Pulling the Shades on Intense Glareby Alex Sepulveda
Polarized lenses are most useful when trying to see through these reflecting surfaces, like when fishing, boating, or driving. Non-polarized glasses with a good tint, a lens coating such as iridium, or a quality mirrored lens increase contrast and definition, and even reduce glare by cutting out certain wavelengths of lightóbut nothing compared to a polarized lens. Polarization acts essentially like blinds, blocking out the offending glare entirely. Although coatings donít do as thorough a job as polarization, theyíre still immensely popular because of price. For activity on snow and ice, a coated lens is actually sufficient. Most glacier glasses are coated in some fashion, but not necessarily polarized.
Bottom Line: If you spend a lot of time on the water (boating, fishing, or sailing, for example) or if you drive long distances, we recommend polarized sunglasses.
Check out our selection of polarized sunglasses by Smith and Oakley.
Oakley Square Wire 2.0, Smith Folsom, Oakley Juliet
Cover image: Smith Remix