Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gotta Have Shades

Your vision is priceless, yet many people resist investing in a good pair of sunglasses to protect their eyes while in the outdoors. You may have noticed I said "investing" in a good pair of sunglasses. There is no comparison between the $20 pair of sunglasses you picked up at the local big box store and a pair of quality sunglasses made with top notch materials.

I've always purchased the best sunglasses I could find and have never regretted it. If you divide the cost of the sunglasses over a 1-2 year period of time, the daily cost is less than a cup of cheap coffee at the local gas station.

Every time I'm by the water with someone wearing bargain sunglasses they always look at me funny when I say "look at that fish" or "did you see that?" They have no idea what it's like until I hand them my sunglasses and then they usually say "Oh, WOW".

I was recently given the opportunity to try a pair of sunglasses from Margaritaville/Jimmy Buffett. When they arrived and I opened the shipping box I was impressed with just the box the sunglasses came in. Instantly, I knew I was holding a quality product. (Have you ever noticed that if a manufacturer packages their product in a great box the product is usually great?) After unpacking the sunglasses I headed outside for a test.

The pair I received had brown lens which I normally don't care for. Most brown lens are too bright in my opinion or just turn the world an odd color. These lens were awesome and I now prefer these to my current gray lens. The clarity was great and had no signs of distortion. (On cheap sunglasses with poor quality lens material you will notice small defects or distortions that cause eye fatigue after wearing for a while). The frames were extremely light and had a very good fit, plus they had a nice style. After a few minutes of wearing I hardly noticed I had sunglasses on. I then jumped into my truck and headed to a local pond to see how the polarization compared to my other sunglasses. My other pair of sunglasses are made by Costa and they are a #1 rated fishing sunglass. Once I looked into the water I knew that Margaritaville had done their homework.

When I got home my wife tried them on and I noticed this evening that I no longer have possession of the sunglasses. They have mysteriously disappeared from the house and if my hunch is right the sunglasses are now cleverly hidden in her car:)

Do yourself a favor and make the investment in a good pair of sunglasses. It's something you will never regret. If asked last week I would have told you to buy a pair of Costa's but after trying this pair from Margaritaville I would encourage you to give them a try.

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