Costa Sunglasses Review

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Costa sunglasses provide serious eye protection while enhancing visual acuity on the golf course or during the rigors of active lifestyles.  Wonderful comfort.  Tons of styles.

Introduction

No one moves the needle in the golf space more than Tiger Woods.  Recently it was what he’s not going to wear (Nike), but back in December it was what he was wearing (Costa Sunglasses).  Social media blew up when Tiger was spotted in the Bahamas sporting groovy sunglasses and a big smile.  It didn’t take long for sleuths to determine they were Costa Diegos, which Costa confirmed – and embraced.  Knowing we all like everything Tiger, I decided to give a couple pairs of Costa Sunglasses a thorough Plugged In Golf review.

Here is a look at two Costa offerings: the sporty Tuna Alley Pro and the stylish Paunch.

Performance

The Tuna Alley Pro sunglasses I tested feature green mirror, polarized 580 glass lenses.  The copper based color lenses made nature really pop.  The shades of green in grass and plants looked more distinct.  The lenses also made aged pine straw look as vibrant as if it was fresh.  With 10% light transmission, the lenses performed well in cloudy or sunny conditions, and my eyes felt relaxed at the end of each round.

Like all Costa sunglasses, the lenses absorb 100% of UV light.  The 580 lens technology absorbs harmful High-Energy Blue Light (HEV) and filters out the harsh yellow spectrum, while enhancing blue, reds, and greens.  This makes them an ideal choice for blue sky days on the course.

Designed for a more natural contrast, the gradient gray, polarized 580 lenses of the Paunch sunglasses still performed well on the golf course.  What really jumped out was how blue the sky appeared – great for tracking a golf ball.  Glare was notably reduced, and again, I felt no eye fatigue as the day wore on.

Style & Fit

I selected these two Costa frames after utilizing the Frame Adviser on the Costa website [try it HERE].  The program gathers biometric data (face shape, size and features) and offers recommendations.  You can then select frames and try them on virtually.  I found the experience simple and rewarding – the actual sunglasses looked just as expected.

The wrap around design of the Tuna Alley Pro sunglasses provided excellent protection against sun without inhibiting my peripheral vision.  I also appreciated the secure fit that the adjustable non-slip nose pads and temple ends provided.

More of a lifestyle frame, the Paunch also held their position well.  I attribute that to three things:  proper sizing, sturdy construction, and the rubber nose pad.  The larger square shaped frames offered ample visual area.  And while “sturdy” and “larger” would normally equate to heavier, Costa polarized glass lenses are 20% thinner and 22% lighter than most in the marketplace.

Conclusion

I was thoroughly impressed with both pairs of Costa sunglasses.  For golf, my preference is the more sporty Tuna Alley Pro primarily because that the frames allowed less light to leak in from the side and covered more skin at my temples.  Both my eye doctor and dermatologist should appreciate that.  And the green mirror lenses seem the perfect choice for enhancing the colors and conditions encountered on the links.  But don’t feel bad for the Paunch; I’ve already started wearing them driving and around town.

With eight lens colors and a plethora of frame choices, Costa has sunglasses to suite everyone’s needs – even Tiger.  Ranging from around $230 to $300, Costa sunglasses aren’t inexpensive.  But for performance, style, and comfort, they are a solid investment.

Visit Costa Sunglasses HERE

Matt Meeker
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