Yes, get them, for wading safely if nothing else. Try them on. I have owned several pair over the past 20 years. The most expensive were also so uncomfortable that I stopped using them, so don't let price be your guide. Also, a little trick that I use is that my company gives me $150 every two years for new glasses. I use my allowance on good polarized fishing sunglasses with bifocals, and get cheap costco specials for my everyday glasses. Priorities I guess!
Location: White City (tad north of Medford) Oar-E-Gone
Re: Polarized glasses.Yes or NO?
Need Polarized lens? Without question you need them, but do you have to spend hundreds to get a good set? Only did that once and still think it was one of the dumbest expenditures I've ever made.
The one thing that the 'expensive' ones bring to the Party is 'what colour' are the lens. Now that, depending upon where you're fishing can make a real difference. As an example if I were fishing Salt Water the lens colour choice would be 'X,' fishing in a river the best answer could be 'Y.'
The one thing you do want is a frame that's wide across the side of your face to cut out glare. If you already have to sport prescription eye ware, just drop fifty bucks and get 'Cocoons.' Only come in two lens colours, so that's limited, but one/the other works a treat 90%+ of the time.
Get them, but buy the best you can afford. For me, I like to try and get the best the first time around so I'll have no regrets later. My waders, vest, boots, sunglasses and flyrods, I'm satisfied with and really don't see any upgrades to those. I've upgraded one time and that was when I knew I wanted to flyfish and not just try it.
Not that you need the high dollar ones but I will tell you what I have.
I have Oakley Monster dog with the VR28 Lens. they are made and designed for fishing. I have other lens colors and they do not come close to matching the abilities of the VR28 lens. They do not block out ALL of the light-just the harmful rays that damage sight. Also, they are polarized that will cut glare and help you differentiate colors in the water better. I like them to spot fish and to highlight my footing-they may have saved my bacon by my not walking into a deep hole. they block out enough light to make them a functional sunglass but light enough to wear them into that late afternoon early evening and still be effective. the frame is large enough to block out reflective light coming up off the water
Oakley also makes 2 other lenses called the deep blue and the blue. Deep blue is designed for deeper blue water and the blue is for shallower blue water.
So I consider the VR28 lens a jack of all trades. You can get that lens in many of their frames. I got mine on ebay for 120 bucks. Well worth it.
Oops, I see you got Under Armor set. Those should be fine too. But when you are up for another pair check out Oakley. I hear costa del mar and maui jim also make fishing specific polarized lens
Hey flyfishmich, It is never to late to join any of my parties. Thank you for weighing in. I am new to flyfishing so just speaking with other fly guys about anything is awesome. I will look at the Oakley glasses. I am one of those people that likes to have 2 of everything. Just in case. I already own 2 pairs of Oakley sunglasses but they are not polorized. Any time you want to talk fishing PM me. I am always looking to learn something.
I have worn (and have now) polarized glasses that cost 30 to 200 dollars. (Actually, more than $200 once--was is a little surf village in Costa Rica and did the currency conversion wrong in my head. Still not sure what I paid, but it was a pile. Nice glasses though).
They tend to be like wine--more expensive generally correlates to better quality, but only to a certain point. When you lose or break those Under Armours, try a pair of Suncloud. You can find them in most fly shops and gear stores. They are made by Smith and have the same lenses as more expensive Smiths, but use cheaper generic frames so any pair is $49. I always buy the regular amber color. I tend to lose glasses--I think I'm on my fourth or fifth pair of this brand. They fit my face well, have great lenses, and don't break the bank.
If the only reason you are wearing sunglasses is to see fish, then ignore the rest of the post.....
I have been doctoring for a VERY serious eye disease since I was 13 years old (thats 34 years now), and my opthamologist had a very candid, frank conversation about sunglasses with me. He said cheap sunglasses were worse than nothing at all. The biggest issue health-wise is UV protection, and no matter what the labeling reads, you will absolutely get better UV protection from better sunglasses. Dark lensed glasses dilate the pupil. If the lenses do not filter out the UV rays....particularly the UV B and C rays, then you are actually allowing MORE of those rays to reach your retina than if you wore nothing and allowed your pupils to shrink to pin-points.
As I said he was very candid with me, and gave me three brands to choose from: Costa del Mar, Smith Optics, and Maui Jims, in that order. He does not sell sunglasses (nor prescription glasses either) so has nothing in recommending any brand other than his patient's health. Take it for what its worth, but I have trusted my vision to this doctor since 1991 (there were others before him) and what he says is gospel to me.