Costa is a top notch brand when it comes to sunglasses and fishing on the water. They have technologies that blow away all other sunglasses brands with options best for all different types of outdoor activities.
When shopping for Costa Sunglasses, the first way to breakdown decisions is by choosing glass lenses or plastic lenses. Glass lenses have the greatest clarity and are scratch resistance which is perfect when you only have that dirty fish towel to wipe your sunglasses off with. Plastic lenses are more lightweight than glass lenses which can seem more comfortable. They are also impact resistant and extremely durable.
Glass lenses and plastic lenses are broken down by 400P, 580P, 400G and 580G. The 400P (400 plastic) consists of 100% UV blockage for max protection, 100% polarization kills reflected glare and reduces eye strain, and provides superior clarity. The 580P (580 plastic) has 100% UV blockage and 100% polarized for superior clarity, Costa C-WALL™ coating repels oils, water, dust, and scratches, and patented technology blocks blue and yellow light for better clarity and color. The 400G (400 glass) contains 100% UV blockage for max protection, 100% polarization kills reflected glare and reduces eye strain, and provides superior clarity. Lastly, the 580G (580 glass) has 100% UV blockage & 100% polarized for superior clarity, patented technology enhances colors by blocking yellow light, and eliminates haze and blur by blocking blue light. Based on customer feedback received in the Rossford Bass Pro Shops, on a scale from least clear to best clarity is as follow: 400P, 400G and 580P and 580P.
The next step is choosing the best lens color for the sunglasses. Costa sells a variety of 7 different lens colors to tackle any activities for your lifestyle. Common for our area are blue and green mirror lenses. Blue mirror lenses are gray based. The encapsulated mirrors deliver superior contrast and color in full sun while eliminating glare making them perfect for activities on open water especially on Lake Erie. Gray lenses maintain color saturation and natural contrast in medium to bright sun conditions. They are an all-around great choice, but are perfect for sports on water and land. Green mirror lenses are copper and amber based and their encapsulated mirrors offer enhanced visual activity. They are perfect for fishing inshore such as flats, rivers, and streams especially on the Maumee River. Copper lenses cut glares and enhance contrast and color, providing eye comfort in any condition. They are the perfect fit for sight fishing and everyday activities such as driving. Amber lenses are another color that are perfect for everyday activities, driving, and sight fishing because they are an excellent all-around lens that delivers the brightest field of vision. Silver mirror lenses are copper based with encapsulated mirrors to optimize light transmissions and enhance colors. They are perfect for freshwater sight fishing and any outdoor activity with variable light. The last lens color is sunrise. They are a high contrast specialty lens, allowing maximum light transmission which are perfect in low lights and to see more clearly during early morning or late afternoon prime fishing hours. These lenses do not pass ANSI Z80.3 traffic signal recognition and are not to be used for driving.
Once you have your lenses picked out, its time to choose the frames. Sure, a pair of sunglasses might look great, but how do they fit? Costa hinges, temples and nose pads are top of the line. Pushing the limits and rethinking what's possible. This attitude guides how they design their frames and choose the materials they use to make them. Wire core temples provide stability and durability that's adjustable with a simple tweak for the perfect fit. Co-injected templates utilize tough nylon and Hydrolite™ and fuse them together to make Costa’s most hardcore frames. Most makers glue or slip such material together to make a frame, but with Costa's co-injected frames the two materials literally become one. The result is a frame that grips the skin the more you sweat.The next part is the Stainless Steel Hinges. Costa hinges cost more than some of their competitors' entire frames. They are made of stainless steel so as to resist corrosion and they are flexible so that they keep their shape and adjust perfectly when worn. Lastly is the corrosion-resistant alloy that Costa uses in their metal frames and rimless sunglasses is a super tough material called Monel®. We know that you'll likely spend some time on the water and in humid environments; therefore, Monel® is up for the challenge.
Costa produces 58 frame styles in sizes small, medium, large and extra large which come in 54 colors. Frame colors depend on the frame style availability. In small sizes, Rossford Bass Pro Shops has Islamorada, KC, and Stringer frames. In medium sizes are Austin, Ballast, Caballito, Fantail, Fathom,Hammock, Inlet, Jose, La Mar, Loreto, Luke, Manta, Pluma, and Sea Fan frames. In large sizes are Blackfin, Boga, Brine, Cat Cay, Conch, Corbina, Cortez, Cut, Destin, Harpoon, Hatch, Indio, Isabela, Rooster, Saltbreak, South Point, Triple Tail, Tuna Alley, and Zane frames. In extra large are Cayan, Fisch, Hamlin, Mag Bay, Man-O-War, Permit, and Rockport frames.
Costas are built by hand and backed for life. If you have a manufacturing defect, the repair shop will fix them for a warranty processing fee of $11.95 to get you back on the water as soon as possible. They will be fixed by completing these steps:
- Complete a profile on the Costa website.
- Fill out the online repair form.
- Print the provided shipping label and send Costa your sunglasses.
- Costa will inspect them and give you options for getting them fixed.
In order to get Costa prescription sunglasses you must follow these steps:
- Go to your local Costa authorized prescription (Rx) retailer and ask for Costas. Not sure where to go? Feel free to use the Costa store locator. Look for the Costa Rx Logo under Dealer Type.
- Choose your frame and lens while there.
- Once completed, your Costa Rx lens will have the Costa lens etching and will come with an authenticity card. This authenticity card guarantees that your prescription Costas are the same great quality as non-prescription Costas.