Best polarized sunglasses are indispensable for fishing in Alaska’s bright and reflective waters, providing clear vision and reducing glare. The editors at Fish Alaska have handpicked these exceptional polarized sunglasses as their top choices.
Best Polarized Sunglasses
Costa Spearo Sunglasses
We tested these sunglasses with a matte tortoise frame and prescription polarized glass lenses (green mirror). They fit great, provide excellent protection for the eyes from projectiles, offer great image clarity and look sharp. Costa makes solid glasses and these are no exception.
Smith Optics Guide’s Choice Sunglasses
The Guide’s Choice has been one of our most-used sunglasses for the past 9 years. Recently reinvented, it must have been hard to improve upon near perfection. The new version has improved Italian spring hinges that are not visible, and wide temples plus an aggressive wrap to reduce glare. Guide’s Choice sunglasses are designed for medium-large coverage with an 8-base lens curvature. The Megol nose and temple pads provide a nonslip grip, so the glasses stay put. Spring hinges self-adjust to your face for a snug, comfortable fit. They come with a hard case and microfiber bag, plus a detachable sunglass leash.
Fin-Nor Rum Line
These stylish glasses provide excellent clarity and eye protection. We tested the matte black frames with blue-mirror (L4 base) lenses. Our tester loved the comfortable fit provided in the adjustable rubber nose pads and rubber temple tips.
Fin-Nor Bouncer Sunglasses
Named after South Florida legend Captain Bouncer Smith, the Bouncer sunglasses perform. The pair we tested had matte black frames, and polycarbonate blue-mirror lenses on an L4 base. The Bouncer fits large to extra-large faces. It’s available in 7 different polarized lens colors in glass or polycarbonate, 3 frame colors, and prescription lenses are available in all of them. Features include: adjustable rubber nose pads; adjustable rubber temple tips; low-profile side shields; and integrated spring hinge. Fin-Nor is not well known for its sunglasses—yet—but make no mistake; these are great fishing sunglasses.
Bajío Piedra Sunglasses
A new player has shown up to the fishing sunglasses party and is making a big splash: Bajío. One of the really cool things about Bajío is that all of frames are available with readers if you need them—no other high-end fishing sunglass manufacturer that we know of offers that. Additionally, Bajío offers prescription lenses for 29 different frames and 7 polycarbonate lens options. Our tester chose rose-mirror polarized lenses for low-light use with +2.00 readers. Though the rose-mirror lenses are aimed at low-light periods, he used them in virtually every condition from dawn to dusk, sunny skies to overcast with rain. Piedras come in 2 frame colors with a choice of 7 different lens colors, either glass or polycarbonate lenses; prescription lenses are available. Frames are made of bio-based material and the case is made of cactus leather. These are outstanding fishing sunglasses.
Costa Corbina Pro
These quality polarized glasses served as a lender pair for our Publisher Marcus Weiner. He shared with many different people over the 2023 season, and they had good things to say. We tested the matte black frames with blue-mirror polarized glass. Everyone said that they fit well and loved the performance of the lenses. It made it possible to locate sockeye in off-colored water, and pick out rainbows amid dollies and sockeyes when fishing in clear water. These glasses offer a regular fit and feature adjustable nose pads, which came in handy considering the range of anglers who wore these glasses while fishing with Marcus. We also note that the glasses are looking good—not scratched up or damaged—after a season of use from anglers of different gear-abuse levels.