Considerations When Choosing the Best Sunglasses for Boaters

Considerations When Choosing the Best Sunglasses for Boaters

One of the most popular – and most important – pieces of gear for boaters is sunglasses. Not only are they part of the boater’s daily on-water wardrobe, but they are critical to protecting the eyes from the sun’s damaging rays. In addition, the right sunglasses are designed to reduce glare which helps prevent against impaired vision, an obvious serious concern for boaters.

If you are an active boater and spend any time on the water, it is important to choose the right type of sunglasses for your boating lifestyle. Investing in sunglasses that will protect your eyes — and your crew — is a very important consideration.

Large marine box retailer West Marine recently published an article that identifies a variety of best practices for boating eyewear. Here is a brief summary of some of the key considerations they recommend reviewing when choosing the best type of sunglasses for your active outdoor lifestyle.

  • Are the glasses shatterproof?
  • Are the glasses polarized to filter out glare?
  • Are the glasses coated to block ultraviolet rays?
  • Is the lens color best suited for your boating activity?
  • Does the lens shape offer distortion-free proismatics?
  • What lens material is used?
  • What type of frame materials are best suited for boating activity? Why, for example, are nylon, propionae or acetate frames better than metal options?
  • What type of frame hardware is used … and how will that hold up in a saltwater environment?
  • What are the advantages to different lens styles?
  • How important is getting a good fit … which involves lens size, temple length and overall width?

Obviously, choosing your sunglasses really involves much more than picking some cool frames and lenses.

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For more information about the important components for consideration is choosing the best sunglasses for boating, check out the in-depth article referenced and written by West Marine: