and they’re polarized.” Or we may have done the touting ourselves (without even realizing what it means). As awesome as the benefits of polarized lenses are, they do perform a specific function – to diminish glare – which is good to keep in mind when you’re assessing your eyewear needs.
“A polarizing filter reduces glare from a shiny surface,” explains Julbo Product Guru Nick Yardley. “This makes it ideal for any form of water sport or driving, as it cuts reflections off oncoming car windshields, etc. They perform particularly well for fishermen. The polarized filter reduces the surface glare on water and allows an angler to see into the water and spot fish.”
The polarizing effect
Also keep in mind Guru Nick’s response to this question: When should you not use polarized lenses? “A polarized filter is not the best idea for mountaineers. By eliminating glare it makes it much harder to see subtle changes in a snow and ice surface, e.g., what is ice and what is snow. It is perhaps not the greatest driving glass in icy winter conditions, as makes it much harder to see ice on the road. For trail runners in the woods, a little distortion in depth perception can lead to greater likely hood of tripping.”
The Julbo Dirt
Popular Julbo frames for polarized lenses are the mountain-bike-friendly Dirt and the classic-aviator-style Chrono.
The Julbo Chrono
Julbo’s best-selling polarized lens is the Falcon, a photochromatic polarized lens that changes based on visible light and not on UV light, making it very useful for driving. “Windshields block UV light, so most photochromatic glasses (that change based on UV light) don’t work as advertised for driving,” states Nick.
In addition to this BWS (Behind the Windshield) feature of being sensitive to visible light, the Falcon has an anti-reflective coating that reduces eye strain and eliminates interference glare, as well as an oil-repellent coating to prevent finger or grease marks, thus making cleaning easier. Its copper color emphasizes contrast and enhances colors and vision is more comfortable overall, making the lens particularly sweet for driving.
Additional options for those wanting photochromatic and polarized lenses are the Octopus and the Camel. The Octopus’ water-shedding hydrophobic coating is ideal for water sports.
– By Christine Rasmussen