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Frame Matt Black / Matt Grey
Lenses Carl Zeiss VIsion Smoke / Multilayer Rose Gold Mirror
Lens Material Polycarbonate
Light Transmission 15.78%
Weather Conditions Bright / Variable
Frame Gloss Black
Lenses LiP Smoke, Polarized
Lens Material Polycarbonate
Light Transmission 11%
Weather Conditions Bright / Sunny
Water Sport Sunglasses
If you are a regular visitor to the ocean, you will know that the elements can be harsh and uncompromising. This truism applies not only to the equipment we use on the water but also to ourselves. Just as we regularly protect and maintain our marine equipment to withstand the rigours of the ocean, so we should protect and maintain our personal health as best we can against the same harsh elements. For watermen and waterwomen the world over, sunscreen and protective eyewear are essential weapons to defend against these harsh elements. We apply sunscreen on the exposed parts of our bodies for very good reasons. In a similar way, sunglasses for water sports protect our eyes from the same damaging natural forces.
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Water Sport Sunglasses to Revolutionize Marine EyewearWhile most of us fully understand the critical importance of using sunscreen, many remain unaware about the role that water sport sunglasses has in keeping our eyes healthy and happy. You may have already considered purchasing sunglasses for water sports, or maybe you are using your existing lifestyle sunglasses on the water. Sunglasses are not the same as sunglasses for water sports as they differ in several key ways. It is important to recognise these differences before choosing what to wear.
Key Differences of Marine SunglassesThe frames and lenses of lifestyle sunglasses are often unsuitable for a marine environment because they are constructed of materials which may crack or break under duress. Glasses for water sports need to be highly durable and impact resistant. Our watersports sunglasses frames are constructed of TR90 – a Swiss thermoplastic which offers ‘shape memory’ and is practically indestructible. For lenses – polycarbonate, nylon or polyurethane lenses are the only lens materials that offer adequate impact resistance. Mineral (glass) lenses are often heavy and have poor impact resistance which could lead to an eye injury. All of our watershades incorporate only impact resistant lens materials. In addition, lifestyle sunglasses rarely offer lens coatings that are suited for a marine environment. Without high-tech hydrophobic or oeleophobic coatings on the lenses, your vision on the water can be severely impaired by water-spotting, oils and dirt that accumulates on the lenses. Not only could this be hazardous in that you are more at risk of collision, but it may also lead to the premature degradation of the lenses. Lifestyle sunglasses are rarely a ‘wrap fit’. With anything less than a wrap fit, there will be a gap between the face and the edge of the sunglasses frame – and this can lead to several problems. Peripheral vision can be disrupted by the frame, with all the associated navigational risks. Direct and reflected light penetrating the sides is also not filtered, exposing your eyes to glare and the sun’s harmful UV rays. And then there’s wind and spray which will always find its way in, especially if you are moving at speed. Finally, lifestyle sunglasses rarely offer a reliable retention system to prevent against accidental loss. There will undoubtedly be moments when either a slip or fall will happen and without a reliable tethering system or a floating frame, the sunglasses will sink down into the abyss. Here at LiP we have dedicated ourselves to designing and building completely waterproof sunglasses that are fit for purpose in a marine environment and which address all of the key challenges noted above – and much more. The term we use for our waterproof sunglasses is “watershades”. In addition to the functionality already mentioned, our watershades utilise a range of additional technology to further enhance their suitability for a marine environment. Polarising filters in lenses cut out up to 99% of blinding glare, venting systems and anti-fog coatings counteract the onset of lens fogging and injection-molded rubber parts provides a soft and comfortable interface for extended periods on the water. All of which adds up to a significant enhancement in both eye protection and the avoidance of hazards.
Should Your Water Sport Sunglasses be Polarized?Many of our watershades have polarized lenses &- and you may ask why? The answer is that ‘glare’ (or reflections of sunlight from a surface like water) is a frequent problem on the ocean especially in the mornings and evenings when the sun is at a low angle to the horizon. It can be difficult to navigate safely if your course is heading directly into glare. This blinding glare can only be attenuated with a polarizing filter, and our polarized sunglasses for water sports cut out up to 99% of it. Glare may not necessarily be an issue that you are likely to encounter, but don’t worry, we’ve still got your eyes covered even if you don’t need polarized lenses. We also offer photochromic and fixed tint lenses too.
Why Should You Buy Waterproof Sunglasses From LiP Sunglasses?We pride ourselves on being the go-to brand name for water sport sunglasses for all serious watermen and waterwomen who care about their eye health. Our clients include serious hobbyists who like to work hard and play hard and put value on having the best kit to allow them to pursue their pastime. We also cater to professional athletes who need the type of product that we make in order to perform at their highest level. When you see an individual wearing our sunglasses for water sports, you know that they take their sport seriously. Our waterproof sunglasses with high durability are recommended for all types of water sports especially if it’s used as windsurfing sunglasses, wakeboarding glasses, sailing, canoeing, kite-surfing kayaking, and more. They are also popular sunglasses for fishing enthusiasts, jet skiers, and rowers. Our “failsafe” leash system means that even if you go down in a wipe out, your watershades are staying with you! Our design is unparalleled, our esthetic protects while looking great and our technology allows you to perform at your best. When you choose LiP watershades, you are making a solid investment in your eyes – and they will thank you for it for many years to come. Check out our glasses for water sports now and set your sights higher!
TYPHOON:- "Everything is excellent....the quality of frame and lens, the way they perform while doing windsurf ( even under rain conditions they protect you eyes from the drops )....I’m really happy with the product, service and your support."
SURGE:- "I’m out on the ocean on my SUP and the quality of the vision is great with massive glare reduction. Makes the sport so much more enjoyable and gives better quality of vision. Love the lanyard also."
TYPHOON:- "Recently had eye cataract surgery and have used expensive eyewear while kite foiling. After losing my third pair in 4 months, even with a leash attached I needed to find something better. The Typhoon so far has proven to be what I need."
TYPHOON:- "Perfect for kitesurfing. Frame / lenses / field view."
TYPHOON:- "I've only used them twice so far, but so far, they're awesome. I don't notice them at all while kitesurfing, which is great. One concern I had was that adding another piece of equipment with cords would be annoying or feel less safe, but that isn't the case. They stay put, and I don't have to clean or adjust them while riding. The only thing I notice is that I'm not blinded by the sun, and my eyes don't hurt afterwards."
SURGE:- "Clarity of the lenses and water just runs off them. I use them for kite surfing in the UAE where it's hot and the sun is bright, so sunglasses are essential. I have had plenty of crashes with these on and they haven't once popped off unlike other brands I have tried with similar systems."
SURGE:- "They stay on so well, they do not fog or get blurry when they are splashed, the lenses look great and are really comfortable! We are so happy!"
FLO:- "I have a very round face and it is hard to find glasses that fit into my eye socket snuggly to block wind without making my skin feel like its suffocating. These glasses solved both problems. No wind gets in my eyes when windsurfing, they are light and airy, and I don't feel the need to take them off to give my eyes/skin a chance to breath. The lenses are also very good - I can see wind lines crystal clear and, most importantly, my eyes do not feel strained after an afternoon on the water and in the sun."
SURGE:- "love how even after falling in the water, the sunglasses don't get fogged up! super nice!"
TYPHOON:- "The glasses didn’t fall off during this winter's big swell. I duck dived and they stayed on and caught way more waves now that I can see past the sun's glare."
TYPHOON:- "Excellent service and product. They fit great, very impressed by the hydrophobic capacity of the lens."
SURGE:- "Great to be able to go out for surf in brutal sun when everyone else goes in and the lineup is less crowded."
SURGE:- "Fantastic watershades for kiteboarding. I am new to the sport and needed adequate eye protection. I love that I don't have to worry about losing them when I wipe out ;D! Highly recommend."
TYPHOON:- "Biggest wins: 1. does not fog 2. good visibility through the lenses 3. retention system works (at least so far)"
SURGE:- "Like the style and the build quality, and attention to detail. The neck ring and safety strap is a well thought idea."
FLO:- "The fit is firm, but comfortable. They cover all the eye area and look more expensive than they are."
SURGE:- "Excellent helpful customer service and quality product that offers a solution for my light pigmented eyes to be protected during surfing."
TYPHOON:- "Excellent fit and clarity. I did get a little fogging on one side after brief dunking but it cleared reasonably quickly once I got moving again. I was wearing a rubber hat that may have blocked the air flow a little. I have also used them on the SUP. In short they they seem great and appear to everything they say. Happy customer."
TYPHOON:- "They are great. Super light weight. Excellent fit. Bright view. Good hold-back-system. Enough airflow to get the water out of the eyes area while protecting them from direct water impact."
TYPHOON:- "My eyes can finally rest while surfing. Living in Baja Mexico makes the suns mid day glare intense. I was starting to have pain and burning in my eyes after a day of surfing. Now I can go all day no problem."
TYPHOON: - "Incredible sight with Zeiss polarised and great contrast - very strong attachment to the head - no fog up while in the water - no water in my eyes while wearing a helmet while kite surfing - amazing"
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