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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-14-2019, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at a pair of sunglasses and was wondering what yall recommend. I am debating on smith guides choice, not sure what lens though...
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I've got a pair of Dockside's with photochromatic-polarized lenses in a grayish green and love them. Chose that lens color based on a smoking deal and might choose a warmer color lens next time, but overall, wear them constantly with no complaints

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Costa with bronze polarized lenses and a +2 reader because I’m getting old. Frames are tortoise shell.
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I have a pair of the guides choice cromapop rose colored lenses.

They.are.awesome. It’s hard to find a rose color polarized lens and it makes the biggest difference when fishing in lower light conditions. I.e. winter steelhead fishing, morning/ last light.
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I have a pair of the guides choice cromapop rose colored lenses.

They.are.awesome. It’s hard to find a rose color polarized lens and it makes the biggest difference when fishing in lower light conditions. I.e. winter steelhead fishing, morning/ last light.
Rose is a good tint. They are hard to find with decent frames.
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I have a pair of the guides choice cromapop rose colored lenses.

They.are.awesome. It’s hard to find a rose color polarized lens and it makes the biggest difference when fishing in lower light conditions. I.e. winter steelhead fishing, morning/ last light.
Rose is a good tint. They are hard to find with decent frames.
Indeed, I’m not a fan of the guides choice frame. But, I believe they are the only ones with both rose and chromapop
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Indeed, Iím not a fan of the guides choice frame. But, I believe they are the only ones with both rose and chromapop
Have you guys tried maui jim's rose tint? they claim its for fast action sports but it still has high contrast according to their website
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I got a pair of the Guides Choice Chromapop Plus Polarchromic with Ignitor (Rose Colored) lenses about 6 weeks ago. Very nice lens. I wanted 1 lens to do it all and its real nice meeting all my expectations. My son has 2 pairs of Costas the Green mirror bronze for "normal conditions" and also the Sunrise Silver Mirror lenses for dawn, dusk and dark days. The green mirror copper lets in 10% ambient light and the Sunrise lets in 30%. The Smith Ignitor lens changes shades in varying sunlight. So they lighten on dark days or dusk and dawn and they darken on sunny days, this is the Polarchromic feature. So the light transmission ranges from 12%-18%. I have had them out fishing quite few times from swinging flies for Steelhead, Trout and Striped Bass to sight fishing for Carp. I put them on at dawn and they're good all day long.
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Chromapops hurt my eyes and give everything a weird blur.

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I got a pair of the Guides Choice Chromapop Plus Polarchromic with Ignitor (Rose Colored) lenses about 6 weeks ago. Very nice lens. I wanted 1 lens to do it all and its real nice meeting all my expectations. My son has 2 pairs of Costas the Green mirror bronze for "normal conditions" and also the Sunrise Silver Mirror lenses for dawn, dusk and dark days. The green mirror copper lets in 10% ambient light and the Sunrise lets in 30%. The Smith Ignitor lens changes shades in varying sunlight. So they lighten on dark days or dusk and dawn and they darken on sunny days, this is the Polarchromic feature. So the light transmission ranges from 12%-18%. I have had them out fishing quite few times from swinging flies for Steelhead, Trout and Striped Bass to sight fishing for Carp. I put them on at dawn and they're good all day long.
Yeah, I was expecting to have to buy a darker lens but they do it all.

Cromapop make me feel like I’m trippppin hard😳

They do take a bit to get used to.
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The generic tint is a rose to copper, but I have most from yellow (dark) to green mirror (bonefish). I think just if not more important is fit - for comfort and then coverage to block stray light. I have and still use Maui Jim and Costa. MY preferred frames are Costa Permit.

If you can, find an Optermerist who has stock of frames to find your best frame.
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do they make colors "POP" more than costa?
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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.
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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.
I heard this a long time ago, so I decided to give glass a try and couldn't tell the difference.

What was very evident was how much heavier and uncomfortable they were compared to polycarbonate, which made it easier to switch back.

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do they make colors "POP" more than costa?
This is my personal option but I think they do. More than anything it really makes different colors differentiate themselves from each other.

I still own two pairs of costa glasses and they are great. But at the very least, the chromapop coating is worth the cash.
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