Why does Solar Bat rely on professional fishermen for frame design ideas and design concepts?

Solar Bat aims to design, develop, create, and market superior sunglasses and protective eyewear for a superior price.  We currently manufacture the best sunglasses for the most competitive price point.  Though many sunglass companies simply build new frames styles and lens tints, Solar Bat implemented a professional research process that incorporates fishermen into the design and development team.  This allows our company to produce sunglasses that meet the daily demands of fishing – whether fishing in the hottest or coldest conditions, the driest or wettest conditions.  Battling weather, climate, and Mother Nature often proves problematic for serious fishermen.  Because a fisherman’s eyes are so incredibly important – for productivity, safety, and enjoyment – it only makes sense that professional fishermen know precisely what designs and features will enhance their performance.

Solar Bat sunglasses are designed to withstand any and all circumstances.  Over the years, Solar Bat has invested significant financial resources and time into perfecting our sunglasses and eye protection.  In order to accomplish our mission according to our manufacturing standards, select professional fishermen with significant industry accomplishments guide our modifications and new innovations.  If we meet our professionals’ expectations, we know our products will exceed consumer expectations, too.  The design process that originated from our original fishing research and development also guides how we incorporate professionals from other industries, as well – from tennis tints for tennis players and golf tints for golfers to hunting tints for hunters, and driving tints for car enthusiasts.  When a fishermen, golfer, driver, hunter, tennis player, or active individual purchases a pair of Solar Bat sunglasses, they can be certain that each and every product series has been thoroughly tested under the harshest conditions.

What are performance tints?

Solar Bat specializes in marketing, not only standard lens tints, such as gray and amber (brown), but also true performance tints.  What does Solar Bat mean when referring to a tint as a performance tint.  All outdoor activities are visual in nature.  Typically there is one color in an object that vision must key on to perform in the chosen sport.  If a tint can be designed to enhance recognition of that color, then the wearer of the tint will visually perceive and recognize that color more easily.  Here is an excellent example.  In tennis the ball is optic yellow and typically the court is green or blue.  A tennis performance tint will increase the contrast between the yellow ball and the blue or green background of the court.  By enhancing the yellow ball the player can more quickly pick up the rotation of the ball and the direction of the ball’s trajectory?  The speed at which a tennis ball travels, even an improvement of 0.5 second in visual recognition of the rotation and trajectory of the ball can translate to many feet on the court.  This type of visual performance enhancing tints is what Solar Bat specializes in for all sports.

How are Performance Tints Designed?

The owner of Solar Bat is a practicing optometrist.  Dr. Gary Nesty refers to the process of designing performance tints as “selective wavelength filtration”.  Doc will explain this process in layman’s terms.  Every color or shade of color in the visible spectrum has a specific wavelength.  Any tint designed will filter some wavelengths more effectively and other wavelengths less effectively.  Gray is the only tint to which this does not apply.  Essentially a gray tint filters all wavelengths equally so red still looks red; green still looks green, etc.   The first step in the process is to determine what color must be made more visible to enhance visual performance in the wearer’s chosen sport.  After that determination is made an investigation of transmission curves for various tints or shades of tint are examined.  Once a single set or several sets of transmission curves are chosen then tints are manufactured.  The final and real test is then to put theory into action by testing tints on experts in that chosen sport.  The experts will test the tints under various levels of light intensity over a period of at least 4 months, then tell Solar Bat which tint works the best overall.  Once this process of research and development has run its course, Solar Bat then introduces the tint in the market.  When you purchase a Solar Bat Performance Sunglass you can with confidence that the doctor researched your sport’s visual requirements, designed tints and then had pros make the final call.  Solar Bat Performance Tints are designed by the pros and I am sure you will agree, that is the way it should be.

Why is polarization important?

A polarized sunglass lens has a thin polarizing film encapsulated inside two layers of lens material or attached to the outside surface of the lens.  For the sake of durability it is best if the polarizing film is encapsulated.  The polarizing film basically filters nearly all glare from horizontal surfaces.  Everyone is familiar with static on a speaker system and how that static interferes with the human ear’s ability to analyze what is being said.  Glare off horizontal surfaces is to your eye as static is to your ears.  The eye cannot see clearing what is below the glare just as the ear cannot hear what is in the background of the static.  By eliminating horizontal glare the veil is lifted and the eye has improved visualization and thus the brain can accurately interpret what is being viewed.  Many believe that polarized lenses are primarily beneficial to fishermen.  This is not true because many, if not most outdoor activities can be adversely affected by glare.  Driving on wet pavement is a great example.  As a matter of fact, a driver’s vision is constantly dealing with glare off horizontal surfaces even when not on wet pavement.  Glare to the human eye produces strain, so if you want to reduce eyestrain and actually improve visual acuity in the outdoors wear polarized sunglasses.

Should I wear polarized sunglasses when it is raining?

Judgment comes into play when driving or doing other activities in the rain.  Obviously if there is very little light available due to heavy cloud cover polarized sunglasses should not be worn.  Polarized sunglasses will actually improve your vision if the sky is gray and clouds are not dense and dark during a rain.  Raindrops are clear and can only be seen because they reflect available light off their surface.  Polarized lenses eliminate most all of the reflected light off raindrops and this allows the wearer to “see through the rain”.  If the polarizing film is coupled with a lens tint that brightens and improves contrast of predominant colors found in nature then such a sunglass can actually improve visual performance in the rain.  Sunglasses of any tint should not be worn in nighttime situations.

What is the benefit of the Leverage Performance Tennis Tint?

Tennis is played with an optic yellow ball and the typical tennis court is green or blue.  At court level the human eye needs to visualize the tennis ball in bright contrast to the court, which is typically the background.  An aqua tint with more blue than green has wavelength filtering properties that will accomplish this for the human eye.  The ball will appear brighter against the background and as a result the play will pick up rotation and location of the ball better than with the naked eye.  There is a problem, however, because the sun is also yellow and the aqua tint will intensify the brightness of the sun when looking in the sky in serving or returning a lob for the opponent.  The Leverage Performance Tint solves this problem by placing a dark gray tint in the top 35% of the lens that then fades into the aqua tint in the main portion of the lens.  Without this gradient gray tint in the top portion the player’s eye will have to adapt to the brightness of the sun/sky on the serve or lob return and then again readapt to the light intensity at court level.  While this only takes a split second, the gradient tint eliminates the adaptation time, which translates to a significant amount of ball travel on the court.  This is how the Leverage Performance Tint will make you a better tennis player.

What is the best tint for fishing?

The truth is the best tint for fishing depends several factors including level of light, species sought, technique used, depth of water, water color, and type of shallow water cover.  For maximum performance the fisherman will need several different lens tints in his arsenal.  Just as different fishing techniques require different types of rods and reels, so do different situations require different lens tints.  Here is a guideline to be used as a starting point, but remember fishermen each have different levels of visual acuity and color vision.

Gray filters all colors equally making this a great tint for open water “line watching” fishing especially on bright days.  On really bright days a mirror will reduce the light transmission of the gray lens by 5%.

Amber or Brown will highlight any object that has brown in its coloration.  An excellent example is a smallmouth bass.  The disadvantage of wearing an amber or brown lens is that the tint will make muddy water appear muddier.

Mossback is a pure green tint that highlights anything green.  Many fish including largemouth bass have green in their body coloration.  Mossback will make that green more visible.  An added benefit is that Mossback will bleach out brown making muddy water appear less muddy.

HiContrastYellow is a combination brown, green, yellow tint that brightens vision in low light conditions.  Because the tint brightens it is excellent for finding fish and shallow cover in tannic water.

Mossback gradient and Mossback inverted gradient is a tint that has both Mossback and HiContrastYellow transitioning into each other.  The gradient has Mossback at the top and the inverted has HiContrastYellow on top.  Mossback gradient is designed for moving in and out of shadows and Mossback inverted gradient is designed for looking into the shade under objects.

What is a performance golf tint?

Golf at the simplest level can be broken down into driving and putting.  Driving requires only filtration of the brightness of the sun and protection from UV.  Putting is the more visual aspect of the game.  In order to be successful on the greens, the golfer must visually determine the contour and grain.  This is the aspect of the game lending itself to a performance tint.  A golf performance tint will take away the glare on the surface of the green resulting in improved visual acuity, but then it must highlight the coloration and color shades of the green so contour and grain will become more recognizable.  Performance Golf Green will improve visualization when putting on grass that is bright green.  In the case of some grasses that lean toward more brown coloration or in dry weather Performance Golf Brown is the color of choice.

What is the best frame material?

Frames can be manufactured using a small variety of materials.  Solar Bat frames are constructed using one of three materials, those being nylon, TR90 or polycarbonate.  Sunglasses that are safety rated as well as others are constructed of polycarbonate because of the materials high impact resistance, lightweight properties, and durability.  TR90 is a material that is more conforming than polycarbonate producing a frame that is very comfortable to wear, light in weight, and very durable.  Nylon is also an excellent material for comfort and durability.  Modern sunglass frames often employee a molding technique referred to as co-injection.  In co-injection molding the first material injected is the more ridged material followed then by a second injection using some form of rubber material.  This produces a frame that has excellent flexibility with a material molded into the frame to assist in keeping it in place on your face no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.

How should I care for my sunglasses

Always wipe down your sunglasses after prolonged use.  If sunglasses are worn around saltwater the complete sunglass, frame and lenses, should be thoroughly rinsed in freshwater before being stored away.  When cleaning lenses use soapy water or any cleaner that can be used for cleaning computer screens or camera lenses.  These cleaners are formulated to clean but not adversely affect any coatings on a lens.  Never use a paper product such as Kleenex and never wipe dirt and grime off your lenses while they are dry.  Always rinse first or use an approved cleaner.  When you are not wearing your sunglasses, you should store them in a pouch or protective case.  Never store sunglasses in a close compartment that has objects that could move around and damage frames or lenses.  Another rule is do not subject your sunglasses to extreme heat or cold.  An example would be leaving your sunglasses in the car on either very hot or very cold days.  Exposing frames and lenses to extreme temperatures can shorten the life of your sunglasses.  Follow these tips and you should have peak service from your sunglasses for years to come.