Bajio Piedra Sunglasses
$199 • bajiosunglasses.com
Do you remember the first time you slid on sunglasses with polarized lenses to look into a pool full of fish? I’m not sure that one moment comes to mind but putting on the new Bajio Piedra sunglasses with the silver mirrored lens felt like it was my first time looking into the water. And I mean, into. It felt like I could detect every rock, pebble, stick, and yes, fish in the mountain streams I frequent. The kokanee spawning upstream from a local reservoir were easily distinguishable from the browns and rainbows gulping eggs. In another stream, the brook trout’s distinctive white tipped fins stood out as if eagle eyes were just implanted in my head.
On a recent guide day of fishing, my client forgot her lenses in the car when we hopped from one spot to another, so I lent her my now coveted Bajios. After I got over the initial scare of lending these precious sunglasses, the immediate upgrade was obvious from her generic sunglasses. So much so that she missed fish after fish because she saw them coming too far in advance and pulled the fly too quickly.
As many anglers know, it’s the blue light part of the spectrum that inhibits our clear viewing, especially around water. Bajio figured out a method to block 95 percent of that blue light meaning less blur and haze, reducing strain and fatigue, equaling much more clarity. In addition, all Bajio frames are made from sustainable materials, its packaging is recycled and cases made from sustainable cactus leather (no, I wasn’t aware cactus leather was a thing). To offset the remainder of its footprint, Bajio plants mangrove trees to promote healthy fish habitat and reduce erosion all while protecting these nurseries, or connection zones teeming with life.
The Piedra’s are now a constant item in my fishing pack. Their wide temples block sunlight and provide sun protection in even harsh high-altitude light. The no-slip rubber nose pads ensure a good, tight fit even when diving forward as I stumbled over another mountain boulder. If I were to leave home without them, I’d turn right back around and call it a day. MSRP: $199 for polycarbonate lenses and $249 for glass