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Re: Best sunglasses for sailing on bright days
The best sunglasses I've used for sailing have been prescription sunglasses. I think the brand is irrelevant, other than finding ones that fit properly, but they were Carribean Sun, I believe.
Here's what I did... I found frames that fit snug, and wrapped around my head properly, and sat comfortably on my ears (a big deal for me, cause most wrap around glasses crush my ears).. Then the lenses have to be large enough to cover the whole eye .
Polarized is a requirement, not an option. Trust me the glare on the water is what gets you the most.
Finally, its REALLY hard to get dark polarized glasses. Most regular sunglasses are darker than the typical polarized glasses... so I was after customized darker...
So I ordered glasses with gray polarization, and blue metalized mirrored lenses. The result was a nice dark set of glasses, that reduced glare properly. Sadly I lost them 2 years later.
They were close to $300 when I was done, as they were also my own eye prescription... my eyes aren't real bad so it was a light prescription, but it really helped bring in focus the whole view.
Finally Tanski is right, a good wide brimmed hat helps with glare from directly above (noon day sun).
Freedom, a 1983 C&C 32 sailing Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Last edited by SHNOOL; 09-07-2015 at 10:43 AM.