Sunglasses for whitewater paddles

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Sunglasses for whitewater paddles

Post by Lukepricephoto » Sun Oct 02, 2016 3:18 pm

Hi,

I'm fairly new to this kayaking lark... but I'm paddling class 3 whitewater on UK rivers and find I need sunglasses much of the time.

I'm trying to decide between polarising or photochromic (transition style) lenses.

are polarising actually desirable for kayaking or do you actually want the surface reflectance to better read the river.

Any thoughts???

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Re: Sunglasses for whitewater paddles

Post by ruralweb » Sun Oct 02, 2016 4:13 pm

Winters coming that will solve the problem :)
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Re: Sunglasses for whitewater paddles

Post by frankt377 » Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:55 pm

I'd rather put up with some glare than risk and eyeful of shattered glass on the off chance my face meets a rock.

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Re: Sunglasses for whitewater paddles

Post by Jim » Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:20 pm

Polarising every time.
Surface reflection just makes extra white, cutting out the extra makes it much easier to read the water. I use polarising prescription glasses unless it is really overcast or dark.

I can't see much without glasses and never got on with contacts so I got past the concerns of breaking glasses on the water 25 years ago. Lenses are almost always plastic these days anyway, but I have never broken lens, I have had 2 drop out (which ended the trip both times) and the frames eventually succumb to corrosion but I really wouldn't worry about breakages, just make sure you put a decent strap on them so you don't lose them completely.

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Post by purelandexpeditions.com » Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:15 pm

Seaspec as Dave said - but I'm on Smith now over in India and they are fine
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Re: Sunglasses for whitewater paddles

Post by Chalky723 » Wed Oct 05, 2016 1:33 pm

frankt377 wrote:I'd rather put up with some glare than risk and eyeful of shattered glass on the off chance my face meets a rock.
"Glasses" are actually plastic nowadays & don't shatter. I face planted a welsh rock & broke my nose - the glasses were scratched, but I think they'd have been pushed through the back of my head before they broke.....

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Re: Sunglasses for whitewater paddles

Post by buck197 » Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:21 pm

Dewerstone make some great sunnies that float (wooden frames)
https://dewerstone.com

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Re: Sunglasses for whitewater paddles

Post by chriscw » Thu Oct 06, 2016 12:15 pm

If you do not need prescription lenses to paddle just try a cheap pair by all means use a strap so you do not loose them. You can even get polarising lenses quite cheap.
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