Lovers of sailing will all agree that there is no better way to spend your summer days than navigating through the waves and summer sunshine, wind in your hair and warmth on your face. However, a good days sailing can be easily spoiled if you do not have the appropriate eyewear. There is nothing worse than breezing through the water with the sun in your eyes, blinding you from the very beauty you came out here to see. Not only that, but the sun’s harsh UV rays can damage your eyes.

If you are serious about sailing, a pair of marine sunglasses will enhance your boating experience, and ensure that the sun, and its reflection on the water, don’t cause unnecessary damage to your eyes. We have done the legwork, so you don’t have to. Just keep on reading to find out the 10 best pairs of sailing sunglasses in 2019!

How To Choose Sunglasses For Sailing – Buying Guide

Lens Colors

The color of the lens may seem like a style choice, but there are some very real reasons why you might choose one color over another. A lot depends on what you will be doing. Here is a little information on the different colors:

  • Grey lenses are the most universal. They filter out the brightest of the sun’s rays without changing your color perception. You see exactly what is in front of you only a little darker.
  • Yellow lenses (such as amber, copper, and bronze) are great for varying light conditions. Yellow lenses heighten visibility highlighting colors and providing more contrast between light areas and shadows. Yellow lenses also block out blue light and are great when it is overcast.
  • Blue lenses reflect blue light and are great in sunny areas which are dominated by blue light (such as the Caribbean).
  • Red lenses heighten contrast, making them good in variable conditions, but they can cause color imbalances, which is why we would recommend yellow lenses over red.


If you are buying sunglasses for life on the water, then frames are something which you will need to pay special attention to. If you are shopping online, then read as many reviews as you can. Of course, this is no substitution for going into a store and trying them on (something which I like to do before taking advantage of the lower online prices).

Being out on the water, you want a frame which is lightweight and will be comfortable for many hours at a time. Look for sunglasses with adjustable nose pads if you cannot find a pair of sunglasses which fit perfectly.


If you have ever been out on the water to kayak, paddle board, or even swim, then you know that the glare of the sun is reflected massively by the water. You should always seek out a pair of sunglasses which are polarized.

Most modern marine sunglasses are polarized, but there are still some which are not, so you should be careful to research this first. Polarized sunglasses will reduce the glare of the sun from the water, boats, and any other objects in the water.


If you are out on the water, you need a pair of sunglasses which will last. Your sunglasses will be exposed to water (likely salt water), sweat, heat, light, dirt, and grime. You want to find a pair of sunglasses which are durable enough to stand up to this. Check what the frame is made from. The better the material, the longer your sunglasses will last.

Some sunglasses lenses have special coatings. This can also add extra protection from water and dirt. It does not hurt to spend a little more money to get a pair of sunglasses which will last, instead of buying a brand new pair in a short period of time.


Q: What is polarization?


Light from the sun (and other sources) travels in all directions. When this light hits our eyes, we see the light and our eyes are not bothered by it.

When light hits a flat surface, it can become polarized. When the light bounces off the surface, it travels in a more uniform direction. This can be bad for our eyes. Polarized light is more intense because the light is more focused and uniform. When it hits our eyes, there is more light going in. This causes glare.

When sunlight hits the water, a glare is created which can hurt our eyes and cause discomfort. Polarized sunglasses are recommended when sunlight will be reflected on bodies of water.

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Sailing can be a peaceful and meditative practice. Some call it a sport; we like to call it a way of life. However, there is nothing worse than a trip out on the water being ruined by the glare of the sun, or the wind in your eyes, or dust thrown about, or… well, you get the picture. With the right pair of sunglasses, you can elevate how you sail and get the most out of life.

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My name is David Hamburg. I am an avid water sports fan who enjoys paddle boarding, surfing, scuba diving, and kite surfing. Anything with a board or chance I can get in the water I love! I am such a big fan I decided to start this website to review all my favorite products and some others. Hope you enjoy!