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Costa, Maui Jim, or ChromaPop ?

Old 08-12-2016, 05:24 AM
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Default Costa, Maui Jim, or ChromaPop ?

Have any of you guys with experience with Costa glasses and Maui Jim had the opportunity to field test the newer ChromaPop lenses from Smith Optics ? How do they compare and contrast ?

I will be getting some new Rx fishing sunglasses and would like to hear if anyone has some insights that would help me decide which to go with.

Thanks a lot for your responses, T.
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Old 08-12-2016, 06:42 AM
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All three are very good glass. Costa has the most frame options
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Old 08-12-2016, 06:57 AM
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I have Costa RX glasses and I am very happy with them
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:15 AM
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I have Maui Jim in copper, grey, and HT, Smith ChromaPop+ in grey and copper poly lens, Costa 580P in copper, and 400g in green mirror. I've also had 580g blue mirror in the past.

Costa 580 reportedly filters more yellow light than 400 lens which should help in fishing and glass is slightly crisper than poly. 400G can be found for under $100 now but 580p or 580g is a lot more money.

My Costa frames are a little beefier and stronger than the Smith frames but the Smith are lighter and therefore more comfortable, and strong enough.

They are both good and unless you're taking the Smith and Costa on and off back-to-back it's hard to see much difference. I think the Costa are a little (stress "little") better but the Smith are a better value than the 580 series. Costa 400g vs Smith value is a tough call.

My Maui Jims look great and are really light and comfortable, great for driving and all-around wear but I think my Costa and Smith are better glasses for fishing.

I've only used the Maui warranty since I've had them longer and Maui has been great in that regard. Many have reported Costa's warranty it hit to miss.

The bridge of my nose is sensitive to weight of sunglasses and how the nose pads are designed so I tend to wear lighter poly lens glasses even thought the glass is more crisp and scratch resistant.

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Old 08-12-2016, 07:25 AM
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I have all 3 and find myself wearing the Smiths most often. For whatever reason, I seem to see fish a little better with the ChromaPops - seems to be more contrast (I'm red/green colorblind, so maybe that has something to do with it). The Mauis are great, but mine are glass lenses (my Smiths and Costas are polycarbonate), which are significantly heavier and start hurting by the end of the day. Might be a consideration for you. I've used the warranty on all 3, and Maui and Smith have a much better warranty and service than Costa.
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:26 AM
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I have a pair of the Costa C Mates which are the progressive readers (normal on top and +1.5 on the bottom). I love them.

My only complaint is that they are only available in the P (plastic) lenses. I would pay extra for the glass lenses from Costa.
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:28 AM
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costa tuna alley 580g ,really nice ,maui a little lighter nice as well no experience with smith
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Old 08-12-2016, 10:01 AM
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Had a few Pair of each of those brands as well as Oakley and willy x. I only wear smith's now. Eccept for when I weedeat the yard, then I wear Costa because I don't want to mess up my good glasses
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Buddy had some chromapop from Smith and they delaminated and they wouldn't warranty them.
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If you go with the Costas, don't get the frames with the rubber inserts on the earpiece. I've had 3 pairs separate in that spot. Also the Maui's with the real thin arms, three of them broke just taking on and off.
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by VanW View Post
Buddy had some chromapop from Smith and they delaminated and they wouldn't warranty them.
My first pair I had (4 years ago) did that and they did warranty mine. My current pair about a year old have not done it
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Originally Posted by peacemon View Post
If you go with the Costas, don't get the frames with the rubber inserts on the earpiece. I've had 3 pairs separate in that spot. Also the Maui's with the real thin arms, three of them broke just taking on and off.
Also the metal hinges stretch on Costas.
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FWIW, Chromapop is available only with polycarbonate lenses, not with Smith's glass lenses.
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:32 PM
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Costa Hammerhead frames with RX 580 glass. Very happy with them. Like that the hinges have springs for flex.
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Old 08-13-2016, 05:48 AM
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Originally Posted by VanW View Post
Buddy had some chromapop from Smith and they delaminated and they wouldn't warranty them.


Are you sure?.. I had the same issue and found the warranty to be an easy and pleasant experience.

They told me do not store the glasses on the rear view mirror in a hot car which I still do.

I have about 2 years on the new pair and the Gold Smith Emblem on the side is starting to Delam.

I have Maui's and Chroma Pops..I like the Smiths Lens better but the quality on a Maui is Nicer
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I have an older pair of Costa's with glass lenses and just bought a pair of Tuna Alley with the 580 polycarbonate lens. The new ones are so light I hardly notice them. Like them a lot. Wife also has been using the 580p Costa's for several months and she swears by them. Big difference in the weight at the bridge of your nose between the glass and poly lenses. At least in extended wearing situations.
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I like my Costas , Wife likes her Smiths
I think it comes down to what's most comfortable. They are like shoes , what fits in the store is not always the best to wear all day . Might need a few pair to find the ones !
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Old 08-13-2016, 07:05 AM
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Costa; good glass, marketing & service in my opinion.
Maui; never owned
Smith; ordered my first pair on eBay yesterday so can't comment yet but if they live up to the reviews I will be ordering another pair.
Revo; not in the mix but it's the best glass IMO
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Old 08-14-2016, 05:34 AM
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Maui's. I have 2 pair in RX. One pair is 8 yrs old. Last year one of the arms broke and sent back to Maui and they replaced both for free(7yr old glasses). Scrip changed so much got a new pair in same style just differnent lense color
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Old 08-14-2016, 09:54 AM
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My prescription limits me choice of lenses. I have a lot of astigmatism and use progressive, no line bi-focals so these babies cost a fortune. I never liked my Costas as I couldn't get the progressive, no lines. I then went to Maui's and loved them. Last year my optician talked me into the Smiths. They only come in poly, no glass and quite honestly feel light and cheap and the lenses scratch very easily- even just from salt the one time I didn't rinse the lenses, just using my shirt. It was a very rough day and I was tired of washing the lenses every 5 minutes. With insurance, I still pay over $500 for my glasses every 2 years. I'm going back to Maui's in the spring, they're bullet proof. The glass is a bit heavier but I've never had issues with weight even after 8 hours on the water.
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