Tri-Spectrum™ Deschutes Frames

Look deeper into fish habitats with these terrific fishing sunglasses.


  • Tri-Spectrum™ Technology boosts colors yellow, red, and green for maximum contrast and visual clarity. Images look sharper and more defined and colors look brighter.
  • Tempered distortion-free, precision-ground and polished optical glass.
  • 100% UVA and UVB protection.
  • The best quality glass lenses give greatest clarity, contrast, and peripheral vision.
  • 99% polarization efficiency.
  • 25% thinner than the original Tri-Spectrum.
  • Reviews

    Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.5 / 5 based on 8 reviews


    7 of 8 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5


    • 5/5

      Pure quality - 3/12/2013
      By: from Sunny UK

      I'd been thinking about changing out my Maui Jims, they were ok but at £100+ they should have been special. The Tri-spectrum's where on my short list, so when I noticed they were on offer I just couldn't resist. The Amber lens is without doubt the best colour for the majority of clear UK Rivers, Streams or Becks. The fit is really nice very snug without feeling it, I'm sure they are an 8 base design as they fit nice and close avoiding any light getting in behind the lens. The frame looks very classy, so they will also be getting used for daily chores such as driving, holiday wear etc. The best bit, why are these better than my last glasses, firstly the Amber lens seems much more effective for fish spotting, probably the winning virtue is the real glass lens, OK we can talk safety all day but in 45 years of angling I've honestly never broken a glass lens due to impact, I would pick glass every time over plastic, trying the MJ's for a season has just reminded me how good glass really is, so that's it. Thx G

    • 1/5


      The frame was far too tight behind the ears and and would have given me a headache immediately so returned them. Tried taking them to an optician to have the frames bent but frame was unbendable. No idea how good the lenses were.

    • 5/5

      perfect!!!!! - 9/25/2012

      i have a great pair of sun glasses.just a slight perscription in the lower part so i can read words with,had them for many years.some how they got a scuff mark on the right lens,right where i look when im driving,very anoying.these new orvis sun glasses are far clearer,seem to do away with all glare,more restful on my eyes,and they look great,they will be my driving glasses from now on.

    • 5/5

      Seeing the fish! - 9/19/2012
      By: from Inverclyde, Scotland

      Lost a good pair of Orvis polaroids which picked up the Bonefish better than any others that I had tried. So ordered these and they are even better. Comfortable and secure on the face. Glad that I found them.

    • 5/5

      Seeing is believing - 9/11/2012
      By: from Heathfield, East Sussex

      Yet another quality Orvis product which I shall be proud to use for years to come. Fabulous lens clarity and design.

    • 5/5

      Great Sunglasses - 9/11/2012
      By: from Norfolk, UK

      These glasses are beautifully made and offer great protection from glare, reflection - - and from flies whistling around at high speed too. The lenses are fantastic and give a lovely warm, amber glow to the world whilst at the same time enabling one to spot fish in a remarkable way. Delivery from the USA was almost as quick as it is from the UK. Very happy with them indeed.

    • 5/5

      Tne best - 7/24/2012

      I have tried many glasses, and then i saw this, and woud give it a try, i youse them fisk coasteal in Denmark manly after mullet in the sun, so my choise was the Rose glasses, i dont regreat this at all, they are simply excellent, i i can se all what going on under the water in sunlight. In grey weahter the perform well, but i think the Amber will be more right here. But they dosent make the surrounding darker so no problem to have them on here, in dark conditions, the glass of rose are in the red/brun look and not so red that you look foolish. So overall the glasses i can highly recommend. Best regards Carsten

    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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