The Case for Non-Polarized Watersports Lenses

For our new FLO watershades, we have added the option of non-polarized lenses.

We are aware that there are some riders out there that are looking for non-polarized lenses for watersports, especially for those foiling or riding waves.

We’ve been out on the water in a variety of weather and surf conditions, and it’s been an interesting exercise.  Our research is clear. There are some conditions where polarization can be detrimental to performance. However, there is often a trade-off with comfort as without polarization, glare can lead to eye fatigue.

Sam Medysky sunset session

Sam Medysky sunset session in Cape Town

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Cornish Pasty anyone?

We are pleased to announce Lee Harvey as a LiP brand ambassador. Lee is a well known figure in the UK kitesurfing scene. He has been the British Kitewave champion for 6 straight years. With over 20 years experience coaching and instructing watersports in freeride, foil, racing and wave-riding on the beautiful Cornwall coastline, he is a great ambassador for kitesurfing and of course Cornish Pasties. Welcome to the LiP family Lee 🤙

You can read Lee’s team profile here


A Long Island windsurfer’s perspective on the Typhoon

We asked the Peconic Puffin windsurfing blog to put the Typhoon through its paces in the cold and squally conditions off Long Island, NY in May 2019. How did they perform? Did the lenses fog up?  How did they cope with horizontal sheets of rain? What about withstanding epic wipe-outs?

Click the image below for the full review of how they got along with the Typhoon.

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Welcome Jaka Komočar

We are stoked to welcome a rising star from Slovenia to the LiP family!

Check out Jaka’s team profile here.


LiP Typhoon and Impact Protection

When it comes to foiling, most of us are aware of the dangers posed by the presence of razor-sharp wings and mast and the consequent potential for injury in a wipeout. There are very good reasons for learning to foil away from the crowds and always wearing a helmet and an impact vest.

But when taking safety matters into account for foiling, have you considered eye protection? Not just for protecting your eyes against the sun’s harmful UV rays, but also for impact protection? Failing to do so, or worse still, making a poor choice, could cost you dearly.

We recently learned about the case of Alex Taskov who lives in Australia. Alex has been kiteboarding for over 20 years and recently started kite foiling. He came close to suffering a catastrophic eye injury, but he is convinced his Typhoons protected him. We contacted him to ask about his experience. Here Alex tells his story…

Alex Taskov’s story


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New ZEISS ‘Rose Gold’ lenses for the Typhoon

We’re stoked to add two new Typhoon models – available today in our webshop. The Typhoon adds another string to its bow with the launch of ‘Rose Gold’ Polyamide (nylon) lenses by ZEISS.

We’ve added the new Rose Gold lenses to our popular Transparent Grey frame and have also today launched an entirely new frame color – Matt Graphite with Pink Rubber, pictured below.


Zeiss Polyamide Lens Technology

Zeiss’s nylon lenses are lighter and have a higher “Abbe” value than polycarbonate lenses. The purity of the lens material means that it is very close to mineral glass lenses for transparency and clear vision. Nylon is also slightly harder than polycarbonate, so durability is enhanced even without the premium hard (anti-scratch) coating.

Our Rose Gold lenses offer the same 100% UV protection as you come to expect from ZEISS, and of course, the Typhoon incorporates oleohphobic and hydrophobic lenses as standard. The transmittance rate is 14%, sitting right in the middle of lenses Category 3.

Attaching the Watershades leash system

Here’s a short video to guide you on the correct way to attach the leash and necklace to your Surge or Typhoon watershades. There are 2 stages to setting it up. We recommend that you first attach the leash to the silicone necklace and then attach the leash to the frame.

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New VIVIDE™ lens technology for the Surge

We are stoked to announce our new Matt Black Surge with VIVIDE™ Ice Blue high contrast lenses.

LiP’s brand new VIVIDE™ Lens Technology delivers dramatically enhanced contrast in a wide range of light conditions. Be prepared for your mind to be blown with the uber-sharp visibility and enhanced colours and field of vision that our Ice Blue lenses deliver.

These polarised lenses reduce blue light and enhance reds and greens to deliver balanced and outstanding visual clarity on the water. In addition, they incorporate hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings on both the inner and outer lens surfaces, together with polarization, anti-scratch, and anti-reflection on the outer lens surface. The result is an addictive visual experience.

Surge: Matt Black / VIVIDE™ Ice Blue lenses

As with all our Watershade lenses, VIVIDE lenses are designed purely with watersports in mind. In merging the benefits of multiple lens tints to create a high contrast effect, water-bugs can now continue to ride even if the light conditions change suddenly and dramatically. Being a category 3 polarised lens with a transmission rate of 8.35%, you can also feel assured that your eyes are protected, whatever the conditions.

Available now at our webshop from $125 / £95 / €109 / AUD176.

LiP Watershades for anglers

Review of LiP Typhoons by angler Duane Christie

Early 2014 I found myself in serious need of a new pair of high quality polarized sunglasses for fishing. I had just gone through my second pair of shades from a very popular brand in as many years. The problem was that the polarized coating would just peel off. These were US$220 shades, so you’d expect a little more durability, but as soon as the one-year warranty had expired, the coating would start to flake rendering the shades useless!

After some research I found that other competing brands had the same issue and I was dreading spending another US$200 on a pair of shades that would only last a season or two. Then I came across the Lip Typhoons. Brand new on the market back then, they are the product of many years of sunglass design experience, meticulous attention to detail, and an insatiable love for windsurfing.

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Typhoon Review from Windfoil Zone

Whether it’s windfoiling, kitefoiling, SUP-foiling or a multitude of sailing foil classes,  ‘foiling’ has opened an exciting new chapter in the story of watersports. Ground-breaking developments in technology and equipment performance bring additional challenges, so does the Typhoon stand up to the rigorous testing requirements of the modern day windfoiler?

Romain Jourdan from the Windfoil Zone tested our Typhoons and reported his findings….


Romain Jourdan from Windfoil Zone testing LiP’s Gloss Black Typhoon / Bronze lenses.

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