Zeiss Polycarbonate Midway Sunglasses

Reduce glare and look terrific with these polarized fishing sunglasses.


Polarized fishing sunglasses with a smaller frame design for average face shapes in polycarbonate. Polarized fishing sunglasses in tortoise frames with high transmisson yellow lenses and black frames with rose 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. Impact and scratch resistant.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 3.5 / 5 based on 8 reviews


6 of 8 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Best All-Around RX Sunglasses - 10/28/2012
    By: from Anchorage, AK
    Top 500 Contributor

    I originally bought these RX sunglasses for fishing. I got the progressive lens, which can be challenging in wrap around glasses. I found these sunglasses to be great for driving as well. They really cut the glare. I recently wore them on a very long day of fishing on the Kenai River in Alaska and they were great! They protected my eyes and did not cause any eye strain despite the changing conditions from bright sun to a driving snow storm at the end of the day (when I caught two monster rainbows within 15 minutes of each other).

  • 5/5

    Good glasses - 10/10/2012
    By: from Pittsburgh, Pa.

    These glasses are excellent quality and finish. The quality of the lens is better than most of my other prescriptiion glasses. My only wish is that the glass option was still available and that they were available in multiple lens colors. Currently only avaialable in amber. If multiple colors were available I would own multiple pairs for different uses. This is my second pair of Orvis prescription sunglasses.

  • 3/5

    Progressive lenses are a NO. - 7/21/2012
    By: from Colorado Springs, CO

    I have worn this style from Orvis for more than 5 years. I recently ordered a new pair due to a Rx change. Unfortunately this lab CANNOT produce a bi-focal lense using the progressive method that is correct in the side fields of vision. Both left and right lens areas were grossly out of focus. After talking with the lab we decided on a small bi-focal added at the bottom of the lense (just big enough to tie on #24's). They gladly replaced my glasses. The new glasses work perfectly. NO NOT ORDER WRAP LENSES IN A PROGRESSIVE RX.

  • 1/5

    Big Oooops !! - 12/13/2011
    By: from Orvis Summit, Reno, Nevada

    Orvis is normally fantastic and I will continue to be a devoted customer, which is the only reason I am taking my time to write this: The Zeiss Sunglasses are great EXCEPT... They came in with the wrong frame (black) and the wrong color lens (amber). The perscription was correct as well as the model of frame. The order was correct and I was helped through that original ordering process by an excellent salesman at the Reno NV store. Part of that process was that I had to talk with a person over the telephone (in some other State) and explain the order exactly which I was happy to perform. I must admit that it was disappointed however. I am awaiting the correct pair of glasses to arrive which the Manager of the Reno store was eager to help me with and who is top notch !!! BTW... Orvis should probably include the Reno Store in the list of "Orvis Authorized Dealers" in your Catalog. Just a suggestion.

  • 5/5


  • 4/5

    nice fishing glasses - 2/28/2011
    By: from Alexandria, LA

    These glasses are lightweight, polarized and very form fitting. Absolutely no worries about them falling off. I thought they were a bit expensive compared to a Costa del Mar, but if they last a long time they will be well worth it.

  • 3/5

    Disappointing Service - 1/21/2011
    Top 500 Contributor

    Glasses described and pictured as having "rose" colored lenses. They are yellow to copper colored at best. I called thinking I had the wrong lenses and was told sorry, catalog is not accurate, just send them back. Well the prescription lenses were great and I had already reordered thinking that I got the wrong color lenses. Received a nice call explaining the situation and I decided to keep the pair I had. I asked to cancel the second order and was told that it was. Nearly a month later I get another pair of yellow lenses and another bill. Very frustrating. The customer is responsible for correcting all of the mistakes while carrying the cost.

  • 2/5

    Distortion in glasses - 7/18/2010

    The glasses were a difficult adjustment. They distort the view as compared to non prescription glasses. I believe that if curved glasses cannot be accurately made, they should not be made at all. Flat glasses and side screens would be more effective.

    Response from: Orvis Customer Service Team
    Posted: 10/26/2010 5:31:16 PM

    Orvis Customer Service contacted this customer to express regret that these sunglasses didn't meet his expectations, and to apologize for any inconvenience. We want our customers to be 100% pleased with all of their purchases from Orvis. We will gladly exchange or refund any purchase.

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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