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Since all I've been doing so far this year is fly fishing I have discovered that fly fishing is kind of like bass fishing in that the better you can sight fish the better your chances are at catching a fish. I currently dont have any polorized sunglasses since the cheap pair I had broke and didnt seen to help to much. I have decided to get a good pair of sunglasses, I was wondering if you guys could recommend some so I have some options, maybe a high end expensive pair a mid ranged pair and a cheap good pair. That way I can dream about the high end pair and probably buy the mid ranged pair. I am color blind so color clearity the glasses give arent the most important feature I would like them more for depth and to see threw water glare.
 

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  I have Smith sliders. Mine are called Mainlines, but they come in differant styles. All styles come w/ 3 differant color lenses (you switch them out) You have to buy the polorized seperatly.  :( I love em though. I also wear them skiing. The differant lenses are great for seeing snow definition. They sell them @ most sunglass, and sports shops. I bought mine from Galyan's (now Dick's Sports). Most styles are around $90. The polorized lenses were $30 or $40. If anyone is looking for a cheap pair, Wal-Mart has their own Solar Bat glasses. They're polorized ventilated, scratch resistant, and have a 2 year warranty (I'm looking at the box). They were just under $15. I bought them to keep in my tackle box. I've used them twice w/ no complaints, and I can't tell they're $15 glasses. Oh, and I won't feel so bad if I lose them (it happens).  8)
 

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the polarized.com website had potential but it doesnt compare any of the glasses agaisnt each other which would have helped alot.
 

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Hey Epic

I was a glasses wearer most of my life until I had lazer eye surgery and I couldnt wait to get real sunglasses...I had great luck with Action Optics...they have like 3 price ranges for different varieties...they were tough and made great lenses...I know they have some in the $60 to $70 range...they are made for fisherman and sold in most fly stores...they have a website at ActionOptics.com and no I dont work for them...I would probably still be wearing them if I wouldnt have bumped into my current pair that I found in Kaui...some really dark super polarized ocean fishing glasses made by Maui Jim...I bought them like 4 years ago and it is a miracle I havent lost them...I would be sick...I paid more for them than I ever thought I would for just a pair of sunglasses...but it was my souvenir on that trip...one of the best things I ever bought...like a "shower" for your eyes...I wish I would of had them or the Action Optics years ago...
 

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I use Native sunglasses and have been happy with them so far. They are a 3 lens interchangable set: polarized brown, Orange lens for shooting or driving and a yellow lens for shooting for around 100 bucks. Also have a pair of Costal Del Mars that I bought 4 years ago that are very good, just not as stylish as the glasses you could by today for the same money.
 

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zman I have heard someone mention action optics before, or I came across them looking on the web. So I will definately check them out.

CHRIS out of the 2 pairs you have which do you think is better, not style wise but visually.
 

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Natives for me are a better fit and lighter. There the glasses I reach for when fishing, sight wise they see the same to me. One advantage to the Native glasses are they carry a lifetime warranty no matter if its your fault or theres which for sunglasses is awsome due to how many pairs we sit on or just flat out brake thius was a huge selling point for me. Send them 20 bucks they either repair or replace with a new pair. Keep an eye out for the Big 5  ads they have some very good deals on polarized glasses (name brands)all the time I picked up a second pair of natives from there for 30 bucks. You can't go wrong either way Costal Del Mars are a Quality pair of glasses as well. A good quality pair of glasses is a must so look around to what fits comfortable and buy the best pair available for your budget.
 

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a pair of costa del mars and a pair of oakley 5's they are great have had them for 5 years the costas are great to but a littel heavy glass lenses
 

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Hey Brown,we got the same taste in shades,I got some costa del mars,pricey but worth it! I never noticed them bein heavy,prolly cause I used to wear real thick glasses before the laser surgery.
 

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a little to heavy for the river but great for the boat on the river they tend to slip when releasing fish
 

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B Brown I always had the same problem with my glasses too and started using those croakies ( hopfully thats the correct name for straps for glasses) never had the problem anymore. Also its nice to hang them from your neck when needed, prevents alot of breaking and scratching.
 

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I have a set if Ocean Waves and love them (expensive though), had a set of Costa's (excellent glasses) lost them, and have a set of Bats, that Chris talked about . Picked them up a Walmart o the cheap. Wear them all the time.

You can go up and down the dollar scale depending on how much you want to spend.. sky's the limit.

The most important thing to consider is that you pickup a set that are polearized, and that either wrap around or have shields to prevent glare from coming in on the peripherals. If you fish out of a boat and can speed across the lake, then yo want to consider a snug face fit to eliminat the wind battering your eyes to heck.

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Different shades for different water? I read that "blue" shade is for clearer water and "brown" is for stained water.

Is that true?
 
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