Costa Reefton Glasses Review

Sunglasses are an often overlooked critical piece of fishing equipment. Your power of observation is as equally as important as your ability to cast, especially when fishing shallow. I’ve been wearing the new Reefton frames and lenses from Costa since early this spring. 

The Reefton is named for a town in New Zealand rich with rivers and some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world. These frames in combination with Costa’s 580 lenses were made with exploring new waters in mind.

Costa Reefton mirror copper lenses and matte blue frame / Jason Sealock

The frames feature a large footprint for not only bigger heads but also for way more coverage area and side glare blocking for long days on the water. Eye fatigue is a very overlooked factor in fishing. If you fish long days, several days in a row and especially when you fish shallow, your eyes will suffer tremendous fatigue with out strong sunglasses with protective lenses and glare blocking coatings.

Their layered 580G lenses feature some of the best yellow light blocking, high energy blue light absorbing polarized encapsulated mirror lenses available on any sunglasses anywhere. So it cuts out the bad light, filters the light spectrum to give you much improved clarity with a lot less strain and effort. The offer them in colors that can filter all the varieties of light from dark cloudy morning to bright sunny afternoons.


Review by: Jason Sealock

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS — As spring shakes out its final batch of storms, there are clear skies and warmer weather on the horizon. Not to mention that fact that many of Utah’s lakes and reservoirs will be filled to the highest levels in years.

Yes, this will be an amazing summer season for outdoor adventures. Here is a handful of outdoor products you may want to check out.

Costa Cook Sunglasses

PRICE: $219


Most people buy Costa sunglasses for the lenses, which have 100 percent UV light blockage and eliminate reflected glare so effectively that it saves your eyes a lot of strain. It should also be noted that they provide crisp vision that helps you see into the water and discern depth. Any advantage you can have while fishing is good, making Costas a top choice for many guides.

With Costa’s Cook sunglasses, however, the frames actually rise to the occasion and rival the lenses for wow factor. They’re unbelievably lightweight and comfy, with added flexibility near the temples. This description may make the frames sound a little flimsy, but they’re still built tough. And there’s Hydrolite material on the temples to give them tackiness, so they won’t slip off your face when wet.

Thanks to the unique frames on these aviators, they’re easily one of the best entries in Costa’s long line products.


Costa: Finally A Lens To Offset Clouds And Low Sun

Bright sunlight is to sightcasting what heat is to cooking.

But perhaps now spotting fish will require far less surface-penetrating light than we thought was necessary. Imagine a technology that provides us the ability to see through cloud-glare on a bay surface or in low-light situations. Those are the promises of the next evolutionary step in polarized eye wear.

And as usual, Costa Del Mar is leading the way.

Perhaps my opening point is overstated, but most anglers agree the ability to spot a submerged fish before it sees you then exacting a cast to it requires a polarized lens that allows our vision to penetrate beyond glare reflected on a bay surface. The convergence of several key elements are required to experience the pure joy of repeatedly hitting a mark with a lure and watching a fish engulf it.

It appears Costa Del Mar understands this premise, based on the company's advancements toward eliminating or at least diminishing one of the major negatives that hinders this joyful convergence. They're calling this new sightcasting tool the Sunrise Silver Mirror lens.



Costa’s Sunrise Silver Mirror Lens Introduced

Costa Sunglasses, manufacturer of polarized sunglasses for all fishing pursuits, announces the release of a new lens for 2017. The Sunrise Silver Mirror lens is ideal for low light situations, great for any sight casting applications and Costa’s most versatile lens for changing light conditions.


The Sunrise Silver Mirror allows 30 percent light transmission versus the typical 10-12 percent and does this successfully while maintaining a 99 percent polarization efficiency – making it the highest light transmission of any polarized lens on the market.

“Having been in field testing with some of our pro staff since last summer, the early indicators are we have a game changer,” remarks John Sanchez, vice president of product design for Costa. “It will transform the way sight fishing anglers approach wearing glasses throughout the day. The Sunrise Silver Mirror sharpens contrast all day but performs best under the toughest low light conditions making it ideal for dusk and dawn performance and cloudy fishing days. The mirrored finish also helps deflect harsh light away from the eye to ease eye strain and help reduce eye fatigue.”

Costa's Newest Whitetip Sunglasses

Check out the newest mid-sized frames from Costa.  The Whitetip is made from Costa’s heavy duty TR90 BIO resin frame and features their very durable cam action integral pin hinges.  The Whitetip has a built in venting system to enhance performance while chasing fish in steamy, tropical climates.  The ear pieces feature a strip of Hydrolite that prevents slippage and makes them ultra comfortable to wear.  No worry about attaching your straps, built in temple holes will give you a sturdy connection.

Of course, Whitetip frames will accept any of Costa’s cutting edge lenses for 100% UV light blockage and 100% polarization to eliminate reflected glare, thus reducing eye strain.  


New Rimless Sunglasses by Costa

For adventure lovers and experience seekers alike, the world knows no bounds. For these people, Costa introduces its new line of rimless sunglasses, the Boundless collection. Built for living life outside the limits, each of the eightrimless styles are incredibly lightweight, with a comfortable “forget-they’re-on” fit for all day wear.

Costa’s Boundless line includes four new styles, West Bay, Seagrove, Gulf Shore and Oyster Bay, as well as four existing rimless options, Ballast, Cayan, Galveston and Rockport. Six of the eight rimless sunglasses (excluding Rockport and Cayan) will be available for the first time with a green mirror lens option, as well as gray, copper, and blue mirror, in Costa’s patented color enhancing polarized 580™ lenses.

The brand’s 580 lens technology selectively filters out harsh yellow and harmful high-energy ultraviolet blue light. Filtering yellow light enhances reds, blues and greens, and produces better contrast and definition while reducing glare and eye fatigue. Absorbing high-energy blue light cuts haze, producing greater visual clarity and sharpness.

Costa’s 580™ lenses, the clearest lenses on the planet, are available in all of the rimless styles in impact resistant, lightweight polycarbonate material. Each rimless style is also available in customized prescription lenses, handcrafted in Costa’s in-house optical lab.

Costa’s new West Bay style, named for the long inlet alongside Galveston Island in Texas, is a medium sport aviator, blending a classic shape with performance features such as durable integral hinge technology and hypoallergenic rubberized nose pads and temple tips for superior fit. Frame color choices include shiny black and shiny tortoise.

The Seagrove style offers a square-shaped rimless lens, accommodating a variety of face shapes with its large and relaxed fit. Also available in shiny black and tortoise frame choices, rubberized temple tips keep the sunglasses comfortably in place all day.


Review: Costa Rafael Sunglasses

A good pair of sunglasses is really a necessity in fishing. Being able to see stumps, grass and even fish under the water can be the difference in catching a key fish or multiple fish. Your eyes are one of the most important tools in fishing, so good sunglasses that let you see far into the water always help. I’ve been wearing the new Costa Rafael sunglasses for the last few months while fishing to test them.

I got a pair just before ICAST and have been pleased with their fit, lightweight, no slip contact, breathability and most of all their glare reduction and the distance I can see objects under the water’s surface.


The glasses feature a heavy duty TR-90 nylon frame. The material has great durability and flexibility under pressure. This means they are not as brittle as a lot of high end frames and will withstand some abuse without any signs of wear or stress cracks. That material is extremely lightweight as well so it makes them comfortable to wear all day on long fishing days.