Overall: 4.2 / 5 based on 8 reviews
7 of 8 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Invested In The Best (Again) -
By: Robjcm14 from Brentwood Essex
Top 1000 Contributor
This is the second pair of Orvis polycarbonate sunglasses I've bought in the last year or so. As good as they are, Orvis could not protect me from losing my glasses to the water (my fault)! We all know the importance of making certain to use a pair of protective sunglasses when fly fishing, this cannot be over emphasised. However, these Orvis glasses not only provide obvious eye protection , they also almost totally eliminate UV and glare, allowing you to 'see through' the water and make your fishing experience that much more pleasurable and fun. Cheapo glasses only partially fulfill this function, which means you'll miss out on the enhanced visibility that Orvis glasses provide and you'll also likely suffer from eye fatigue sooner on a bright day. These Orvis glasses are chunky, lightweight and comfortable to wear and as they're made from polycarbonate they can take the normal trauma we all subject our gear to. Although the grey lens is perfect for most fishing situations, you may want to think about separate glasses for very low light and for very strong light for other occasions, but for all round performance, these Orvis glasses are difficult to beat at the price. In conclusion, I advise you to spend the money and get Orvis top quality glasses for your fly fishing. Don't cheap skate!
Expected more from an Orvis-Zeiss collaboration -
By: FrndofGod from SoCal
I liked the fit of the frames but frankly, I expected better from the Zeiss lens. They lacked the clarity that I expected, especially when Orvis touts that many cannot tell the difference between the Zeiss polycarbonate lenses and the glass lenses. Trust, me there is a big difference. Second, I ordered the amber lenses because Orvis suggest if in doubt get the amber. I have other amber lens that I like but in reality these Zeiss lenses are yellow and not at all natural to look through. Not recommended; I returned mine for a refund. Disappointed, I expected more, much more from an Orvis and Zeiss collaboration.
Good glasses / great service. -
By: Breadbaker from Buffalo, NY
Purchased these glasses at the retail store. Happy with the overall quality, nice facial coverage and a good secure fit. Also liked the high quality hard shell zipper case.
Quality glasses -
By: BigEd101 from N Ireland
I, like most, read other reviews before purchasing and by enlarge the reviews were accurate. I was swayed by the Zeiss lenses and the nose support is slightly large but otherwise a great pair of sunglasses. I like the wrap around style which eliminates sun from the side and also protects my eyes from wandering flies. I was lucky enough to buy mine through a promotion so felt I had got a reasonable deal.
Very good lenses -
The quality of the lenses is great. The overall fit of glasses (at least for me) was a little disappointing. Not so bad that I sent them back, but just didn't seem to fit as well as my Maui Jims.
Best Sunglasses I Own -
By: Arte from North Myrtle Beach, SC
These are the best sunglasses I own. The coverage and the lenses are great. If you try them, you will own them.
|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.