Low light sunglasses

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for the best sunglasses for low light conditions. I have a pair of Maui Jims which are great for cutting out the glare, but when the light gets pretty low you pretty much can't see a thing.
I am looking at recommendations for the best sunnies for spotting fish early in the morning or late in the evening. Not too worried about the cost as I can claim them back from the tax man.
Many thanks,Colin Hay

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Two pairs

Wed, 2008-02-27 14:54

I have two pairs of sunnies I use, no particular brand, just one with an orange tint and one with a blue, amazing the differing contrast you get when looking into the water.  Polarised is the only way to go, sorry I can't be much more help than that.

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You'll definitely want

Wed, 2008-02-27 14:56

You'll definitely want polarized lenses though to spot fish and cut glare but there is a limit on how light they can be before polarizing can't be applied.

I have the Maui Jims in the HCL bronze coloured lens and it's pretty light.

 

also photochromatic lenses don't work too well in low light. They just go clear. 

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Thanks for the input Adam and Vans

Wed, 2008-02-27 15:09

Hi Adam, Which colour do you find works best in low light?

Hi Vans, Do you find the bronze is ok when fishing close to dusk. From what I have just been reading it seems the bronze and amber tints may be best for low light.

Thanks for the tip about photochromatic lenses as a lot of people have been talking them up (but not in low light situations).

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Yep i olny take them off

Wed, 2008-02-27 15:17

Yep i olny take them off when the sun is just below the horizon. Alot of people who have worn mine commented that they are quite light.

Don't know if this helps because they aren't polarized but maybe check out safety glasses. They are maily geared toward low light conditions. 

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Serengetties are good. 

Wed, 2008-02-27 16:55

Serengetties are good.  They are one of the few that have multicoat on both sides.  Never thought that would make a difference until I wore them in bright sunlight and in conditions where there was light shining down from directly overhead. I think they might have closed shop recently. 

Ray Ban's shooters in yellow are made specially to increase contrast in low light.

There use to be a mob called Amber, haven't seen them for a while, but they made glasses that brighten up everything in low light and for driving in rain.  They were like fitovers, so they didn't last, use to buy them in 6s!  Could not live without them when I was on the road alot.

 

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Ask Ben y he recently bought

Wed, 2008-02-27 18:11

Ask Ben y he recently bought a pair of Mako low glare glasses for that reason I think they were MAKO
I generally wear the MAKO Barra which are perfect for all occasion I even keep a spare pair in the tackle bag

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Spotters...

Wed, 2008-02-27 18:19

photochromatic glass lenses in the bronze coloured lense , you won't find better , sometimes driving into the arvo/night my other half has to remind me to take them off and the fish spotting properties , can't beat em , tend to wrap around the eyes better than Maui Jims , to much back glare I've found with the maui's.

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Your'e right goatch

Wed, 2008-02-27 19:21

Thanks everyone for your input. I really appreciate it. It is becoming a real problem when I fish at dusk.
You could be on the money. I think that may be the problem with my Maui Jims.
I will have a look around this weekend amd test out all your suggestions. It would be good if they had a testing booth to try them out in different light conditions.
Thanks again, Colin

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Yeah them Spotters with the

Wed, 2008-02-27 19:26

Yeah them Spotters with the Glass Photochromatic Penetrator lens are awesome. They do cost a bit but are worth everycent. I got 3 pairs. Slate Penetrator, Axel Bronze CR39, and Tremor Pentrator which didnt like to stay on my face often. So now I wear only the metal frame ones coz the nose piece can be altered to fit my nose bridge, or lack of.

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Thanks Honsu

Wed, 2008-02-27 19:27

Do you find any particular make or colour of the Spotters better in low light? Colin

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Mine are..

Wed, 2008-02-27 19:46

the Ice-P model with the penetrator lenses had em for about 5 years , damn hard to scratch as well , I know they have newer lighter frames than mine though

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mako

Wed, 2008-02-27 21:39

http://www.makoeyewear.com.au/hooked.htm
These are the pair i bought very nice and the change in colour is not dramatic and i can see through them when i can't using my old sunnies.
Bought if for the exact reason this tread was started like Dogsoldier said. A bit big mofre me bit fit perfect when i got my sunglass straps on. Was thinking of getting a pair of spotters... seems to be everybody loves spotters.
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Thanks Ben

Thu, 2008-02-28 07:27

I will have a look at both.

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Mako's not bad, didnt find

Thu, 2008-02-28 09:21

Mako's not bad, didnt find any that fit me head....Spotters got a few and their lens are top notch. My peference would be bronze coloured lens and glass if possible so they dont get scratched so easily.
I had a pair of Mako Titanium wire Rimless but they were grey plastic lens only. It was a great sunny with literally no weight at all and they dont go out of shape, you can even tie a knot in the arm.

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Thanks Honshu

Thu, 2008-02-28 10:09

It looks like Spotters and Makos are the favoured brands.

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Dammit Colin now i have been

Thu, 2008-02-28 13:14

Dammit Colin now i have been reserching new sunnies!

Seems Spotters Bronze Glass Photochromatic Lenses are the ones i like in the rapid frame.

Notes: Photchromatic lenses wont darken in your car no matter how bright it is outside. - They react to UV light but your windscreen has a UV filter built in so they don't darken. Take note of the low light emmision. Spotters is 49% Mako 30%. 49% is pretty light!!

Spotters PC lenses let 49% of light in in dim conditions, 20% in bright conditions.

Mako let 30% of light in in dim conditions, 10% in bright conditions.

Therefore for low light spotters will do better.

Only glass lenses can be PC so they will be heavier, may not be good for bouncing around on a boat!

 

 

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Many thanks Vans

Thu, 2008-02-28 13:26

That's great info. I will be mainly using them off the rocks, the beach and the river so I am not too worried about the weight.
Many thanks for your efforts.
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Spotters!

Sun, 2008-03-02 11:37

Spotters are my favourite and i own several. The Photocromatic Bronze Penetrator Glass lenses are great for fresh & salt water environments, river or ocean water clarity and in all light situations as they have light compensation technology inside the film lenses.

I rate theses glasses and we sell plenty, $249 approx!

 

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Thanks everyone for your input

Sun, 2008-03-02 12:48

After taking in all the great info supplied by Fishwrecked people I went out yesterday morning and picked up a pair of Spotters. I went with the bronze photoromatic penetrators as it was suggested thry would suit what I was looking fro. As yesterday morning was fairly dull it was a good opportunity to see if they would do what I wanted. Tested them out again this morning with a quick fish at Hillarys.
They work a treat. Even with the stirred up water on the south wall at Hillarys I was able to see underwater structures that weren't visible to the naked eye.
many thanks again for all your input.

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Heads-up

Mon, 2008-03-03 01:44

I have a pair of custom fishing glasses, which I had made up for low light early morning and evening sight casting in shallow water.

They have NIKON Photochromatic and Polarised glass lenses in bronze/light brown.

Brilliant for what I wanted them for but no use on the boat because they have one BIG problem - I cannot see my Lowrance sonar screen through them - it just appears as a blank screen!

Just a heads-up.

 

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Hi Colin, where did you end

Tue, 2008-03-04 15:07

Hi Colin, where did you end up getting them from and how much?. I couldn't find any Rapids w/pc lenses in Perth after a brief ring around.

p.s. how do they go in the car through the windscreen? 

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Hi Vans

Thu, 2008-03-06 07:51

Sorry, didn't see this. I have replied to your PM, all the best, Colin

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Thanks Colin

Thu, 2008-03-06 11:48

Thanks Colin