Fresh Press: “Fly Rod & Reel” features Klay & Kanvas
The Summer 2011 issue of Fly Rod & Reel magazine takes an in-depth look at the world of sunglasses. This well researched and written article breaks down the benefits of polarization, the variety of lens tints and colors, lens materials, and frame construction. Within the six-page article, the magazine features Kaenon’s proprietary SR-91 polarized lenses and reviews our Kanvas and Klay styles. Read excerpts below and pick up the issue for the full story.
“Lens Materials: Proprietary lens materials are available from several manufacturers, including Kaenon’s SR-91 and Oakley’s Plutonite. These materials aspire to the optical clarity and scratch-resistance of glass, but with greater impact-resistance and less weight. These can be excellent materials, but as a rule they are priced closer to glass than polycarbonate, and you’re restricted to the frame styles offered by a single manufacturer.
Frames: A bit of a departure from Kaenon’s tendency to massive fishing frames, this new, more restrained, close-fitting design with non-slip nose pads still nicely minimizes light entry. This is a good compromise between light-blocking and frame bulk in a top-quality product.
Lens Tested: Kaenon’s proprietary SR 91 lens material offers sharp, glass-quality optics but with better impact resistance—a superb material . The copper C12 tint (12% VLT) is a highly credible general-purpose fishing color—certainly acceptable in lower light, but at its best in stronger illumination, whether cloudy or sunny, with crisp contrast. The lenses give a slightly reddish cast that some anglers might find annoying, though I wasn’t bothered. www.kaenon.com
Frames: Extremely wide temples that are continuous with some frame fronts give superb coverage all the way around, though the fit is so close that lenses can fog up. Rubber nose pads and general springiness in frame hold these on your face, and they are fairly light for a big design. From the light-blocking standpoint, among the most practical and effective designs tested.
Lenses Tested: The SR 91 with G12 tint is a neutral gray with 12% VLT that is best under very bright conditions. There’s less image “enhancement” than with other tints, but top-notch flare cutting and true color transmission make these easy on the eyes for all-day wear. Both Kaenon glasses are well suited to anglers who want the optical quality of glass with less weight and greater impact resistance, and as quality sunglasses go, these are nicely priced.”
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