Wrap-around gas station glasses seem to be the industry standard for summer fishing in Alaska, but those looking for a little more complete protection for their eyes might consider a larger investment. In a recent, extensive online debate among Bristol Bay skippers, the three brands that came up most were Maui Jim, Native and Costa del Mar.

Silver Bay Seafoods chose Maui Jim for a spring gift for its fleet, and for good reason: Many claim Maui Jim makes the best lenses in the business. Among several lens materials, the best bet for the Alaska summer salmon is likely the SuperThin glass, which is 32 percent thinner than standard glasses and offers Maui Jim’s crispest optics and best scratch resistance — the latter key for the constant grime and brine clearing that is inevitable while fishing.

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Brian Hagenbuch is National Fisherman's products editor, a contributing editor to SeafoodSource and a Bristol Bay fisherman. He is based in Seattle.

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