5 Tips for Choosing the Right Hunting Sunglasses
It's duck hunting season, and just as you shouldn't wear bulky, inappropriate clothing that causes you to awkwardly struggle to shoulder your gun—you also won't want to be left out in the cold when it comes to the perfect sunglasses to help you pinpoint your duck hunting targets with greater precision.
Read on for five valuable tips on how to choose duck hunting glasses.
What to Look for in Duck Hunting Sunglasses
- Secure Frame
Recoil and impact from your shotgun dictate that protective duck hunting sunglasses come with a well-constructed, light weight, strong wraparound frame, preventing light from passing through the sides of the lens and reflecting into your eyes. Co-injected TCG in the temple and nose pads will help keep the sunglasses securely on your face. Preferably, the frame should have a mat finish for no reflection.
- Nose Pads
Adjustable, soft silicon nose pads that can raise and lower the frame on your face ensure a more comfortable and snug fit.
- Protection from UV Rays
Lenses should not have a mirrored finish, as this might scare off the ducks. They should be polycarbonate for safety, be designed to block UV wavelengths, and avoid powder and debris like ejected shells and dirt getting into the eyes and obscuring or damaging the hunters’ vision. In general, the best sunglasses offer protection against UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. Prolonged exposure to these rays can lead to serious eye conditions, including blurred vision, corneal damage, and conjunctiva sunburn. Duck hunters must wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from these rays.
The fact is that normal glass lenses may not withstand a heavy impact, and the eye might be damaged. Also untreated glass lenses do not protect the wearer’s eye from UV wavelengths.
- Polarized Sunglasses
Duck-hunting sunglasses should be polarized to eliminate glare and block damaging UV rays. Polarized lenses reduce eye strain and fatigue. Solar Bat’s tints have 99.9% polarization and feature PNVXG2 optics designed by optometrist/owner Gary Nesty, O.D.
- Choose the Right Lens Color
The terrain where you hunt is key to which lens tint is preferable:
When hunting in flat open grassland, your lens should help you pick
out waterfowl against the blue sky – choose a green lens for the job. Green lenses provide excellent contrast and highlight the color green prominent on may species of ducks. They allow you to see more detail and discern colors to assist in the identification of the gender of waterfowl.
Solar Bat has a range of polarized tints to suit the terrain, weather conditions, and waterfowl you’re after, including Wild Game Green, a polarized tint, a true green designed to cut through glare and haze while highlighting green accents. They are particularly helpful in recognizing the gender of mallards and pheasants.
- Ducks inhabit watery marshlands that reflect the sun's glare off the water’s surface. This can cause eye fatigue. Neutral gray lenses are useful in these conditions and will ensure that colors are not altered while wearing the lens.
- Seeing birds against a leafy backdrop in the woods requires a Solar Bat HiConYellow lens.
In low-light conditions, a yellow non-polarized lens can make birds stand out.
Serious Hunters Invest in Great Duck Hunting Sunglasses
Choosing a pair of sunglasses that can aid in ensuring a safe and successful duck hunt with big returns on the investment in the form of a limit of ducks should make sense to anyone who takes this sport seriously.
Solar Bat has developed an affordable optical quality, high impact resistance range of safety eyewear with the waterfowl hunter in mind. These glasses are essential for a variety of activities, including hunting, shooting, home maintenance, vehicle repair, and yard labor. Our glasses are made with frame and lens materials that are the best in terms of eye protection, durability, and comfort. UV is completely blocked by lenses.Contact us today for more information or if you have any questions.