Zeiss Polycarbonate Fire Hole Sunglasses

These handsome polarized sunglasses are a must have for the serious angler.


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. Polarized sunglasses 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 4.2 / 5 based on 8 reviews


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

    • 5/5

      Invested In The Best (Again) - 10/20/2015
      By: 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!

    • 1/5

      Expected more from an Orvis-Zeiss collaboration - 7/16/2015
      By: 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.

    • 5/5


    • 5/5

      Good glasses / great service. - 8/27/2014
      By: 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.

    • 5/5


    • 4/5

      Quality glasses - 9/11/2013
      By: 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.

    • 4/5

      Very good lenses - 5/29/2013

      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.

    • 5/5

      Best Sunglasses I Own - 6/23/2012
      By: 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.

    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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