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Sunglass Review

Stay Afloat With Amphibia Hydra Sunglasses (continued)

Clarity: The clarity above and below the water's surface was excellent. My vision through the Baja Bronze polycarbonate polarized lenses was crisp, without any noticeable distortions or other issues. The polarization was also excellent as objects below the water “popped” and I was able to see both fish and structure with ease. These lenses amplified visibility due to both the lens color and the fact that the frame does not extend around the bottom of the lenses. Any water that got on the lenses ran off quickly.

Our testers kept floating whether outside....

….or inside the case. The case was not waterproof, however.

Comfort: Secure and comfy are two words that could accurately describe the fit of the Hydra glasses. They lacked any annoying heft, and fit pleasingly snug—but not too snug—on my face while not pinching the nose at all. When stowed on my head or around my shirt collar they stayed put nicely thanks to the firm hinges and rubberized, flexible ends.

Wear these fishing, walking around outside—wherever!

Applications:These sunglasses offer outstanding protection for your eyes and can be worn anywhere. Fishing, hiking, biking—pretty much anything you'd care to do outside. Just pick a frame and lens color you like and take them with you. Obviously, these glasses will be an especially awesome choice for any activities taking place near the water!

The nosepiece features a rubberized section and fit me nicely.

The camo finish adds to the stealth factor.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Amphibia Hydra Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Quality frame and lens construction. 8.5
Performance The glasses floated in or out of the case and offered great visibility. 9
Price Pricey but not the most pricey. 5
Features Loaded with features. 8
Design (Ergonomics) Results will vary as far as fit, but they fit nicely on me and were light enough to be comfortable 9
Application The protection and secure fit is great for a wide variety of activities. 7.5

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Comfortable/Lightweight - Price
+ Loaded With Features  
+ They Float!  
+ Great Visibility  

Good glasses help you see the fish, but that doesn't mean they'll all be big!

Conclusion: I came away impressed during my encounter with Amphibia Eyewear's Hydra sunglasses. These glasses don't come cheap, but the quality and features are definitely there to back up the price. On top of everything they deliver, the fact that they float is a really big bonus that gives them a ton of appeal with folks that hang around the water. If you are worried about losing another pair of glasses into the watery abyss, then this is one brand you don't want to miss!

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