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Posted by Jpull
5/9/2019 7:34 PM
I always use polarized glasses when I'm fishing but I've been wondering if those $100 plus brands are worth it. I tend to mistreat or lose mine so I generally stick to low dollar Wallyworld polarized. I try on high dollar glasses at Bass Pro, Academy, etc and they look great inside the store but so do the cheap ones so I just can't bring myself to cough up the money.
Is there a big enough difference to make the switch? Any thoughts appreciated.

Jim
Posted by jg1456
5/9/2019 8:05 PM
No comparison! I have Costas and Oakleys both. I prefer the Costas for fishing and the Oakley's for everything else under the sun. I would recommend going with the polarized 580 glass lense in a Costa. Once you get out on the water and see the difference, you'll be happy you spent the extra money.
Posted by Rob Lee
5/9/2019 8:09 PM
Maui Jim’s. Huge difference.
Posted by TightlineT
5/9/2019 8:27 PM
I wore wallyworlds for years. I got a pair of costas for Christmas (I think like described above) and absolutely love them. I don't know if I can see stuff in the water any better, but at the end of the day my eyes are not near as tired. I had a fit when my wife bought them, but have since had to eat a lot of crow.
Posted by lafae7
5/9/2019 8:37 PM
The best way I can describe it is that it’s just like having an expensive pen. Having a $$$$ pen is really nice and you are more likely going to keep track of it.
Posted by Davo
5/9/2019 11:07 PM
I've only used Costas on the water for the past 15 years or so. They used to have an incredible warranty...not so great now, but the difference is huge. I've had one pair for 13 years and had them repaired 3 times. You only have one set of eyes and the glare from the water is brutal. Yes, there are cheaper ones out there....you can also find a $20 baitcaster but it won't work nearly as well as a more expensive one from a good company.
Posted by jb366
5/9/2019 11:31 PM
Just looking in the store doesn't do good lenses justice. Once you get out in the sun and on the water is where you see the difference. They filter out more of the unwanted light causing less glare and eyestrain plus you don't get any distortion when looking out of the corners of the lenses like with cheaper pairs.
Posted by dlsmith6
5/10/2019 7:51 AM
I have a pair of Costa that I have been wearing for 5 years and they are great. However, the rubber on the inside falls apart easily it seems but I just dab some super glue on them and keep on fishing. I do like the cheaper strike king sun glasses as well.
Posted by Crankinken
5/10/2019 8:50 AM
I was a cheap sunglasses guy and noticed I always lost them. Finally spent more on a pair of Wiley Xs and Under Armor and noticed I can see significantly better and I tend to keep much better track of them. Will always have a good pair or two for fishing. Worth the money.
Posted by JoeFD
5/10/2019 9:11 AM
What do you guys prefer for lens color? If you could only have one.
Posted by 31airborne
5/10/2019 9:15 AM
No difference in my experience. I use DeWalt polarized safety glasses (the wrap-around style, get'em at Lowe's). No problem seeing stuff under water. The polycarbonate lenses provide a level of impact protection other glasses don't. And at $20 a pop I don't care if I lose or break them.
Posted by wweaver
5/10/2019 9:24 AM
I can't stand to look through a lens that has a scratch in it so the glass lenses that Costa makes are perfect. I have had mine for 3 years now and I love them. They are so clear its unbelievable. It sounds like a lot of money and it is but when you think about filling your truck and boat up twice you've got hem paid for.
Posted by coop
5/10/2019 12:38 PM
Costa has a green lens color that is for fresh water....i have had mine for 7 years and would not buy anything else.
Posted by Jmax
5/10/2019 8:47 PM
Every time I bought a pair of high dollar sunglasses I would loose them or break them. Usually somehow they would find their way into the water. I one day was talking to a doctor who jokingly told me to try a pair of Cataract Glasses that would fit over my regular glasses. He explained to me they were like goggles, protected my eyes from wind and the elements. He said they came in polarized lens and were cheap. I got a pair just to try them out and have used them ever since. Ugly as sin, yes, not a fashion statement, yes, do they work well, heck yes. Jmax
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5/10/2019 9:56 PM
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Posted by Dgreen
5/11/2019 12:04 AM
Jpull - 5/9/2019 7:34 PM

I always use polarized glasses when I'm fishing but I've been wondering if those $100 plus brands are worth it. I tend to mistreat or lose mine so I generally stick to low dollar Wallyworld polarized. I try on high dollar glasses at Bass Pro, Academy, etc and they look great inside the store but so do the cheap ones so I just can't bring myself to cough up the money.
Is there a big enough difference to make the switch? Any thoughts appreciated.

Jim
I have 2 pair of costa's with glass lenses. One pair is green mirror the other is silver but both are glass. I asked the sales person at Bass Pro to let me take a pair with glass and a pair with the polycarbonate outside in the sun to try them instead of in the store. They had no problem going outside with me to do that. I didn't expect to see much difference in them with both being costa's but there was quite a bit. The glass lenses were much clearer even in the same style and brand. By the way the second pair I bought at cabelas from the bargain cave for about half price. From that point on that was the first place I went in cabelas until they did away with it. Take your wally world glass with you and take a pair of glass lens costas outside at the store and see for yourself. They will gladly go outside with you to sell a $250 pair of glasses.
Posted by Mudman
5/11/2019 8:40 AM
My sons came home with a pair of costas about 6 yrs ago and told me how much they spent and I told them they didn’t have to work as hard for their money as I did. Lol Then I put them on????????. A week later I was buying me a pair. I don’t leave the house with out them now. Go to sportsman warehouse and talk to Swain in optics. He is the most informative person on costas or any other optics ( scopes) I have dealt with.
Posted by lafae7
5/11/2019 9:50 AM
Oh most importantly you will need the right size. Just because you find a pair that you like they may not be the style you like. The only bad part about costas is they don’t have different sizes. They sized are differ by the different models. That’s confusing I know. So it’s important you try them on before buying!!!!
Posted by Jpull
5/11/2019 4:22 PM
This forum's great. Thanks for all of the responses. Looks like I'll be saving up for new glasses. I've always worn amber because of the enhanced colors but I heard Scott Martin in a post Chick FLW interview and he mentioned Costa makes a freshwater version that is amber/green or blue mix for sight fishing. Might look at those to start with. Thanks also for the Bass Pro Shop tip about taking them outside.

Jim
Posted by bullshot
5/11/2019 6:53 PM
You don't have to worry about loosing them, if you wear straps. Personally, I like CHUMS but there are plenty of options. When not in use, they are out of the way around the neck (and not someplace where they can get scratched, misplaced, stepped or sat on.)
Posted by Blue76
5/11/2019 10:58 PM
I own costas, smith, Oakleys, Maui jims and others. Many years coaching in the sun and now fishing. People will disagree with my opinion but...

costas have great glass. I have both the 580p and 580g. The glass is better but they are heavy and leave the bridge of my nose sore after a long day. They also don't seem to have a frame that fits my face well. The wind gets under them and pulls tears out of my eyes when running on the lake. So the Costas are in my old Bronco and never go in my boat anymore.

Maui jims were great for a polycarbonate lens but the rubber nose and ear pieces seem to melt away after a few months. I have two pair and both have been sent back for repair multiple times. I now just leave them in my wife's car.

Revo has been my all around favorite and only cost me $50 bucks on sale. They stay in my truck and go kayak fishing with me. Very comfortable and very nice polycarbonate lens. Nothing bad to say about them.

In my boat glove box are Smith Optics guide sunglasses. They have as good of lenses as anyone and they have a built in retainer cord so they don't fall in the lake easily. They are also a little larger so they block the wind very well while running. That is the main reason they beat out the Revos. The lens is actually so large they look a little funny but for fishing I don't really care about the look as much as the functionality.

Yes I have way too many sunglasses.

Greg

Posted by camaro88z
5/12/2019 9:15 PM
Costa 580g. In my opinion is the only way to go. I like so many other said wore cheap glasses for a long time. Everyone would tell me to get some costas and I would love them. Well finally I did. Now I don't go on the lake without them. I have green and blue lenses both. Have 2 pair now. If you keep a watch on eBay you will find some at a great deal. My glasses when I bought them would have costed 250 a pair. I played 50 for one 60 for the other. One pair of them my son took fishing without asking. Then set on them and broke them. Sent them back to costa. I did not buy them new. They charged 50 to fix them and send them back. I thought that was pretty good of them. This was 3 years ago.
Posted by Jig-Junky
5/13/2019 3:53 PM
Costa 580g. I agree. Here is what I have learned.

#1 . . . You get what you pay for.

#2 . . . If they are not on your face, put em in the case.
Posted by ATurner103
5/14/2019 8:08 AM
I've wondered the same thing. Might have to try a good pair out myself.
Posted by derek81
5/14/2019 8:14 AM
I have had Oakleys on my face for 25 years from glasses to motocross goggles and won't wear anything else. They have a new style out called split shot designed specifically for fishing, they have some great lense colors
Posted by FishingwithRusty
5/14/2019 9:01 AM
amber is the lens color of choice for me.

i work in the optical/eye field, have for almost 30yrs. the optics of a glass lens is better, heavier but better.

personally i wear $25 Calcuttas, amber lens with blue reflective finish, i can see what i need/want to see. i loose 1-3 pair a year in the lake and that gets old with high dollar glasses(been there done that). like so many things in life and fishing the higher priced items are arguably better but not sseveral hundred dollars better.
Posted by porthos33
5/16/2019 6:16 PM
Love my costa's! I've had many pairs of fathom's and love them all. I've had a bunch of cheap sunglasses too and the front of the lenses always rub off after a month of fishing. I liked my oakley's too back in the day. You gotta have some kind of chums and if you are a hugger or at church, put them around the back of your neck when not using. I've had a couple pairs break from unexpected bear hugs. Ebay has great deals.
Posted by ATurner103
5/16/2019 8:51 PM
I have a buddy that ordered some "Grizzly" polarized glasses. Said he got a good deal on them. Somewhere around $30 a pair. We'll see what he thinks of them when he gets them.
Posted by Rob Lee
5/17/2019 10:24 AM
porthos33 - 5/16/2019 6:16 PM

Love my costa's! I've had many pairs of fathom's and love them all. I've had a bunch of cheap sunglasses too and the front of the lenses always rub off after a month of fishing. I liked my oakley's too back in the day. You gotta have some kind of chums and if you are a hugger or at church, put them around the back of your neck when not using. I've had a couple pairs break from unexpected bear hugs. Ebay has great deals.


I agree, Chums are a must. Or something comparable
Posted by ab333
5/20/2019 3:16 PM
Costa all the way! Have 2 pair & won't wear anything else.
Posted by foodsaver
5/21/2019 11:37 AM
Anyone use the smith optics polychromatic lenses? I see they have ones that start super light and get moderately darker? Sometimes my costas are too dark in the morning and I'm thinking some with a little variability would be good until lunch time.
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