Editor: Cory McLaughlin
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Always ready to hit the flats or hook a deep-sea behemoth, the Costa Fantail sunglasses are the smaller but no less mighty kin of the Blackfin. The best polarized sunglasses on the water, these men’s performance sport fishing sunglasses with mirrored options are 100% polarized, co-molded and are perfect for any Angler.
I love sunglasses! That is just one simple truth about myself that I will share with you all. I wear sunglasses basically the whole time the sun is shining. I am always looking to try a new pair of shades. I was jazzed to be able to give Costa a test run.
One of the main issues that I have with most sunglasses is during that weird twilight time or when under cloud cover. The glasses always seem to work a bit too well and it can be difficult to see. I often find myself in that weird phase of taking glasses on and off never really comfortable with the light either way. There had to be a better way and I was ecstatic to see that Costa had a solution. The Costa Fantail glasses with the Sunrise Silver Mirror lens is the answer to all my previous troubles. This is a lens that is made from high quality polycarbonate plastic with an additional layer of polarization. The lenses make the glasses light and thus comfortable. They are also incredibly clear and abrasion resistant. The polarization is an absolute necessity when trying to spot fish and it works famously in these great glasses.
I found that the time of year I was able to test these glasses was more suited to the archery hunting season. Long hours in the stand with eyes keenly trained on the horizon and surrounding areas can take a toll on the eyes. The bright summer sun contrasted against the bleached white and yellow grass can really strain the eyes. The problem I find is that when dusk approaches I am in that crazy moment of glasses on and off type light again. Luckily the Sunrise Silver lenses are made for this type of light and they work amazingly well.
I found that the lenses are also very effecting in full daytime sun. I used these glasses for everything from driving to whale watching at the Oregon Coast.
What I found is that they are every bit as functional as they are comfortable. The frame is a perfect fit for me and I plan to use these glasses for as long as possible. Luckily Costa has a huge variety of both frames and lenses to meet your specific needs with a feel and quality that will make your eyes light up. The Lifetime warranty will help you buy with confidence as well.
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What can be done better?
I honestly could not find anything that I would change that is not already available. Costa has so many styles of frames and lenses that you are sure to find what you are looking for. I have seen a few reviews that say the rubber on the nose goes bad after about a year. I will have to wait and see if this is true. I will update this review if I find this to be an issue. I have not noticed anything yet but thought it to be a noteworthy mention. As of now I am completely satisfied with these great glasses.