Buying GOOD sunglasses can be overwhelming. There are so many features and benefits to choose from, let alone understanding all the terminology. Our Gifts and Sunglasses Lead Heather Morris breaks down some of the considerations for you when it comes to purchasing:
Lens Types - Glass vs. Polycarbonate
* Best clarity
* Holds up the best against scratches
* Very durable
* Easy cleaning
* Impact resistant
* Scratch resistant
Mirrored have a coating on the outside of the lens to help cut down on glare. The differences between colored mirror lenses are:
* Blue mirror is one of two lenses that lets the least amount of light transmission through at 10%. It comes with a base color of grey. Blue mirror lenses are best for full sun on open water and offshore.
* Green mirror is the other lens that will let the least amount of light transmission through at 10%. It comes with a copper or amber base. Green mirror enhances vision as well as contrast for fishing inshore and on flats.
* Silver mirror has a 12% light transmission and comes with a copper base. It's great for various lighting and works well in stream fishing.
In non-mirrored lenses, the grey lens is the darkest tint available without a mirror. It is a great lens to use on a daily basis and all activities. The Amber lens is a good lens for those days of bright and low lights.
Quality polarized sunglasses have a film built in the lens that reduces glare from the sun, snow, and water. Non-polarized sunglasses do not have this film and if you're going to buy a good quality pair of sunglasses Morris recommends they are polarized.
When purchasing sunglasses the biggest thing to consider, outside of your budget, is how you're going to use them. If you're getting them for daily outdoor use for sports, fishing, or biking, Morris says consider a warranty, going with polarized lenses, and durability. Of course, the fit is important, too!
Her personal preference of sunglasses? Maui Jim!
"I have two pairs, one with a grey lens and the other with the amber. I find that they both really enhance all the colors I see as well as block out the bright sunlight. I never squint my eyes with my Mauis on!"
Currently, at Bass Pro Shops Altoona, we carry Under Armour, Native, Oakley, Maui Jim, Costa Del Mar, Browning, Wiley X (limited pairs). We carry Maui Jim and Costa Del Mar sunglasses in both glass and polycarbonate lenses. We carry specific models in all of our brands, but we do offer special orders if there is a particular pair you want that we do not carry.