GEAR OTHER COOL STUFF Posted Jan 12, 2016 By: Gary Elliott, Ambassador Costa's Mag Bay Sunglasses for Anglers Enjoy optimal vision on the water and prevent eye fatigue after a long day of fishing with these stylish, extra-large fit sunglasses (Photo courtesy of Gary Elliott) Mid-summer and throughout fall, my eyes were pampered by Costa’s new Mag Bay sunglasses. These sunglasses are designed specifically for anglers and inspired by Magdalena Bay. Personally, I don’t know how sunglass designs can be inspired by a city or landscape, but they are quite stylish and lightweight. The frames are made of TR 90 nylon, which is impact, UV and chemical resistant. It’s the type of material used for other commercial items such as toothbrush handles, fiber optics and filter bowls. The plastic is also very lightweight, which helps keep my face from sweating (unlike some cheaper, heavier sunglasses). With lightweight frames with impact- and scratch-resistant lenses, you can bet these sunglasses will last you a lifetime and that is just how they are warrantied. I can vouch for the scratch-resistance. The sunglasses constantly slid off my truck seat onto the floor and I dropped them occasionally on my cement floor. Each time I thought I had scratched them, but when I’d pick them up and clean them off – they were still like new. The impact-resistant polycarbonate 580 lenses block 100 percent UV light. The 100 percent polarization provided my eyes with no glare and protected them from damaging UV light. In the past, I have worn sunglasses out on the lake while fishing and ended up with dry and fatigued eyes at the end of the day. Not with these. At the end of the day, my eyes seriously felt as they did when I first put the sunglasses on. The extra-large fit allowed the glasses to fit on my big mug without the ear pieces digging into my ears or leaving marks on the side of my head. I take them off and on all day, but I have yet to see any loosening or wobbling of the earpieces with the optical spring hinge. (Photo courtesy of Gary Elliott) Each pair of sunglasses comes with a nice hard case for storage, which after reading the above part you might think I should start utilizing it. The quality of the case is much better than anything I have received from my optometry store. You say you have a prescription? Well this style is prescription ready and available in glass as well. Visit Costa’s website for more information on this. As stated by Costa’s website, they are “patented color enhancing polarized 580 lenses. Costa’s 580 lens technology selectively filters out harsh yellow and harmful high-energy ultraviolet blue light. Filtering yellow light enhances reds, blues and greens, and produces better contrast and definition while reducing glare and eye fatigue. Absorbing high-energy blue light cuts haze, producing greater visual clarity and sharpness.” I can also vouch the clarity and sharpness is better than any other pair I have worn. Looking out onto the water with these generally adds 20 or so feet onto what I could see. When I’d put them on, I was sometimes amazed at how deep into the water I could see. I could rarely see into the water when I’d take them off, maybe two or three feet deep and about 10 feet out. Overall, I am again impressed with Costa’s hand assembled in America sunglasses. I have two other pairs of sunglasses (another pair of Costa’s and another brand) and I have to say, up to now, these are by far my favorite and most comfortable pair. These sunglasses allow me optimal sight in the water when fishing off my kayak and no eye fatigue at the end of the day. For more information, please visit www.CostaDelMar.com. Review written by Gary Elliott, facilitator of www.Facebook.com/GarysOutdoorNewsandReviews and @garys_outdoor_news_and_reviews.