The Best Polarized Fishing Glasses
I am thinking of buying my self a christmas present...and I want the best pair of fishing sunglasses around. I have dabbled with decent polarized glasses and cheap ones, everywhere from the $20-$120 range.
Now I want a really great pair, we all know how important it is to see stuff in the water, especially for the bills.
I was almost set on the Costa Del Mars with the 580 glass lenses $250, but then I read a bunch of negative comments on here about the Costa's, so who wears the Costa's?
The other two I looked at were the Kaenon, and Orvis both around $220-$250
So I guess I'm looking for experience with any really good polarized sunglasses, predominately for offshore fishing.
Also, one more thing, The blue mirror finish is supposed to perform the best for the blue water angler, is it that important, the gray lense just looks more normal when your off the water.
Costa Del Mar with blue lens are the best! You need to find a store that offers different styles to figure out which ones fit your face. I have the 580 glass, but this is my first pair so can't comment on the advantage. I wear them all day and forget I have them on, that comfortable. And the lens put up with lots of abuse and still look new.
I have 2 pairs of Costas with 580 lens (green and blue). I have had both pairs for 3+ years and love them, but there are other good sunglasses out there (maui jim). Costas are solid though!
I have had a few pair of costa's and the are all excellent, also Mako make a great polarized lense.
Maui Jim Sunglasses - Kapalua
My wife and I both have the Maui's above and think they're the best, and Maui stands behind their products. After much abuse over the last two years, if they get bent or out of alignment, we just send back and a week later either a new pair or corrected pair arrives, no questions just 8 bucks for return shipping. They stay snug to your face even in nasty winds/conditions yet still breath and don't fog. Worth a look.....This style runs in the 250 range, but they have all different lines and looks too. IMHO, money on quality polarized shades is money well spent. Good luck - Andy
"Bottom Line" '00 2002 Trophy WA
Costas, blue 580s in the stringer frames for smaller faces. Never get fatigued or uncomfortable from wearing them all day offshore.
I have 3 pair of Costa's. Tried sending two back for warranty repair and got charged for both repairs. Not too happy with their warranty work but really like the glasses. If you are hard on them, you may want to look into something with a better warranty like Maui's.
Everybody loves Costas, but I have Oakley half-jackets with interchangeable lenses and don't leave home without them. They do double duty on the motorcycle and stay on your head amazingly well.
Ocean City, MD
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Definitely the 580's... blue reflective/gray lens. I'd say 90% of everybody fishing offshore has some sort of Costas over their eyes, however the 580s are the premier lens. The blue reflective/ gray lense is designed for the brighter conditions and deep blue waters we see offshore. I've read where the greener water near shore has a different lens color recommendation. I cannot recall what the is. Its Christmas... get one of each!!
Costa 580 gray lense and love them. Had them almost 1 1/2 no problems. Harpoons and very comfortable. Have a pair of fathom with blue lenses as backups. Casey