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Sunglasses Upgrade: My Eyes Had No Idea What They Were Missing!

Polarized sunglasses for kayaking

Polarized sunglasses for kayaking

Let's be honest, I was a cheap sunglasses girl for longer than I'd like to admit. You know the ones – a flimsy pair from the gas station or maybe a trendy knock-off. Hey, they blocked the sun, right? Then, I decided to treat myself to a real pair of polarized sports sunglasses for my kayaking adventures... and my world changed.

Picture this: I'm paddling along my favorite lake, squinting against the harsh sun despite my sad little sunglasses. The glare off the water is blinding, and I can barely make out what's ahead. Fish? A rock? My imagination was running wild. Then I slipped on my new polarized shades.

Suddenly, it was like I was seeing in HD. The glare melted away, and the water transformed from a blinding mirror into a crystal-clear window. I could see the rocks dotting the lakebed, schools of fish darting around, and the vibrant colors of the shoreline were mind-blowing. It was like someone had turned up the saturation on my whole view.

But it wasn't just pretty; it was practical! I felt more confident navigating, spotting hazards with ease. My eyes relaxed – no more headaches from squinting all day. I paddled for hours, completely immersed in the moment.

Here's my top picks for taking your water adventures to the next level:

Oakley Sutro: These bold shades screamed, "I'm here to take on the world!" and they did just that. Wide coverage, comfy fit, and those lenses – it's like they had superpowers.


Shoreline Polarized Sunglasses: My value hero! If you're dipping your toes into polarized, these deliver solid quality and protection without emptying your wallet. And some float, which was a relief for clumsy me.


Oakley Flak 2.0 XL: Built like a tank, but stylish. If you're a serious paddler, these offer unbeatable coverage and customizable fit so they stay put through even the splashiest moments.


Smith Optics Contour/Lowdown Slim2 ChromaPop Polarized Sunglasses: Talk about seeing the light! These lenses are magic for shallow water, turning murky depths into a vibrant aquarium.


Listen, polarized sunglasses are one of those "you don't know until you know" things. And trust me, once you know, you'll never go back to squinting your way through the world. Happy paddling, friends!


Want more? I could do a hilarious rundown of my attempts to 'MacGyver' my cheap sunglasses to stay afloat before I got the good stuff... let me know!

Updated on 3/1/2024
Abigail ScottBy Abigail Scott
Hi, I'm Abigail 👋 Since embarking on my kayaking and boarding adventures in 2010, I've navigated rivers and lakes across North America and beyond. With over a decade of experience and countless waterways explored, I'm here to help enthusiasts like you embark on unforgettable water adventures!
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