GEAR REVIEW: Costa Del Mar Cat Cay polarized sunglasses

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Crystal-clear vision is vital for sight fishing along the Texas coast and other notable speckled trout and redfish hot spots, something that’s also at the heart of Costa Del Mar‘s mission to provide high-quality polarized sunglasses that can be counted on for a variety of applications.

After first putting a Cat Cay version with green mirror 580G lenses to the test in Belize  — a place renowned for its shallow-water inhabitants including permit, snook, bonefish and tarpon, and later in skinny water near Corpus Christi and Rockport — I was blown away at the clarity these bad boys possess. And while clear vision is a priority, this model also features the perfect amount of contrast to decipher not just changes in underwater terrain, but also allowing to easily distinguish the outlines of almost any fish you may come across in the shallows.

As with good optics in hunting, good glass in fishing may cost a little more than the cheap sunglasses most sporting goods store offer, but the difference is night and day, something you can’t overlook. Whether in Belize or along the Texas Gulf coast, the name of the game is simple: being able to see fish before they see you. These Costa models — and others in its continually expanding lines — helped to identify angling targets and changes in terrain more easily than other sunglasses I’ve donned, while also helping to protect the greatest investment: my eyes.

The true treasures of this small country nestled below the Yucatan Peninsula in Central America are its people, culture and distinct places
Bonefish, snook and tarpon all call the flats and shallows of Belize home.

The sunglasses offer a large, comfortable fit, with heavy-duty construction featuring stainless steel hinges and lightweight frames. The glass lenses are fogproof and scratch-resistant, and offer 100 percent UV blockage and 100 percent polarization. Simply put, they not only protect your eyes but also kill out glare and reflections, reducing eye strain and improving vision in varying conditions.

The company also includes prescription options, which can be handy for many folks who don’t enjoy wearing contacts or simply want to quickly exchange their regular eyeglasses for ones that will help bring them closer to fish.

The suggested retail price of the Cat Cay version with green mirror 580G is $219. The sunglasses come with a hard case, and every pair of Costas includes a lifetime warranty.

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Will Leschper is founder of The Texas Outdoor Digest. He has been recognized for Excellence in Craft by the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. He is Conservation Editor of Texas Fish & Game Magazine and is a regular contributor to the Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters, in addition to writing for plenty of now-defunct publications.

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