Polarized Sunglasses have always been an essential tool in the world of kayak fishing, from being able to see sheepshead crunching on pilings to spotting cobia cruising in the deep. Not only do polarized sunglasses give you an edge on your target, but they also prevents eye fatigue from the constant glare of the sun reflecting off the water all day. A few months ago, I was asked to try and review a pair of the Hobie Polarized Heritage Baysides. Since then, I’ve worn them on all of my inshore & offshore fishing trips along with at my job as an Air Force aircraft maintainer.
I had been using cheaper polarized sunglasses until now just because I tend to break them. The first thing I noticed when I put my Baysides on was the fit. Unlike my last pair, my Baysides “gripped” my face from ears to eyes. The Megol Ruber Nose Pads rests comfortably on the nose and the Precision Flex Hinges ensured that frame adapted to the shape of my head. The next thing was that the larger Grilamid TR-90 frame didn’t allow outside light to creep in around the edges. I could tell these were built a step above most polarized glasses on the market.
As soon as I hit the water I could tell a clear difference with my Hobie Polarized Baysides. They reduced glare, and my vision was sharper and the clarity was amazing. I was able to spot some nice trout chasing some bait in shallow water.
After an all day offshore trip my eyes were usually sore from the constant reflection. My Hobie Polarized Baysides alleviated this and my eyes felt great. Another thing I like about my Hobie Baysides is the fact that they don’t block out my phone or GPS/FF screen. With my last Polarized glasses, I would have to move them up to check either.
My Hobie Polarized Baysides not only fit perfectly but give me a distinct advantage when targeting fish both inshore and offshore. I highly recommend Hobie Polarized sunglasses. Let us know in the comments below what Polarized sunglasses you prefer and why.