Anyone who has spent a lot of time on the water knows that a quality pair of sunglasses with polarized lenses is essential equipment for any marine adventure. Only polarized lenses can effectively cut the glare caused by sunlight bouncing off the water's surface. Left unfiltered, reflected glare is brutal on the eyeballs, inducing ocular fatigue, headaches and even physical damage. While any polarized eyewear will block glare that passes through the lens at a given angle, only one brand has completely addressed the issue of knocking out the peripheral glare that comes at the eye from all directions - Panoptx.
This sunglass company has introduced several new features to marine eyewear. The most obvious innovation is in the frames, which come in a choice of two "eyecup" designs: the Velocity Series, built with a complete seal that blocks 100 percent of peripheral glare, and the Speed Series that employs an air dam around the eyes to manage glare, wind and water.
Velocity's foam-and-fleece-lined eyecup can be popped in and out of the frame. With the eyecup in, its vented seal so completely blocks the wind, you can run 80 mph to your favorite spot; once you're there, pop the eyecup out and you're ready to fish. Most guides who tested Panoptx glasses during development found that even the partial seal of the Speed models gave them better protection from back glare than did other polarized sunglasses.
The lens technology of the new Panoptx line is just as impressive as the frames. Headlining the collection is a new technology called NXT® that combines polarization and photochromic (light-sensitive) capability in the strongest optical material available. By using NXT, the Panoptx PureTec? Polarized Photochromic Gray lens achieves a stunning transformation from a pale gray in low light to a deep, dark shade in full sun.
Guides and avid anglers will be impressed with Panoptx's other polarized option, which it calls ColorTec. A patent is pending for this special lens, which enhances primary colors, bringing underwater features into sharper focus. ColorTec polarized lenses come in copper, which is ideal for changing light conditions, and gray for open water. Either way, ColorTec polarized technology represents a genuine breakthrough for the sight-fishing aficionado.
To top it off, all Panoptx marine lenses are treated with a hard, hydrophobic (waterproof) coating that sheds water better than an otter.