By Joe Cermele

On the left side of my hacked self portrait, I’m standing in a frigid trout stream in eastern Pennsylvania. On the right, I’m about 1,500 miles away on the flats of Key West, Florida. The Eco Dempsey shades from Dizm Eyewear stuck on my face are the glue. If you’re going to give me a pair of glasses reminiscent of those worn by Tom Cruise in “Risky Business” and tell me the polarization is top shelf, I won’t take your word for it; I’ll fish them in as many environments as I can and see how they stack up. And though it might seem more likely to find these particular glasses on the counter at the surf shop instead of the tackle shop, I must admit they fished quited well.


A pair of Dempseys will set you back $110, which is certainly more than dime-store shades, but less than a lot of the more well-known brands of polarized fishing glasses out there. I’ll be honest and say I initially just liked the style, but was skeptical on the functionality. On the trout stream, however, in a wicked glare from high sun and banks lined with snow, I picked out about a dozen trout during the day holding in shallow tail-outs. Though I’m not usually a fan of really dark lenses, in this scenario they were advantageous. On the saltwater flats, I wished the polycarbonate lenses were amber, though I still got a bead on a bunch of barracudas holding in potholes and some cruising permit that were sadly very skittish and refused every crab I threw at them.


These glasses are also very light and comfortable, thanks to a unique curvature that wraps around your noggin nicely without being tight…and they transition nicely from the boat to the bar scene.

A final interesting caveat: All Dizm shades are made from biodegradable material (barring the steel hinges, of course), so if you happen to lose them in the drink, they won’t hurt the environment.