Cool Comfort

Story by Andrew Badullovich

The cool clear waters of winter opposed to the summer warmth will deliver contrasting challenges to the south coast angler. Fish become more difficult to locate; and when you do manage to find them, they can be painfully frustrating to temp!

During winter, my approach, techniques, and tackle will differ substantially from the warmer months of the year. While the majority of anglers will also adapt to the seasonal changes by employing the above mentioned and similar strategies, I will often favour different lens types as well.

"The G1HX is one such lens that I lean on heavily throughout the winter months, and I’m particularly fond of the Blade frame."




The G1HX is one such lens that I lean on heavily throughout the winter months, and I’m particularly fond of the Blade frame. In a nut shell you’ll find the lens code in the top right of the right lens as you look at the sunglasses. The G represents glass, 1 indicates brown base, H is the symbol for high-definition, while X means the lens is photochromic.

This all sounds confusing and one would question if it is really necessary, however, these four elements combined definitely make a difference and enhance vision throughout those gloomy winter weather conditions. The sun elevation is quite low through winter, and this delivers deeper hues of natural light. Greys, mauves, and browns are typical colours of the winter low-light; nonetheless, this can alter rapidly if the sun emerges from the cloud cover, fog, and lingering smoke from forestry “back-burning”.  This is where the G1HX excels!

Firstly, the glass lens is the best you can purchase, so if you expect the clearest vision…you’ll need to consider spending the money on a glass lens. This said, polycarbonate lenses still provide great vision. Brown based lenses are extremely comfortable to wear for long periods and provide great contrast in most scenarios. This lens helps eliminate those dark winter hues that I spoke of earlier. The high-definition filter really enhances vision, blocking out most of the distorted light, in particular yellow and orange wavelengths such as sun rays through fog and smoke. The high definition filter also aids clarity when sighting fish and sub-surface structure. Last but not least, the photochromic value is probably the most appreciated element of this particular lens. The lens will allow sufficient light through during periods of low-light to ensure the best possible vision, whilst restricting light when the sun decides to show its full force. The lens actually transforms from light to dark quite quickly, adapting to varying light conditions. This is particularly handy when the sun is popping in and out of cloud cover, as the lens automatically adjusts which saves you from constantly lifting your sunnies off your face when the sun disappears behind a cloud.

The combination of these four elements ensures comfort, contrast and clarity. I’ve been calling on this lens for years, (particularly through winter) and will continue to do so in the future.