Our Top Picks
- For Early Morning & Evening Hunting: Blade SL - $59.95
- For Even Lower-Light Conditions: Fusion NL - $89.95
- For Fishing: Hydro - $89.95
- For Ultimate Flexibility: 4in1 System with Magnetic Attachment - $119.95
It’s that time of year. Hunting seasons are, or will soon be opening at states across the country. Hunters will be heading out with bows, rifles and shotguns in pursuit of trophies, and the chance to stock their freezers full of a season’s worth of wild game.
At the same time, fall and winter bring about some of the best fishing opportunities of the year. From largemouth bass in the South to trout in Colorado streams to Steelhead in the rivers of Idaho. It’s time to head out with rods, reels, and flys.
Not to mention the fact that National Hunting and Fishing Day is on September 26th this year.
If we were guessing, we’d say that hunters and anglers are likely to experience more competition in 2020 than ever before. In the same way that RV’ing and camping reached new heights this summer, we’d be surprised if hunting and fishing weren’t more popular than ever this fall and winter.
So, with such stiff competition, how can you get an edge?
Well, any time you’re out in the wild, improving your ability to see fish and game clearly contrasted against the environment is going to give you an edge. That’s why picking the right eyewear might just be one of the best choices you could make.
Best Glasses for Early-Morning & Late-Evening Hunts: Stimulights
“At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear.”
For popular game species like deer and elk, dawn and dusk are often the best time to be out in the field. It’s when many species are the most active, moving to find mating or feeding opportunities.
It’s also a time of day where light-levels lead to low-contrast situations, often encumbered by fog, that challenges every hunter’s ability to pick game species out of the natural environment.
That's where Stimulight lenses can help. Their special micro-infused amber lenses are designed to filter out distracting wavelengths and help to improve contrast and definition. That’s made them a favorite with hunting guides, avid hunters and just about anyone with a deer or elk tag looking for an edge.
Top Glasses for Hunting
- For Ultimate Coverage: 180 Shield SL - $79.95
- To Fit Over Your Glasses: FitOn SL - $44.95
- For a High-Performance Sport Fit: Blade SL - $59.95
Going Even Darker? Pick Night-Lites
Some kind of nighttime hunting is allowed in most states, for specific types of species. Often, predators or nuisance species. In those situations, or in inclement weather, Eagle Eyes Night-Lites can be a great pick. Originally designed as night-driving glasses, the same features that make them a great option of the roadway can make them a great fit for hunters in very low light situations. Yellow lenses to enhance contrast, and anti-reflective coatings to cut glare and fight temporary night-blindness.
Top Glasses for Night and Ultra-Low-Light Hunting
- For Aviator Comfort & Style: Classic Aviator NL - $59.95
- To Fit Over Prescription Glasses: FitOn NL - $49.95
- High Performance Sports Fit: Blade NL - $59.95 or Fusion NL - $89.95
For Anglers: See Below the Surface with Polarized Sunglasses
O, sir, doubt not that Angling is an art; is it not an art to deceive a trout with an artificial fly?
Izaak Walton – The Compleat Angler
As Walton observed in 1653, fishing is, really, the art of deceit. As an angler, your goal is to convince the fish that your fly, or baited hook, or spinner or other device is, in fact, a threat, but a delicious and irresistible treat. If your aim is to deceive a fish, it helps to know where they are.
In this pursuit, polarized sunglasses really are an angler’s best friend. Not only do ours protect you from the sun’s damaging UV rays and blue light, but they also help your vision pierce the surface-glare of the water. As a result, you can see and target and maybe even successfully deceive fish in their natural habitat.
Looking for your competitive edge this fishing season? Here are our favorite polarized sunglasses for all types of fishing.
Top Polarized Sunglasses for Fishing
- For Comfortable Style On and Off the Water: Triumph - $89.95
- For Hypernatural Flexibility & Durability: Memory Flex Aviator Polarized Sunglasses: $99.95
- For Sleek Style Over Prescription Glasses: FitOn Sleek - $44.95
- For Floatable Frames: Hydro: Hydro - $89.95
Or – Do It All With One Pair
Our 2, 3 and 4-in-1 systems combine stylish base frames with magnetically-attached polarized sunglasses lenses, StimuLight and Night-Lite lenses. All in a single kit.
If your early morning hunt stretches a bit long, you can just swap out your StimuLight lenses for some polarized sunglasses. Or, if you find yourself driving back to camp in the dark, you can just replace those with a pair of Night-Lite lenses.
Whatever Eagle Eyes eyewear you choose for this hunting and fishing season, we hope it gives you the edge you need. And, even if you’re not successful, remember that a bad day outdoors is so, so much better than any day at a desk.