Jason Phillips wearing surf sunglasses in G-Land
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Surf Sunglasses Considerations
StyleStyle - We estimate that for most of our customers, half of choosing the correct pair of sunglasses, comes down to style. And, choosing your style should be based on personal preference and your desired look.
Ventilation vs. Sun ProtectionVentilation to combat fogging, versus increased coverage for sun protection, is a difficult balancing act.
- Ventilation is important in colder water - 66ºF, 19ºC and below.
- Sun protection is most important in tropical settings, at high altitudes, where there is ozone depletion (such as Australia), for those with lighter skin, or if there is a concern about crows feet (skin wrinkles next to eyes).
- Closer fitting frames work against ventilation, yet offer more sun protection.
- Whistler and S Rat II frames have a removable nose piece that separates the frame from the face to increase ventilation. The nose piece can be removed to get a close fit when ventilation is not an issue.
- Below is the order of the ventilation / sun protection:
- S Rat II with nose piece (most ventilation, least wrap and sun protection).
- Whistler with nose piece
- S Rat II without nose piece
- Road Trip
- Whistler without nose piece
- Standard (most wrap and sun protection, least amount of ventilation)
Prescription RangePrescription range (if you need corrective lenses). All of our frames can handle most prescriptions, but for really thick prescriptions, you will need a flatter frame front to accept your lenses. (In order of flatness - S Rat II, Road Trip, Whistler, Standard)
Click here to go to our Presciption Page and see Rx Ranges by frame
Removable strapA removable strap allows for use out of the water. (Included with Road Trip, Whistler and S Rat II frames, option with Standard frame)
LeashA leash in addition to the strap keeps you from searching for your glasses after a bad wipe-out. (Included with Road Trip, Whistler and S Rat II frames, add-on option with Standard frame.)
Type of FaceUnless you have had problems with "off-the-rack" sunglasses not fitting, you should be okay with any style.
We mention the head sizes only for people who have problems with sunglasses fitting in the past.
That is, they know that sunglasses usually are too big or too small for their face and they ask us what is better for a small face or a large face.
A. For wider faces, consider a wider frame. (Whistler II and Road Trip frames are for average to larger faces)
B. For narrower faces or kids, consider a narrower frame. (S Rat II and Standard frames are for average to smaller faces)
C. For Asian style faces, consider a frame with a built up nose piece. (Whistler II and S Rat II)
All Silverfish Sunglasses Include These Items-Polarized (option with Rx) lenses cut down glare, or vertical light that reflects off flat surfaces such as water, wet roads, etc.
-100% UVA/UVB protection
-Polycarbonate lenses - Extreme durability
-A rigid frame with minimal give helps keep frames on your head. Flexible frames fail in the surf / white water for the same reason that goggles fail - too much give lets them come off too easily.
-A non-elastic strap is required for the reasons listed above (rigid frame), and it avoids pressure headaches caused by elastic straps.