Avid anglers know that a good pair of polarized sunglasses are an absolute must when it comes to sport fishing. However, the process of selecting the right pair can be confusing for beginners who are still learning about the pros and cons of different types of lenses. With so many brands, styles and lens colors on the market, how do you know which pair is going to best protect your eyes while providing you with the maximum level of visibility in order to spot the fish? Well, the frame style you choose is purely a matter of preference and comfort, but price point and functionality are two entirely separate considerations.
I tried the Hobie Polarized Sea Crystal Series sunglasses, which come in four different frame styles (I liked “The Wedge” style since they are more angular and balance out the round shape of my face).
Hobie Sea Crystal Series Advantages
- The cobalt blue lenses provided great visibility offshore and in open water. Grey or blue mirrored lenses will filter the blue color of offshore waters, which tends to maximize your visibility. The Sea Crystal Series sunglasses have cobalt blue mirror polarized lenses, so they are a good choice if you plan to focus on offshore fishing. As an example, I tested the sunglasses while sight-casting for tripletail in open water, and was able to spot the fish near the buoys from about 60 to 80 feet away — even while casting in the direction of the sun. However, inshore anglers who fish primarily in shallow water areas should note that amber or green mirrored lenses are better to use when fishing on the flats. You really need to consider the light conditions and where you will be doing most of your fishing when selecting the right pair of sunglasses.
- The Sea Crystal Series offered good natural contrast and color range. I found the sunglasses to have above average contrast and color range. They also did an effective job of eliminating the harsh glare that comes from bright sunlight conditions here in Florida.
- They provide 100% protection from UVA, UVB and UVC rays. I felt confident about my light blue (and very light sensitive eyes) being protected considering the fact that the Sea Crystal Series lenses block 100% of UVA, UVB and UVC rays.
- Tough lenses. The lenses are comprised of 100% polarized injected polycarbonate, which is an extremely light plastic lens material that is virtually shatter-proof. While some brands offer glass lenses, I personally prefer polycarbonate since glass lenses can shatter. The lenses are also protected from scratches with an extra hard-coating.
- Easy to clean lenses. After splashing my Sea Crystal Series shades with saltwater, chum and sunscreen, I found that they were easy to clean using the soft cloth pouch that the glasses came in.
- Lifetime warranty. This is a HUGE advantage in my book. Hobie Polarized Sunglasses are warranted to the original registered purchaser against defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the sunglasses. The warranty does not apply to sunglasses that have been subject to improper or unreasonable use, normal wear and tear, accidental breakage or scratched lenses.
- Reasonable price point. The Sea Crystal Series sunglasses are priced reasonably at $89.99. You can easily spend almost twice this amount for a pair of polarized sunglasses. Considering the fact that these glasses hold up well in a number of extreme conditions and come with the lifetime warranty, I found them to be a great value.
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