FISHING SUNGLASSES: Glass vs. Plastic Lenses (Pros & Cons Of Each)
Here’s a question we’ve been getting a lot recently:
Should you get glass or plastic lenses for your fishing sunglasses?
That’s a great question!
In the past, glass was a clear winner, but thanks to new technology, the race is a really close one now.
So check out this video where Luke and I break down the pros and cons of each material and help you learn which one is best for you.
Fishing Sunglasses: Glass vs. Plastic [VIDEO]
In the past, glass lenses were generally known to be the best.
But companies like Smith Optics have leveraged new technology to take plastic (polycarbon) lenses to a new level.
Here are some of the more important factors when choosing lens material and how glass and plastic compare in each:
In the past, glass was a clear winner, but nowadays we can’t even tell the difference.
Glass is more expensive than plastic.
Plastic lenses are lighter than glass.
Plastic lenses are more likely to be scratched.
Glass lenses are more likely to crack.
No conversation about sunglasses is complete without also addressing frames.
Here’s our stance on them: avoid frames with inlaid rubber around them.
Over time (usually about a year or so), the rubber will detach from the frame.
This has happened to several pairs we’ve owned in the past, but if you just avoid sunglasses with rubber around the lenses, you’ll be fine!
If you want really nice-looking glasses that are more scratch-resistant, and you don’t care too much about price, then go with glass lenses.
But if you want a lighter pair of crack-resistant sunglasses that are a little cheaper, then go with polycarbon (plastic) lenses.
Our favorite glasses are Smith Optics Guide’s Choice, and you can get them from our store here:
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What are your favorite fishing sunglasses?
Have any questions about glass vs. plastic lenses?
Let me know down in the comments!
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