I can honestly say I am a “fence sitter” when it comes to sunglasses. On the one hand I fully understand the idea of buying cheap sunglasses from a service station or local markets because “they only get lost, scratched or broken” on the other hand when you do pay good money for sunglasses you tend to be more careful with them and tend to have a better idea idea of where you put them and what might happen to them there. Regardless of which side of the fence you sit on one thing is for sure if you are an angler, you NEED a pair of sunglasses. First and foremost they are for protection in my mind. Protection from the suns rays bouncing off the water and as a line of defence against hooks. You really don’t want much of the first or any of the second in there. The second reason is that polarised sunglasses make seeing what is under the water easier.
I’m not going to go into the tech side of polarised glasses because quite simply I don’t know much about it. I have not worn or compared enough pairs of glasses to even be able to tell the difference between one lens and another. They all seem to work fine for me, as long as they are polarised, I have pretty good eyes and can spot the things I need to. What I can tell you 100% is that I know the difference between which ones are comfortable and which ones dig into the side of your head, wedge down into your ears when wearing a hat or are annoying in any way when worn for long periods.
I have been on the “cheapy” side for a few years now. Back in my surfy days I dropped plenty of cash on Oakleys as much for the aesthetics as the sun protection and the first time I bought a $300 pair of Oakleys, I knew where the money went. Very comfortable and always stylish.
Now we come to the other reason I fell to one side of the fence lately. News Flash! It’s not the late 90’s any more and “wrap around” sunnies are just not that cool anymore. As much as people resisted the move to tighter fitting jeans, big baggy ones are no longer cool. As much as everyone will try and say fishing has nothing to do with fashion……. it does. Gone are the days of flannelette shirts and sublimated jerseys are “in”at the moment. Looking around http://www.tideapparel.com.au site you can see there is some space for fashion in fishing.
My dream for a while has been to find a pair of fishing sunglasses that would be just as good at a friends birthday party, sunday BBQ or out at the races. If I’m going to pay $300 for sunnies they sure as hell want to be able to have some utility. Enter the Mako GT 9583. I saw a pic on Facebook and immediately thought “that’ll do it”
I’m big on brand trust and Mako has been around a while and been endorsed by some big names, plus it’s an Australian company. So it ticked all the required boxes for parting with my cash. Utility. Aesthetics. Proven brand. Now for the bit that trying a pair of sunglasses on at a store can’t tell you. What are they like wearing them for extended periods. I’ve had them now for a while and they are quite comfortable on my head and I have already found a few other advantages for spending the money. I’ve found that this particular style are much less likely to fog up. Partly because the have glass lenses which stay cooler that other materials but also because that slightly squarer frame for fashion also gives ventilation as compared to the old, eye socket hugging, wrap arounds. Even pulling a Buff right up over my nose (where nearly every angler has had to learn to mouth breathe so they don’t fog up) the GT’s didn’t fog anywhere near as much. I could also say that you don’t get the full “panda eye suntan” a la Eastbound and Down but you should have sunscreen on any way
About the only thing I would call a draw back is when you are really looking to your peripheral you can see a lot of frame. About the only time I even notice it though is when I’m driving and go to check my blind spot.