Over the past few weeks I have been testing two pair of glasses from Fisherman Eyewear, a company with 40 years’ experience making polarized glasses for fisherman and anglers. They sent out a pair of their Skipjack and Buzz glasses for review and I tried them out on the road and in the stream.
The Skipjack is a traditional aviator style and uses a double bridged frame with spring hinges. It’s available in there variations: matte frost frames with gray lenses, matte brown tortoise with brown lenses and matte black with black mirrored lenses. The Buzz has a bit sleeker, more modern styling and has four variations available: matte brown tortoise with red mirror lenses, matte frost frames with blue mirror lenses, matte green with green mirror lenses and matte black with silver mirror lenses. The lenses on all of the Fisherman Eyewear lenses are made of a durable 1mm thick acrylic and polarized with 100% UV A and B ray protection. MSRP on the Skipjack is only $19.99 to $24.95 depending on style whereas the Buzz is $29.95 for all versions. Both models come with a drawstring pouch to protect the lenses from scratches. For testing I received a set of the Skipjack’s in the tortoise frame with brown lenses and a set of the Buzz with black frame and silver mirror lenses.
I took both the Skipjack and Buzz glasses fishing to a local creek on an overcast and warm day last week. The creek is filled with moss colored rocks that can be tricky to navigate without felt shoed wading boots. The rocks become even more technical if you don’t have a good pair of polarized glasses. The brown amber lenses of the Skipjack seemed to penetrate the glare more effectively than the dark silver lenses of the Buzz at first. When the sun broke through the clouds as the day warmed I found the dark lenses removed the glare of the water very well making the rocks beneath the surface visible.
When fly fishing and wading it is much easier to traverse the water when you can get past the glare that sits on the surface of the water. I feel that both of these glasses did a good job in that regard. I would recommend them for fishing. I have gone through several glasses in the recent years due to wear and tear through a season. Affordability is key and I felt these glasses to be of better quality then the cheap pairs I bought in the past and the price on them is fair. They function like a pair of 100 dollar glasses but at a much better price.
The fit on both pairs was good. I have a medium size frame to small frame depending on the make. I have had glasses that have fallen off my face when pulling a fish out of the water. These glasses gave a nice snug fit and would not slip in the trickiest of situations. They have a sturdy build, so I was not afraid to be a bit rough with them.
I also used these glasses while driving. The brown amber lens frames are great for dawn and dusk visibility and the dark silver lenses work great in those bright sunny days. I also liked the way they look. I couldn’t really find anything I don’t like about them. If you have a fat head they might be a bit tight. Otherwise I liked this opportunity to review them. I would recommend Fisherman Eyewear to my fishing buddies and I will be adding these to my fishing gear for the upcoming steelhead season.