Technically Superior Lenses
Mako's Italian and Japanese lenses are the clearest available anywhere in the world. These de-centred lenses have been sourced to ensure they offer 99.9% glare free vision and provide true depth perception, crucial for any outdoor activity. We have carefully collected some of the best lens colour combinations ever developed so that no matter what your passion, we have a lens that will allow you to see more and do more in any environment.
All our lenses adhere to the AS/NZS 1067:2003 standard and are thoroughly tested by a team of passionate outdoors people from fishermen to skippers, to charter operators. In fact some of our lenses are used exclusively by people whose livelihoods depend on their vision. Commercial line fishermen, race car drivers and outdoor journalists have all had a hand in developing the absolute best polarised lenses Mako can provide.
"High quality polarised sunglasses are as important to my fishing results as my rod, reel and lure. As well as providing critical eye protection, my sunglasses allow me to identify fish-holding structure and actually spot cruising fish. These days I rely on Mako for all my fishing eyewear needs. I simply can't fault them" Steve Starling wears the G3SX lens in the Barra 2 frame
"Sight fishing, whether on the flats or in clear streams in the most exhilarating fishing experience I can think of. It's also the latest fishing addiction to grip me. I call it 'Mako-Fever' becasue I never caught the bug until I could see, truly see and that newfound skill is all down to my Mako prescription sunnies" Jo Starling wears Mako Freeform Active Prescription lens in SeeBreeze frame
Selecting Lens Colour
When using polarised eyewear in any conditions or activity, it is crucial you have the correct lens for the job. Each lens colour combination will offer distinct advantages and disadvantages depending on the conditions and what you are trying to see. Use these handy lens cards when you're looking for your next lens. You can save these by right clicking on the mouse and saving as.
Glass or Polycarbonate lenses?
Glass lenses have much higher clarity and scratch resistance than plastic based lens materials such as polycarbonate. Polycarbonate lenses are lightweight, impact resistant and cost less.
Does thinner glass lenses mean clearer vision?
No. Thinner glass has little to do with clarity but rather the focus should be on the quality of the glass used. Thinner glass lenses can break more easily depending on sunglass design. Mako glass lenses range from 1.8mm to 2.1mm in thickness depending on the individual frame design. Mako glass polarised lenses are made using high grade crown glass to ensure optimum clarity.
What is a decentred lens?
Decentred lenses have been used for decades. They were developed by still and video camera lens manufacturers in the 80s. All high curve / wrap around sunglasses should use decentred lenses to move the optical centre of the lens in front of your eye where you need it. This reduces distortions in the periphery to below the limits of the eye. A high wrap lens that is not decentred, would give you a seasickness type effect.
What is an AR coating?
Anti-reflective (AR) coating was developed before WW2 and stops reflections occurring on the inside face of the lens giving you better vision. We use 12 layers of AR on our glass lenses (approx 30% higher than industry standards) as well as oleophobic and hydrophobic coatings.
What is an oleophobic coating?
Oleophobic treatments or coatings are added on the lens surfaces to repel oil, dust, water, and dirt. This makes you sunglasses easier to clean and makes the lens less susceptible to scratching. It's similar to some mobile phone coatings available today.
What is a hydrophbic coating?
Hydrophobic coatings on the outer layer of the lens ensure water beads up and runs off the lens in a way similar to the way rain will run off a windsreen that has been treated with Rain X.
Why do polarised lenses come in different colours?
Polarising filters are always combined with tinted lenses and will reduce glare and ambient light. Grey lenses for example cut down the most ambient light. Copper on the other hand appear brighter by cutting down the most blue and green light. This in effect makes what you're seeing brighter so you can see more while still reducing glare.
Grey lenses are very relaxing for the eye, filtering the most light of any lens colour and providing a very natural colour balance.
Camping requires a lens that allows you to see with enough clarity, brown lenses are great for this outdoor activity.
Fishing conditions can fluctuate wildly and what works in one, wont work in another. Our lens range has you covered in all situations
Skippers need to be switched on at all times. Brown lenses allow a wide viewing slot and are perfect for a day on the water.
Golfers and outdoors people who spend time in full sun will benefit from a grey lens base. It provides an accurate representation of colour and is comfortable to wear
Our safety glasses are a both functional and stylish allowing polarised sight in a strong sturdy frame
Whether you're canoeing or pursuing active sports on the water, Mako lenses will help you see what's below
Brown lenses are ideal for outdoor pursuits such as hiking. They heighten contrast and visual acuity helping you read and judge the terrain
Cyclists will love our photochromic options which can be used from first light until dusk. For extreme mountain biking the safety range gives maximum impact resistance.