Polarized Glasses And The Outdoors

Many people don’t understand the importance of wearing polarized sunglasses when they are enjoying the outdoors. You favorite activity may be biking, climbing, surfing, volleyball, baseball, jet-skiing, snowboarding or fishing, the bottom line is that you need to understand the importance of polarized sun glasses and what they can offer you. The biggest thing that polarized sun glasses offer is the ability to cut through the glare created by the sun, when it bounces off of reflective surfaces such as roads, snow, and water.

This might not sound like a big deal but it’s most certainly true. Many times we’re so used to seeing and dealing with this glare, that we can’t imagine it not being there. Quality polarized sunglasses cut through this glare not only enabling us to see better, but also protecting our eyes from the nasty UV rays within the glare.

Nowhere is the effect of polarization seen more than by anglers, especially anglers that stand in the flowing water of a river or stream. With the help of quality polarized glasses, angler can actually see into the water, and spot not only fish, but also underwater debris. The effects of wearing quality polarized glasses is also extremely helpful to anyone who spends time on snow covered mountains skiing or snowboarding. The glare created by the sun bouncing off of snow can be very dramatic, and a quality pair of polarized glasses will cut through this glare.

I’m emphasizing the word “quality” to make a point. I’m an avid angler and for many years I refused to spend more than $25 on a pair of sun glasses. I would simply buy a cheap pair of polarized sunglasses and be done with it. The ones that I bought never seemed to work properly, I would get frustrated, and I wouldn’t wear them. Then, the next year I would do the same thing again. I never realized that this was actually costing me money, when one day a friend of mine pointed something out to me. He said, “You know if you just but a quality pair of polarized glasses, they’ll work like they should, and you’ll take better care of them?” I didn’t believe him and forgot about it.

Then one day we were out fishing and I borrowed an old pair of his polarized glasses, that he said were at least 10 years old. I liked them so much that within a week I bought myself a pair of these exact polarized glasses, only new. Thos glasses cost me $125. I know that seems like a lot, and I thought it was a lot too, but that was 6 years ago and I still wear those glasses! When you amortize the cost of those glasses, they only cost me about $21 a year! Ever since this experience, I’ve been a believer in quality. I guess what your Mom told you when you were a kid it right, “You get what you pay for.”

The bottom line is that if you spend any time in the outdoors, you need to invest in a quality pair of polarized glasses. When it’s all said and done, you’ll be glad you did. Not only that, but your eyes will as well.

Polarized Sun Glasses And Fishing

Have you ever wondered why polarized sun glasses are helpful when fishing? I know I used to. I couldn’t see myself spending upwards of $100 on a pair of sunglasses no matter what they were used for, so for many years I wouldn’t. Then one day a fishing buddy of mine offered to let me use his old pair of polarized sun glasses on a Steelhead trip we were taking. I agreed, and used the borrowed glasses on the three day excursion on the river.

After the three days were up, I was hooked. The polarized glasses that I had borrowed were incredible. The clarity that they provided looking both into the water, and everywhere else, was amazing. They were amazingly lightweight and comfortable as well. I truly couldn’t believe how much better they were than anything I had tried previously. I asked my fiend what brand they were and how much the set him back. He said they were Smith’s and if he remembered correctly they were like $125 when he bought them.

He then explained that they had lasted him like six years, before he bought a new pair. He said that when you pay over $100 for a pair of sun glasses, you take care of them, which was something that I never considered. I never even considered how long a quality pair of polarized sunglasses might last me, all I was concerned about was the upfront cost. Then my friend pointed something out to me. He told me that if the cost of the Smith glasses that I wore was amortized, they only cost him about 20 bucks a year! This was an amazing realization to me, especially because I liked those Smith glasses so much.

Within one week of our Steelhead fishing trip I bought myself a brand new pair of Smith polarized sun glasses I’ve never been happier with any decision in my life. Not only do I wear the glasses while fishing, I also wear them as my everyday sunglasses as well. The new Smith’s cost me $135, and I have to admit that it’s the best money I’ve ever spent. Not only are they great for fishing, I don’t look too bad in them either. I’ve had them for a little over six months, and do you know what? I take care of them as well as I’ve ever taken care of anything. My advice to anyone looking for polarized sunglasses is to buy a quality pair, rather than wasting time and money on any cheap, disposable sunglasses. I know I’m sure glad I finally came to this realization.