The 'Shades' of Cortez

New Costa Sunglasses

At a suggested retail of $189, you expect your sunglasses to be something special. With Costa’s technology engineered into these 580P lenses, I knew I was seeing something special.

Thanks to Costa and the ladies at Full Circle Public Relations I had an opportunity to see firsthand what was so special about Costa Sunglasses. The pair I was offered was the new Cortez frame made of heavy-duty TR-90 nylon. TR-90 nylon is a transparent and tough thermoplastic engineering polyamide. It offers tremendous bending strength and stress crack resistance and resists alcohol, ketone, halogenated and aromatic solvents and peppermint oils as well. It was developed for eyeglass frames, toothbrushes and optical fiber containing cables so overall an extremely durable material. The frames come in six different colors -Tortoise, Crystal Bronze, White w/Blue Logo, Shiny Black, Blackout and finally for all you camo lovers Realtree Xtra Camo with Orange Costa logo.

The first thing I noticed, unlike some others I have reviewed, was the clarity in which I saw objects whether it be a bright day, a sunny day on water, or a cloudy day with or without snow on the ground. I was impressed by this and discovered it is due to the 580 lens technology which block yellow and high-energy blue light, which in turn reduces eye fatigue, glare, and haze.

The lenses also are 100 percent polarized for improved clarity as well. Also adding to the superb quality of these lenses is the Costa C-WALL coating which repels oils, water, dust and scratches. I have also noticed I do not always have finger prints all over my lenses and I have dropped them on several occasions and have looked to see that after four months of wear there are no scratches.

Cleaning is a breeze and does not require a work out like some cheap lenses. Costa lenses also come available in glass as well and for those of you who have prescriptions and thought you couldn’t wear a pair of Costa’s, well your wrong. Visit an authorized Costa optical dealer and they can process prescription sunglass orders. Lenses come in several colors and also come in 400G the original lens, 580G and the 580P, the “G” standing for Glass and the “P” standing for Plastic lenses.

Overall, I found these sunglasses to be awesome. My eyes were not strained being on the water in later fall on a sunny day nor were my eyes affected by the high glare of snow during the winter months. My vision was not affected by wearing these and I noticed immediately how well I could see out of these lenses. Quality and comfort were highly noticeable and my face around my eyes and nose did not sweat when wearing these like some. The frames are ventilated to stop perspiration and Costa Sunglasses have a lifetime warranty against defects in materials or workmanship. Contact Costa Sunglasses directly for any warranty claim.

Review written by Gary Elliott, facilitator of and @garys_outdoor_news_and_reviews.

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