Breakline Sunglasses is new in the world of polarized sunglasses, but this “for anglers, by anglers” company is making waves with their cutting edge product. Read on to learn why Breakline may be the lens for you.
I love all aspects of fishing the Louisiana marsh, but today I spend the overwhelming majority of my time sight fishing for redfish. If you are not familiar with sight fishing then know it is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding kinds of fishing. It is an inshore education because you can see what is going on underwater. Is that a mullet? A sheepshead? Or is it the redfish we are looking for? Sight fishing will cause you to pick up new angling skills because you have to make precision casts at a moving target. Not being able to see which way the fish is oriented and making a wrong cast can cost me the fish.
In a nutshell, sight fishing involves looking for redfish in clear (or clear enough) water and casting a lure to them, hoping they will strike it, when you set the hook and enjoy the fight that ensues. It’s not really fishing so much as it is hunting, as so many companions on my fishing trips have noted. I spend the majority of my time in the stand, motoring around with the Minn Kota, looking for those golden bronze pumpkins to cast a line at. To get a great idea as to how sight fishing works, just watch this short video:
The water in that video was exceptionally clear and did not require a polarized lens. However, the other 90% of my sight fishing encounters dirtier, stained water and requires the use of good polarized lenses to see my quarry. I have worn Berkley, Salt Life and Costa over the years and have an idea as to what makes for a winning pair of sunglasses. I can tell you that in the realm of polycarbonate lenses, Breakline Sunglasses is winning. Let me tell you why:
This is the most important part. The heart and core of any pair of sunglasses is going to be the lens and its construction. What separates Breakline from the rest of the pack is their cutting edge technology and lens construction found in their Zeiss Z-920 lenses. This lens is exclusive to Breakline and they chose this lens because of its construction using Tri-Pel, Ri-Pel and anti-reflective layers. These high-tech lenses have an advantage over conventional lenses. Let me elaborate.
Tri-Pel is a transparent coating technology used by Zeiss for their Z-920 lens. Tri-pel is a permanent repellant seal that enables the lens to stay clean in nearly all conditions. When the lens becomes dirtied by mud, dirt or salt it is easily cleaned off. With Tri-Pel, Breakline Sunglasses stay cleaner longer where it counts the most, on the lens! I have fished in the rain while wearing Breakline. Whenever we got on plane to go to another spot, the raindrops would literally fly off the lens like they do on a windshield with Rain-X.
Zeiss lenses are polycarbonate, not glass. This material is much lighter than glass, making Breakline sunglasses comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. The only downside to polycarbonate is that it can scratch easily, but not Zeiss lenses. Tri-Pel is an anti-scratch coating that makes your lenses durable and last longer than one fishing season. In fact, just watch this video. The best part is when they put fish guts on the lens!
Years ago, Zeiss invented anti-reflective coatings that it still uses in their polycarbonate lenses today. Conventional lenses lack this high-tech coating, reflecting an internal image. Often referred to as “ghost images”, these are reflections from light entering the side of the lens your eye sits on. I hate ghost images. They keep me from seeing the tell-tale signs of a redfish swimming in front of the boat, especially if the water is dirty.
Breakline builds their line of sunglasses with MaxVelocity high-impact frames, which are made from a special polymer designated as Grilamid TR-90. This material is known for keeping its structural integrity and resisting high temperatures, meaning you can get away with accidentally sitting on your Breakline polarized sunglasses or leaving them in the summer heat of your truck’s dashboard.
Polarized lenses help us see underwater so we can detect our target fish. Without polarized lenses I would not be able to see 90% of the fish I catch. Look at the pictures below to better understand what I am talking about.
These are pictures of a bass locked onto a bed. During the spring time bass start spawning and they will “lock” onto a bed they created to lay their eggs. This means they won’t run away when you position your boat to cast at them. You can see them plain as day, but only if you are wearing a good pair of polarized lenses. Then you can cast a lure at their bed, twitch it to make them strike and reel the lunker in.
The coolest thing about Breakline is that they are “for anglers, by anglers.” This means they are comprised of people who actually fish and understand what it is that me and you put up with on the water. They wear their own product and stand by it, so its easy to believe in Breakline as a company and stand behind their product on the water. In fact, one of their pro-staffers is none other than Alex Smith, the angler who caught a top Mississippi speckled trout. He probably knows a thing or two about fishing and it’s safe to say that if Breakline sunglasses are good enough for him then they are also good enough for you, too. Everybody at Breakline is an angler and they are “in touch” with what makes a good pair of polarized lenses.
Breakline sunglasses are created with cutting edge technology. This tech offers a lot of advantages that we already covered, but one aspect of this tech is that it is easy to manufacture, thus lowering costs. These high-tech lenses are more affordable than traditional glass lenses.
If you are looking to get a pair for yourself, then I suggest you put on the Mariner frames in a Green Mirror Lens. The wide side frames will help block out light entering from the side, giving you better vision and clarity. Green mirror lenses are great for inshore fishing because they let in more light, even on overcast days. In fact, the redfish you see below was caught using Breakline sunglasses with a green mirror finish. I was able to see him on that overcast day with light rainfall.
I will tell you that I am accustomed to wearing glass lenses, but after sporting breakline sunglasses I can tell you that they are my favorite pair of polycarbonate lenses I have ever worn. They are clear, lightweight and I have caught fish using them. Check out Breakline’s website and be sure to give them a like on their Facebook page.
Devin is a Marine veteran of the Iraq War, entrepreneur and a hardcore inshore angler who enjoys chasing limits of specks and sight fishing redfish.