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I’m a cheapo sunglass buyer. I go to the big blue -Mart store and buy whichever pair is cheapest that doesn’t look atrocious and doesn’t bother my eyes or my head. Right now anyone who’s purchased a nice pair of sunglasses is shaking his or her head in that slow, “oh, if only you knew” way… Alright, I’m ready to admit my mistake. (Note: Some of these photos are of the Matte Black / Sure Shot Amber Cabos I wore, the others are of the pair that may soon be getting shipped to your house!) Guideline sent us a few pairs of their sunglasses to try out (and give away here) I live in Washington, so the “low light” Cabos in Matte Black with Sure Shot Amber lenses went to me. Har har, no sun in Washington, lots of cloudy days, I get it. Truth be told, after a week of wearing these glasses, I’m sold on wearing them even on the sunny days!
These glasses have very minimal frames. The frame goes along the top of the lenses and on the nose bridge, but the lenses are not fully enclosed. I seem to gravitate to that style, so I really liked the look. I think having very minimal frame really added to the lightweight quality of the glasses. Wearing them I didn’t notice much unfiltered light creeping in from under the bottom of the lenses, but when I looked at myself with them on I thought the lower lens seemed to be a little further away from my face, so extra light might enter there. That could be a good thing in a really low light situation, but it would also be bad if you’re trying to wear these on really bright water with lots of close-up glare. Then again, Guideline specifies
that’s not what these guys are for.
These glasses are really light. I wore glasses throughout childhood and lived every day with noticeable marks on my nose from where my eyeglass nose pads would rest on my nose. These never left a similar mark on my nose, and I forgot I had them on a few times because of how much they helped with lighting. I would wear them during dusk and forget I had them on until I noticed that no one else was wearing sunglasses because theirs were too dark.
I wore these for 12-18 hours a day in Alaska and it took a full week before the bridge of my nose started to hurt at all. Even then I think I must’ve bumped my nose, because they would hurt to put on, but while I had them on I felt no discomfort on my nose at all. The temples seemed a little short for my head (I wear a “large” sized hat) and while fishing the first day I started to feel a little discomfort on the sides of my head where the tips were pushing into the sides of my head. There were a few days that I had to take them off for a bit to let my head relax while getting used to them. The frames were so light I didn’t feel like the tips were pressing hard into my head, but there was just enough pressure that it was
uncomfortable after about 10 hours with them on.
A bit repetetive, but these were very comfortable for me. After I got over a bit of discomfort from the tips against the side of my head I would forget they were on and could wear them for the whole day. The yellow tint on the lenses was great! I love yellow lenses, and I found the tint on these provided an added color dimension and didn’t dim my vision at all. There were a number of cloudy, Washington-style days and these glasses were invaluable. I wore the glasses from dawn to dusk and loved the tinting. During the low sun hours it provided an enhanced view of the water, and during the bright times I still felt like it took just enough of the edge off that I was comfortable without having to squint. I think the big help during bright days was that the polarization still removed some of the glare, so even though the tinting didn’t remove much light, it removed bright glare spots.
Like I said before, I usually buy the cheapo polarized lenses. I’m an electrical engineer, so I know what polarization is and does, and I figured (incorrectly) that all polarized lenses do the exact same thing. Wrong. In case you don’t know what polarization is, in simple terms, polarization is accomplished (in sunglasses) by a coating on the lens or special manufacturing of the lens itself so that it blocks the vibration of light along a certain plane. If you want to know if lenses are polarized, look at an LCD screen like your computer, tv, smartphone or iPod and tilt your head to one side. You’ll see the screen go odd colors (not great polarization, but some) or go completely black as if it was turned off.
That’s because LCDs try to use directed light (they don’t output light in all directions at the same intensity) so polarization can cut out all light altogether. As I said, lots of sunglasses accomplish this by spraying a polarized coating onto the surface of the lens. Most of the cheapos do this. Do you remember that cheap pair of glasses you have and the coating on the lenses has started to wear off and gets worse every time you clean them? I cleaned the guidelines almost every day on the week long Alaska trip, and never saw any problem with coating rubbing off. Guideline’s lenses are multi-layered, so the polarization won’t rub off on your shirt while you’re cleaning off water spots. I took these two photos to see if I could convey how well they work. It’s obvious you get good visibility and glare reduction with the Guideline Cabos, but even these photos don’t do them justice, they are awesome!
These glasses were on my face, on my hat, or in my pack the entire week. They were stuffed in my packed luggage on the way to Alaska, and shoved into my carry-on for the trip hope (I’d grown attached and wanted to have them close by incase the 11 PM sunlight in Alaska proved too much to handle with my naked eyes 😉 ). The lenses performed great. They come with a soft case for storage, and that’s all I used in forms of glasses protection. At one point on the trip, someone next to me stumbled and crashed into the side of my glasses (oh, so that’s why my nose hurt!) and one of the lenses popped partially out of the frame. I snapped the lens back in easily and have not had any problems since.
No special cleaning fluid required, no special rags, I just wiped them off with the edge of my shirt while fishing. Since these are partially rim-less it’s easy to clean the majority of the lens. You might need to put in a little more effort around the rim edge, but a quick wipe got me back to sight fishing for pinks up Bird Creek with minimal delay. As I mentioned before, cleaning did nothing to diminish the polarization either.
There aren’t the most expensive glasses you can buy. They aren’t cheapos by any measure. Super light weight, highly durable, and “holy-#&@!-that’s-a-fish!” polarization make these some amazing fishing glasses. I’ve ended up using these while mountain biking, playing baseball, hiking on shady trails, and even driving. The amount of glare they reduce is phenomenal, and the increase in fish visibility has made them my go-to for any trip, bright sunlight or typical overcast western Washington afternoon. Anyone need a pair of crappy cheapos? I have a few I don’t use any more… P.S. Guideline also does prescription sunglasses! If you’re a glasses wearer, you may want to think about this, because these glasses are amazingly comfortable, and if like Ben our Colorado reviewer, you are blind-as-a-bat without your contacts in, it might make camping a little easier (no more running around trying to sanitize your hands so you can poke yourself in the eye at night).