Polarized glasses from Smith Optics from the USA are the measure of all things for many fly fishers. The American premium manufacturer is known for first-class lenses with special brilliance and a wide range of comfortable frames, which are manufactured with the latest technologies.
The Guide's Choice XL is a larger version of the modern classic among Smith Optics' highest quality polarized glasses. It is suitable for larger heads too and is designed to exceed the needs of the most demanding fly fishers. Featuring the most advanced eyewear technologies, this model features wide temples and an aggressive shape for superior light protection. Add to that premium Italian spring hinges, Megol nose and temple pads, a removable sunglass strap and Techlite glass lenses, and the Guide's Choice is designed for those who spend a lot of time on the fishing water and don't want to compromise.
Smith Optics' copyrighted Techlite lenses are some of the clearest lenses on the market. They reduce annoying glare to a minimum and are absolutely scratch-resistant: up to 12 times more scratch-resistant than polymer lenses and 20% lighter than conventional glass! They also offer 100% UV protection with an anti-reflective coating to reduce eye strain.
When you see more you can do more! Smith Optics' proprietary ChromaPop lens technology enhances clarity and natural color to let you effortlessly see more detail. More detail gives you the advantage needed to perform confidently and have more fun on the water. The polarized ChromaPop lenses help you to see details and colors beyond normal capabilities. ChromaPop filters two specific wavelengths of light that cause color confusion. By doing this the lens delivers greater definition, more natural color, and unmatched clarity. Normally the eye’s retina has trouble distinguishing between blue and green, and red and green light perception. ChromaPop filters these specific crossovers.
ChromaPop makes details pop and cuts glare through Smith Optics impact-resistant carbonic lenses. They are optically tuned to give you visual comfort and impact protection with enhanced glare reduction – while also offering antireflective, water and oil resistant coatings. 100% UV protection.
Polar Blue Mirror (VLT = 12%)
These brown polarised lenses have a blue mirror finish and are particularly versatile. They offer optimal glare protection in the bright hours of the day and aren't too dark when you leave the harbor with your boat in the early hours. The polarised lens is built on Smith Optics' Techlite glass lens platform to maximise clarity and offers up to 12x more scratch resistance than a polymer lens and can be up to 20% lighter than a traditional glass lens. The genuine glass offers 100% UV protection and is optimal for changeable conditions. An excellent all-round lens for many uses in fresh and salt water. Our first choice for the tropics!
Hydroleophobic: Water and Oil Resistant Coating
This special coating actively resists moisture, grease and dirt. It effectively creates a barrier between your lenses and your environment. Water forms drops and runs off without streaking. Dirt stains from fingerprints can be easily wiped off.
- Large fit / ideal for large big sized heads
- Techlite Polarized lens ,TLT lenses
- Environmentally friendly Evolve frame material
- Anti-Reflective and Hydroleophobic Lenses Coating
- Hydrophilic Megol nose and temple pads for a very comfortable and perfect fit
- Stainless steel spring hinges
- 8 base lens curvature
- Color Frame: Matte Black
- Color Lense: Polar Blue Mirror (VLT = 12%)
- Delivery in a robust hard case with microfiber cloth and detachable sunglass leash
- Frame Size: Large
- Frame Fit: Large
- Glass size: 63 x 44 mm
- Bridge width: 19 mm
- Temple Length: 125 mm
On adh-world we explain how polarized sunglasses work and what to keep in mind when purchasing a new pair.
„Polarized sunglasses play an important role in fly fishing. They not just protect the eye from erred flies or streamers and dangerous uv-radiation, but also reduce glare from the surface and help you spotting fish and reading the water more effectively.“
After Smith Optics set standards for high-performance eyewear in skiing and snowboarding, the American company successfully made the leap into the world of fishing. With over 50 years of experience and countless innovations, Smith Optics is undisputedly one of the top manufacturers for polarized eyewear. These high-quality polarized glasses combine durability, impressive performance and a fair price like hardly any other company.