Those of you who need a little eyesight assist on the river might want to check this out (and supposedly, 90 percent of you under-40s will need reading lenses eventually)…
HaberVision is an eyewear company that sells its products via its website. They say that by eliminating the middle man (the retail store), they can sell directly to you at wholesale prices. For example the “Nice” model features polished glass, polarized lenses (the kind anglers often pay $150 or more for), and HaberVision sells them for $87.50.
I was particularly interested in these shown in the picture… if you look closely, you’ll notice they have “readers”… but not in the bottom of the lenses, rather, on the top! I haven’t fished in these yet, but I am intrigued. I do wear a progressive lens with close-range focus at the very bottom of my glasses now, and the problem with that is, when I guide, most of the time I’m looking down. Not just when I’m tying on flies, but also when I’m spotting fish… heck, even walking on a rocky riverbed (looking for snakes). And frankly, the reader lenses on the bottom can be inconvenient, especially when I’m walking along and my feet look fuzzy.
Also, when I tie things on, I inevitably tilt my head back to look down my nose through the reader lenses. With these, it seems like the forward-down view is not bothered by the reader lenses…and when it’s time to tie on a fly, I slide them down my nose a bit, and I can see at close range without craning my neck.
No matter how you slice it, losing your close-in acuity stinks…but it’s a fact of life. I’m not big on flip-downs or wrap-arounds, and custom prescription polarized shades can set you back at least a few hundred bucks. These “Up” bi-focals cost under $80. I’ll let you know how they work out…what’s your guess?