maui jim sunglasses review


Maui Jim Sunglasses Review

When it comes to fly fishing and the gear that’s required to catch and land that personal best fish. Usually front and center Is the rod, reel, lines and clothing. But a crucial and overlooked item is usually the eyewear, more so polarized sunglasses.

I fully admit that when I was starting out the sport of fly fishing that I was fully guilty of overlooking this much needed piece of equipment. I was also guilty of being the owner of numerus crappy pairs of sunglasses for fly fishing.

This serves as a reminder that not all sunglasses are created equal and I feel that I have had more than my share of crappy and useless sunglasses. That was until I received my first pair of Maui Jim’s.


Ok there is something about the Maui Jim’s that just stood out from all the other pairs I have ever owned before. I and I want to share my Maui Jim sunglasses review with you.

Model: Byron Bay

Frame Colour: Matte Tortoise

Lens: HCL Bronze.


Eyewear Protection:

UV protection one of the best features and in my opinion that all Maui Jim’s offer on all their models is UV Protection. Its known that Maui Jim Lenses block 100% of the UV rays coming your way. Really its great to know that this brand dedicated to protecting my eyes and reducing any long-term health risks that may occur from UV. Just for that alone if I was a guide on the water all day you bet; I would jump on theses glasses.

Let’s Talk Blue light or high energy visible radiation (HEV) this is less severe that UV but still a health risk to keep in mind when shopping for your new pair of sunny’s. But don’t fret all of the Maui Jim lenses featuring the Polarized Plus2 lens will remover this concern completely. Yet they still manage to keep the colour blue around you in which other brands well they are still trying to figure that out.

Other Protection this eyewear offers in which you might know are the dark adaptation features, eyewear comfort and glare reduction and general eye protection for casting those big bugs in a head on wind storm.


The Lens:

One of the main Reasons I choose this model for fly fishing was because of the lens featuring the super thin glass, and the fact that theses lens provides the absolute most crisp optics available period! They feature 20 -32 % thinner and lighter also scratch and solvent resistant lens. I personally really enjoy the clarity when fishing and seeing those cruising fish or the fish holding in the river that was missed before.


The Frame:

The frame material on any sunglasses is super important and of course all of the Maui Jim’s don’t disappoint either. The frames I tested were constructed of a lightweight injected Nylon material frame that was finished in a Matte Tortoise colour. I found both the frame and hinge to be extremely comfortable and durable while wearing and testing this product both on and off the water. Two features that I really look for in fly fishing sunglasses.  I also should mention that the fit to my face with this model was suburb.

The shape of the rectangle frames complimented my facial features and again felt comfortable, along with the eye wares bridge which was saddle style and features embedded nose pads for extra comfort and slip reduction.


Other Features:

It’s worth mentioning how the sunglasses come with two carrying options one is a silk bag and the other is a nylon zippered case both protect your sunglasses. Let’s talk about the Maui Jim Warranty and how this warranty is considered to be on of the best warranties with in the eyewear biz.


Final Word:

I have found that after using the product for over a month both on the water and off the water it’s a safe bet to say we will not be going back to another eyewear any time soon. I would give this product a 9/10 rating and review.

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