Strike King's sunglasses the best value on or off the water with all new styles and comfortable frames. Since 1984 Strike King has been a leader in polarized
sunglasses for fishermen. New models include lenses made with APT Advanced Polarization Technology.
The benefits over traditional CAB plastic lenses are:
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answers about polarized sun glasses
Polarization in fishermen's sunglasses is a must and all Strike King models are polarized.
They block 100% of harmful ultraviolet light, reduce eye strain, remove glare from the water for safer boating and enable the angler to see down
into the water to locate underwater habitat, see the action of his lure and even see fish.
Strike King's sunglass line includes many styles and they are
comfortable and functional by design and offer a great value
The most obvious reason for wearing sunglasses is for your eyes� protection. You
need to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun. And when you are fishing
baits can come flying at you. You always need to have your eyes protected.
Advantages to wearing polarized sunglasses are in clear water when the fish are
spawning strike king polarized sunglasses make seeing the bass and your bait
Strike King sunglasses enable you to see more effectively, see your lure better the color beneath the surface and therefore catch more fish.
How do I know if my sun glasses are polarized?
Very easily done. Just look through the glasses at the
reflection of any object on a window panel (but not at yourself! you have to
look at an angle to the glass). Then, turn the sunglasses around as if they
were the hands of a clock facing you. If the intensity of the reflection
doesn't change with respect to what you see through the window, they are not
Why are polarized sunglasses better than normal dark sunglasses?
Normal sunglasses decrease the intensity of everything by
the same amount. Polarized sunglasses can selectively eliminate the
reflection from light coming from above the water surface.
Do polarized sunglasses help see fish and rocks below the water surface?
Yes. First, if there is glare, they help a lot by reducing
its blinding effect. Second, even without glare they selectively reduce
other reflections from objects above water, including clouds and even the
sky (the reflected sky gives most of its blue color to the water). Finally,
light coming from under water is slightly polarized in the vertical plane
(polarized on transmission). The end effect is that the water seems darker
but more transparent! But remember, it only works if you look at the water
at some angle and not straight down.
Does it matter the time of the day?
Yes. Maximum polarization is obtained when the sun is at
about 37 degrees from the horizon (in theory 100% polarization at the
Brewster angle). If the sun is very low or very high the sunglasses will be
of little help in filtering the glare in calm seas. A rule of thumb would be
that polarized filters limit the glare from calm waters for a sun altitude
between 30 and 60 degrees (but see next question). Anyway, it should be
stressed that polarization won't help in looking directly at the sun (except
in decreasing the overall intensity of everything by half).
Does it matter about the choppiness of the water?
Yes. When water is choppy the sun reflection becomes the
familiar glitter, an elongated pattern of shimmering water stretching
towards the sun. Because different parts of the glitter are reflected from
different wave slopes, the degree of polarization varies from place to
place. In those conditions the sunglasses will also help for high or low
suns and the benefit will depend on where you are looking. As a side note,
the width and length of the glitter together with the altitude of the sun
can be used to compute the height of the waves without ever getting close to
Can polarized sunglasses help when driving a car?
Yes. The bright reflections of the sun on the cars ahead can
sometimes be reduced a good deal. They tend to be horizontally polarized,
thus perfect for vertically polarized sunglasses. The reason is that the
surfaces that you see on the car in front of you (the back window, the trunk
door, and even the roof) will be slanted towards you, while the sun will be
more or less aligned in the vertical plane through both cars (if not you
wouldn't see its reflection from those surfaces). However, if the sun is
relatively low behind you, the sun rays will be near perpendicular to the
reflecting (vertical) surfaces which won't polarize the light. The
sunglasses will help more with the reflections from the glass than from the
metal as the former are polarized to a higher degree. What about the
brightness of the road itself? That light is also partially polarized, but
by scattering (as opposed to reflection). The direction of polarization will
change with the direction of the road with respect to the position of the
sun. The rule is that the polarization is tangential to a circle centered on
the sun. That means that if the sun is in front, behind, or high above, the
road brightness will tend to be horizontally polarized and the filter of the
sunglasses will provide some help. However, if the sun is to one side, the
polarization will rotate vertically, the more so the lower the sun happens
to be. Of course, if the road is wet you get the same anti-glare power that
you do on the water.
Can polarized sunglasses help in snow skiing and other
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. The snow glare is not polarized, so they won't provide extra help in that regard (although often
advertised for that purpose). But, with the sun high, the air-light (haze +
sky) near the horizon is polarized by scattering and the polarized
sunglasses can make features far away really stand out (this is used in fire
detection). On the other hand, with the sun is low the sunglasses could be
detrimental looking south or north, as the air-light would be vertically
polarized. Other situations can be thought were they would be useful, but
remember that one reason they are so good in water sports is that the
reflector always remains horizontal!
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