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.