Costa Sunglasses Buyer’s Guide: Everything You Need to Know

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If you’re in the market for Costa sunglasses, we’re going to take a wild guess that you’re probably into fishing or something along the lines of this hardcore lifestyle. Regardless of your intended use, Costa sunglasses are built to sustain comfort and protection in harsh fishing and aquatic environments. Founded in 1983, Costa designed the clearest sunglasses on the planet and remain the go-to brand for the most passionate fishermen the human race has to offer. If you’re interested in Costa sunglasses or Costa prescription sunglasses, check out our Costa Sunglasses Buyer’s Guide for everything you need to know.

Costa Sunglasses Buyer’s Guide

1. 580 Color Enhancing Lens Technology
2. Lens Material
2.1. Lightwave Glass
2.2. Polycarbonate/Trivex
3. Lens Colors
4. Sunglasses Features
4.1. Fit
4.2. Frame Material
4.3. Hinges
5. Top Costa Fishing Sunglasses
6. Costa Del Mar Collection
7. Costa Lifestyle Sunglasses

580 Color Enhancing Lens Technology

When it comes to learning all things Costa, we have to begin with their 580 lens technology. They’re the first brand to develop an all-polarized, color enhancing lens that not only has a 99.99% polarizing efficiency, but also blocks all the bad HEV blue light. On top of that, 580 lenses filter out all the harsh yellow light and boost the reds, greens, and blues to provide a sharper image. All Costa sunglasses are polarized and come with the 580 technology. Check out the video and images below to learn more about Costa 580 color enhancing lens technology!

Blue Light Filter Sunglasses

Costa 580 Polarized Lens Diagram

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Lens Material

Once you’ve found the perfect pair of Costa sunglasses, the next step is to decide if you want Costa signature lightwave glass or polycarbonate lenses. If you are looking for prescription Costa sunglasses, then you will have the option for trivex lenses as well. Check out the diagrams below to compare the benefits of both glass and polycarbonate lenses. If you want even more information make sure to check out our guide on picking the best polarized lenses from Costa.

Lightwave Glass Benefits

Costa 580 G Benefits

Costa 580 Glass Lens Benefits

Polycarbonate/Trivex Benefits

Costa 580 P Benefits

Costa 580 Polycarbonate Lens features

Lens Colors

Costa offers 7 unique color combinations perfect for every activity. Ranging from low light to extremely bright light, their lens tints ensure changing lighting conditions are never a problem. Check out the diagram below to see which lens color is calling your name. For more information on each tint make sure to check out our Costa lens color guide!

Costa Lens Color Guide

Sunglasses Features

Many frames made by Costa Del Mar have vents on the sides, allowing for solid wrap around protection without sacrificing optimal airflow. You can sweat all day long and handle some rough stormy surf in your face without worrying about your sunglasses fogging up, or the sun’s rays reflecting off the open waters and creeping into the sides of your frames.


Each Costa fishing sunglass is crafted with rubber nose pads or temple guards to maintain a secure fit while tackling your prey, running around, flying a hull, or whatever it may be. The nose guard is more common in Costa sunglasses, as this tends to be more secure and comfortable, but many models have the temple guard as well for that extra addition of security.

Frame Material

Costa sunglasses are tough and durable because they are made with a TR-90 nylon material. Costa fuses nylon together with Hydrolite to prevent slippage so you can expect an optically aligned fit. Take a look at all the frame options below!


Also, Costa is known for making amazing hinges. The 3 different types that work with their frames are the integral hinge, an optical spring, and a 5-barrel optical hinge. Each hinge is crafted from stainless steel to resist corrosion and they’re flexible enough to maintain their shape and fit perfectly.

Top Costa Fishing Sunglasses

Costa Fantail

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Costa Tuna Alley

Video Review

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Costa Fisch

Video Review

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Costa Brine

Video Review

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Costa Del Mar Collection

With tons of frame options as well as different ways to customize frame colors and patterns, Costa Del Mar has a pair for everybody. For more of a lifestyle type of fit, check out Costa’s new Del Mar collection. These Costa sunglasses were made with a premium acetate material, which is considered more fashion forward. All the Del Mar sunglasses only come in Costa’s signature lightwave glass lenses and are available with prescription lenses. Check out the video and frames below to learn more about the Costa Del Mar Collection.

Costa Aransas

Video Review

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Costa Del Mar

Video Review

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Costa Apalach

Video Review

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Costa Bimini

Video Review

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Shop Costa Del Mar Collection

Costa Lifestyle Sunglasses

Beyond the Del Mar collection, Costa has been releasing more and more lifestyle sunglasses each year. Below is a list of our favorite lifestyle frames at SportRx.

Costa Rincon

Video Review

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Costa Slack Tide

Video Review

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Costa Rinconcito

Video Review

Shop Costa Rinconcito

Costa Half Moon

Video Review

Shop Costa Half Moon

Costa Piper

Video Review

Shop Costa Piper

Costa Waterwoman

Video Review

Shop Costa Waterwoman

Costa Cut

Video Review

Shop Costa Cut

Costa Spearo

Video Review

Shop Costa Spearo

Costa Motu

Video Review

Best Mens Costa Sunglasses

Costa Motu in the Black Teak with Blue Mirror 580G lenses

Shop Costa Motu

Costa Baffin

Video Review

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Costa Victoria

Video Review

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Shop All Costa Lifestyle Sunglasses

Costa Sunglasses & Prescription Costa Sunglasses at SportRx

At SportRx you can customize your Costa sunglasses with authentic prescription 580 lenses. If you have any questions regarding lens materials, colors, or anything about Costa in general, make sure to send our opticians a message. When you are shopping know our See Better Guarantee has you covered for any emergencies. You have 45 days after receiving your prescription Costa sunglasses to test them out and make sure they meet your expectations. If you have any issues at all you can send them back for an exchange or full refund. We hope this Costa Sunglasses Buyer’s Guide answered all your questions.

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