Overall: 4.5 / 5 based on 22 reviews
21 of 22 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Excellent glasses -
By: CTsprey 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.
Nice glasses -
By: Mike911 from North Carolina
I purchased the amber lens model and it exceeds my expectations. Best in medium to low sunlight or changing conditions.
By: Luth 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.
Outstanding in every way, but lens color -
By: Fishtechie 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.
Everything I Expected -
By: DoubleDoughball 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.
Excellent. Need more lens options -
By: TG4Bama 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.
Great Shades -
By: windguy 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
Great feel--impressive prescription -
By: MNChef 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.
By: BigMJ1 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.
stylish, good eye coverage -
Good looking and works well, only fault is not the glasses...needed adjustment on temples to fit my face before I took it on trip...performed well in bright fishing days in BC.
|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.
|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:
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.