Zeiss Polycarbonate Acklins Sunglasses

Get a clearer picture of the water with these handsome fishing sunglasses.


Fishing sunglasses with a smaller frame design for slimmer, small to average face shapes. In black frames with rose lenses and tortoise frames with amber lenses. Tri-Spectrum polycarbonate sunglasses start with frames of the highest quality injected nylon with rubber nose pads and temple tips for a secure fit even in the wettest conditions. These glasses offer excellent coverage for harsh light and are extremely lightweight and durable. The polycarbonate lenses have a repel coating providing anti-static, anti-fog, and water repellent technology. 3-layer blue-violet anti-reflective coating providing maximum back glare protection that reduces internal reflection. 100% UVA and UVB protection. Optical quality lenses. 99% Polarization efficiency. In amber. Impact and scratch resistant.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.9 / 5 based on 16 reviews


16 of 16 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Superb quality - 12/7/2014
    By: from Suffolk, UK
    Top 500 Contributor

    Really are superb quality. I have the rose coloured lens and find them as good on the flats in the Gulf or Indian ocean as I do on small English rivers.

  • 5/5

    Absolutely Great! - 5/7/2013
    By: from Quakertown, PA

    The sunglasses exceeded my expectations. I had accidentally broken my old glasses and was afraid the replacements would not be as good. These glasses work terrific. Highly recommended to anyone who fly fishes.

  • 5/5

    Lens Color Options - 4/19/2013
    By: from Tuscaloosa, AL

    I have never had a bad pair of sunglasses made by Orvis. I have had 4 different models/styles and loved them all as much as the next. Only thing I don't like is how they have moved away from black (darker) lenses or the other mulit colored reflective lenses. I use mine everyday and don't think amber is dark enough for my everyday use. They need to offer more lens selections. Other than that best glasses I have ever had. Just hope I don't break or lose the ones I have now because of current lack of lens color options

  • 5/5

    Acklin Prescription Sunglasses - 3/19/2013
    By: from Northern Michigan

    My second pair of Rx sunglasses from Orvis. Left my beloved pair in Saskatchewan in November. Ordered the Zeiss Polycarbonate Acklins. Weight is next to nothing. Great fit and quality lens. Impressive on progressive lenses.

  • 5/5

    La vie en rose - 3/16/2013
    By: from Arlington, VA

    I bought the Acklins with rose lenses for fishing and everyday use. I had a pair of Smith polarized with grey lenses that I liked with some exceptions: they were too dark for me under overcast sky, or when going from sun to shade. I was also in need to remove the sunglasses to tie knots and use my camera. My reason to get another pair was to get one that would not be as dark. I initially went for the Deschuttes frame, but they did not fit me. The Deschuttes are very big, and I found the Acklins to be more modern. I also initiially wanted the amber color, but went with the rose instead. The amber made everything very yellow. Not an issue for fishing, but I didn't want that for everyday use. The rose tint is very subtle. I am very happy with those sunglasses. First they are a lot less dark than my other grey polarized, but still offer excellent control. Driving facing the sun is not a problem. So I met my goal. What I was not expecting is how much of a difference high quality lenses can make. It is sort of like HD vision compared to my Smith. I came to realize that the reason I removed my glasses for tying knots was in part because the Smith don't have such high quality lenses, not just because they are darker. So again, very happy. I highly recommend. They are also very light and not too tight around the ears.

  • 5/5

    excellant buy - 2/21/2013
    By: from big pine key fl.,traverse city mi.

    as well made if not better than my ocean waves and received sooner than expected and had correct presciption lense and now i fish both fresh and flats with same acklins, light weight and shows bones well

  • 5/5

    Excellent - 2/15/2013
    By: from Georgetown, KY

    These replaced a pair of Maui Jim's that I had for 15/years. I struggle from many brands being tight which give me head aches. These are wonderful, fit perfect, and perform excellent. Am currently looking a purchasing another pair.

  • 5/5

    Great RX Sunglasses - 1/2/2013
    By: from Wild Wild West

    Ordered these sunglasses last spring and after they arrived I could see very clearly with them. Retired and took a 6 week vacation in yellowstone fly fishing. Used them everyday !

  • 5/5

    Water and Land Worthy - 7/26/2012
    By: from San Antonio, TX

    First off, thanks to ORVIS in getting me the sunglasses while on a trip. Been in and around deserts and water for the last 7 days with the glasses and they are great. Boy what a difference, and the cost is a much better deal than it's higher priced competitors. Totally awesome service!

  • 5/5

    Best glasses I've owned - 3/20/2012
    By: from Missoula, Mt

    This is the second pair of Zeiss Polycarbonate Acklins glasses that I have owned and after I broke the first pair there was no questions on what my next pair would be. . . the same glasses. The polarization on the lenses make the deep water in eddies and pools crystal clear. These glases make driving in the early morning sun nice and easy then when you get on the water it is clean and clear.

Lens Color

How to Pick the Right Lens Color

Picking the right lens color for the fishing you do is an intimidating process for many anglers.  We’ve tried to make it easy for you by only offering those lens colors that offer superior vision when looking into water.  All the colors in Orvis sunglasses have been optimized and tested specifically for removing glare from the water’s surface and for seeing objects below the water.  They are not colors developed for snowboarding or golf or biking, although our sunglass colors are also superb for everyday wear and driving.

Amber - great for most fly fishing conditions

When in doubt choose amber.  Amber offers the best combination of visible light transmission and contrast enhancement for a wide variety of conditions from saltwater flats fishing to shaded trout streams.  It sharpens the edges of visible objects by selectively tuning the visible spectrum with very little loss of resolution.

Rose - for very bright conditions

Rose offer some advantages under very bright conditions, such as flats fishing on sunny days and fishing wide open rivers in bright sunlight.  Rose blocks slightly more visible light than amber, so it allows your eyes to stay rested after a long day on the water.  But even more important, rose blocks more infrared (heat) rays, so it keeps your delicate corneas from drying up after a long day in the hot sun.  It is especially advantageous for people with dry eyes or contact lens wearers as it helps prevent eyes from drying out.  The contrast enhancement of rose is as good as amber and some anglers wear the rose color under all conditions.

Yellow - best for lower light conditions

Yellow lenses (available only in polycarbonate lenses) are best for early mornings, cloudy days, and evenings.  Glare at these times can be overwhelming, but standard rose and amber tints can block too much visible light, resulting in a slight decrease in resolution.  Yellow polarized lenses allow more visible light transmission and high contrast enhancement while still eliminating most glare.

Why doesn't Orvis offer gray polarized lenses?

We design our sunglasses for the demanding conditions that fly fishing dictates.  Although some anglers swear by gray lenses, both our experience and our scientific testing of lens tints shows that gray lenses offer no advantage other than visible light blocking at all parts of the spectrum and removing glare.  They do not add any contrast enhancement, which is so important in spotting fish, rocks, ledges, and logs below the water’s surface.

Why doesn't Orvis offer mirror lenses?

Mirror lenses offer absolutely no increase in visual acuity.  They merely add cost and are 100% cosmetic.

Lens Material

Glass or Polycarbonate?

One of the first questions you should ask yourself when looking for a pair of fishing sunglasses is: Do I need glass or plastic lenses?

Here are the differences:

  • Optics. Glass lenses have superior optics to even the best plastic lenses. There is not a huge difference, more like the difference in a Helios vs. a Hydros rod, but if your fishing demands the utmost in clarity (like a saltwater guide spotting birds far away on the horizon or a spring creek angler spotting trout at 60 feet away), glass lenses will offer you a slight edge. The tolerances in making Orvis Tri-Spectrum glass lenses are tighter in regard to refractive power and prismatic imbalance, and because glass is a less flexible material it will hold these optical powers longer than plastic under extreme conditions. (Note that Orvis Zeiss Polycarbonate lenses are the very finest non-glass lenses you can find, and many people will not be able to tell the difference between glass lenses and Orvis polycarbonate lenses.)
  • Scratch resistance. Although Orvis Zeiss polycarbonate lenses have superior coatings that give as much scratch resistance as any non-glass lens made, glass will still withstand abuse that would scratch a pair of plastic lenses. If you are the type who sometimes forgets to put your glasses in their case, or if you tend to fish in areas with a lot of blowing sand and dust, glass lenses will give you longer life out of your sunglasses.
  • Weight. Although Orvis Tri-Spectrum glass lenses are only 2mm thick, some of the thinnest available, glass lenses are 30% heavier than polycarbonate lenses. If your nose or ears get tired and sore after a day of fishing with sunglasses, you should consider polycarbonate lenses.
  • Price. Orvis Zeiss Polycarbonate sunglasses are about 45% less expensive than glass lenses in the same frame.

In summary

If you are tough on your gear and demand the absolute cutting edge in vision, choose Orvis Tri-Spectrum sunglasses.

If your wear your sunglasses for many hours, fish under less demanding visual conditions, and want to save on cost, choose Orvis Zeiss polycarbonate lenses.

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