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Old 06-02-2009, 11:02 AM
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I am looking for a new pair of polarized glasses for both inshore and offshore fishing from Ocean City to Florida. These two companies seem to be the best in fishing glasses and I was wondering what your opinions are. Also, what color have you found works best for sight fishing? Any input is appreciated
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I wear Costa... my brother wears Maui.... both are excellent glasses!!!
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It seems the "in thing" is to wear Costa's. I don't own a pair or have tried a pair, but have wear Maui's and think they are great.
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Both are great. I still think the Costa 580's are far superior to any other lenses, and that comes from nothing but experience with them at sea.

It's unfortunate though that Costa's have now become just a fashion thing, I'm 21, and it seems everybody on college campuses throughout the southeast is wearing them, regardless of whether they boat/fish/ski/whatever or not. They're still awesome glasses, just like MJs.
Old 06-02-2009, 12:40 PM
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For whatever it is worth and I have no dog in this race, I like Maui Jim. I do not recall reading any negative issue(s) regarding customer service or product quality for MJ. Their does however appear to be plenty of complaints about lenses having issues and customer service problems with Costa.
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I wear both and prefer Maui's, I just sent a pair back that I sat on and broke (bought them in 1998) They couldn't be repaired so they knocked $75 off any new pair I want.. Customer service is top shelf, I need to send a pair of triple tails back will see how Costa customer service stacks up.
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If you are short on likable guy personality then appearance is more important -- get the CDM.

If you need to 'belong' to feel comfortable -- get the Maui Jim.

If you want the best lens on your sunglasses -- get REVO.

If you do not feel the need to throw away money needlessly -- get Ray Ban.

If you think your sunglasses are going to make you a better fisherman -- get some therapy.

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I prefer CDM. Have bought several different pair through the years and have had the 580's since they first came out. Costa has a reputation for being a little heavy because most have glass lenses, which does not bother me. They will last alot longer, and I do not baby and I bang mine up pretty bad. Takes awile to scratch those lenses even being rough on them. Alot of the Maui style fishing glasses are plastic...which =light, but scratch easily. If you are pretty rough on stuff like me, I suggest the CDM.

Both have great lenses as far as polarity and reducing glare. I have had the top of both lines of the a for mentioned fishing glasses on my face on the gulf, looking at fish around structure, swithching them back and forth and I think the costa's had the best glare reduction.

As far as CDM service dept, had a pair of Fathom 580's for about 3 years and ran over and crushed them in my yard. I picked up the pieces, both arms, eye cups and all the slivers of glass. Still had the original box they came in and put it all in there. It was a mess. Wrote to Costa and explained what happened and how much I liked and enjoyed the glasses. Showed the mess to several people and they just laughed, as did I. Did not think Costa would do a thing about this now junk and I sent it to them. I was wrong. They called me and said they would send me a brand new pair for $100.00, which I did. Had brand new pair of 580's within a week.
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Maui Jim. My current pair is 6 years old. Worn daily and not a scratch or any other issue. Fish everywhere from the lower keys to 6 & 6 in the NE inshore/offshore, flats, etc. All around great lens.

I don't feel like I need a pair of glasses for inshore, one for offshore on sunny days, one for offshore on cloudy days, another pair for road driving, one for mowing the lawn, a pair for the BBQ ........

To me CDM is all marketing and hype but I'm not saying they are bad glasses either

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Originally Posted by Sea Daddy View Post

Have bought several different pair through the years ... They will last alot longer ...

You're gonna have to explain how you had "several different pair" that "last a lot longer". If you had "a pair" that lasted several years you'd be onto something.

Fwiw, I think I have about 8-years on my current pair of REVO -- about 4-years on my current Ray Ban.




Alot of the Maui style fishing glasses are plastic...which =light, but scratch easily.
Umm ... as a reminder, you don't need to scratch the actual lens -- you need only scratch the coating on the lens to create a problem. And I'm sure you realize that glass does NOT absorb that coating, it is only on the surface.

This is the 21st century -- for casual eyewear, I'll take a polycarbonate lens (what you are calling "plastic") over a glass lens any day!!!
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Originally Posted by Eyeball View Post
You're gonna have to explain how you had "several different pair" that "last a lot longer". If you had "a pair" that lasted several years you'd be onto something.

Fwiw, I think I have about 8-years on my current pair of REVO -- about 4-years on my current Ray Ban.




Umm ... as a reminder, you don't need to scratch the actual lens -- you need only scratch the coating on the lens to create a problem. And I'm sure you realize that glass does NOT absorb that coating, it is only on the surface.

This is the 21st century -- for casual eyewear, I'll take a polycarbonate lens (what you are calling "plastic") over a glass lens any day!!!
Was what I said that damn funny?!?! Glad I could entertain ya this morn there eyeball. Usually people fill in the blanks because most peeps try not to make posts to long but I will try and break it down and "explain" what I said just for you.

I have purchased several DIFFERENT pairs of sunglasses over many years and COSTA has been the best and has lasted longer than any other pair of sunglasses I have ever owned, including the two you named.

There are pros and cons to both glass and polycarbonate:

Everybody in the 21st century knows that GLASS has the best optical clarity, borrow none. They also know that even though just the lens are coated(580's are front and back), glass is much more resistant to scratching vs other material. Glass however on the other hand is little heavier and MAY break/shatter while wearing them, but not likely.

Polycarbonate is lighter and virtually shatter proof but falls short in clarity and scratch resistance, esp over the long haul if a person is pretty rough on them like myself.

Now, a person just has to decide what they want in a pair of sunglasses. Would they rather give up a little weight to be able to see clearer and for many more years because of less scratches which both of these qualities(clearer, less scratches) would benefit this person in activities such as sighting for fish in the water or looking for distant objects while on the water from their vessel such as rigs, boats, ect. OR would they like to go a little lighter but the lens will not be as clear and sharp, esp over time because of scrathing easier and scuff marks BUT would benefit them in activities such as a good pair of SAFETY glasses in a construction job or maybe protecting their face if somebody puts a fist up side their head and keeps them from losing an Eyeball.

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i have experience with both. I just today actually sent 2 pairs of costas for repair (puppy lab ate the frams). I wear the costas fishing and on the water becuase i truly believe a good pair of sunglasses are worth their weight in gold. Spend the extra 50-75 bucks and get the 580 lenses. while working and visiting with clients, i wear my titanium maui's only becuase they are a little more business professional. I have been wearing costas since 2001 when i got my first pair. i have lost several to the sea and always end up getting another pair. the customer service with both companies are great. costas cost much less to repair, im out 20 bucks for frames for the costa vs 60 on the maui's
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costas 580 in blacl lenses are really good offshore but i hear both are good but i would say costas
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I bought a pair of these thru work in polarized safety glasses. The best glasses I have ever had.

http://www.opticsplanet.net/wiley-x-...unglasses.html
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I have been wearing Raybans for the last 15 years, only the G-15 lens (grey), however last week on a quick trip to Miami I got a pair of Costa's, turbine with grey 580 lens. These are way easier on the eyes than the Raybans, my eyes seem to really relax with the Costas on. Also when you switch between them the world seems to become very yellow after wearing the Costas...
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I have had a pair of Revos for 15 years now and they are just about dead. Those lenses were the best that I have ever seen through. I have 5 pairs of Maui Jims that are almost as nice. They are definitely lighter. And Customer Service at MJ is above reproach. I have one pair of Costas that I wear when I am cutting grass or whatever yardwork needs to be done. The lenses are strong so they can take a rock or stick and not give up on me. As for lenses though, they are definitely not as nice as the MJ.s.
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i have both and the costa's have much more durable lenses than the Maui jims. both really good glasses though.
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i have both and the costa's have much more durable lenses than the Maui jims. both really good glasses though.

I think you nailed it right there -- all of the manfrs of quality sunglasses make a decent product.

I have to ask; the CDM lenses are more durable in what way? Maybe they just as if they are better constructed because glass is heavier? ;?

I keep coming around to the idea that if glass is the substrate of choice for quality sunglasses, why aren't any of the other manfrs making their sunglasses with glass lenses? My guess (I really don't know) is that CDM would like to make the 580 lens in plastic but can't because it either violates existing patents or the technology is limited to application on glass only -- something like that.
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Ok I must tell you in the interest of fairness I work for a major sunglass retailer of which I am not aloud to bring up its name in a forum like this but I am very intimately familiar with both companies and have worked with both companies representatives. When it comes to who makes a better product this is not easy but I love the way Maui Jims have a very NATURAL and extremely pronounced color enhancing tech. This coupled with maui jims extreme level of polarization which I have never seen costa as having stronger polarization they are probably just as strong when it comes to glare elimination but maui to me just looks better looking through there lenses. I am however comparing Maui Jims glass to Costa 580 glass (yes maui jim makes a lot of full frame glass just like costa but they are not the models that sales reps push on most customers you have to ask for something like that from maui) and I am comparing Maui Jims polycarbonite to Costa's equivalent the CR39. Otherwise it's not a fair comparison for either
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I have both and I like my Costas on the water and Maui Jim glasses on land. Both are great.

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