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Old 10 March 2014, 14:08   #1
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With the first signs of Spring upon us, you might be thinking of investing in some new sunglasses. Here's 10 things you might want to consider for use at sea:

1. Polarised lenses: filter horizontally reflected light, so are ideal on the water.
2. Floating frames or at least floating retaining strap.
3. Hydrophobic and scratch-resistant outer coating to repel water.
4. Oliophobic inner surface coating to repel sweat etc.
5. Colour: Grey is best for colour recognition (CRI), whereas brown or gold are considered better for contrast.
6. Polycarbonate lenses offer good impact resistance, but clarity of optics is not as good if you have Rx lenses.
7. Close fitting wrap frames offer better protection from the wind and periphary glare/UV.
8. UV 400 lenses cut out harmful UV rays across the entire spectrum.
9. Sunglasses dont have to be marine-specific, but many of the above features will be included if they are.
10: If you are budget conscious, prioritise features over branding, as there are some good value unbranded options available, whereas cheaper branded options will be very basic.
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Old 10 March 2014, 14:30   #2
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Polarised lenses can make some digital instruments unreadable. Our log / depth display on my yacht cannot be seen if wearing polarised sunglasses.
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After I missed most of the scenery on round IOW 2012 I bought some Oakley Five sunglasses made up to my perception and they are awesome. Would really recommend them
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Polarised lenses can make some digital instruments unreadable. Our log / depth display on my yacht cannot be seen if wearing polarised sunglasses.
You're right Chris, although some devices have been developed to counter this, especially GPS and in-car displays.
Not that its a practical thing to do, but if you rotate the lenses 90 degrees, ie by tilting your head, you will be able to view the screen.
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After I missed most of the scenery on round IOW 2012 I bought some Oakley Five sunglasses made up to my perception and they are awesome. Would really recommend them
Oakley's Rx service is excellent, and their lenses are good quality - good choice.
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Oakley's Rx service is excellent, and their lenses are good quality - good choice.
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IIRC RYA members can get a discount on Bolle sailing sunglasses through the RYA website
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I was given a safety pack by a Makita rep, 1 pair of wrap around impact resistant safety sunglasses complete with lanyard and a pair of earplugs in a neoprene pouch!
There just the job for ribbing and jetskiing. The wrap around design and rubber arms keeps them on even when going A over T off the ski.... and keeps the wind out of your eyes.
Makita P-66385
Cheap as chips even if you have to buy them, which I didn't.
Probably don't cover all the points raised by Exe Treme but well worth having on board.
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I like my Maui Jim's. I've had the same pair for 15+ years.
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I like my Maui Jim's. I've had the same pair for 15+ years.
I also have a pair of Maui Jim Sport. Great alternative to the "big" names, although already well respected in the industry.
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