Kayak Angling Sunglasses

Whatever our fishing specialism may be, there is an undeniable truth regarding the tools we use, and that is they offer the prospect of boosting our success rate when it really matters. Simply put, functional tools contribute to putting more fish in the landing net.  This truism applies as much to kayak angling sunglasses as it does to the kayak we’re paddling or to the bait or lures we use. 

For all types of angling, polarized lenses will strip out uncomfortable glare especially in the mornings and evenings – the time when many fish species are actively feeding and when it’s important to be at the top of our game. High quality polarized lenses will strip out 99% of this glare, allowing our eyes to maintain focus on our bite indicators and react swiftly when needed.

In the middle part of the day, polarization also enables us to see through the water’s surface – perhaps giving us an edge against our competition if we are sight fishing. These benefits are only part of the story – the benefits of polarized angling glasses are multi-faceted, and vary according to the type of fishing we engage in, but at the very least, there is a reduction of eye strain when reflected light is attenuated by polarization.

Can you boost your catch rate with angling sunglasses?

Let’s re-phrase this question. Do you have a better understanding of what is going on at the end of your line if you have a crisp visual connection with what’s actually going on?  

Without a doubt, polarized sunglasses for angling add clarity and contrast to our field of view, and this can often mean the difference between reading a situation perfectly or missing the mark. Sight is the most advanced of our senses, so we do well to maximise its immense potential. High quality frame design and optics enhance our visual recognition and understanding. This leads to faster response times – an essential quality in both hooking and landing fish.

UV & SPRAY PROTECTION
When paddling around on the water, if there is a route for UV rays, light and spray to get behind your lenses and into your eyes, it will be found. Choosing a wrap fit frame is essential to help minimise the exposure of your eyes to UV and to all the other things that bombard our eyes on the water.
GLARE & POLARISATION
When sunlight is reflected off water it can lead to distracting and blinding glare, particularly when the sun is at a low angle. This not only makes life uncomfortable but it can also distract your focus and concentration. Polarised lenses cut out the glare and increase comfort and contrast, which in turn reduces eye fatigue and boosts your focus.
LIGHT TRANSMISSION
'VLT' (Visible Light Transmission) determines what percentage of visible light (not to be confused with UV) passes through the lenses and into the eyes. Category 3 lenses are generally the most suitable for kayak angling, unless you’re located in a cloudy region where it might be more appropriate to consider a category 2 lens or a photochromic lens which spans across categories 1-3.
LENS COATINGS
A hydrophobic coating repels water whereas an oleophobic coating repels oils, sweat, dirt and dust. It is the last layer on the lenses. Having both of these coatings on your lenses will add significantly to visual clarity and therefore your performance and enjoyment.
RETENTION SYSTEM
What happens if you accidentally capsize? Will your sunglasses be catapulted into the water? Will you find them before they sink? There are two ways to mitigate against this: sunglasses that float, or sunglasses that incorporate a reliable tethering system. If you choose a floating solution for angling on rivers and tributaries, will you be able to retrieve the sunglasses before the current takes them downstream?

What's unique about our kayak angling sunglasses?

All our fishing sunglasses are a wraparound shape. This wrap shape not only offers optimal protection against UV (both direct and reflected),  it also minimises internal reflections of light.  This optimises peripheral vision and leads to better clarity in the field of view.

All our frames are constructed of Grilamid TR90 – a revolutionary lightweight ‘shape memory’ nylon frame material which offers extraordinary durability, flexibility and heat resistance. While accidents happen, TR90 has got your back because it is indestructible and will always return to its original shape.

The lenses are the heart of any sunglasses and here we make no compromises, cooperating only with leading manufacturers like ZEISS. All of our angling sunglasses lenses incorporate a hydrophobic and oleophobic coating on both sides of the lenses. A hydrophobic coating repels water and an oleophobic coating repels oils, sweat and dirt. Both coatings contribute to keeping your vision clear and free from distraction. Some of our lenses also incorporate an anti-fog coating too. 

Our polycarbonate, nylon and polyurethane lenses are lightweight, and offer crisp undistorted vision throughout the field of view.  

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The FLO is a lightweight frame that incorporates our unique floating frame technology –  handy if you knock your sunglasses overboard in the commotion of landing a fish. It is loaded with a variety of lenses to suit any environment and is ideal for calm waters, rivers or coastal areas.

The Typhoon and Surge are designed for more technical environments where the water is more challenging – rivers with strong currents, offshore / inshore waves, etc.  Both  incorporate our failsafe retention system which is guaranteed to keep you connected to your sunglasses at all times – even if you accidentally capsize. 

Layers of technology incorporated into our Kayak Angling lenses

Choosing the ideal lenses for angling

Choosing the most suitable lenses for angling is a combination of personal choice and environmental  factors. Weather conditions, lighting levels, ‘reading the water’ considerations, and personal preferences all play their part. 

You can follow the broad guidelines detailed below for choosing the right lenses for the right weather conditions, but it is important to remember that not everyone perceives light in the same way, so ultimately the choice boils down to comfort and your personal preferences.

The following general rules may help guide you in your choice:

Freshwater

For rivers, lakes and inland waterways, a brown or copper base lens colour is suitable as this provides enhanced contrast over grey lenses, especially if the weather conditions are variable and clouds are likely. Brown and copper lenses perform better in variable lighting conditions. If this is coupled with polarisation and a green mirror coating, you’ll have the ideal freshwater setup. 

Coastal and Marine

For coastal waters, a brown or violet lens is also suitable, but is best combined with a blue mirror coating. Another good combo is a grey based lens with blue mirror coating. Which combination is best will be governed by the colour of the water and the intensity of the sun. Grey base colour lenses  are ideal for handling intense sunlight.

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methane smoke

Typhoon, Surge and FLO

The smoke (grey) nylon lenses for the Typhoon and polycarbonate lenses for the Surge and FLO offer a neutral tone, and are both category 3 polarised lenses. If you like a natural representation of colours, then this is the lens for you.

The Typhoon ‘methane smoke’ nylon lenses by ZEISS have a  visible light transmission rate (VLT) of 11.1% which means that they are designed for bright & sunny environments.

For our Flo and Surge models, the VLT is 10% (FLO) and 12% (Surge). At these VLT levels, the lenses will be able to handle strong sunlight and significant glare. However, for cloudy days and sessions when the sun is well on its way down, they may be a little on the dark side when it comes to the end of the day.

Both are equipped with an advanced hydrophobic coating to repel water, an anti-smudge oleophobic coating and a hard coating on both sides of the lenses.

POLARIZED

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methane brown

Typhoon and Surge

The brown base colour lenses for the Surge & Typhoon offer more enhanced colours, and are also both category 3 polarised lenses. As the base lens colour has a red/brown hue, this tends to lift or ‘pop’ all colours (but especially reds and greens). This in turn increases contrast.

The specification for the methane brown Typhoon lenses was recently upgraded from polycarbonate to nylon material. The Zeiss nylon methane brown lenses have a VLT of 15.6%. For the Surge and Flo models, the VLT is 10%.

There is a noticeable difference in the performance of the brown lenses in cloudy / darker conditions. Owing to the increased contrast afforded by brown base lenses, it is noticeably easier to see details when the light levels drop. This is not to say that the brown lenses do not function well in bright light. In fact, they perform admirably in bright conditions. Brown lenses are versatile all round lenses for all types of conditions.

As with the smoke lenses, both are equipped with an advanced hydrophobic coating to repel water, an anti-smudge oleophobic coating and a hard coating on both sides of the lenses.

POLARIZED

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super blue /ice blue

Typhoon, Surge and FLO

The Ice Blue polycarbonate lenses for the Surge & Flo and the Super Blue nylon lenses for the Typhoon offer yet more enhanced contrast and colour perception than the brown lenses. The base colour of both these lenses is rose / violet. Our VIVIDE lens technology controls light transmission into the eye by filtering out blue light and enhancing red and green light. If your local kayak angling spot is awash with hues of blue (e.g the Caribbean or Indian Ocean) these category 3 polarised lenses will bring the visible light back into balance.   

The VLT for the Ice Blue lenses is 8.35% which is right on the lower end of a category 3 lens.  It is therefore a lens suited to very bright sunny conditions and is the darkest tint of all our watershades lenses. However, as with our brown lenses, there is good performance of these lenses in cloudier conditions owing to the increased contrast afforded by the lens base colour. 

As with all our watershades lenses, the VIVIDE Ice Blue lenses come equipped with an advanced hydrophobic coating to repel water, an anti-smudge oleophobic coating and a hard coating on both sides of the lenses.

POLARIZED

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pacific blue

Typhoon and FLO

Similar in performance to Ice Blue lenses noted above, the violet base colour of the Pacific Blue lenses by ZEISS provide enhanced contrast and vivid colour perception. Available in both the Typhoon and Flo models, the lens material is polyamide (nylon) which offers super crisp vision with an Abbe value of 52, the highest of all of our lenses.

The Pacific Blue lenses subdue the amount of blue light entering the eye and enhance the reds and greens. The blue mirror coating also reflects blue light. These category 3 polarised lenses are perfect for bright sunny conditions in environments with deep blue ocean colours like the Pacific or Atlantic. 

The VLT for these lenses is 9.95% which is also at the lower end of a category 3 lens and so are perfectly suited to bright and sunny conditions.

The Pacific Blue lenses come equipped with Zeiss’s advanced hydrophobic coating to repel water, an anti-smudge oleophobic coating and a hard coating on both sides of the lenses.

POLARIZED


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rose gold

Typhoon

ZEISS Rose Gold nylon lenses have a brown base lens colour which is coupled with a rose gold mirror coating. This lens option is available only in the Typhoon. 

The brown base lens colour provides good contrast. The VLT rate for these lenses is 14.2% which while still squarely within the category 3 range, is a bit higher than some of our other watershades lenses which fall in the 8-12% range. This lens is therefore well equipped for lower light conditions and cloudier days, but may not be the ideal choice for super-bright sunny conditions. 

These lenses come equipped with Zeiss’s advanced hydrophobic coating to repel water, an anti-smudge oleophobic coating and a hard coating on both sides of the lenses..

POLARIZED


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multilayer green

Surge and FLO

These polycarbonate Levanté Series lenses by LiP Sunglasses have a brown base colour and a multilayer green mirror coating. They are available in both the FLO and Surge models.

The brown base colour offers excellent contrast and colours really ‘pop’ with this lens. The VLT rate is 11.5%. so they are a good all round tint – not too bright – not too dark. As with most multilayer mirror coatings, depending on the angle at which these lenses are seen, the mirror colour blends from a deep blue to a rich dark green.

These lenses come equipped with an advanced hydrophobic coating to repel water, an anti-smudge oleophobic coating and a hard coating on both sides of the lenses.

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multilayer blue

Surge and FLO

These polycarbonate Levanté Series lenses by LiP Sunglasses have a grey base colour and a multilayer blue mirror coating. They are also equipped with an anti-fog coating on the inner lens surface. They are available in both the FLO and Surge models.

The anti-fog coating is designed to defog lenses that become foggy due to body heat / moist exhaled breath so this lens is ideal for humid environments.

The grey base colour has a neutral tone and the VLT rate is 12.5% – which is a good all round tint for bright and sunny conditions. 

These Smoke Multilayer Blue mirror lenses come equipped with an advanced hydrophobic coating, anti-smudge oleophobic coating and a hard coating on the front surface and anti-fog and hard coating on the inner surface. 

POLARIZED

 

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multilayer red

Surge

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These polycarbonate Levanté Series lenses by LiP Sunglasses have a grey base colour and a multilayer red mirror coating. They are available in the Surge model only.  

The grey base colour has a neutral tone and the VLT rate is 17.4% – ideal for cloudy or variable lighting conditions. The injected polarisation layer cuts out 99% of reflected glare

As with many multilayer mirror coatings, depending on the angle at which these lenses are seen, the mirror colour blends from deep red to fiery orange.  

These lenses come equipped with an advanced hydrophobic coating to repel water, an anti-smudge oleophobic coating and a hard coating on both sides of the lenses.

POLARIZED

 


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copper silver mirror

Surge and FLO

These polycarbonate VIVIDE Series lenses by LiP Sunglasses have a blended copper-grey base colour and a uniform silver mirror coating. They are available in both the FLO and Surge models.  

The copper-grey base colour enhances reds and greens, while the uniform flash mirror coating cuts out some of the glare. With a VLT rate of 10%, these lenses are at the darker end of Category 3 lenses and are ideal for very bright cloudless skies.

However, as these lenses are not polarised, reflected glare is not significantly filtered out so these lenses may not be ideal if you are looking for lenses that remove glare. 

These lenses come equipped with an advanced hydrophobic coating to repel water, an anti-smudge oleophobic coating and a hard coating on both sides of the lenses.

NON POLARIZED


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multilayer red

FLO

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ZEISS multilayer red lenses are category 2 polycarbonate lenses with a VLT rate of 26%. The base colour is smoke (grey). It is a true tone lens with a progressive red multilayer coating with red/yellow hues. 

Available only in the Flo model, these lenses are suited to medium / low light conditions. As they are not polarised, they are not suitable for handling significant glare. They are however suitable for cloudy days with intermittent sunshine or dawn dusk sessions when glare is not a concern.

As with all our watershades lenses, these Zeiss lenses come equipped with an advanced hydrophobic coating to repel water, an anti-smudge oleophobic coating and a hard coating.

NON POLARIZED


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eclipse photochromic

Typhoon

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Our Partial ecLiPse photochromic lenses offer a versatile solution for days when the weather and lighting conditions are changeable.  The tint of these lenses adapts to changes in visible light, ranging from 45% when light levels are low to 15% in bright sunny conditions. The base colour is grey which offers a neutral tone.

Available only in the Typhoon model, these lenses are suited to variable lighting conditions and cloudy days with intermittent sun. As they are not polarised, they do not cut out reflected glare. 

As with all our watershades lenses, these photochromic lenses come equipped with an advanced hydrophobic coating to repel water, an anti-smudge oleophobic coating and a hard coating on both inner and outer lens surfaces.

NON POLARIZED

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eclipse photochromic

Typhoon

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Our Full ecLiPse photochromic lenses with a red mirror coating come into their own when the clouds roll in and are ideal for changeable winter and spring weather conditions. As with all of our photochromic lenses, the tint of these lenses adapts to changes in visible light, ranging from 79% when light levels are really low to 25% when the sun emerges from behind the clouds.

With a rapid activation and deactivation speed of 22-24 seconds irrespective of temperature, they offer a versatile solution for difficult lighting conditions.

Available only in the Typhoon model, these lenses come equipped with an advanced hydrophobic coating to repel water, an anti-smudge oleophobic coating and a hard coating on both inner and outer lens surfaces.

NON POLARIZED

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Choose your angling eyewear partner

TYPHOON
SURGE
FLO

TYPHOON

Frame Matt Black
Lenses Smoke, Photochromic
Lens Material Polyurethane
Light Transmission 45% to 15%
Weather Conditions Medium / Bright light
SKU 2754

SURGE

Frame Gloss Black / Black Rubber
Lenses VIVIDE™ Copper-Smoke, Silver Mirror, Non Polarized
Lens Material Polycarbonate
Light Transmission 10%
Weather Conditions Very Bright
SKU 2471

FLO

Frame Matt Black / Yellow
Lenses ZEISS Viloet Pacific Blue, Polarized
Lens Material Nylon
Light Transmission 10%
Weather Conditions Very Bright
SKU 1801

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