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Polarized sunglasses: Worth the extra $$$?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by IndianaMatt, May 1, 2012.

  1. IndianaMatt

    IndianaMatt

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    I am considering getting a new pair of shades to replace my Ray Ban Caravans, that are too small for my face.

    My wife has polarized Maui Jims, and I love looking through them. Thing is, I don't know if I want to pay the extra $100-200 for this feature?

    What are the benefits of polarized lenses? We do a lot of outdoor stuff: boating, fishing, hiking, etc.
     
  2. Cubdriver

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    In a word, yes - they cut down on glare in a big way. Great for driving, and should make life more pleasant if you're out on the water as well.

    -Pat
     

  3. Al Czervik

    Al Czervik

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    What Pat said.

    If you're out on the water, they are indispensable.
     
  4. cranejc

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    In a word, yes. I wouldn't consider buying expensive sunglasses, WITHOUT polarization. My Ray-ban's are amazing - the decrease in glare and increase in visibility are the main factors.
     
  5. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

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    Yes they are worth it, I have Oakley gas cans polarized and love them
     
  6. RYNOCG201

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    Love my Oakley 5 squared polarized


    RYNOC
     
  7. GreenDrake

    GreenDrake Rip Lips

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    No brainer, they are worth every penny. There are plenty of cheapo polarized glasses out there, but I prefer the higher quality. Try pricing out prescription polarized and the basic high end polarized look cheap. Actually, if you are interested, I may be able to save you a few bucks, I have two pairs of pretty much new glasses that I do not use. Go check out Smith sport optics, I have a pair of the cop looking Serpico and a wrap around Mogul that I am selling. The Moguls I bought for fly fishing and have their top of the line glass TLT lenses in them.

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  8. Sean19

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    If you spend any amount of time on the water,you really need a pair...check out some Costa del mars
     
  9. aircarver

    aircarver Descent Terminated Silver Member

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    No, not dark enough.

    Plain of polarization issues can be problematic

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  10. ysr_racer

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    Costco has good glasses for reasonable prices.

    $200 for sun glasses?
     
  11. MtBaldy

    MtBaldy Obie Wan, RIP

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    If you spend time on the water they are worth it. Navigating "thin" water in the Bahamas they are indispensable and can mean the difference between safely making that out of the way anchorage and running aground. You don't need to pay a $100.00 premium for Polarized lenses either. There are plenty of cheap sunglasses that are polarized.
     
  12. gomerpyle

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    The only comments I can make are about Oakley's polarized lenses. I bought a pair of Gascans with standard Black Iridium lenses, to have them get lost. I was in a crunch and the only thing the store had to replace them was Gascans with Black Iridium Polarized lenses. I couldn't believe I was paying another $70 for an already expensive pair of sunglasses.

    I'm on my 4th pair of polarized Oakley's now. Gascans, Straight Jackets, Square Wires, and Radars. All with the same lens. The glare they cut down is astonishing. I will not buy another pair without polarized lenses. To me it is worth the ~$70 premium.
     
  13. alwaysshootin

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    I will never own another pair of sunglasses, that aren't polarized! They make that much of a difference for me. Not that my opinion matters, just saying.
     
  14. byf43

    byf43 NRA Endowment Life Member

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    Polarized lenses are 'worth it'!!!!!!!

    My prescription sunglasses are polarized!!!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
     
  15. woodasptim

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    Another Yes Vote
     
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  16. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Yes to polarized. Maybe to $100-200. I've got a pair of MJ's for driving. I can't wear my wife's cheesy $20 CVS sunglasses. You just can't see out of them.

    For fishing, I have a pair of $40-50 Bolle' with green tint. Green for fishing. But the same style was at Campmor in other tints. I'd go Gray for all-around use. Green or brown is better for fishing just to increase contrast.

    I'm surprised how good the quality of my $40-50 Bolle' are versus my $200 MJ's. When the MJ's finally break or something, I'll go with Bolle' for sure. Heck, might force my wife to upgrade to a nice pair to save her vision.
     
  17. Chuck66

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    If you spend any time on the water, they are worth it, no doubt in my mind. They have other benefits off the water as well, but on the water is where they really come in handy.
     
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    camelotkid non-believer

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    I just bought my first pair of "real" sunglasses, costa del mar, 100% uv protection 100% polarized and 100% worth the extra money.
     
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    For boating, absolutely definitely Yes. +1 for Costa Del Mars. I have a set that is 15 years old and still going strong that I wear every day. Expensive but worth it unless you lose sunglasses a lot in which case go cheap!
     
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  20. prism

    prism more ammo

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    for cheap polarized sunglasses, look in the fishing section at walmart. :)