Fishing Sunglasses Product Review - FishGillz Sunglasses
By: Steve Harris
Catfish Gold Magazine
Jeff Taylor of Corona Del Mar, California has pursued his passion and dream of inventing and manufacturing high quality fishing sunglasses that actually float in the water. He has achieved his goal with the invention of the FishGillz fishing sunglasses. Some people say that fishing sunglasses are a “dime a dozen”, but serious outdoorsmen, fishermen and any type of water enthusiast would be quick to dispute that statement. I have personally lost several pairs of what I considered to be decent fishing sunglasses in the water, but after having experienced the comfort, functionality and durability of these quality polarized sunglasses, the dime store models are no longer sufficient.
The fact that FishGillz fishing sunglasses float is most certainly a positive feature, but they also provide 100% UVA/UVB protection for your eyes. Comfort is another important requirement for fishing sunglasses and the FishGillz polarized sunglasses weighing only one-half ounce, pass this category with flying colors. The fishing sunglasses also have a wrap around feature that prevents glare and help to prevent wind or dirt from entering from the side of your eyes. An avid fisherman such as myself can also appreciate the high quality polarized lenses which allow almost a magical view below the surface of the water. The comfort, quality, durability and features of FishGillz fishing sunglasses speak for themselves, but additional bonuses are shipped with each order of FishGillz polarized sunglasses. Each order of FishGillz fishing sunglasses is shipped with a floating and padded nylon case and a 5 X 7" micro-fiber lens cleaning cloth. The floating sunglasses case can be used for storing your regular sunglasses or other valuables while wearing your FishGillz polarized sunglasses on the water. The micro fiber lens cleaning cloth does an excellent job of keeping your polarized lenses clear without worrying about scratches or smudges.
The FishGillz Sunglass Company actually only began in January of 2007, but is already one of the fastest growing sunglass companies in the United States and has distributors in Canada, Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Iceland and Sweden. Good news about good products travel fast and I am certainly a fan of the new FishGillz fishing sunglasses. I applaud entrepreneurs such as Jeff Taylor, who was originally from a blue collar neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland and had the vision and the drive to produce a high quality product that is needed and beneficial to not only outdoorsmen, but general sunglasses wearers as well. I have personally worn the FishGillz fishing sunglasses everyday for the last two months in my travels and on multiple fishing trips and YES, have dropped and retrieved them from the water on one occasion. They do float!
FishGillz polarized sunglasses are available in several different styles and retail for $49.00 to $59.00.
By: Mike Lepeak (Grand Rapids, MI)
Most people buy fishing sunglasses for style. While it is true that fishing sunglasses can enhance a person’s image, I am the type of person who buys them to go fishing. Polarized sunglasses are a must for those serious about the pursuit of fish and are an essential part of a fisherman’s gear when out on the water. Over the years I’ve tried fishing sunglasses, only to eventually lose them to the water and see them sink straight to the bottom of the lake or river. A functional pair of polarized sunglasses that actually float - from Jeff Taylor, owner of Fishgillz Sunglass Co. - is a product that was far overdue.
Shipment of the polarized sunglasses took only 2 days, and my very first thought when putting the 1/2 ounce fishing sunglasses on was the sheer amazement of how lightweight they were. The Fishgillz.com Web site states, “You literally do not realize you’re wearing them.” And I’m here to tell you that claim is absolutely true. The wrap around design of the fishing sunglasses was very comfortable and can also be adjusted to any face style by simply warming them in hot water and then gently forming them to create an absolute perfect fit.
I field tested the fishing sunglasses while steelhead fishing in Mid-Michigan in the middle of winter. During that time of year, the ice and snow only amplify the suns harmful rays and the polarized sunglasses provided excellent physical protection from wind, stray casts, reduced eye strain, and, of course, eliminated glare, enhancing the ability to sight fish. I found the polarization and shape of the polarized lens sunglasses provided both eye protection and crisp viewing in all types of sunlight conditions, which are ideal for fishing or sport sunglasses.
Durability is always a concern when moving fishing tackle. While I would never recommend knocking the fishing sunglasses off the roof of your car, carelessly throwing them in the bottom of your tackle box or purposely tossing them into the water, that is exactly what I did. I was beyond rough on them, and each time the sunglasses held up without a scratch.
As far as extras go, the polarized sunglasses come in a custom padded nylon zipper case that floats as well so you shouldn’t worry if you happen to knock them into the water. A customized micro-fiber lens cloth also is provided for cleaning and protecting your fishing sunglasses for years to come. Optional high visibility tips also can be inserted into the glasses, making them easier to locate if you drop them in the water.
Excellent polarization/UV protection for water glare reduction
Wrap around design for anglers
Lightweight for all day comfort
I cannot find a reason NOT to own a pair of these fishing sunglasses!
FishGillz polarized sunglasses retail for $50 to $60 each and I would highly recommend them to anyone enjoying recreational water activities where dropping your fishing sunglasses means having to go back to the store for another pair.
FishGillz Sunglass Co.
Newport Beach, CA 92660