Fly Fishing Gear Reviews

Product Review- Smith Sunglasses

I’m a frugal shopper, always trying to make sure that I get my money’s worth. However, over the last several weeks, I have come to appreciate that my frugality in the area of sunglasses has probably been detrimental to my fishing.

When shopping for sunglasses, I have in the past held the line at about $100. This has of course left many manufacturers’ glasses well beyond consideration. As my eyes have aged, unlike the rest of me, they need more light in order for me to have clear, sharp vision. But I have not found previous “low light” lenses to be of much help.

So, last month I threw in the towel, removed my $100 threshold, and looked for glasses that could help me. After some research, I purchased Smith’s Dolen Ignitor glasses, retailing for $249.


Smith describes them as follows; “Unmatched clarity and color optimization define the ChromaPop transcendent experience. With ChromaPop Polarchromic Ignitor lenses, colors become more vivid, with exceptional clarity and chromatic contrast. Excellent for use in environments where shifting light conditions are present. The Polarchromic lens tint automatically blocks glare and darkens to adapt your vision in bright conditions. Anti-reflective (A/R) mirror coating eliminates back glare. Hydroleophobic coating repels water, dirt, and grease. Provides 100% protection from harmful UVA/B/C rays.”

After using them for several weeks, I think they perform as described. I am especially pleased with the sharpness or clarity, in both bright sun and shade. The transition when glancing from sunny surfaces to shady ones, is smooth. Colors are indeed true to form. This is the link to Smith’s site-

Smith Optics Chief Sunglass Dolen

After searching the web, I purchased mine from Ed’s Fly Shop  for $184.94. There’s my frugality again!

Hopefully, my improved vision will translate to more trout in the net, or at least a better look at those that I miss!!

written by Al Simpson, September 2016.

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