Top-Focal™ Fly-Threader™ Sunglasses

Get the edge on wary fish with these fantastic fly fishing sunglasses.


We turned the concept of magnifiers on its head. Orvis Vice Chairman Dave Perkins had the idea to create a pair of magnified sunglasses that doesn't obscure your vision when looking down whilst wading or walking a stream bank. By placing the magnifier inset at the top of the glasses, your view of the water remains unobstructed. High-quality polarised optics for optimal light transmission on the water. In black, tortoise. Choose 1.5X, 2.0X, or 2.5X (go up from normal power when viewing through tinted lenses).


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 3.8 / 5 based on 14 reviews


7 of 14 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 3/5

    swing & a miss - 7/3/2012
    By: from maryland

    bought these glasses with great hopes. no more tripping over rocks because of the bottom readers. unfortunately you have to either tip your head so far down as to be uncomfortable or pull them down to the tip of the nose. good idea that just doesn't work

  • 3/5

    Excellent but with flaws - 7/2/2012
    By: from Northern California

    Great concept. It did not take long to get used to the top-focals. Just slid them down the bridge of my nose to focus tying on a fly, then back to normal position when done. Simple and easy. The flaw, for me, was the lens quality. I am used to polarized glass lenses. Long days fishing with these lenses fatigued my eyes until I literally was seeing double. The eye strain was just too uncomfortable to offset the positive qualities these innovative glasses otherwise have.

  • 5/5

    Great Quality Glasses - 5/24/2012
    By: from Shell Beach, Louisiana

    These are great glassed. Takes a while to get used to. I do not need the readers often when I fish but it is nice to know they are there when in fact needed. I simply slide the glasses to the middle of my nose, use the readers, then slide back up. It is very difficult to use the readers when the glasses are in their normal wearing position. This is fine with me though because I can't even tell they are there when fishing or anytime I use them. Readers on the bottom are always in the way!

  • 2/5

    Great idea, but..... - 5/21/2012

    Great idea,to make wading safer, but the magnification at the top of the lenses did not work for me. Difficult to see magnified view without pushing glasses down a good bit, so decided it was easier to push up glasses with magnification at bottom.when wading.

  • 5/5

    Great Gift - 5/9/2012
    By: from Rome, GA

    Bought for my fly fishing husband and he loves them and wants another pair to keep at home by the pool. They are easy to see with, good looking and polarized what more could you ask for.

  • 4/5

    Outdoor glasses for older eyes - 1/21/2012
    By: from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

    I am an angler and shutter bug who enjoys wading and hiking. Being able to enjoy the scenery yet disturbing it as little as possible is something I prize. It is hard to be stealthy and subtle when needing to swap polarizers for close-up glasses. My teenage daughter has waited patiently while I dug through my waist pack and juggled pairs, but such pauses reduced my coolness as a dad as well as diminished awareness of my surroundings. My eyes need the magnification for tying flies or fiddling with the camera at something other than arms' length. Bifocals could be a solution, but having the magnifiers on the bottom cause me to become discombobulated when looking where to place my next step. I liked the concept of putting the bifocals at the top, and ordered a pair. In testing them out, I found that initially the bifocal line had me ducking at nothing, but after 30 minutes, I adjusted. The amber lenses are very clear, with no distortion. While face fitting, I am concerned that a jarring step might have them come off; I wish the frames had a built in tether attachment that would not add pressure above or behind my ears. This is why I gave the product four rather than five stars. Even when ambling outside today in -38 F, the lenses did not fog easily, and what fog did show up dissipated quickly. Not mentioned in the product description is that the pair comes in a very nicely appointed and protective case and cleaning cloth. As soon as the rivers thaw here, I will be out sporting these glasses and tying BWOs and midges much more quickly! All in all, I am very pleased and recommend these glasses.

  • 5/5

    Not just for FlyFishing - 12/29/2011
    By: from Boise

    I bought these for the added bonus of the magnification, so when out in the river working on my gear I could finally see what I was working on...but the quality is so good I bought another pair for my Harley and for wearing all the time, it allows me to stop putting my eyeglasses on to do chores, these sun glasses!

  • 2/5

    good idea, but does'nt work well - 10/28/2011
    By: from upstate ny

    I've used sunglasses with cheaters buit- in for 10yrs (on the lower lens) These sounded like a perfect solution for people with this issue. Tried them on and to use the magnified section and found myself looking up and up farther.I think that section is to high on the lens. Plus there are times when you need the magnifiers to look straight down.

  • 5/5

    Pleased with new glasses - 9/25/2011
    By: from Fort Collins, CO

    Just got back from a week long trip to the upper Snake in Wyoming. I had these glasses express delivered to make the trip and was not dissappointed. It's true the magnification catches your eye at first, and I intrepreted it as branches or such in the foreground. I quickly got used to this however, and just like my new bifocals, I quickly adapted. These glasses made tying small flies SO much easier just to slide them down your nose. Good thing, as 90% of my fish cme on a red ant pattern. I did not want bifocals getting my my way with tricky wading, and I did not want my brothers making fun of me. The focus areas are all but invisible when on and the glasses are of high qaulity. I brought my old pair of Costas, but did not even think of putting them on. Nice innovation, Mr. Perkins! My thanks.

  • 5/5

    Problem solved! - 8/28/2011

    I have tried every fishing bifocal and flip down glasses made, but finally the perfect solution! Wading requires look DOWN. Why no one figured this out before is a mystery. These glasses with the magnifier or reading lens at the top is the answer. Fished all day today on the Platte, wading on bowling balls. I could see! I did not fall! The magnifier is not in the normal line of sight for me, yet available as needed to tie on flies, etc. By noon (first day to use these) looking up to tie was second nature. Thank you Orvis!

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