Back to Glass!

Back to Glass!

Paul Arden | Monday, 14 May 2018

No, not fibreglass - God forbid!!! - but back to glass lens polaroid sunglasses! I don't know about you but I'm totally fed up with paying 130GBP for a pair of polycarbonate lens polaroids which scratch after one month and need replacing after 6 months - if you're lucky. But if you're in the salt, or using sunscreen or worse, DEET then it's quite possible your polycarbonate lenses are stuffed within a month - or to use a phrase that I coined "just by looking at them."

Of course I've tried cheap ones but they are, to be perfectly honest, completely crap. You know there's distortion when you feel seasick while walking.

So I've been interested in glass for a while. Many years ago - about 20 years ago - I bought myself a pair of Mako glass lens sunglasses. They were good however the main drawback was their weight.

Enter Tonic...

Tonic are an Australian company producing Polaroid glass lens sunglasses for the fishing market. And man are they good. In fact they're not good, they are what Australians would call a "bloody ripper" which roughly translated into the English language would be "the dog's bollocks". 

(For anyone who doesn't speak Australian or English as their first language it means they are truly superb/ excellent/ outstanding.)

Here is what Tonic say:

Polarisation: with Tonic Eyewear's lenses anglers have polarisation and our custom made light filtration system that delivers unsurpassed clarity and enhancement. 

Crown Corning glass: Tonic Eyewear uses Crown Corning Glass. The clearest glass lens currently available. 

UltraOptic Slice Lens: Tonic Sunglasses are comparably lighter than other brands on the market making them light enough to wear all day. 

VistaView Decentration: Tonic makes each lens decentred which is important for viewing true depth and distance. Decentring eliminates prism or the feeling that you are losing footing while walking through streams and over rocks. 

Anti-reflective coating: Tonic has an anti-reflective coating applied to the back surface of the lens to reduce reflective glare or "bounce back" to the pupil. This is extremely important when sight fishing. 

Our photochromic copper and blue mirror lenses also feature: MultiCut Full spectrum filter: our four colour integrated polarising filter system in the back of the lens: we have green which retains colour, yellow which gives high contrast when ambient light is low, brown and copper mix to give high definition. 


And I believe all of that, and more. After three months there is not a single scratch on my lenses and for me that is unheard of. 

When I placed my original order for stocking sunglasses on my upcoming houseboat here in the jungle (which will feature a small tackle shop!), I decided to a) try out all the lens colours and b) to limit myself to two frame designs. After all, there is little point in just having one of each style because when I sell one we are immediately out of stock!

So I chose Evo, which is kind of sporty and Lars liked the look of it, and Shimmer which has a frame that blocks light. Personally I expected to be fishing using Evo but quite quickly I preferred Shimmer which is now what I use. 

I have green, red mirror, blue mirror and "neon" which is for low light conditions. Mostly I use blue and neon lenses. It may be the water colour here in the jungle, or indeed it might just be my eyes, it might even be the "Multicut Full Spectrum Filter", but when searching the stumps for fish, blue is the lens that gives me the best vision. However there is very very little in it to choose. All of them give spectacular viewing and I will often pick Red or Green depending on my mood Cool

I'm selling at approx Australian retail prices with free shipping for the current stock. I realise that it's hard to decide on sunglasses over the Net and I expect most sunglasses to be sold to visitors but if you are interested please do get in touch. They are without doubt the best I've used.

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I've had a tough week fishing here in the jungle. Mostly I was trying to fish evening sessions and not the morning ones. It's undoubtedly a morning fishery at the moment but I was doing some "research" around the lake trying to find Snakehead populations (very few showing at the moment) as well as Gourami stumping (hardly at all!) as well as fishing some places I havent visited in quite a long time.

I've learned a few things and when I'm back from Thailand next week I have some more options to explore. There has been some Gourami eating fallen figs, in quite good numbers actually, but I've been unsuccessful with these and have one more day left to try to land my first Gourami on a fig fly! 

There were maybe 100 figs on the water, plus my fly. At the end of the morning session there were no figs left to be seen but my fly was still sitting there. I wonder if they see the hook? 

I've yet to catch a Gourami twice by the way. Every Gourami I've caught before has completely spooked on seeing the fly a second time around, even two weeks later. These fish have my utmost respect. 


This week Ashly and I are off to Thailand. Thailand has the best food of any country I know. We'll be visiting Krabi and some surrounding Islands. It's a beautiful part of the world that I haven't visited since yr2000. 

Now I'm taking a few rods with me. While there may be some fishing (of course!) there will also be some casting. I have to start training properly for the World Championships coming up in August. Also I'll be taking some hoops along and a measuring tape to finish a flycasting project that I've been thinking about since, coincidentally, yr2000 - more on this next week and i'll explain the connection. 

Lots of rods going out at the moment. Thank you very much for your business! It is very much appreciated. It's taken a while to get the Sexyloops rod business fully up and running but it certainly is now. 

I'm going to change the warranty slightly to bring it more aligned with repair costs outside of the US compared to within. Basically we have to exclude postage. We build the most expensive rods and so we have have the most expensive repairs. Currently it costs me money when you break a rod! I'm not here to make money out of your misadventure but it shouldn't really be costing me either!

Lots of exciting times coming up. I wish you all a fantastic week Cool

Cheers, Paul

PS more Spey casting videos coming your way! 

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