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Costa 580® Lenses

Beyond Polarized

Costa 580 lenses were designed by in-house light spectrum experts to enhance colors because standard sunglass lenses fell short. The lens’ multipatented technology manages light by:

Absorbing Harmful High-Energy Blue Light (HEV)

  • Cuts haze and blur for greater clarity
  • In addition to 100% protection from UV light, 580 technology also absorbs HEV light known to cause macular degeneration, pterygium, cataracts and other eye diseases

Enhancing Reds, Greens, and Blues

  • Blocking harsh yellow light at 580 nm on the visible light spectrum boosts the amounts of red, greens and blues naturally, enhancing colors and contrast

Filtering Out Harsh Yellow

  • For enhanced color, sharper contrast and higher definition

  • C-WALL® MOLECULAR BOND
  • GLASS LAYER
  • ENCAPUSLATED MIRROR
  • POLARIZED FILM
  • GLASS LAYER
  • C-WALL® MOLECULAR BOND

580G

LIGHTWAVE GLASS

SUPERIOR CLARITY & SCRATCH-RESISTANT

  • GLASS PROVIDES THE BEST CLARITY IN MATERIAL
  • ENCAPSULATED MIRRORS
    (BETWEEN LAYERS OF GLASS)
    ARE SCRATCH-PROOF
  • 20% THINNER AND 22% LIGHTER THAN AVERAGE POLARIZED GLASS

U.S. PATENT NO. 6.334.680
U.S. PATENT NO. 6.604.824

 

580P

POLYCARBONATE (+TRIVEX IN RX)

LIGHTWEIGHT, IMPACT-RESISTANT

  • POLYCARBONATE & TRIVEX ARE YOUR LIGHTEST AND MOST DURABLE LENS MATERIAL OPTIONS
  • C-WALL® IS A MOLECULAR BOND WHICH IS SCRATCH-RESISTANT

U.S. PATENT NO. 7.506.977

  • C-WALL® MOLECULAR BOND
  • MIRROR (OPTIONAL)
  • POLYCARBONATE LENS
  • POLARIZED FILM
  • POLYCARBONATE LENS
  • C-WALL® MOLECULAR BOND

 

 

Choosing a Lens Color

Light conditions are constantly changing. To get the most out of Costa Lenses, it's important to choose the right color. We offer six lens colors that range from low-light like dawn to extremely bright light with blinding glare.

For offshore, blue mirror is the way to go. For freshwater and inshore, green mirror and copper are great options. For low light at dawn or dusk, sunrise is perfect. Gray lenses are the best choice for everyday activities. Of course, the best way for you to decide is to consider your environment.

Blue Mirror

Best for bright, full-sun situations on the open water and offshore.

  • Gray Base
  • 10% light transmission
    • Boating and fishing in deep water
    • Open reflective water
    • Harsh sun
Costa Blue Mirror Usage

Green Mirror

Enhanced vision and contrast for fishing inshore and on flats.

  • Copper Base
  • 10% light transmission
    • Sight fishing in full sun
    • High contrast
Costa Green Mirror Usage

Gray

A good everyday choice for activities on the water and land.

  • 12% light transmission
    • All-around activities
    • Natural contrast
Costa Gray Usage

Silver Copper Mirror

Well-suited for stream fishing and other environments with varying light.

  • Copper base
  • 12% light transmission
    • Excellent for sight fishing
    • Everday activities
    • Most versatile
    • Cloudy days

 

Costa Silver Mirror Usage

Copper

Cuts glare for eye comfort in a variety of situations, from sight fishing to driving.

  • 12% light transmission
    • Excellent for sight fishing
    • Everday activities
    • Most versatile
    • Cloudy days
Costa Copper Usage

Silver Sunrise Mirror*

Extended wear lens. The perfect tool for dusk and dawn performance.

  • 33% light transmission
    • Activities during sunrise/sunset
    • Heightened contrast
    • Low light/overcast conditions
Costa Silver Sunrise Mirror Usage

 COSTA POLARIZED LENSES VS. STANDARD POLARIZED LENSES

Polarized lenses are essential for anyone who spends time outdoors - especially on the water.  But, not all polarized sunglasses are created equal.

COSTA IS 100% POLARIZED

  • Best polarizing efficiency available
  • Improves comfort and reduces eye strain by eliminating reflective glare

COSTA ONLY SELL POLARIZED SUNGLASSES

  • Because we believe blocking reflective glare is essential for anyone on the water or outdoors, we only manufacture polarized sunglasses

 

Simulated with Costa 580 Lens

C-WALL®

C-Wall

A molecular bond on our plastic lenses provides the most scratch-resistant and smudge-free barrier, repelling water, oil and sweat for easier cleaning.

Bayer Abrasion Test:

A 7+ rating, which beats the industry average of 3-5

Contact Angle:

Fluids bead off the lens at an angle of 116 degrees - greater than the industry
standard of 105-112 degrees

  • A higher contact angle keeps droplets rounder. The rounder the droplet,
    the easier it rolls off the lens and less likely to flatten and spread out on
    the lens surface
  • The results is a smudge-free, easier-to-clean lens

 MIRRORED LENSES

Our mirrors are more than an aesthetic, they put Costa on the map. Made through a high-tech beam ion deposition process, these multilayered thin film coatings make for the most scratch resistant mirrors out there. By bouncing reflected light away from the eye, they deliver superior contrast and color while enhancing visual acuity. Our mirrors are available in blue, green, silver sunrise and silver copper.

 

FRAMES & MATERIALS:

Sure, a pair of sunglasses might look great, but how do they fit?  Our hinges, temples and nose pads are the best in the business.  Pushing the limits and rethinking what's possible.  This attitude guides how we design our frames and choose the materials we use to make them.

  • MONEL - The corrosion-resistant alloy that we use in our metal frames and rimless sunglasses is a super tough material calledl Monel.  We know that you'll likely spend some time on the water and in humid environments, Monel is up for the challenge.
  • STAINLESS STEEL HINGES - Our hinges cost more than some of our competitors' entire frames.  They're made of stainless steel so as to resist corrosion.  And they're flexible so that they keep their shape and adjust perfectly when worn.
  • WIRE CORE TEMPLES - Wire core temples provide stability and durability that's adjustable with a simple tweak for the perfect fit.
  • CO-INJECTED TEMPLES - Tough nylon and Hydrolite fuse together to make our most hardcore frames.  Most makers glue or slip such material together to make a frame, but with Costa's co-injected frames the two materials literally become one.  The result is a frame that grips the skin the more you sweat.

LIFETIME WARRANTY

We warrant Costa Sunglasses against defects in materials or workmanship for the lifetime of the product. Costa handles every repair or warranty claim directly. If you should have a problem with your Costas, please refer to the Repair section of our website.

Costa will repair or replace, at our option, any product determined by Costa to be a manufacturer's defect. Since eventual wear and tear can be expected, reasonable repair charges will be levied if repairs are necessary as a result of normal wear, scratched lenses, broken hinges, accidental damage, misuse or any other problems determined not to be defects. A small processing fee will be charged for each warranty claim processed.

*Prescription and Limited Edition Costa Sunglasses have warranty limitations.

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