Key Features You’ll Want in Kayaking Sunglasses

Key Features You’ll Want in Kayaking Sunglasses
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By Shannon Serpette - Kayaker, Runner, & Tennis Player
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Key Features You’ll Want in Kayaking Sunglasses

Key Features You’ll Want in Kayaking Sunglasses


Kayakers need sunglasses that can keep up with their active lifestyles and the rough conditions they can find themselves in. Ordinary sunglasses won’t do everything you’ll need them to do when you’re out there paddling the waters.

Here are some features you’ll need from kayaking sunglasses.


Corrosion-Resistant Frame and Hinges


When you’re kayaking, unless you’re slowly paddling in tranquil water on a calm lake, your sunglasses are going to get wet. That’s okay when it happens occasionally, but if you kayak frequently, all that water can take a toll on your sunglasses.

If your idea of a good time is kayaking in the ocean, that’s when things can get dicey for your sunglasses. You’ll be facing waves and a lot more spray than you would on a river kayaking trip. Plus, you’ll be in saltwater when you’re on the ocean. That’s highly corrosive to any metal on your sunglasses.

You’ll need a frame and hinges that are corrosion-resistant, like one made out of Grilamid TR90 thermoplastic. This material is flexible, lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and durable.


Polarized Lenses


Kayakers are surrounded by water, and while that’s exactly where you want to be, it poses a threat to your eyes. The water reflects all that sunlight, so everywhere you look, you’ll be seeing a glare. As a kayaker, you’ll be getting excessive exposure to eye-damaging UV rays from those reflections.

While it’s important for everyone who spends much time outside to protect their eyes, kayakers have to be extra careful. What you need are sunglasses that block those UV rays and cut down on glare.

Polarized lenses are a necessary tool for kayakers. It may not seem as immediately important as other tools you’ll need to get through your ride, like a paddle, life jacket, and water bottle. But polarized lenses could protect your eyesight long term, so you’ll be able to enjoy kayaking jaunts for years to come.

Reducing the glare will also give you a better look at the water beneath you. That’s great for spotting hazards. You’ll see if there are any rocks in the shallow water that could hold you up.

And if you’re kayaking in water where Asian carp live, polarized lenses may help you spot them coming up to the surface so you can dodge them. Every second of advance warning can help you avoid being painfully struck by one of these jumping fish.


Sunglass Straps That Can Float


Sometimes you’ll peacefully float along on glass-like water in your kayak. Other times, you’ll be in for the ride of your life. When the waters get rough and you’re hitting jarring waves, you’ll want to make sure you don’t part ways with your sunglasses.

If your kayak flips, it’s hard work to get back in it when you’re in deeper waters. The last thing you need to be worrying about is where your sunglasses are. With a strap, it improves the odds that they’ll still be with you, hanging around your neck.

If your sunglasses still manage to fall off, you might be able to salvage them once you’re back in your vessel, if you buy the type of strap that floats in water. If you’ve lost countless pairs of sunglasses during your kayaking adventures, this might be one of the best purchases you make.


Fog-Resistant Lenses


You’ll be kayaking in all kinds of conditions. You can go from chilly temperatures to heated, or a sudden rainstorm, all in one outing. When the temperature or humidity levels change, your glasses can fog up, obstructing your vision.

Fog-resistant lenses can help keep your sunglasses as ready for action as you are.


Consider Goggles


If you’re still worried about losing your sunglasses or don’t want to worry about freeing one hand from your paddle to readjust them if they slip, maybe you’d be better off with goggles. This is also a great alternative to sunglasses if you have sensitive eyes, particularly if you’re kayaking in saltwater that can sting them and temporarily impact your vision.

If you opt for goggles, look for scratch-resistant lenses.

March 24, 2020
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