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Sun Glasses...

I know that Practical Sailor did a story several months back about sun glasses, but that issue is lost, probably recycled. Sailing world did an article about what different colors do. Does anyone have any advice about a good brand of grey tinted sun glasses that can be ordered with perscription lenses?
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Here is what I use, I am sure others have their preferences:

1.) Non polarized mils spec aviators
2.) Costa Del Mars full wrap fishing glasses

The aviators work well when I need to read the instruments...the Costas get the most use..In heavy spray I use ski goggles, they work great...
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good polarized glasses help a lot to see underwater coral heads when the sun is glaring off the surface. I probably would have been aground in Belize without them. Ditto on the ski goggles. Great for spray.
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I do want a polarized pair, and i had not thought of ski goggles, thanks for that tip!
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Why not buy prescription glasses and get polarized clip-ons for them. This allows you to use the same pair for indoor/night use as well as daytime use.
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If you sail in shallow water using eyeball navigation to read the depth you must have a pair of polarised glasses.

You must also have a pair of glasses that block UV. Do not just rely on a dark tint but make sure that they block UV. Cheap ones may not.
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I spend a lot of time on the water and race a bit. I've worn a variety of sunglasses over the years.
My preference is:
ACIES Navigator with Blue Mirror lens
glass lens- heavier but way less distortion
polarized- glare reduction is less fatiguing. tilt your head if you have trouble reading instruments
reflective coating on both sides of lens
blue mirror lens

These glasses are the best for visual accuracy, less fatigue and definition. Fantastic for spotting wind shifts. Middle range pricing at $59 on sale and a lot better sunglasses than Kaenons.
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I have been using the polarized Foster Grant cheapos from Bass Pro for four years now. the ones with the reading glass inserts installed. They are only $ 30 a pair, and a pair lasts me a year. Like a lot of us older guys, my far vision is excellent. Better than perfect. Gooder'n an astronaut. I can see anything from the tip of my extended arms to the horizon. And sometimes, days into the future. But anything I can hold in my hands.....I can't read without glasses. So these little cheapos work great for me. I can see the thousands of uncharted coral heads here just fine, and the clear reading inserts let me see the GPS, charts, and other stuff on the boat just great, too. And at $ 30 a pair, if I lose them I don't spend a lot of time mourning. I buy four pairs at a time whenever I am in the USA near a Bass Pro shop.

Bass Pro Shops Fish Eyes Bifocal Polarized Sunglasses

I have tried expensive sunglasses lots of times. Especially when I was flying. Expensive sunglasses will not last me a year. Guaranteed to be lost, stolen, or busted. But once I started listening to ZZ Tops advice....'go git yerself some cheap sunglasses...." "Oh yeah..."
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Thanks 2Gringos, those are just what I have been looking for. Sounds like we have the same vision
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Maui Jims, no question...

Maui Jim Sunglasses - Prescription

You might try a store like Costco, I purchased mine there for a for a fraction of the retal cost, although not presrciption.
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