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post #16 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-24-2019, 11:58 AM
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I owned several pairs of Smith and Native brand sunglasses. They are nice quality glasses. I recently got a pair of Maui Jims and wow! Big difference. I usually get the copper color lens but because of all the bright sun of central Oregon I went with a darker grey. Not regretting that decision. I keep my Smiths with rose colored lenses as backups and for dark overcast/rainy days.

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I owned several pairs of Smith and Native brand sunglasses. They are nice quality glasses. I recently got a pair of Maui Jims and wow! Big difference. I usually get the copper color lens but because of all the bright sun of central Oregon I went with a darker grey. Not regretting that decision. I keep my Smiths with rose colored lenses as backups and for dark overcast/rainy days.

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Maui Jim’s are super nice. But too baller for me haha.
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Iíve owned Smiths, Scotts, Wiley X and Maui Jimís. A copper colored pair of Smithís were my faves until they got broken. My first pair of Maui Jimís were also phenomenal - until stolen. Now for low light I have a pair of photo chromatic Wiley X mainly for eye protection and a pair of Maui Jim copper for brighter use.

While not the best lens for fishing, the two Wiley X pairs I own are the most comfortable glasses Iíve ever worn. Got turned onto them back in my motorcycle touring days and still wear them.

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The optical clarity of GLASS lenses can't be beat. Whatever brand. All the rest is secondary to me; all the expensive brands make good frames and coatings. But the advantage of GLASS is CLEAR. The best pair of plastic lenses that I've used were a pair of Kaenon, better than Smith plastic lenses, but no plastics are as good as GLASS.
Your right about that, nothing beats the clarity of glass. The Smith Guides Choice Chromapop Polarchromic that I have are made from Trivex. Not quite as pure as glass but sometimes other benefits outweigh the glass option. The plastic Trivex lenses are much lighter in weight than glass and they are also shatter proof. I wear a prescription so the weight of glass would have been a huge hindrance. I envy you guys that don't need a RX you only have to drop about $200 for a good pair of sunglasses. When you have a prescription lens and then add progressive lenses that price goes up to about $850 bills.
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I personally like the Prizm lens series from Oakley... They are pricey, but man they're great. I have tried various tints, but my favorite has been deep water. They are definitely made for high-light scenarios but I use them any time without issue

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out in left field .
i wear a pair of adidas evil eye half rim pro that comes with a dark lens (polarized ) and a rose colored lens that adidas calls LST lens( light sensitive trail ) . they have no rim on the bottom so no water build up and better overall view imho . i can pull my readers onto the end of my prominent proboscis and see for knots etc . the rose colored lens is not polarized (i don't believe ) but i can see into the water quite well with them on . easily interchangeable lens , rubber covered nose piece , 3 position adjustable temple arms , vented , padded sweatbrow . i'm on my 3rd pair . plus , super glasses for tennis , golf and other sports . i don't think you can buy then stateside . i get mine from england .
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to everyone who has issues with blurriness and head-aches on ChromaPop lenses:

I own many (!!) pairs of ChromaPop sunglasses. I love them.
However, turns out the very first line (first lot, first batch) ever made had issues all across production from what I have been told.
So if you see a "cracked" screen developing on the upper part of the lenses, contact the dealership were you initially got the product.
They and Smith Optics will get back to you with a resolution. Hope that helps.

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maui jims

Mauis seem spendy up front, but after 20 years with Maui Jim, the customer service is un-matched.
They stand behind their product 100%.
They still take care of the sports I bought 20 years ago.

I had two pair - charcoal and rose. The rose shades got the most river use, I'd put them on back to back at the river just to see.. the rose was way easier to spot the fish.

Ive used smith, oakly - about every one available... the one that came close was the "fisherman Larry" shades... old, heavy (felt on the nose bridge after a few hours kinda heavy), big black framed shades from the 80's I think - but cut the glare killer.

If you can pony up for Maui's, you will not be disappointed.

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