Like most bloggers , I love to get gear review opportunities. It's a win-win for me and the manufacturer. I get free or reduced price gear , they get an honest review. I really haven't pursued any gear reviews for quite some time , so the story of how this one came about needs to be told before I go any further...
Recently , I was talking with another blogger on Twitter about his planned purchase of a pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses. I told the truth - great glasses , I've heard good things about Costas , etc. All true. Where it gets interesting , at least for me , is the part where I mentioned that " I'm still waiting on @CostaSunglasses to give me a pair to review ". I was mainly kidding around with my friend , but I do have a habit of getting myself into trouble on Twitter. Much to my surprise , and indeed an indication of how great the people at Costa are , I had a reply an hour or so later that said " :) give _______ at costa a shout for possible review " ! WOW , someone at Costa smiled at me with an emoticon via Twitter , and even said I might have a chance to review one of their fine products! Needless to say , I was stunned , but wasted no time in getting in contact with Costa Del Mar.
*DISCLAIMER* I received these glasses free of charge to use , review , and write about here at somefishblog.com . The opinions stated herein are my own , and not in any way influenced by Costa Del Mar.
First , let me just throw it out there : I've always been skeptical of high end sunglasses. Why? I am extremely unlucky with sunglasses : If I don't break them , one of my kids will. Because of this (keep in mind it dates back to before I had kids) , I've always found that cheap sunglasses are the best way for me to go. A fiver for something that won't last more than a few trips? Not too bad. Two Benjamins for something that won't last more than a few trips? Absurd.
That's where I was mistaken. The glasses I currently have in hand are pretty sweet. I am pleasantly surprised that Costa's claims about clarity and color , and also the durability (assumed ; before testing) , are spot on with regards to the quality of their glasses.These are the clearest sunglasses I have ever had on. They also seem to be very well made. Advanced polymers and several proprietary technologies are combined to make Costa Del Mar Sunglasses durable , dependable , and nearly indestructable.
So what kind of Costas did I choose? Did I forget to mention that? : I opted for the Wave Killer style with 580 Glass lenses in the Green Mirror finish. Why? The team at Costa has researched this , and touts the 580G Green Mirrored lens as perfect for " Inshore saltwater , river and stream fishing ", which makes it perfect for the types of fishing I do , with the exception of lake fishing. As of now , I'm predicting these will do just fine for Striper fishing , or even the wayward Bass or Trout trip.
Why the big Wave Killer frames? I have a big head. These are a perfect fit for me. So far , the only complaint I have is a little unfiltered light getting in from the bottom edge of my glasses - right next to my giant nose. Coverage across my face is excellent.
Now , let's examine what an order from Costa looks like :
|IF SEAL IS BROKEN Check contents before accepting...|
|A real Costa Box.|
|And the case.|
|Good marketing - social accounts for Costa , plus a decal on the back for the back of the fish wagon.|
|Gripper that came with my order , probably every order?|
My thoughts :
I wasn't actually expecting these to be here until early September , so right off it was a pleasant surprise.
My local UPS guy got in on the fun too. He and I always talk fishing , so it's nice to open the door to a " Hey dude , here's your fancy fishing goggles". It was surreal to hear him talk about how good Costas are while he was wearing another brand.
I am very excited to try these on the water. The green mirror glass actually has an amber/copper tint to it (or some technical term that I'm not aware of.) After only a few hours of use , I can definitely see why these sunglasses are priced as they are. Costa is not kidding when they say these glasses enhance color and block glare . I am certainly impressed. It was almost distracting at first , then very comfortable. After I had taken the glasses off , I was very disturbed by the bland look of reality without the rose colored lens of my Costas. --- I'm only halfway joking about that - really unbelievable how much sunglasses have changed over the last 25 years.
I was somewhat disappointed that they came with a "Gripper" , as I had already made my own in an attempt to continue the fine tradition of homemade Costa pier insurance.
Next up : A Trip to the Beach.....Will the Costa Sunglasses hold up on the pier? I have no idea , but I intend to find out!
Have a great weekend!