleek look. Oh and don’t forget, Maui Jim put their stamp on these ‘Baby Beaches’ as well, meaning 100% UV protection and of course their PolarizedPlus2 protection. Also with the MauiEvolution built-in feature, you’ll see vivid, high performance color through the scratch and impact resistant lenses. And since they’re made by one of the best sunglass companies in the world, the waterproof coating is the perfect component for any lady angler.
- TR-90 Frame
- SR-91 Lens
This next pair of sunnies are a great option as they were specifically designed for women. That’s right, they were made to accommodate our particular facial features for a more customized fit. Not only that, Kaenon Sunglasses are famed by top athletes and adventure seekers for their SR-91 high performance lens. They come standard in every pair by bringing that cutting edge clarity we all seek in a pair of shades.
- Metal Frame
- Plastic Lens
- 100% UV Protection Coating
These pair of Oakley Feedback Polarized Aviator Sunnies bring the best of everything into one cute, chic pair of shades. Oakley prides itself on creating comfortable, yet stylish sunglasses for the world’s best athletes and these specs are no exception. The larger square frame provides great coverage while out on the water and with the built-in rubber grips, they’ll stay put all day. 100% UV protection and polarized coating are included in these sporty, yet fashionable frames.
Looking for the cheap polarized sunglasses for fishing? Is it possible to find a good pair under $50?
Let’s look at some other options.
These HODGSON Polarized Sports Sunglasses are an excellent choice for the active fisherman.They are lightweight, shatterproof and waterproof-perfect for any activity.The wrap-around lens provides protection that the typical pair of shades can’t. And with the rimless frame, you’ll be sure to get a great first look at your next catch!
You can’t get better than these Luenx Polarized Sunglasses for under 50! These top-notch shades are made from high quality materials and have 100% UV and polarized protection. They come in a variety of colors, both frame and lens, while maintaining that beloved vintage look.
Planning to bring the little ones on the water with you? Here are some great options to keep your kids protected all day too.
Polarized with 100% UV protection, you can feel good knowing your children are protected with these great shades. The black, brown and tortoiseshell options are great for any little one looking to stand out from the crowd.
Are you bringing your little girl fishing? With these sunglasses she can have fun fishing and still look stylish at the same time.
There you have it! Our list of the top polarized fishing sunglasses.
Please share with us your experience. What have you found to be the best polarized sunglasses for sight fishing?