Gear Review

Equipment Review: Born on the water, Costa’s new frames

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Sep 25, 2019

Marry performance features with bold style & design


Costa Sunglasses, a company born on the water, continually looks to the water and the species within it as its design muse, and are where Costa found inspiration for the new Broadbill.

The new Broadbill style gets its name from one of the hardest-fighting game fish in the ocean, the broadbill swordfish. A bucket list fish for anglers around the world, the Broadbill’s namesake is known by many as the “Gladiator of the Sea” due to its speed and agility, and its unwavering battles with anglers. These traits are what set this fish, and new frame, apart from the rest – the new style gives angler’s an edge with a sculpted large wrap and nonslip vented nose pads. The Broadbill frame will stay put during the fight with integrated temple tip icons, perfect for several of Costa’s retainer cord options. The new frame is available in four frame colors, including a new matte reef color way, and is available in the full variety of Costa’s color-enhancing 580 lenses.

The new style features Costa’s patented color-enhancing 580 lens technology in both Lightwave glass and impact-resistant polycarbonate. Costa’s 580 lens technology provides 100 percent UV protection and polarization and selectively filters out harsh yellow light for superior contrast and definition while absorbing high-energy blue light to cut haze and enhance sharpness. In addition, Costa’s lens technology reduces glare and eye fatigue, and its Lightwave glass is 20 percent thinner and 22 percent lighter than average polarized glass.

The new styles range from $189 to $269 depending on lens selection.

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