Fishing sunglasses come in many shapes, sizes, lens colors, and price ranges. If you are prone to buying a cheap pair of $20 polarized glasses at the sporting goods store, this article probably isn’t for you as much. When anglers put hundreds or even thousands of hours on the water each year, the desire for quality and longevity tend to loosen the purse strings a little bit to get a good pair or two of amazing quality glasses that are both high performance and might be the last sunglasses purchase you make for a decade or more. That’s what pushed me to make the switch to Revo for my choice on the water whether tournament fishing or out scouting or even just a fun day on the water excursion.
A bit of a disclaimer, I’m not affiliated with any of these companies and these are my opinions based on my experiences.
For anyone that has read my blog over the last nine years, it would be obvious what my choices have been. I have used Smith, Costa, Maui Jim, and others but for the vast majority of the last decade I’ve been a big fan of Costa del Mar glass lenses. Every time I’ve tried another brand, they just didn’t live up to what I had come to know with the Costa lenses. About a month ago, I decided to try yet another brand and one I hadn’t tried before. Revo.
The Revo Sunglasses Technology
I saw and eventually ran a press release on a new line that Revo was launching in their casual line called Revo Black. When I was reading through it I saw the information about “NASA Technology” and it intrigued me. Here is that info:
Only a Revo lens features our signature NASA Light Management System™ technology. The LMS™ meticulously manages the entire spectrum of light to provide optimum vision in all conditions. Good, helpful light is allowed in and enhanced, while harmful light is reduced or blocked.
Revo lenses harness NASA-based technology to create a lens that protects, enhances and improves the way we see the world. We use an exclusive, lightweight high-impact resistant material for our base, and then apply a series of unique coatings to the front and back of the lens to maximize protection and performance.
Founded in 1985, Revo quickly became a global performance eyewear brand known as the leader in polarized lens technology. Revo sunglasses were first created by utilizing lens technology developed by NASA as solar protection for satellites. Now, 35 years later, Revo continues to build on its rich tradition of technology and innovation by offering the clearest and most advanced high-contrast polarized eyewear in the world.
Testing the Revo Lenses
Revo appeared new into the fishing glasses market but has been in the outdoor sports realm for over 30 years. I decided to give it a go and ordered the Revo Dexter sunglasses.
The Dexter frames come with the NASA technology glass lenses in a medium sized frame. I chose the medium size because I utilize that size in my Costas and wanted a good comparison. I have a normal sized head (hat size is 7 3/8) and based on measurements, this was the recommended size.
The Good in the Revo Dexter Sunglasses
I utilized a postage scale and quickly found out the Dexter glasses were lighter than the Costa Blackfin Pros I used this year. While I could shed weight with a plastic lens, my tendency is to scratch up a poly lens the first trip out and then be frustrated at price and quality. I switched quite a while ago to glass lenses regardless of brand. So apples to apples, the weight is better.
Less weight means fewer headaches after a long day on the water. I often had a headache after a day on the water in the Costas. I’d have pain above my ears and on the bridge of my nose. After three days of testing and being on the water more than 10 hours each time, I never developed a headache from wearing the Revo Dexter frames with the glass lenses.
Another HUGE advantage was when it came to reading my electronics like my fish finder. In every pair of polarized glasses I have ever owned, I had a common problem. I had to move my head around to just the right angle to see the screen on my fish finder. That is until the Dexters. Revo sunglasses use a completely different technology than everyone else and because of their multilayer, specialized approach, I could read my fishfinder without having to jostle around or take my sunglasses off. That’s big.
The durability of the Revo lens is impressive. I’ve shoved them in a pocket of my PFD, put them in my zipper pocket of my waders all without the case or bag and had no issues with scratching and damage. I also love that the lens technology keeps oils and fingerprints at a minimum.
I do also appreciate that Revo is not a straight from China product. Revo sunglasses are made in the USA, Italy, and Mauritius. If repairs need to be done, those are all handled here in the US.
Areas for Improvement
Since the fishing market is so new, not a lot of different lens colors exist yet. Blue, green, and gray are the current offerings. I’d love to see Revo introduce an amber lens and a daylight yellow (think shooting glasses) as additional offerings.
The price point is something they may limit the market and that’s really not my call. The Costa Blackfin Pro glasses with 580G lenses run $270. The Dexter framed Revos are $300. At 11% more, competing with an established brand might be difficult. This hits especially with fewer offerings. It makes sense though. If you have a firm belief you are the highest quality, you roll with that price point.
We need more fishing frames! I know this is a new venture into the fishing realm. I do think more frame styles to fit more needs/wants of anglers would be awesome to see.
I’ve made the switch. Costas are great but at about the same price, no more headaches, and the ability to always be able to read my electronics without having to contort or remove my glasses completely, I’m a Revo guy now.