Finding the right pair of fishing sunglasses is difficult. I won’t lie. I spent far more time and effort when picking out my favorite rod and reel, but my sunglasses were definitely one of the top five items that gave me issues.
There are simply too many options out there, and a lot of them are either overpriced, or they’re simply not worth their price.
That’s what this guide is designed to help you with. I’ve already sifted through the piles and piles of glasses on the market, and I think I’ve found the best fishing sunglasses for the money.
Not all of these glasses are name-brand, but they’re all great, and they’ll serve you well as you fish.
Best Fishing Sunglasses Under $100
$100 is a bit on the high end of the spectrum in my opinion. A lot of great sunglasses can be purchased for far less than $50, and it almost feels unnecessary to buy any that cost nearly $100.
However, there are a few options in this price range that are well worth their price, and those are the options I’m going to review in this section.
Women kind of get the short end of the stick when it comes to fishing glasses. Women’s fishing sunglasses are typically in the budget price range, or they’re in the high-end price range. So, I’m not going to list any glasses for women in this price range. Click here to go straight to the women’s list.
Creekside Bifocals are great for fishermen that also have minor visual impairments. They’re some of the only sunglasses that I feel offer anything more than a $30 pair, yet they’re still not in the $300 price range.
The Creekside Bifocal sunglasses are polarized to protect the user’s eyes from UV rays. The polarization also helps to greatly reduce the amount of glare produced by lakes and rivers.
The frames are shock resistant, and the lenses wrap around to the edges of the frames on every pair of Creekside Bifocals. The durability of these Creekside sunglasses is more than adequate enough to keep them from breaking if they’re ever dropped on rocky banks.
The most unique feature on these Creekside sunglasses is their bifocal lens design. I’m as blind as a bat myself, and most sunglasses make it nearly impossible for me to see much more than blurs and shadows. These sunglasses fix that issue. They have reading lenses attached to the bottom half of the normal lenses, and those reading lenses come in three different strengths. If you’re like me, you’ll appreciate the magnification that the reading lenses give you.
- Sport-style frames are stylish.
- Wrap-around lenses protect the user’s peripheral vision.
- Bifocal reading lenses are great for visually impaired users.
- There are 3 magnification levels to choose from.
- This model comes in several colors.
Filthy Anglers Castaics are more advanced than other fishing sunglasses, but they don’t offer anything unique. They’re great for people who want a really nice set of glasses without a lot of frills, though.
The frame on the Castaic model of Filthy Anglers sunglasses is pretty basic. It’s durable, but it’s still just made out of nylon. That being said, the nylon decreases the weight of the glasses, and it can withstand pretty much any reasonable types of abuse that you put it through.
The lenses on the Castaic model are what really makes it shine. Their thickness is optimized to prevent users from experiencing any visual distortion, and that helps solve a number of issues. It makes it easier to see small details while wearing them, and it eliminates the possibility of headaches.
The lenses are also polarized better than what most other lenses are. They actually filter out all UV rays without darkening the user’s view too much. It seems as if all sunglasses should do that, but they don’t. In fact, most sunglasses are pretty bad at filtering out UV rays, and that means that users can still develop eye problems. The fact that the Castaic sunglasses are polarized so well is probably why they’re fairly expensive.
There aren’t a lot of options to choose from when ordering the Castaic sunglasses. They only come in black or white models, and the polycarbonate frames are always the same color. That’s not a real issue, but it is something that I personally don’t like.
- Users can choose between black and white frames.
- Properly polarized lenses eliminate UV rays.
- Lenses are optimally thick.
- Nylon frames are quite durable.
- The price point is a bit high, but every basic feature is executed perfectly.
Best Polarized Fishing Sunglasses Under $50
Men’s Fishing Sunglasses Under $50
The $50 price range is what I consider to be best for most fishermen. There are tons of great options to choose from, and they can often compete with high-end glasses in terms of features.
Kastking is a well-known brand, and I feel comfortable recommending any of their accessories. Some of their reels haven’t exactly impressed me, but they their accessory lines are topnotch. This pair of sunglasses is durable, safe, and built for comfort.
The lenses on this pair of Hiwassee sunglasses are pretty much standard fare. They offer UV and glare protection, and they work well. However, they’re also built to resist impacts from flying objects. I can’t count how many times I’ve been slapped in the face by a rogue fishing rig before. So, I’m happy that these lenses can survive those annoying impacts.
The frame of the Hiwassee model is also pretty good. It’s made out of military-grade Grilamid. The material is impact resistant, and it resists the affects that UV light has on most plastics. The frame is also designed to help keep the glasses on your face while casting and maneuvering, and several non-slip pads help with that.
- Non-slip pads help keep them on your face.
- Military-grade frame materials are durable.
- The lenses incredibly tough.
- They’re cheap to be such high-quality glasses.
- The UV and glare protection is adequate for all fishermen.
The Wayfarer Vintage sunglasses are unisex, and they come with every feature that I like to see in a pair of sunglasses. Due to their unisex design and great features, there aren’t many people that I wouldn’t suggest these to.
The lenses are made from polyamide to provide strength and durability, and they’re pretty advanced for a $40 pair of sunglasses. Besides the features I’m about to talk about, they’re polarized, and they prevent 100 percent of UV rays from reaching the user’s eyes.
The also provide a high level of contrast. One of my biggest issues with sunglasses is that they tend to make everything dark. That makes it hard to pick out details in the environment, and every fishermen knows how that affects fishing. These glasses don’t do that. They’re built to make lighter objects appear even lighter, and darker objects appear to be darker than usual. That makes it very easy to spot a fish swimming around in muddy water.
Finally, the lenses are also finished with a mirror effect. That prevents glare from becoming an issue, and it’s one of the features that many of the glasses on this list don’t have.
To round off the Wayfarer’s features, it has a frame made from nylon that prevents it from shattering or chipping after reasonable drops.
- The contrast abilities are impressive.
- The mirror coating gets rid of glare.
- They’re visually simple, but still stylish.
- The polarization is great for fishing.
- A nylon frame is nearly indestructible.
These Duduma glasses are built tough, and they’re a tremendous value when you consider their low price. They’re slightly less useful at reducing the effects of UV rays, but they’re still good enough to work for most fishermen.
The frame of this model is one of its most unique features. It’s made out of a composite material, but it’s not as rigid as other composite frames. The manufacturer boasts that it can be bent to extreme degrees and still return to its normal shape. I personally don’t recommend testing that claim, but that’s definitely something that I like to see in a pair of fishing sunglasses.
The lenses on these Dudumas are equally impressive. They’re made out of a composite polymer, and they prevent 99% of UV rays and glare from affecting users. That’s not as impressive as most of the other options I’ve reviewed here, but they make up for it by being HD. Most sunglasses distort the user’s vision. These don’t do that. They allow you to perceive the world around you without any distortion.
What I really like about these Dudumas is that they’re lightweight. When I go fishing, I like to keep the amount of weight that I’m carrying to a minimum. That’s sometimes difficult with tackle, a rod, and a pack adding lots of weight to my kit, and I don’t want my sunglasses to add to that weight. So, I’m glad that these Dudumas are barely noticeable while being worn.
- Lightweight frames make these very comfortable to wear.
- The composite polymer frames are very flexible.
- I appreciate their low price.
- The HD lenses are great for spotting fish in murky ponds.
- The design is stylish, yet it’s not too flashy.
Filthy Anglers Tahoes are similar to their Castaics, but I think the Tahoes are a better value. They’re a little cheaper than the Castaics, and they have the same features with an added bonus. Unless the style doesn’t suit you, I’d definitely suggest buying the Tahoes before I’d tell anyone to buy the Castaics.
Like the Castaics, the Tahoes have nylon frames. There’s really nothing new to talk about besides the different design. The Tahoes feature more ergonomic earpieces, and they’re more comfortable for most people.
The lenses are also nearly the same. They have the same polarization, and they’re also the right thickness to provide clear views of the environment. However, they’re also coated to be water repellent and scratch resistant. That makes them great for boat users because they won’t be difficult to see through if they get splashed or knocked into the water.
- Water repellent coating makes them great for boaters.
- Their scratch resistant nature means they’ll last for a long time.
- They have very ergonomic earpieces.
- They’re optically optimized.
- They block out all UV rays.
The Lovin Maui sunglasses are bifocals with nearly invisible connection lines. They’re fairly basic in every other way, but they’re also very fairly priced. Overall, I’d suggest these to the majority of women who have vision impairments. However, some will want to stay away from them because the frames are very thin and breakable.
The frame on the Lovin Mauis is made from TR90 plastic. The plastic is fairly durable, and it ages well. However, the frame is very thin, and the wrap-around design compounds that issue. So, they’re sunglasses that require extra caution while wearing.
The bifocals come in 5 different strength levels, and they feature nearly invisible seems. The low-visibility seems make them more comfortable to use because it feels much more natural than staring at a bold line in the middle of a lens.
The lenses also offer full UV 400 protection. I think that’s one of the most crucial features that a pair of sunglasses can have because it saves the user’s eyes from being damaged by sunlight.
The Lovin Mauis come in two different color patterns. They can be purchased in black or tortoise color variations. Both of the variations feature the same Italian design, and they both have the same features.
- Two color options satisfy users with different tastes.
- Bifocals allow for easy viewing of distant objects.
- The bifocal lines aren’t visible.
- The frame is a stylish Italian design.
- UV 400 protection ensures safe use.
Women’s Fishing Sunglasses Under $50
Women might have had few options in the $50 to $100 range, but they have plenty of options to choose from in the below $50 range. The glasses are typically feature packed, and they’re all useful for hardcore fishing.
This set of sunglasses is marketed as being virtually unbreakable, and that’s for a good reason. The frame and lenses are made from polycarbonate. They don’t have some of the fancy features that I personally like with my sunglasses, but they’re definitely a great option for women who are exceptionally rough on their glasses.
The lenses on this model are stronger than what you’ll usually find. They’re made from polycarbonate, and they’re wrap-around design that increases the quality of your peripheral vision. They’re also polarized and rated to protect you from UV rays.
The frame truly is nearly indestructible. The polycarbonate material that they used to make these sunglasses is incredibly tough. It can resist high-velocity impacts, and it’s completely shatterproof. That’s not to say that the frame can’t be broken, but it’s unlikely that normal fishing activities will be able to damage them.
These sunglasses are made for boating. That’s one of the reasons they’re built to be so durable. To better suit that purpose, the manufacturer has coated the lenses on this pair of sunglasses to repel water and resist scratches.
- The scratch resistant coating is great for the outdoors.
- The water repellent lenses ensure that they stay clear of water smudges.
- Polycarbonate lenses are nearly indestructible.
- Polycarbonate frame pieces are shatterproof.
- The wrap-around design increases the quality of the user’s peripheral vision.
The Oversized Classics collection isn’t specifically designed for fishing, but almost all of the different models in it are suitable for fishing. This over-sized set of aviator glasses is my favorite, and I think it’s the most suitable for fishing.
The lenses on these glasses are polymer-based, and they’re polarized to provide 100 percent UV protection. They’re not scratch resistant, and they don’t have any water repellent properties, but they do their job of filtering sunlight very well.
The frame is surprisingly durable for such a simple pair of glasses. They used a composite polymer to build the frame, and they definitely didn’t skimp on materials. The frame is extremely thick, and it’s unlikely that’ll break during reasonable usage.
- Thick frames are very durable.
- 100 percent UV protection keeps your eyes safe.
- The aviator design is a welcome departure from most sport-style glasses.
- The unit is available in multiple colors.
- Composite polymer is fairly resistant to damage.
The 020 Sport Glasses are futuristic, feature-packed, and excessively cheap. They’re a great option for all women fishermen, and I highly suggest them.
These sports glasses weigh less than half a pound, and they’re built in a way that makes them perfectly conform to your face. I’ve been fishing for a long time, and I can tell you that heavy and uncomfortable glasses are a burden when you’re fishing. I’m glad to see that these are so lightweight and well-designed.
The lenses on these sports glasses are fairly typical when it comes to their standard features. They’re protective against UV light, and they resist glare very well. However, they’re also very durable, and they’re fog proof. When fishing, it’s not uncommon to sweat profusely. That sweat can easily start to evaporate and fog up even the highest quality sunglasses. The fog-proof feature on these is underrated if you ask me.
The frames are made from the same nylon that other frames are made from, but the inclusion of padding makes them more comfortable. The pads on these sports glasses are non-slip pads, and they decrease the amount of pressure that you’ll feel while wearing them.
- Non-slip pads increase comfort.
- Nylon frames are very durable.
- The fog-proof feature is highly underrated, and I like it a lot.
- The lenses are extremely impact resistant.
- The futuristic design is unique.
The LVIOE Cat Eyes are affordable, stylish, and functional. They’re not as thick as sports glasses, but their over-sized design gives them a few advantages over normal fishing glasses.
The majority of fishing sunglasses are designed to look sporty and manly. I appreciate this model’s attempt to appeal to less sporty women by offering something closer in design to normal sunglasses, but it still has the functionality of a traditional pair of fishing sunglasses.
The UV protection on these sunglasses is ridiculously good for the price point. I would normally expect 80 to 90 percent of UV rays to be filtered out by a pair of glasses this cheap, but it manages to filter out 100 percent of UV rays, and that’s crucial for someone who spends days at a time staring at the water.
The frames on this pair of sunglasses seem durable, but the manufacturer doesn’t boast about using some high-end material. Honestly, frame material isn’t too important unless you buy very cheap glasses. I’ve never found myself smashing my face into a rock, or performing any other action that would break a normal pair of sunglasses. That being said, the frames on these look to be fairly thick, and that will offset any disadvantages created by the usage of sub-par materials in their construction.
- 30-day return policy puts my mind at ease.
- The lenses are good enough to compete with something that costs three times as much.
- The style of these glasses is refreshing.
- They’re very inexpensive.
- While the frames aren’t made of a high-end polymer, they’re thick and durable.
This pair of glasses from JOJEN is modern and stylish, and it has some impressive lenses for a low price. The frames aren’t all that great, but they’re adequate for most users.
The lenses are made from polycarbonate, and they’re enhanced by 9 different layers of protective coatings. The coatings make them scratch resistant, water repellent, impact resistant, and resistant to glare and UV light.
The frames aren’t anything to write home about on these glasses. They’re made from TR90 polymer, and the manufacturer doesn’t really say a lot more about them. However, they are stylish, and I feel it’s reasonable to say that the material doesn’t matter that much. I like a strong piece of equipment as much as the next guy, but how likely is it that your face is really going to impact something hard enough to break your glasses? Even if it does, you’ll probably be more worried about injuries than a $20 pair of glasses.
- 9 layers of coatings offer a lot of different protective features.
- UV protection keeps your eyes safe.
- The design is modern and attractive.
- They come in multiple colors.
- They only cost a little over $20.
This is the section of this article that will teach you what to look for when you decide to pick up your own pair of fishing sunglasses. I’ve tried to cover every possible feature and use, and I hope you find it useful.
The lenses are the most important part of a pair of sunglasses in my opinion. They’re the parts that actually affect your vision. That’s why I suggest paying close attention to the lenses in a pair of glasses, and you should consider everything else a secondary feature.
I recommend finding a pair that provides 100 percent UV protection, and anti-glare technology is an absolute must have feature for fishermen. There are other features such as water resistance and scratch resistance to consider, but they’re not nearly as important as a sunglasses’ ability to protect your eyes from harmful or uncomfortable light.
I also suggest staying away from glass lenses. When it comes to sunglasses, polycarbonate lenses are always the best. Sunglasses are used for outdoors activities, and there are a lot of things that can shatter glass during outdoors activities. A pair of fancy glass lenses isn’t worth a hospital trip because a stray sinker smacked you in the face.
Frames are important, but they’re not as important as lenses. I suggest purchasing a pair of glasses that has relatively durable frames, but I wouldn’t worry about their durability too much.
A simply nylon frame is perfectly fine for most people, and it’s typically cheaper to buy a pair of glasses with a nylon frame. If durability is a major issue, I suggest looking at Grilamid frames. I personally think they’re too expensive for normal fishing activities, but they’re great for people that want very long-lasting glasses.
Ocean Fishing VS Pond Fishing
I’ve never needed a pair of water repellent glasses to fish my local pond. The activity is exciting, but it’s not like water is flying everywhere. However, I have needed water repellent features while fishing on a boat. That’s especially true for ocean fishing.
If you’re just going to be fishing a local pond or lake from the bank, I don’t really think a pair of high-end glasses is necessary. However, ocean fishermen and anyone who uses a fishing boat will want a pair of glasses that is able to repel water. Water tends to fly around a lot on a boat, and a few speckles of water can distort your vision pretty badly. The issue is compounded when deep sea fishing because the bigger fish tend to splash very heavily. Blurry vision can completely ruin your chances of finishing a successful landing, and water repellent features prevent that from happening.
I’ve said it a few times during this article, but you don’t necessarily need the toughest glasses in the world. It definitely helps, but it’s not necessary.
The fact is that accidents happen, but fishing doesn’t usually result in you dropping your sunglasses off a building or smashing your face into things. Basic frames are typically enough.
However, having durable glasses isn’t a drawback in anyway. Sometimes, accidents happen that really are bad enough to break cheap glasses, and a nice pair of durable frames and lenses can save your investment.
I suggest weighing the pros and cons of investing in very durable glasses after you consider what you’ll be doing while you fish. Fishermen that aspire to be like Jeremy Wade will appreciate something that can handle their abuse, but the majority of people simply don’t need all of that.
Fishing sunglasses come in three price ranges. The cheapest price range tends to be between $10 and $40, the middle range tends to be between $40 and $60, and the high-end glasses tend to cost more than $250. There are a few pairs of sunglasses that cost around $100, but they rarely ever offer more than a pair of $40 glasses that are made by a reputable company.
I suggest sticking to the lower price range unless you’re really abusive to your sunglasses. The different between a pair of $40 glasses and $300 glasses is comparable to the difference between a mid-range rod and a high-end rod. Only the pros are really going to notice, and the price difference is pretty substantial.
I personally like sunglasses that have a minimalist design, and I don’t like to replace my sunglasses very often. I’d rather use the money to buy a new reel. So, I buy glasses that fit my general clothing style.
I suggest taking the same approach. If your fishing gear is very professional looking and high-tech, I suggest finding a pair of sunglasses that matches that gear. If you’re like me, and you like to wear blue jeans and a t-shirt to fish, it’s probably best to go with a pair of glasses that matches that style.
This factor comes down to personal preference, and you should take my advice with a grain of salt.
In my opinion, the KastKing Hiwassee glasses are the best glasses on this list. They’re durable, non-slip, and capable of protecting me from harsh glares. Their low price is another attractive advantage. I must admit that I’m not a big fan of a lot of KastKing reels, but they really do a great job when it comes to their accessories.
If you’re looking for the best polarized fishing sunglasses, I highly suggest a pair of KastKing Hiwassee glasses. You’re unlikely to be disappointed by them.