Zeiss Polycarbonate Deschutes Sunglasses Frames

Take your game to new heights with these terrific fly fishing sunglasses.


We partnered with Carl Zeiss Vision, the leading manufacturer in high-performance lens technology to provide you with a polycarbonate lens with the ultimate acuity, allowing serious anglers a better view beneath the water. 33% lighter than average glass lenses, for ultimate comfort. Great image definition and contrast enhancement in varying light conditions. Extremely durable.

In brown wood-grain frames with amber or rose lens.

  • Ri-pel Coating Technology: Smoother surface, providing anti-static, anti-fog, and water-repellent technology.
  • 99% Polarization efficiency.
  • Three-Layer Blue-Violet AR (anti-reflective) Coating: No headaches or tired eyes from squinting.
  • 100% UVA and UVB protection: A special coating reflects all UVA and UVB rays to protect your eyes from damage.
  • Anti-scratch and impact resistance.
  • Reviews

    Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.6 / 5 based on 23 reviews


    22 of 23 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5

      By: from kent

      great clarification and feel secure on head, well worth it

    • 5/5

      Excellent glasses - 6/18/2014
      By: from Guilford, CT

      These are my favorite glasses for fishing. They reduce glare on the water surface, and the polarizing lenses allow you to distinguish objects on the stream bottom. The lenses have a slight curve which reduces light entering from the side. Further, the curvature provides additional eye protection from fly hooks sailing by after a bad cast.

    • 4/5

      Nice glasses - 4/30/2014
      By: from North Carolina

      I purchased the amber lens model and it exceeds my expectations. Best in medium to low sunlight or changing conditions.

    • 3/5

      Z-Pc-Dechutes - 12/23/2013
      By: from Dothan, Alabama

      These are great sunglasses but I previously owned a pair in which the lens cracked. I would be very glad to pay for lens replacement but Orvis says "cannot do it". Very disappointed! Makes me never want to ever purchase from Orvis again after being a very loyal customer for many years.

    • 3/5

      Outstanding in every way, but lens color - 7/24/2013
      By: from Novato, CA

      I'm an optics nerd, and have been wearing the highest quality polarized fishing glasses I could get my hands on since 1991. Some of my very most favorite fishing glasses have come from Orvis, and for me, the real test of a pair of fishing glasses begins with the lens. Having worn these glasses for a week, I can honestly report that I haven't used a more optically perfect lens, and both the AR coating and polarization are as good as they get. The lens color (amber), however, is a dissapointment. I am accustomed to fishing glasses, all of them, enhancing contrast, and look for this as a key feature. The "amber" color, which would be more aptly called "yellow" has exactly the opposite effect, in that I am finding all colors more muted than how they appear without sunglasses on. I've now used them in a range of lighting conditions, from full overcast to full sunlight, and a wide range of cloud and illumination conditions in between, and haven't found a single situation where this lens color actually enhances contrast. As for the rest of the product, the frames are comfortable, look great, and the case is well designed. I'm going to exchange these for the rose colored lens, and will post an update.

    • 5/5

      Everything I Expected - 7/2/2013
      By: from Gig Harbor,WA

      Progressive prescription is difficult to get right with curved lenses. These are perfect. Great customer service in placing the order and dealing with the complex prescription.

    • 5/5

      Excellent. Need more lens options - 6/6/2013
      By: from Houston, TX

      These glasses are top notch. They are light weight, durable, and very comfortable on the face. Only critique is the lack of lens options. The lenses are great quality, but I would like to have at least one more option to select the dark (black) lens that Orvis used to offer in older styles.

    • 5/5

      Great Shades - 1/30/2013
      By: from Ipswich, MA

      I'm very pleased with these glasses! I don't leave home without my shades and when my last pair disappeared I was tempted to just replace them but having read the Orvis description I figured I'd give these a try. The optics are phenomenal and the lower weight as compared to other glass lenses makes for a very comfortable and high quality pair of shades

    • 5/5

      Great feel--impressive prescription - 10/1/2012
      By: from Saint Paul, MN
      Top 250 Contributor

      I had owned a pair of Orvis sunglasses with glass lenses and hadn't been super crazy about the prescription or the comfort on long days, so I almost went with another brand and I'm very glad I did not. The Zeiss lenses are unbelievably light and clear, and the folks who did the optical work got the prescription perfect, especially since it can be hard to get it perfect with wrap frames when most people's daily glasses are flat. They are definitely more like sports shades, and wrap in a distinct arc--which is kind of hard to tell from the photo, but the coverage is great and they felt fine after a full day's wear on the stream. If you like really dark shade--these are not. Plenty for me and my fishing needs though.

    • 3/5

      Semi-Happy - 8/14/2012
      By: from Macon, GA

      I don't like the word Orvis written on the stems. I would not have bought them had I known. The picture picture made it appear that a metal design was inlain into the stems. As far as how the glasses fit and perform, I would give them four stars.

    Lens Colour

    How to Pick the Right Lens Colour

    Picking the right lens colour for the fishing you do is an intimidating process for many anglers. We’ve tried to make it easy for you by only offering those lens colours that offer superior vision when looking into water. All the colours in Orvis sunglasses have been optimised and tested specifically for removing glare from the water’s surface and for seeing objects below the water. They are not colours developed for snow sports or golf or biking, although our sunglass colours are also superb for everyday wear and driving.

    Amber - great for most fly fishing conditions

    When in doubt choose amber. Amber offers the best combination of visible light transmission and contrast enhancement for a wide variety of conditions from saltwater flats fishing to shaded trout streams. It sharpens the edges of visible objects by selectively tuning the visible spectrum with very little loss of resolution.

    Rose - for very bright conditions

    Rose offer some advantages under very bright conditions, such as flats fishing on sunny days and fishing wide open rivers in bright sunlight. Rose blocks slightly more visible light than amber, so it allows your eyes to stay rested after a long day on the water. But even more important, rose blocks more infrared (heat) rays, so it keeps your delicate corneas from drying up after a long day in the hot sun. It is especially advantageous for people with dry eyes or contact lens wearers as it helps prevent eyes from drying out. The contrast enhancement of rose is as good as amber and some anglers wear the rose colour under all conditions.

    Yellow - best for lower light conditions

    Yellow lenses (available only in polycarbonate lenses) are best for early mornings, cloudy days, and evenings. Glare at these times can be overwhelming, but standard rose and amber tints can block too much visible light, resulting in a slight decrease in resolution. Yellow polarised lenses allow more visible light transmission and high contrast enhancement while still eliminating most glare.

    Why doesn't Orvis offer gray polarised lenses?

    We design our sunglasses for the demanding conditions that fly fishing dictates. Although some anglers swear by gray lenses, both our experience and our scientific testing of lens tints shows that gray lenses offer no advantage other than visible light blocking at all parts of the spectrum and removing glare. They do not add any contrast enhancement, which is so important in spotting fish, rocks, ledges, and logs below the water’s surface.

    Why doesn't Orvis offer mirror lenses?

    Mirror lenses offer absolutely no increase in visual acuity. They merely add cost and are 100% cosmetic.

    Lens Material

    Glass or Polycarbonate?

    One of the first questions you should ask yourself when looking for a pair of fishing sunglasses is: Do I need glass or plastic lenses?

    Here are the differences:

    • Optics. Glass lenses have superior optics to even the best plastic lenses. There is not a huge difference, more like the difference in a Helios vs. a Hydros rod, but if your fishing demands the utmost in clarity (like a saltwater guide spotting birds far away on the horizon or a spring creek angler spotting trout at 60 feet away), glass lenses will offer you a slight edge. The tolerances in making Orvis Tri-Spectrum glass lenses are tighter in regard to refractive power and prismatic imbalance, and because glass is a less flexible material it will hold these optical powers longer than plastic under extreme conditions. (Note that Orvis Zeiss Polycarbonate lenses are the very finest non-glass lenses you can find, and many people will not be able to tell the difference between glass lenses and Orvis polycarbonate lenses.)
    • Scratch resistance. Although Orvis Zeiss polycarbonate lenses have superior coatings that give as much scratch resistance as any non-glass lens made, glass will still withstand abuse that would scratch a pair of plastic lenses. If you are the type who sometimes forgets to put your glasses in their case, or if you tend to fish in areas with a lot of blowing sand and dust, glass lenses will give you longer life out of your sunglasses.
    • Weight. Although Orvis Tri-Spectrum glass lenses are only 2mm thick, some of the thinnest available, glass lenses are 30% heavier than polycarbonate lenses. If your nose or ears get tired and sore after a day of fishing with sunglasses, you should consider polycarbonate lenses.
    • Prescription. Polycarbonate lenses are much more tolerant of extreme prescriptions because in some prescriptions glass lenses become intolerably heavy.
    • Price. Orvis Zeiss Polycarbonate sunglasses are about 45% less expensive than glass lenses in the same frame.

    In summary

    If you are tough on your gear and demand the absolute cutting edge in vision, choose Orvis Tri-Spectrum sunglasses.

    If your wear your sunglasses for many hours, fish under less demanding visual conditions, and want to save on cost, choose Orvis Zeiss polycarbonate lenses.

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