Best fishing sunnies

 I've searched this but most posts seem to be pretty old.

I'm thinking of replacing my Spotters which look like they're straight out of a 90's music video! They've been great but recent reviews I've read are very mixed. What are others liking out there? My everyday sunnies are Maui Jims with plastic lenses. They are great but the lenses are prone to scratching. Maybe look for Maui's with glass lenses?

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Spotters with Hallide lense

Wed, 2022-09-14 09:19

Spotters with Hallide lense for me

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Arnettes .

Wed, 2022-09-14 09:28

Arnettes polarised . Just got

new pair got two years out of

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 Just got myself Arnettes

Thu, 2022-09-15 11:22

 Just got myself Arnettes with prescription polarised lenses, bloody great!

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Bunnings ??

Wed, 2022-09-14 09:28

 i dislike this store , but , i use these glasses - https://www.bunnings.com.au/uv-wraps-polarised-wraparound-safety-glasses_p0087480

                                                                 - https://www.bunnings.com.au/uv-wraps-polarised-wraparound-safety-glasses_p0087481

 

pretty cheap, so not to bothered if i lose them . pretty good quality aswell.

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 Because I'm blind I had

Wed, 2022-09-14 10:34

 Because I'm blind I had prescription polaroids made up. 

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Same

Wed, 2022-09-14 10:45

 At $950 a pop before health fund they aren't cheap. 

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Same

Wed, 2022-09-14 11:01

 Same here

Used to get multifocals done but now just single vision with the polaroid coating.

Been using them for over 30 years and for some reason cannot think why those without poor eyesight have to spend heaps to get the same result as cheaper glasses give

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 Andy, Lefty and JohnSo your

Wed, 2022-09-14 11:24

 Andy, Lefty and John

So your prescriptions are for distance? I wear reading glasses but don't need them for distance (yet). I've tried reading glasses in multi with no magnification at the top but they don't work for me. Guess I'll just stick with off the shelf sunnies.

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 Dave Mine are for reading

Wed, 2022-09-14 13:52

 Dave Mine are for reading etc my long distance vision is fine, but need the transition lenses.  

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Davo

Thu, 2022-09-15 07:21

 My sunnies are just for distance but my close up vision if crap now too.

I bring my clear multifocals for trout fishing now as the 6lb is too hard to see tying lures and leaders. 

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I've been using Costa sunnies

Wed, 2022-09-14 11:56

I've been using Costa sunnies for the past few years. They are great. Not cheap but i can wear them all day without the fatigue I was getting from cheaper polarised sunnies.

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Costas - awesome

Mon, 2022-09-26 07:30

Costas are great. I had a set before I needed prescription glasses.

Now I have a set of prescription polarised Maui Jim's 

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I'm using the free work

Wed, 2022-09-14 12:28

I'm using the free work edition Bolle Polarized, Prowlers...crazy the prize of these now.

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 I have a set of Maui Jims

Wed, 2022-09-14 13:30

 I have a set of Maui Jims with glass just for the boat. They don't scratch. Downside is that they weigh more. I've lost 2 pairs falling off the top of my head and smashing on the ground. 

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 maui jims for me as well 

Wed, 2022-09-14 15:52

 maui jims for me as well 

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MJ's are the go

Thu, 2022-09-15 18:42

They have light weight frames with glass so best of both. I have 2 sets atm and rate them highly. 

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Cancer counsel

Wed, 2022-09-14 13:58

Look at cancer councel sunnies, they are plastic but are fairly cheap and reasonable quality. They make floating ones too.  

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 Council

Tue, 2022-10-11 16:24

 Council

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Bored ..

Tue, 2022-10-11 17:21

Bored champ. 

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Polarised bronze glass lens

Wed, 2022-09-14 14:41

Polarised bronze glass lens MJ's for me

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not cheap

Wed, 2022-09-14 20:57

SERENGETI
Always glass lenses for boating.
OR

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08RDRWYX1?tag=marineinsight-20&linkCode=ogi&th=1

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I've Had spotters, mauis and

Thu, 2022-09-15 05:35

I've Had spotters, mauis and makos over the years.. back onto a lightweight glass lense maui now which i really like. 

 

I've always found spotters to have great lenses with poor frames - wouldn't go with them again.

 The best pair I ever had were glass lens makos.

 

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Costa’s

Thu, 2022-09-15 07:38

Costa del mar sunnies for me. As mentioned spotters have a great lense but their frames let them down. Costa's aren't cheap but you can sometimes catch them on sale at places like Myer etc  

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 i just watched this video

Thu, 2022-09-15 09:23

 

i just watched this video yesterday, worth watching:

 

FISHING SUNGLASSES - What Matters and How To Choose The Best - YouTube

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 That's a good vid thanks

Thu, 2022-09-15 17:32

 That's a good vid thanks mate.

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+ 1 for Maui

Thu, 2022-09-15 12:47

 Glass lens grey Maui for ultimate sharpness on the water

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 A few recurring themes which

Fri, 2022-09-16 08:51

 A few recurring themes which is good. Today I saw some Maui's and Ugly Fish that have a magnifying strip at the bottom to allow us blind people to read! Would be very handy on the boat for tying knots etc. without having to put reading glasses on. Anyone used them?

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Rimless Maui Jims

Fri, 2022-09-16 09:14

I liked the Maui Jims but I wouldn't buy the rimless style again.  Even with little use multiple cracks appeared at the connection points which lead to total failure.   

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Mako

Fri, 2022-09-16 12:17

 Very happy with my Mako's.

Previously only ever used $40 servo sunnies, they usually lasted a few months then would crack, delaminate, or otherwise get trashed.

These Makos are fantastic, had them 6 months and they are as good as new.  No scratches, no problems with them at all.  Great fit, cut the glare, stick to my face perfectly.  Very happy with them.

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 Thanks for all the responses

Mon, 2022-09-19 11:29

 Thanks for all the responses fellas. Was thinking of trying Arnette's as they seem like great value but now leaning towards another pair of Maui Jim's with the little bifocul strip at the bottom. I don't prescription sunnies yet but the ability to read with sunnies on could be a game-changer for me. If I get them and like them I'll let you know. If I don't I'll also let you know so no-one else makes a $300 error!

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 Does anyone have experience

Wed, 2022-09-21 13:44

 Does anyone have experience with the Maui Jim Blue Hawaii lenses? Like the grey tint they say these are best for bright direct sunlight. I've got grey ones now and thought I might try something different.

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MJ's with blue lenses

Wed, 2022-09-21 14:45

 Prior to switching to MJ's with blue lenses I used to have to find a dark room and a cold beer or 12 after a long day out fishing in the blazing sun, now I just need the 12 beers. I rate them but havn't used the grey lenses for comparison.

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 Thanks mate that's good to

Wed, 2022-09-21 16:32

 Thanks mate that's good to know. I think I will get a pair and then I'll have both bases covered.

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Different colours for river and sea

Fri, 2022-09-23 10:40

Over the years glass ones from Maui Jim, Mako, Spotters and various medium-high quality plastic ones. Glass has been better and for me the MJ's were lightest and best fit. Those are important attributes in my book. Plastic ones often good enough though.

One thing I found was that the amber colour lens seemed better for picking out fish and underwater things in freshwater or very shallow inshore, but for bluewater work I prefer a grey lens. The grey also has less colour distortion, with things looking more natural compared to the amber.

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 Yeah I agree on the amber

Fri, 2022-09-23 11:18

 Yeah I agree on the amber lens. I have amber tinted Spotters and they are very good in freshwater. I think I will try the blue mirror MJ's and see how they compare. Problem is finding the different styles to try on as most places have limited styles and they seem to be the same wherever I go.

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 sunglass hut carries most of

Mon, 2022-09-26 11:57

 sunglass hut carries most of the MJ models in stock

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 Thanks mate. I think I've

Mon, 2022-09-26 16:17

 Thanks mate. I think I've decided which ones to buy. 

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 Ordered a pair of Maui Jims

Wed, 2022-09-28 15:29

 Ordered a pair of Maui Jims with Blue Hawaii lenses and the reader strip at the bottom. I was worried that the strip might bugger up your normal vision but once I tried a pair on outside I was sold. Once I've trialled them in Exmouth and the Mackerel Islands I'll post my thoughts.

Thanks for all the comments fellas. 

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FWIW

Thu, 2022-10-13 06:06

Ray Bans with a brown lens. Perfect for spotting bommies up here in bum fuck Idaho.

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 Thansk Chris. I thought you

Thu, 2022-10-13 11:12

 Thansk Chris. I thought you were living in paradise not bum fuck Idaho! Humidity getting to you so early in the year?

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All good Dave.

Fri, 2022-10-14 05:07

Humidity isn't too bad at the moment, it's a little sticky in the morning but we tend to get a breeze of some sorts by lunchtime which makes things bearable. Having a pool and good aircon makes life very, very comfy. Bum fuck Idaho is more a reference as to how quiet it is around here, perfect in my books. 

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 Sounds pretty good to me too

Fri, 2022-10-14 15:44

 Sounds pretty good to me too mate! I lived in Cairns for a year and spent a lot of time up there and also Port Douglas. It didn't really get uncomfortbale until December/January. Love that part of the world!

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 So I bought Maui Jim

Mon, 2022-11-07 11:54

 So I bought Maui Jim Alenuihaha grey/black stripe frames with Blue Hawaii lenses with a reading strip at the bottom. Used them for my recent Exmouth/Mackerel Islands trip and they were a game-changer for me. I got that particular style as it meant the reading strip was down lower so it didn't interfere with my normal vision. Once I got used to them like when stepping down off something (which is a little weird as you have to look over the strip) they were awesome! In 13 days on the boat I only put my reading glasses on twice and that was because of extreme glare. I could read my phone easily, tie knots, rig baits and do stuff that I would always have to put my readers on to do. The blue lenses were great and I never felt like I'd been out in the sun all day with them.

For me an excellent investment and I will buy these again. 

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sunnies.

Tue, 2022-11-15 20:13

 i know this sounds a bit cheap,but. Bunnings do a pair polerised safety glass's $29 dollars. The think about them is they are made to an australian safety standard and are impact resistant, comes in handy on those shit days when you go arse up in the boat and if you lose them over the side its not big bucks they aren't to bad on the water either.

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sunnies.

Tue, 2022-11-15 20:14

 i know this sounds a bit cheap,but. Bunnings do a pair polerised safety glass's $29 dollars. The think about them is they are made to an australian safety standard and are impact resistant, comes in handy on those shit days when you go arse up in the boat and if you lose them over the side its not big bucks they aren't to bad on the water either.

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 Not being cheap at all mate.

Thu, 2022-11-17 10:50

 Not being cheap at all mate. It's good advice for many. I always buy expensive sunnies as I want the best lenses I can as I suffer in bright sun. I look after them and it works for me but having some inexpensive sunnies on boats makes sense too.

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