Most anglers fully recognize the importance of sunglasses when fishing. Sunglasses provide protection of the eyes from the sun, from errant hooks or split shot during casting, and most importantly, allow an angler to see through the water and spot fish or structure.
But anglers who normally wear prescription eyeglasses are at a bit of a disadvantage: they either must buy expensive prescription sunglasses, or purchase one of several overglass type sunglasses. These overglass options vary from clip-ons to a relatively new fitover type of sunglass that fits completely over prescription glasses. Unfortunately, up until recently, these ‘fitover’ type sunglasses have been designed with the appearance of the large sunglasses often given to cataract or eye surgery patients. While fishing is not a fashion sport, bulky sunglasses detract from the ability of the eyewear to conform closely and fully filter ambient light.
Cocoons ‘OveRx’ sunglasses offer anglers the benefits of high quality sunglasses that fit over prescription glasses as closely as possible. While they still have a little more bulk than ordinary sunglasses, the designers at Cocoons have worked hard to come up with options that minimize bulkiness and enhance fit and performance. There are six size options to ensure one can purchase sunglasses that fit as closely as possible to the underlying prescription glasses.
I have owned Cocoons for a number of years and for me they are hands-down the best option on the water. I recently got a quote on a top-of-the-line pair of prescription Oakley sunglasses and the cost was close to $500, thanks to my need for trifocals. While Oakley makes some great sunglasses, Cocoons provide a number of advantages:
- Cost can be as much as one tenth that of a prescription pair of sunglasses.
- Prescription sunglasses offer one lens tint. Fishing conditions can call for as many as five different lens tints to enhance visual acuity in the face of different light and weather combinations. Cocoons offers all five lens tints – gray (15% Light Transmission (LT)) for ever day use, copper (16% LT) for heightened depth perception, yellow (27% LT) for low light conditions such as early morning and late evening, amber (14% LY) for bright conditions, and blue mirror (11% LT) for very bright conditions such as those experienced on open water. All Cocoons OveRx sunglasses have polarized lenses.
- With Cocoons, an angler only has to remove his sunglasses to still have the benefit of his normal prescription glasses.
- Cocoons give added eye protection from both the prescription glasses and the sunglasses. Additionally, Cocoons offer excellent top, side, and bottom UV protection. Standard sunglasses without good shielding can allow up to 40% more unfiltered light to reach the eye.
- Cocoons are lightweight, and offer scratch resistant, durable lenses, that are covered by a one year warranty. The frames are made of Ballistic Nylon and feature ‘Flex2Fit’ temples. They are offered in six different sizes and seven different colors. Each pair of Cocoons comes with a nice zippered protective case and lens cloth.
I consider Cocoons a great performance value, overall. My only criticism of these innovative sunglasses are that the designs can still appear just a little bulky. Also, I have noticed that the frames are coated with a non-glare finish that does wear off over time. But otherwise, I would highly recommend these great sunglasses to anyone who fishes.