Zeiss Polycarbonate Abaco Sunglasses Frames

Our sunglasses are ideal for fishing in any water.

Details

Our most versatile sunglasses for fishing have polycarbonate lenses for more comfort at a great value. Our sunglasses for fishing are available in charcoal frames with amber 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.
  • RX lenses only available in amber.
  • Reviews

    Overall: 4.9/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.9 / 5 based on 10 reviews

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    10 of 10 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Great Pair of glasses - 11/13/2013
      By: from London

      these look great, are a good size and are very very light when wearing them, cant wait to try them in the up coming season. Orvis do seem make the best glasses, hence this is my second pair, well worth the price, and they do last. The case they come in is very good too.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      A birthday treat - 10/10/2013
      By: from Norfolk UK

      A little gift to myself. Getting near the half century mark.Thought I would treat myself and so glad I did! A joy to wear even when not fishing.The colours are striking and they make even everyday objects look just that bit different!!! Good for driving and recreational use. Try them, you will not be disappointed!

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      best of the best - 8/20/2013
      By: from Rexburg, Idaho

      I have found these sunglasses to be outstanding. Have always worn aviator type sunglasses and the wind just comes around and irritates the eyes but with theses sunglasses that is a thing of the past. They have met all my expectations. Highly recommend them.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Good Fit - 4/16/2013
      By: from NorCal

      These are a quality glass and they wrap around just enough to give your periphery protection from sunlight, which is rare in Rx. They also allow you to catch more trout because you look like Roy Orbeson and trout dig that the most.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Top product - 4/5/2012
      By: from Austria

      Received my glasses last week and tested them on our local river. I spotted fish were I have never spotted fish before! This product is definitely worldclass!!

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Buy It - 12/16/2011
      By: from Netherlands

      When you looking for sunglasses then you really can't ignore this one. Very great glasses, very clear view.fit very well. I am really happy with them.

    • 4/5 stars 4/5

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    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Good Stuff - 1/1/2011
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      Great set of glasses, they look a bit bulky but they cover all my vision. Haven't used them on the water yet. Nice case and sleeve that come w/ it.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      exceptional quality - 11/29/2010
      By: from Wisconsin

      This is my fourth pair of custom fishing glasses and clearly the best I have owned. Very good craftmanship, perfect tint and lense clarity. Just an outsstanding product for the sight fisherman.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Outstanding Sunglasses - 11/13/2010
      By: from Chesapeake Bay, Barrier Islands and Coastal

      Not since before I started wearing prescription glasses have I owned a pair of sunglasses that are as good as these. As a professional Fly Fishing Guide I needed great polarization and got it plus my complex bifocal prescription was made perfectly into these curved lenses. No blind spots, great peripheral vision and really comfortable all day long. Thanks ORVIS for another terrific product!

    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.
    • Prescription. Polycarbonate lenses are much more tolerant of extreme prescriptions because in some prescriptions glass lenses become intolerably heavy.
    • 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.

    Prescription Sunglasses

    How to Order Prescription Sunglasses

    First, please choose single-vision or bifocal lenses. Then send us a copy of your order number (which you will receive upon completion of this order) and your prescription, which must include pupillary distance (PDs) measurement and be signed by your optometrist within the last 12 months. Send these forms to us in one of two easy ways:

    • Fax it to us at 540-343-7053 or scan it and send it by e-mail to orderimages@orvis.com.
    • You can also call in your order at 888-235-9763 and then send in your prescription forms via e-mail or fax.

    Please allow three to four weeks for delivery.

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