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 Posted: Tue Jan 9th, 2018 11:30 pm
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hjfr
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my Spec savers green polarized prescription lenses work great.Also use the yellow ones on cloudy days and for night driving( Also by Spec savers.)Because of poor eyesight tying knots can be problematic as its only single vision lenses. Expensive brands waste of money.My son wears a pair he paid thousands for and my R300 or less ones are just as good.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 10th, 2018 10:25 am
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willo
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musto 07 wrote:
Thanks for the input guys

Shades are a non negotiable for me as I am a cricket coach and spend almost every day in the sun on top of the fishing I do.

I honestly agree with Oakleys being overpriced nonsense as I use them for coaching and I have to replace lenses two or three times a year. I've used two different models that I have for fishing and both are nowhere near as good as my mates Mako's I've tried before so I'm looking at getting a quality pair now. Problem is I cant really physically test and compare them thus I'm trying to see which are generally the option to go for that wont disappoint

P.S. I fish rock and surf so whatever pair I buy i'll probably need two different pairs of lenses right? One for clear bright conditions and one for darker conditions and dirtier water? OR??


If you get a pair with Photochromic lenses , one pair will be all that you will need. Out of my two pairs , i prefer the blue ones when fishing around sand area's as they really bring out the contours and holes etc. on the flats.
The gold ones are also awesome , but with the slightly dark lens it does make the water a different colour. If you playing a lot of cricket i would probably go with the gold ones as the greens are just amazing and on the coast - rock and surf they are bloody great .

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 Posted: Wed Jan 10th, 2018 06:43 pm
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musto 07
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Thanks for the help guys

At the moment I'm leaning slightly towards the Costas as I know they're a reputable brand that I dont really have to take a chance with - they'll more than likely be a once off investment that I'll have for years - especially taking into account their guarantee as someone mentioned.

Thanks guys, tight lines:beer

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 Posted: Wed Jan 10th, 2018 07:37 pm
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Make sure they're not perched on your head when you dive into the water to retrieve your rod that you inadvertently dropped into the water... don't ask why I caution this :walk

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 Posted: Thu Jan 11th, 2018 11:34 am
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musto 07
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Hahaha yoh unlucky Limpopoking! Hope you got them back unscathed?

After a good days fishing here I once took my shades off and put them on the roof of the bakkie while I put my rods in the racks and forgot about them and drove off. R3000 pair of polarized Oakleys never to be seen again! Worst feeling ever

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 Posted: Thu Jan 11th, 2018 01:02 pm
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Pylstert
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musto 07 wrote: Hahaha yoh unlucky Limpopoking! Hope you got them back unscathed?

After a good days fishing here I once took my shades off and put them on the roof of the bakkie while I put my rods in the racks and forgot about them and drove off. R3000 pair of polarized Oakleys never to be seen again! Worst feeling ever

that's why I never buy expensive sunglasses anymore other than that I really struggle to see the difference between a reasonable pair (and it seems there is a fair bit of research to show that there is very little difference) and an expensive pair. They scratch, break and get lost very easily. Oakley frames are notorious for snapping for no reason had it happen three times.

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 Posted: Thu Jan 11th, 2018 02:00 pm
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musto 07 wrote:
Hahaha yoh unlucky Limpopoking! Hope you got them back unscathed?


I didn't... They are at the bottom of my local dam. Fortunately, they were cheapies.

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 Posted: Thu Jan 11th, 2018 03:59 pm
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I use Snowbees.  The reason being is that they cheap and if it gets scratched or falls off its not a problem to replace. 

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 Posted: Thu Jan 11th, 2018 10:04 pm
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deonjvan
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Try a pair of these on , Mako's with the g2h5 lenses. Hands down best glasses I've looked through. The current pair I have are going on 3 years old, no scratches.
Maui Jim's are fantastic aswell.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 12th, 2018 10:58 am
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musto 07
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Howzit Deon, I really like the look of those! Did you have to order them? Neel is out of stock on Mako's. How much would that pair set me back?

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 Posted: Fri Jan 12th, 2018 11:44 am
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This is an interesting topic.

Ones choice of sunglasses is largely determined but the type of fishing that you do.

I personally spend the majority of my fishing time on a ledge somewhere spotting pelagics to throw a lure at. This is a very specific application that requires glasses that make the fish show up as clearly as possible - You cannot catch what you don't see.

I recently purchased 2 pairs of Maui Jims with the HT100 lens. I found a special at a sunglasses hut outlet shop. This is a lens that allows the greatest amount of light throw but still gives you contrast. I have tried Oakleys in many shades and the best for me was a Polarized version of their Vr28 lens in a pair of sport specific M Frames. The lenses do not last and the film on the outside starts to bubble after a few months. They did work though. I also like a pair of Shimano glasses that I had that had an amber lenses.

I have not tried Costas as I have yet to find the right shade of lens locally. I have reached the point that I will not buy a pair of glasses unless I look through them. I am sure that they have something that will work. You can also look at the Smith Optics. They have a Chromopop lens that is first class. Price can be a bit scary though.

For my application I am not a fan of Photochromatic lenses. I prefer more light to less light coming through the lens and these get progressively darker as it gets brighter. I have a pair of Adidas glasses with this technology and they are great casual glasses but terrible if the water is a little darker or dirty even if it is very bright.

For other applications - you may be looking for glasses that protect your eye and let it be its most relaxed and in this case Photochromatic is the way to go.

As a rule the green and blue mirror type lenses would be considered offshore type lenses and the lighter yellow/amber lenses for inshore/spotting/stream type work. The copper and grey lenses are fair allrounders.

In terms of the technology that are in the various brands - This will always remain personal choice. The best 'entry level' glasses that I have used were the Shimano Amber ones followed by a pair of Berkleys that I also had.

Kind regards
Anton

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 Posted: Fri Jan 12th, 2018 03:09 pm
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For low light conditions these lenses are a brilliant option..

https://www.sportrx.com/blog/costa-sunrise-silver-mirror-lens-explained/

https://www.henry-gilbey.com/blog/costa-del-mar-new-sunrise-silver-mirror-lenses-review-are-these-the-best-polarised-lenses-for-our-conditions

For all day comfort in a range of conditions -
http://www.toniceyewear.com.au/jo-photochromic-copper

and then the most affordable option of all. Nu-polar lenses fitted by spectacle warehouse.
http://www.youngeroptics.com/nupolar.aspx

very good polycarbonate lenses fitted into almost any frames for an excellent price..

Last edited on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 03:55 pm by bambooskollie

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 Posted: Mon Jan 15th, 2018 01:59 am
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deonjvan
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musto 07 wrote:
Howzit Deon, I really like the look of those! Did you have to order them? Neel is out of stock on Mako's. How much would that pair set me back?


Got them from Bilimoria,their Beacon Bay branch stocks the Mako's . Think they were around 2300. Its a purchase you wont regret. These Mako glass lenses are are alot less susceptible to scratches than polycarbonate one

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 Posted: Mon Jan 15th, 2018 06:51 am
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Snowbee all the way, OK-ish, cheap ....and when you lose them, no probs.

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 Posted: Sun Jan 21st, 2018 04:13 pm
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Smith Sunglasses have won the coveted prize for best sunglasses almost every year. Beating Costa each time. I do believe that glasses are the most important investment one can make.

Just be very very careful of cheaper brands. There lenses are clear and you see well but they are burning your eyes. They damage them big time.

It really pays to get the best quality glass lenses you can.

Smith
Costa
Maui Jim

Top 3 in my opinion. Makos are also on par with Costa.

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 Posted: Sun Jan 21st, 2018 04:39 pm
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grootvis wrote:
Smith Sunglasses have won the coveted prize for best sunglasses almost every year. Beating Costa each time. I do believe that glasses are the most important investment one can make.

Just be very very careful of cheaper brands. There lenses are clear and you see well but they are burning your eyes. They damage them big time.

It really pays to get the best quality glass lenses you can.

Smith
Costa
Maui Jim

Top 3 in my opinion. Makos are also on par with Costa.


Very cheap glasses you buy on the side of the road perhaps. You dont need R3000 glasses to protect your eyes some of them have actually been proven to not even be on par with mid range specs

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 Posted: Sun Jan 21st, 2018 09:58 pm
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For the budget conscious I have had 2 pairs of Sportsman's Warehouse "La Specs" polarised sunglasses. Between R200 - R400 depending on what you go for. The first pair lasted very long, I rang 3 Comrades Marathons in them, wore them basically every day when training, very light and don't bounce when you run. They have taken abuse and lasted.

Was very bummed when they broke into my car and stole them along with other items... FFS TIA...


The second pair are now going strong as well, I have tested them on all the checks & apps at sunglass hut etc to compare the sight picture to Ray Bans & Oakleys & honestly do not see much of a difference. Not saying the premium brands are crap or inferior just that at the price of R2500 minimum for nice Oakleys I saw it is seriously not worth it in my limited humble opinion.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 10:26 pm
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will never waste money on oakleys ever again..had a fancy pair with the photo chromatic lenses that started peeling and bubbling after a year. going to be investing in makos or costas end of the month. luckily i have a contact with good prices..

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will never waste money on oakleys ever again..had a fancy pair with the photo chromatic lenses that started peeling and bubbling after a year. going to be investing in makos or costas end of the month. luckily i have a contact with good prices..

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 Posted: Tue Jan 23rd, 2018 10:32 am
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musto 07
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darrenk wrote:
will never waste money on oakleys ever again..had a fancy pair with the photo chromatic lenses that started peeling and bubbling after a year. going to be investing in makos or costas end of the month. luckily i have a contact with good prices..

Howzit Darren haha you flippen lucky they're pricey! I'm still gonna be saving, Januworry got me playing catch-up haha. I see you're also from Gonubie. I moved there last year! Did you get your PB duckbill in Gonubie? I'm on a mission to get a nice big one

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