Costa Del Mar is one of the most well-known eyewear brands in the United States. Costa was born on the water back in 1983, in Daytona Beach, Florida to a man who was passionate about providing the most protective and high-performance sunglasses possible to on-water professionals.
Over thirty years later, Costa continues to live on the water, providing a variety of the highest quality prescription lenses on the market, available in a number of proprietary lens materials and tints. Costa’s lenses are housed in the brand’s signature frames, also made from the finest materials.
Aside from the incredible product that Costa delivers, this brand is dedicated to giving back to the environment. Costa has implemented several measures in the production of their glasses to reduce their carbon footprint by kicking plastic to save our planet’s waters. Costa has also partnered with Ocearch, an at-sea lab that studies the oceans’ ecosystems to protect and preserve them.
Let’s dive right in and see what’s out there with Costa Del Mar.
Costa is one of few brands to offer a variety of lens materials, allowing you to select the perfect lens for your environment and lifestyle. Costa offers modern shatter-resistant lenses such as Trivex and Polycarbonate, as well as traditionally scratch proof Glass lenses, all fine-tuned for heightened performance.
Costa 400P: The 400-series lens is one of Costa’s original offerings and became wildly popular due to its performance, protection, and cost efficiency. The 400P lens is a lightweight and shatterproof polycarbonate lens, available in all of Costa’s famous polarized lens tints.
Costa 580P: The Costa 580 Series lenses were designed by in-house visible light spectrum experts to make colors and contrast pop to create a clearer, sharper polarized lens. The 580 lenses are arguably some of the clearest lenses on the market thanks to their ability to block yellow light at 580 nm, which boosts reds, greens, and blues.
Eliminating the harsh yellow light allows the 580 series lenses to enhance colors and sharpen contrast, creating a higher performance lens that allows you to essentially see in HD.
Costa’s 580 series lenses are also excellent for your eyes’ health. All of Costa’s lenses are 100% UVA/UVB blocking, and polarized to repel harmful glare. Additionally, the 580 technology protects your eyes from HEV light which is attributed to causing cataracts, macular degeneration, and other optical ailments.
The 580 lens technology is available in three high lens materials:
1. Costa 580P Polycarbonate: This is Costa’s thinnest 580 lens option. Polycarbonate is the most widely used optical lens material on the market today thanks to its impact resistance.
Costa enhances polycarbonate with C-Wall technology, which gives these lenses unparalleled scratch resistance.
2. Costa 580P Trivex: This is Costa’s lightest 580 lens material. Trivex is gaining ground on polycarbonate as it is also an impact-resistant lens material. While Trivex is about 10% thicker than polycarbonate, it is about 10% lighter and boasts a slightly higher ABBE rating, making Trivex the most optically clear, shatterproof lenses available.
Because shatterproof lenses aren’t known for their scratch resistance, the 580 Trivex lenses are also treated with C-Wall technology.
3. Costa 580P Glass: This is Costa’s most scratch-resistant lens. As the names eyeglass and sunglass imply, glass is the original lens material, and fewer and fewer labs are continuing to surface glass prescription lenses.
Luckily, Costa still sees the value in the most optically clear lens material and perfected it. Costa’s glass lenses are 20% thinner and 22% lighter than your average glass lens, boasting the crispest, clearest optics, and unprecedented scratch resistance. This applies even to mirror treated lenses, as the mirror coating is encapsulated between layers of glass.
**The Costa Glass Lenses are currently available in single vision and progressive in all of their full-rim plastic frames, excluding the Bloke, Corbina, Manta, Permit, Reefton, Kiwa, and Rincon. Additionally, glass lenses are not available in any combination, metal, or rimless frames.
While the lens material plays a key role in the thickness, weight, and clarity of your lenses, the tint is just as important. Light conditions are ever changing, which is why selecting the perfect lens tint is so critical. The right lens for the right conditions will help you see what’s out there clearer, and will improve your performance.
Costa offers seven various lens tints which accommodate a variety of light conditions.
The Blue Mirror Lens boasts a dark 10% VLT, letting only 10% of visible light through. This lens features a grey base tint and is ideal for full-sun situations, especially if you are out on the open water. This is a great lens tint for boating and deep-water fishing.
The Green Mirror Lens has the same VLT as the Blue Mirror, at 10%, but is a contrast enhancing lens thanks to its copper base tint. This lens works best in full sun conditions and is excellent for sight fishing.
The Gray Silver Mirror Lens also features a 10% VLT and is a nice, neutral tinted lens which makes it ideal for sunny day activities on water and land. The silver mirror also provides a more neutral aesthetic than the iconic Blue and Green options above.
The Copper Silver Mirror Lens is another great lens for everyday use. This lens lets a little more light through, boasting a 12% VLT, and features a contrast-enhancing copper base. The Copper Silver Mirror is extremely versatile handling full-sun and overcast days spent sight fishing, or just cruising around town.
Costa’s Gray Lens is their standard neutral, non-mirrored lens tint offering. This 12% VLT Lens is a perfect lens for those who like a less reflective aesthetic, but still want protection from the sun during everyday use.
Costa’s Copper Lens is their standard neutral, non-mirrored, contrast-enhancing lens tint offering. Also boasting a 12% VLT, this lens is going to enhance color and contrast and makes a terrific everyday lens. This lens is also great for sight fishing, even on cloudy days.
The Sunrise Silver Mirror Lens is Costa’s lightest lens tint with a 30% VLT and contrast enhancing light amber lens tint. This mirrored tint is ideal for sunrise and sunset activities, or very overcast days in which you need a little boost of contrast.
Costa strives to Kick Plastic to the curb, which is why the foundation for all of Costa’s sunglasses are made from Bio-Resin Raw Material.
In addition to being eco-friendly, Bio-Resin makes a phenomenal frame material as it holds its shape under even the harshest conditions.
Bio-Resin is the material that makes their TR-90 nylon material. Using these premium materials, Costa delivers plastic eyeglasses that are as eye-catching as they are durable and dependable.
If you prefer metal frames, Costa’s drive to use only the finest materials applies to their metallic frames as well. Marine-grade corrosion-resistant Monel and lightweight titanium are the materials of choice when it comes to building metal frames that withstand the test of time.
Costa also has combination frames that utilize both the Bio-Resin nylon and the ultra-durable metals. These are some of Costa’s most funky and unique styles, using a hybrid of materials to push the boundaries of style and performance.
Finally, there are a few rimless Costa frames. Some of the rimless frames feature metal nose pieces and temple arms, while some feature the unique nylon blend. Regardless, rimless frames tend to be the lightest weight on the market due to minimal materials resting on your face.
Adorning most of Costa’s frames are Hydrolite rubber components, which can be found on the nose pieces and temple arms. This proprietary, hypoallergenic rubber prevents your glasses from sliding down your nose, even in the sweatiest conditions.
Finally, Costa offers three different styles of hinges that are made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel: integral, spring, and five-barrel. Each hinge style is designed to withstand the test of time, to match the durability of the frames and lenses.
Costa stands behind their Florida-made product, which is why all frames are backed with a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects, and their prescription lenses carry a two-year warranty against defect in materials or workmanship.
Even if you accidentally sat on your glasses, Costa’s expert repair team may be able to fix your glasses for a nominal fee. For any prescription warranty questions, feel free to give us a call at 888-507-1230 and one of our optical specialists will happily assist.
Costa is committed to protecting our environment so that people can continue to enjoy the wonders of our world for many generations to come. This commitment involves communities and athletes alike, and every Costa purchase supports the noble causes they back. Check out the photos and links below for more information.
It is a sad reality that plastic waste is making its way to our waterways, and it is wreaking havoc on our aquatic ecosystems. Costa is dedicated to decreasing the amount of plastics they use and are working to promote eco-friendly ways to minimize plastic waste to protect our waters.
Indifly is a movement and organization born out of a Costa project to help a Guyana rainforest village by sharing the sport of fly fishing with communities to allow economic development and ecological conservation to coexist successfully.
Protect Guyana was the first Indifly mission to protect the first hidden land of many waters. This South American nation is teeming with wildlife both on land and in water. Costa in association with Indifly created an award-winning documentary about their work in Guyana.