Costa's 580 lenses: Seeing True

Costa Del Mar’s 580 lens technology offers yachtsmen a new perspective on the world.

Costa Del Mar 580 Lens
Costa’s 580 lenses come in a variety of lens colors, including sunrise, copper, silver, gray, green and blue.Courtesy Costa Del Mar

An infinite stretch of aquamarine appeared before my eyes as my sweet ride, a Viking 52 Convertible, cruised toward Resorts World Bimini. Midday sunlight pierced the shallows and drop-offs, offering countless variations of the trance-inducing color scheme.

I took in the gorgeous scenery through a test pair of Costa Del Mar's Rafael frames fit with 580 green mirror lenses. They filter out harsh yellow and ultraviolet blue light, which the manufacturer says will create clear definition and accurate color.

I’ll tell you: They work. The Bahamian blues and greens popped vividly.

And the Rafael’s nylon frame keeps them lightweight. I found myself searching for them, only to discover they were atop my head.

This was my first experience wearing a pair Costa 580s in the field. But after Bimini, I can say for certain it won’t be my last.

Costa Del Mar 580 Lens
SunriseCourtesy Costa Del Mar
Costa Del Mar 580 Lens
SilverCourtesy Costa Del Mar
Costa Del Mar 580 Lens
GreenCourtesy Costa Del Mar
Costa Del Mar 580 Lens
GrayCourtesy Costa Del Mar
Costa Del Mar 580 Lens
CopperCourtesy Costa Del Mar
Costa Del Mar 580 Lens
BlueCourtesy Costa Del Mar