Gear Review: Costa Del Mar Sunglasses

Works been crazy. I’ve been glued to my desk, trying to keep up. Business is good and that’s a good thing but I needed a break. Bass are protecting beds during their annual spawn at our local reservoir so I loaded up the pontoon and made a solo trip.

I’ve been trying to find a good time to review a pair of Costa Del Mar Blackfin glasses for ten months now. Their 580 lenses whether glass or polycarbonate are the clearest i’ve used. I knew today would be a great day. Largemouth bass move up to shallow water between 2-15′ deep each spring and guard nests against invaders. A big heavy, messy fly hopped through these gravel beds elicits quick strikes from the fish. A good pair of polarized glasses in imperative to detect these strikes before the fish quickly spits the hook.
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The Blackfins performed great today just like they have for the many trips i’ve used them on. With lots of sun the thick frames block out side light. Costa sent the 580 polycarbonate grey lens. They are feather light, as clear as any glass lens out there, and perfect for bright days which we have a lot of in Arizona. I also own a pair with copper 580G lenses which I use on lower light days or while fishing streams with overhead cover.
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These glasses have done everything i’ve asked them to. In less than a year they’ve been with me in three countries, two US territories, seven states.
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I’ve used them to hunt, fish, drive, on beach days, and just live in.
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Costa Del Mar stands alone. I’ve tied all of the fishing glasses out there, Mauis, Oakleys, Smith, and Suncloud. All of the small issues I had with other companies like eye fatigue, lack of style, weight, scratched lenses, and fogging just don’t exist with Costas i’ve owned three frames and feel the blackfins fit me the best. Check out Costa’s website for more details and next time you need sunglasses, give these a try.

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5 Responses to “Gear Review: Costa Del Mar Sunglasses”

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  2. Matt Says:

    Very disappointed. Costas are far too fragile. Lens crack very easy. Better never drop them more than 12 inches. They are very stingy with warranty. They promote impact resistant. Bull on that. I would not spend the money again. They just aren’t rugged as promoted. I was so frustrated I emailed the president of the company. No response. Watch this brand go by wayside due to apathy by leadership.

  3. Kyle Says:

    Hi Matt, thanks for your comment. I’ve owned my first pair of costas for four years with no problem. They are the glass 580g lenses. I’ll pass your comment on to my contacts at Costa. Hope they can handle for you. I’ve never had to deal with their warranty department.

  4. Jarrett Says:

    Hey Matt they promote impact resistance on their poly lenses. Glass is still glass and will break just like glass ray bans or glass Maui’s. At least the glass is more scratch resistant and more clear. Note their warranty only covers manufacturer defects not normal wear and tear.

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