Costa Del Mar has long been known as one of the leading names in eyewear for fishing and beyond. Offering an expansive lineup of frame and lens styles, colors, and sizes, they pretty much have all the bases covered no matter your preference or need. I've mentioned before that my personal sunglasses are a cheaper pair that both work and fit great, but when testing the more premium (and thus more pricey) sunglasses I definitely notice a difference with both materials and lens clarity.
In this review, I take a look at one of these higher-end products—Costa's Cape sunglasses. While I typically favor a more modestly-sized frame style, I was curious about these partly because the frames and lenses were quite a bit bigger than any I've ever worn.
Frame Color: Bowfin
Lens Color: Gray
Lens Material: Polycarbonate
Polarized: 100% Polarized
Frame Width: 134.6mm
Bridge Width: 17.0mm
Lens Width: 67.0mm
Lens Height: 44.2mm
Temple Arm Length: 115.0mm
Measured Weight: Approx 35.8 grams (1.26 ounces)
Extras: Hard Zippered Case, Cloth
As Tested Price: $179.00
Cape sunglasses boast various features like gray polycarbonate 580p lenses that are 100% polarized while also being impact and scratch-resistant, Hydrolite nose and temple pads, ventilation ports, and wide temples with adjacent Costa logo. My test pair sported a frame color called "Bowfin" that has a dark appearance in low light but pops in the sunlight with the look of natural wood—very cool. As expected, fit and finish left nothing to be desired. These glasses ooze quality!
While the fit of any sunglasses can vary wildly depending on your own face and head, I have to say these fit me like a glove. They go on and come off easily, stay in place very well, and have an excellent ergonomic curvature that wraps around my face nicely. The rubbery Hydrolite pads on the nose and ends of the temple arms feel good and hold well thanks to the material itself and some additional built-in patterning. Also of note, the part of the temple arms covered by the Hydrolite material are very flexible, thus adding to the comfort level without pinching the sides of the head.
When not actually being worn on my face, the Capes stayed securely on my hat or hooked onto my shirt collar thanks to the grippy Hydrolite coating as well as the arms themselves not being too "loose" to swing open and closed. By the way, these glasses do not float, so if they fall off you better hope the water is shallow!
Like the last pair of Costas I reviewed which also featured 580p lenses, the Capes offer phenominal clarity. Both above and below the surface, glare is cut and objects appear really crisp. Like I said in my last review, the difference between these and my cheaper everyday pair of glasses is distinctly noticeable. The wide temples do a great job of blocking additional glare from either side, while just the large size of the glasses in general offers coverage that's more generous than average. This frame size seems like it would be ideal for sight-fishing and allow you to focus clearly on your intended targets.
I wore these glasses while walking, fishing, driving, and at work and was impressed. Although these frames are a little big for my personal tastes, they offer extreme protection along with excellent comfort and precise clarity. Costa's Cape Sunglasses are prescription-ready and come in 12 different frame and lens combinations to suit a wide variety of needs and tastes. Our test glasses came fully-equipped with a zippered case and cleaning cloth, along with a limited lifetime warranty for added peace of mind. Check out Costa Cape Sunglasses at the link below....
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