Lately, we’ve got alot of love for Guideline Eyegear sunglasses. Today’s post is round 3 of that love this time on the Guideline Alpine sunglasses. This will be our final review of their 2014 line, but we’re excited for good things from them in the future!
Let’s reiterate quickly what makes a good pair of sunglasses in our opinion. Sure there are many things you might look for in Fly Fishing sunglasses and you might order your list a bit different, but here is ours:
- Lens Polarization and Color
As always, we’ve been impressed with Guideline’s construction. While these glasses don’t tout the heavy-duty aluminum frame of the last pair that we reviewed, they do offer a nice wrapped plastic (51% bio-polymer) frame that is constructed soundly and appears to be fairly durable. I suppose that statement is validated as as I still have my pair of the Guideline Current sunglasses that we reviewed last year made out of the same material.
With a lens thickness of 1.4mm its also doubtful you’ll be breaking them anytime soon with the normal wear and tear that comes from fly fishing.
The Alpine frame is awesome in terms of comfort. As with the other plastic frames that we’ve reviewed its nice and lightweight and doesn’t sit heavy on the bridge of your nose or on your temples. The nose guard is nicely padded, and as an improvement to some of the other frames, it comes with flexible nose pad that fits varying size noses a bit better.
The temple tips are also padded to add some extra comfort where the frame rubs behind the ears. Overall the frame wraps nicely around the face and prevents the frame from rubbing or sitting too harshly on any given area of the face.
I fished the Alpine frame with the green mirror lens, which was certainly different to the color of lens we’ve tried out in some of our other reviews. The mirroring is slightly noticeable when you first transition from a non-mirrored lens, but the eyes do quickly adjust. The polarization was great as with all Guideline lens choices.
When choosing Fly Fishing sunglasses, I’d recommend the mirror lens if your fishing in bright light conditions and with non-freestone style water bottoms. These lens would be best for saltwater fishing or for mid-day fishing where reflection on the water can pose a problem when targeting fish deep in a hole. If you don’t find yourself fishing those conditions often, you might consider a different lens, such as the brown version. The ability to mix and match frame and lens combinations is nice.
The Alpine frame is the largest of the frames we’ve fished so far and by far provides the most eye coverage. The large lens’ are certainly the most prominent feature of the larger frame, but the arms of the frame are also quite thick and are just under an inch in width.
I was a bit intimidated with the size of them at first as I normally wear thinner sunglasses, but I was surprisingly pleased with their style and their fit. The large eye coverage is nice when out in bright light conditions, and particularly in the wind. These frames by far provided the most coverage while still maintaining a sleek look.
However, if you’ve got a small face, the Alpine frame will most likely be a bit overpowering. They are certainly made for medium to large faces and were almost a push for me with what I consider an average size face.