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  1. lobo9er

    lobo9er Member

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    I have always bought cheap-o'ish polarized glasses for fishing, never over 50 maybe never over 30 USD. How big of a difference is there between the better more expensive offerings?
     
  2. Jcinnb

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    Here is the deal. Spend a ton of money on your regular glasses, and then buy Cocoons, that fit over your glasses. They are great, come in a variety of "flavors" and let you have the best of both worlds.

    Oh, maybe you don't wear glasses, I ass/u/me everyone does. Oh well. If you do, go with Cocoons.
     
  3. Patocazador

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    Buy the cheap ones. They work good enough and I have had 2 pairs go overboard while fishing/boating. I didn't cry (much) since I was only out $19.95 each time.

    I had a woman show off her Ferrari sunglasses to me years ago. She said they cost her over $100 (this was 35 yrs. ago). Then she said, "You know you want them .. Bad."
    I told her the only thing I wanted Bad was a Browning Superposed. :D
     
  4. jmr40

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    Cheap glass is out of focus and blurry on sunglasses just as with regular glasses. The better glasses such as Costa Del Mar's and Oakley's are better. My wife had always bought the cheapies until one day riding in my truck she put on my Oakley's. She immediately said "oh my God, I had no idea how much better I could see with these".

    A lot has been said about losing glasses. I've lost and broken more than a few, but never the expensive ones. Pay that much, you buy a good strap and hold onto them. I've had the Oakley's since 2004 and have worn them a bunch. I'm a retired HS football and soccer coach. I spent 10 months a year outdoors in the Georgia sun coaching, mowing and painting stripes on fields. I'm hard on glasses. The Oakley's frames are guaranteed for life and replacement lenses can be purchased if they get worn or scratched. Mine have been replaced twice, and could stand another set.

    I was able to get a set of Costa's about 2 years ago at cost from a family member who works for an eye doctor. They are better than the Oakley's, but lenses cannot be replaced. If they get scratched up to bad to use you just have to trash them.

    That said, there are a lot of glasses in the $30-$40 range that seem to be about 90-95% as good as a set of $150 Costa's or Oakley's. The problem is that you may buy 2-3 pairs that disappoint before you find a pair that are almost as good. By then you have spent almost as much as just buying a good pair to start with. The $30-$40 stuff has never held up for me as well either. I've never seen anything under about $30 worth fooling with. The quality is so bad I've had to take them off when driving in order to read road signs.
     
  5. Double_J

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    Go purchase a pair of Costa del mar glasses, and a neck strap. I did and wore them for over 12 years before they finally broke and got thrown away. i was working on an offshore boat for 6 of those yeats so they will hold up to salt water. The warranty is rock solid (use fed ex or ups for same week turn around). it is worth spending 150 to 200 on GOOD glasses.
     
  6. Andrew Leigh

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    Cheap vs. Expensive ........... dunno, what are your eyes worth to you. Is it worth looking through poor lenses?
     
  7. Esoxchaser

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    Looking through cheap sunglasses is like looking through bubblewrap. To me the difference is enormous. I always used to wear Serenghetti Strata lenses, their 555NM lens, Maui Jims or other quality lenses. Cheap sunglasses give people headaches for the distortion if you are out all day.
    Unfortunately I am at that age where my eyes are too dry to wear contacts comfortably, and I needed to carry reading glasses when I wore contacts anyhow. So last month I dug my short little fingers way down into the dark recesses of my pockets and got myself a pair of OEM factory made bifocal Maui Jims. They cost as much as 2,500 rounds of 9MM factory reloads, but will be worth every penny as I do a lot of sight fishing.
     
  8. Kingcreek

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    After losing my polorized ray bans while trying to load the boat on the trailer under bad conditions, I picked up a pair of Bolle sport polarized at SAMs or Costco for $40. I wish I had bought 3 pair. I have bought decent polarized safety glasses with cheater reading lens at the local welding supply. I use them a lot for safety glasses so I can read a tape measure or a seed packet.
     
  9. gspn

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    The view through $20 sunglasses is appalling as compared to some of the higher end stuff. That being said…I don't think you have to buy Costa Del Mar to get good glass. For the record I own a set of Costas…I've had them for the last three years.

    There is lots of good stuff between el-cheapo-gas-station sunglasses and the high end stuff. If I had to buy another set tomorrow I'd probably look at the Wiley-X polarized stuff. Not too expensive but has a great reputation. There are probably a dozen other manufacturers to look at as well.

    The difference between good vs cheap is amazing when you try them side by side.
     
  10. WestKentucky

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    I now own 4 pair of under armour velocity sunglasses. Got the first pair on eBay for $20 used when they were still relatively unheard of. The rest came from tj maxx one pair at a time for 30-50 each. They fit well and I can easily see crankbaits in murky water down to about 3-4 feet 30 feet away. They are on par with oakleys and such.
     
  11. Rusty Luck

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    I almost exclusively use oakley because the lenses are extremely durable, impact resistant, you can see through them perfectly even if they are completely scratched. You only have 2 eyes in this life. I do my best to protect my eyes, it's worth the money.
     
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    Jmr40, Costa lenses can be replaced by sending them in to Costa. I sent a pair in a couple years ago that I had scratched to pieces. I cannot remember how much it cost but it was heck of a lot cheaper than a new pair.
     
  13. redneck2

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    I was always in the "cheap is good enough" camp. Then I won two pairs of Maui Jim's in a sales contest. Wow. I still have cheap ones but you can really tell the difference.

    Never had a pair more than maybe a summer. I've had these probably 8-10 years. Get good neck straps and never lay them down where they get broken. On your face or in the case (unless they're on the strap around your neck).
     
  14. Bailey Boat

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    I have to agree with most of the statements above, except....... I have always been one to buy once, cry once. My other quirk is that poly carb lenses always have distortion somewhere in the lens and that's where I find my self looking. I don't/won't wear anything but a quality ground, glass lens.
    I have numerous pairs of Ray Ban's (120 to 150) for normal use but when I hit the water I have my Maui Jims (225) on a quality lanyard. They cut glare and reflections better than any other lens I have ever tried. I never lay them down, they are either on my face, in the case or around my neck.
    And NO, you can't try them on because they are fitted to ME!!
     
  15. brainwake

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    Also consider this. If you have a nice pair of Oakley's, you can replace the lenses when they get scratched. So if you are can manage to not lose them, they can last for several years.
     
  16. Sleasys14

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    Glasses can also save you eye if a hook or lure comes flying your way.
     
  17. HexHead

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    Good glass is always worth the money. Regardless if we're discussing sunglasses or scopes.
     
  18. LeonCarr

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    I go to Home Depot or Lowes and buy the most stylish Safety Glasses they have :).

    They are rated to the same impact resistance standards as Oakleys, I can wear them when I shoot, and they are much less money than the Bougie Bougie Sunglasses.

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
  19. chas08

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    Costa del mar is my favorite choice! Have a pair of Oakleys too. But at twice the price of the Costas, I just cant see that much difference!
     
  20. IlikeSA

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    I am happy with my two pair of "Guides Choice" sunglasses from Sportsman's Guide. They slip over my glasses and I don't care if I look like a dork, they work, and I am in the woods or driving.
     
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    I wear a pair of Natives. They run about $100, but have replaceable high quality polycarbonate lenses and a great warranty. They are a good middle of the road option. I know my set is considered to be safety glasses, so I wear them while shooting, fishing, or just messing around.
     
  22. rtz

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    Truth be told; it's all a giant conspiracy(really):

    Be surprised at who makes/owns Oakley and SunGlass Hut, etc:

     
  23. WestKentucky

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    Don't go less than 30 or more than 100. I own 3 pair of under armour sunglasses and they do very well for me on the water. I bow-fish too so seeing a fish rather than seeing a blob is kinda important so that you can line up an arrow. On bass water I often see fish cruising at 2 ft or so and put a hula popper up their nose and get some incredible reaction strikes.

    Over the years I have had lots of glasses from Oakley, UA, ray ban, and lots of cheapos. Oakley's are overpriced but not overrated. UA is expensive but can be bought very cheap secondhand or in discontinued frames. Ray bans kept falling off my head so I sold them, but they had open sides which let too much light in and they were heavy so I had plenty to dislike about them, but they were very clear as long as you weren't glare-blinded by light from the sides.

    CostaDelMar is my next foray into eyewear since UA doesn't have anything new that appeals to me and my 3 year old pairs all have scratches from multiple drop and impacts with lures, limbs, and the occasional lead bit while shooting from shaving at cylinder gaps or from splatter on close plates.
     
  24. rcmodel

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    I use $20 dollar clip-on Polaroid's over my regular glasses to vac and clean out the bottom of my Koi fish ponds.

    I doubt you could do any better seeing through the surface sheen spending 5-10-15 times as much on 'fashion brand' Oakley glasses.

    rc
     
  25. OYE

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    Vuarnet is what most people around here wear. Never really thought about wearing anything else. Haven't heard anyone mention oakleys or the costas. Are those walmart brands ? OYE
     
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