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Old 09-04-2018, 02:07 PM
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I have never paid more than $19.97 for a pair of Sunglasses. I am considering treating myself to a pair of Costa's or Oakley's or somethings.

At 57, I don't have a prescription for lenses, but find myself using cheaters more often. The sun bothers my eyes more, and I can't see on the water like once could.

What are your suggestions?
Are the expensive glasses better, or just stylish?
Do I get the cheaters in the sunglass'?
What color lenses do I want for offshore?
Old 09-04-2018, 02:37 PM
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I was in the same boat. Only bought cheapy’s. I’m 59 and finally treated myself to some Costa’s. Should have done it a long time ago. The lenses are really heavy duty. No regrets.
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I use Costa 580g Blue for bright sun conditions and Costa 580g Grey Silver Mirror for everything else. The "g" means they have glass lenses. My eyes don't work like they used to either, and I find that I keep the grey lens glasses on more than I do the blue since they let in more light and I don't feel like I need to remove them as often to see up close (inside the boat). However on those bright sunny days offshore the Blue lens is nice. Both do a good job of reducing eyestrain and improving vision on the water in bright sun.

Any quality polarized sunglass is going to serve you well. If you have never owned a pair of "expensive" sunglasses you should give them a try. The light transmission is better in my opinion.

I just keep my readers handy and use them as needed to tie knots and such. I think reader sunglasses would be distracting.

I have settled on Costa with glass lenses after owning about every brand and price point of sunglass. I wear sunglasses everyday here in Florida and I can get about a year before it is time for new glass lenses. Poly lenses scratch more easily and don't last me as long.

When I have scratched my lenses to the point they start bothering me I contact Costa customer service and send them back to have replacement lenses installed for $80 (keep your box). Often they just send a new pair of glasses. If you have any failure other than negligence, Costa will take care of it for free as long as you own the sunglasses.

That is why I have two pair and what works for me. Your mileage may vary.
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Blue mirror for offshore. I have owned lots of costas. I now have a pair of Maui Jims which I like better. I found costas don’t hold up like they ised to. I know they are covered under warranty, but it’s a pain to have to send them back every couple years.
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Was in the same boat a few years back.
Get yourself some multi-focal contacts lenses and at least 2 pair of Costas.
I like blue mirror for offshore and green mirror for inshore and general driving and such.
580 G's (Glass) are a little heaver than the 580P's (plastic). The glass hold up a bit better but Costa will replace any scratched lens plastic or glass. I have never felt I paid too much for the Costas as the quality and warranty is top notch.
You will be quite pleased with clarity you will see looking at most anything but especially into and on water. The key is to be able to see without cheaters glasses and take full advantage of the lens quality. That's why I recommend contacts if they can work for you.
Best thing I ever did.
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I am not a eye doctor and I only share whats has worked for me.
I consulted an eye doctor and you should do so as well if you want to go the contact route.
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I like Costa and Maui Jim. YES THEY ARE BETTER than the gas station specials. I prefer the glass as I think they hold up better and clean much easier. I have 2 pairs for the boat, a pair for each car, and a pair for around the house. I'm rarely outside without eye protection. Costa warranty was very easy to deal with on one of the pairs. Got a brand new set for the cost of shipping; lenses and all.
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Glass (crystal) lens G15 Ray Bans.
Old 09-04-2018, 07:00 PM
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Figure out the correction that works best for you for your reading glasses - then get a pair of costas with the cheaters built in. Will be one of the best purchases you will ever make. Allows you to read your dashboard in the car, as will as GPS in the boat.
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I have always worn good glasses, and when I put on someone else's cheapo glasses I cringe.

Spend the money... you only get two eyes.

I like the Costa 580G blue mirror if it's bright or I'm offshore and green mirror when it's cloudy.
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Originally Posted by wwl View Post
Figure out the correction that works best for you for your reading glasses - then get a pair of costas with the cheaters built in. Will be one of the best purchases you will ever make. Allows you to read your dashboard in the car, as will as GPS in the boat.
Bought these and love them! Look straight ahead through quality Costa blue lens, move your eyes down and see the gps and phone clearly. A must have for boaters that use readers.
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Old 09-04-2018, 08:14 PM
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One of the reasons I went the contact lenses route is with polarized glasses you sometimes cannot see electronics displays, chart plotters, electronic gauges and such very well.
I have prescription Oakleys as well as Costa cheaters. I don't use either when on the water.
I do use them when I drive though.
I sometimes want to have my sun glasses off and I still want to see everything clearly. Having contacts allow you to remove your glasses and still see pretty well. Being able to see all your electronics while wiping the salt water off your glasses was enough for me.
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The polarized specs will block screens, at certain angles. Just a product of the lens, its how it blocks glare. Costa will make Rx "no line bifocals" through their lens lab, or custom Rx lenses can be made through an eye doctors lab of choice, only without the lens engraving (like the 580G, for example) & sometimes with different mirror treatments. Keep in mind, these lenses may not be a carbon copy in "roundness," or face wrap that match the originals.

Multifocal contacts are great, but have realistic expectations, the contact lens designs are 80% where "they need to be." The design of the contacts takes away a small bit of clarity at distance & gains clarity at near, for reading. Daily replacement lenses are by far the "cats meow" in both clarity & comfort.

I agree with Zapata consult with an eye doc that is proficient in fitting the multifocal contacts, while their fitting the contacts they'll find that glasses Rx & for Heaven's sake get the eyes dilated to be sure they're working up to spec. Eye doc here.
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LOVE my Oakley Polarized Half Flak Jackets !!! AWESOME Shades very comfortable, very light, don't even know they are on !!! Reasonable, I think they were less then $150
Many different color frames & lenses !

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Old 09-05-2018, 08:07 AM
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Zero comparison between quality sunglasses with glass lens and the cheap shit.
I have a couple pairs of costas in 580g, quit the mirror because they tend to burn my nose more than the non mirror lens.
My go to now are Smith optics, they are lighter and brighter than the costas. Try steepandcheap.com for costas and Smith
at severe discounts but the selection is limited.Amazon.com also has deals on Smith's from time to time,smith also has a lifetime warranty.
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The Costa 580 G's sound like what I need. My eyes aren't so bad I need prescriptions, yet. When I buy cheaters in my safety glass', I only get the 1.5 diopters.

One issue I'm having, is taking my sunglasses off to view my electronics. Maybe I won't need the cheaters for offshore. I can still tie knots, if it's not too rough.

If I like them as much as all of you do, I'll get the second pair for driving. Maybe get the cheaters there. I drive about 50K a year.

I'll check out Oakley, Ray Ban, Maui Jim, and Smith's. All sound like they will be phenomenal compared to my Berkley and Shakespeare glasses.

Amazon and SteepandCheap seem to have the deals. I'll go to BassPro to check out the fit and styles.
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I bought a pair of Maui Jim's with 1.5x cheater lenses in the bottom inner corners. Can't believe I never had them before. I can tie knots without having to put on a pair of cheaters and read my GPS. Takes a little while to get used to the subtle line in the lens, but eventually you don't even notice it
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I've owned several pairs of 580G's and they're very good lenses. But I started hunting with the owner of our local Shades sunglass store several years back. He was wearing Maui Jims. I tried them out and I like them better. I have a few pair of them now and my favorite lens is HCL bronze in glass. Can't go wrong with either brand though. If vision is a problem I would get contacts. Glad I finally ditched glasses for them...
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I'm cheap as hell and never bothered with "nice" sunglasses until a few years ago. Cheap plastic sunglasses fog up and smear when they get the salt brine on them. I upgraded to some knockoff Costas, "Magellan" sunglasses, glass lenses. They don't smear at all. So even mid-grade sunglasses are totally worth it if the money is in the lenses and not necessarily the brand name!
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Something else to consider when purchasing high quality (expensive) sun glasses is the involvement of the company with our sport.
Costa is a huge supporter of CCA and a number of other organizations dedicated to our coasts, bays, and oceans.
If there is a tie for quality I personally feel I should support Costa just for the CCA involvement alone.
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Originally Posted by Zapata View Post
Something else to consider when purchasing high quality (expensive) sun glasses is the involvement of the company with our sport.
Costa is a huge supporter of CCA and a number of other organizations dedicated to our coasts, bays, and oceans.
If there is a tie for quality I personally feel I should support Costa just for the CCA involvement alone.
Hard to disagree with this.

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