Costa Del Mar Corbina Sunglasses

By BENJAMIN ROMAN

Whether you’re crossing a glacier or just biking to the grocery store, the right pair of sunglasses can protect your eyes and let you see details you never knew you were missing. Ocean glare and fast-changing weather are among the toughest conditions for any sunglasses, so I brought a test pair of Costa Del Mar’s just-released Corbinas ($149 to $249, depending on lens type) on a recent dive trip to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.

Costa Del Mar (www.costadelmar.com) has long appealed to a core market of boaters and fishermen, and they offer a range of lens materials and tints for different sports and conditions. My test pair featured the Costa 580 lens, made of the company’s LightWAVE glass, which has a silver mirror finish on a polarized copper lens. According to the manufacturer, this lens is the most versatile, making it good for water sports, skiing, and everyday uses like driving.

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Costa Del Mar Corbina Sunglasses

I’m pretty picky about my sunglasses, and I found the Costa Del Mar optical quality to be truly excellent. The polarized lenses did well eliminating even the worst glare, such as looking toward the sun over water. The 580 lens cuts yellow light and brings out reds, blues and greens, providing excellent color definition and contrast. They offered great definition of shallow and deep water when viewing the ocean surface from a boat — particularly helpful for divers and fisherman.

The Corbina is a medium-large frame, suitable for most face sizes. The lightweight nylon design has flexible rubberized tips integrated into the temple arms for comfort, and Costa Del Mar lined the entire frame with a no-slip material. The Corbina’s durability was also good, as I (accidentally) confirmed when my pair survived a forehead-to-pavement fall with no ill effects.

A minor drawback of the Corbina sunglasses was their weight with the glass lens (compared to Costa’s polycarbonate lens options, which are much lighter). But a little extra weight is the tradeoff for the optical quality of glass, and the frame’s good fit meant the sunglasses never felt clunky or bothersome.

The bottom line: Costa Del Mar’s Corbina sunglasses provide excellent optical quality with lens options for sports and all-around use, as well as a comfortable and durable lightweight frame design.

—Contributor Benjamin Roman is a writer and design consultant from Venice, Calif.

Posted by TODD PERRY - 10/26/2009 12:59 PM

Do not trust Costa Del Mar and their life time warranty.
Their warranty only covers glasses they carry parts for.Once the stop making your glasses and they do not have the parts they will only offer you a small discount on a new pair of glasses.
Leaving you stuck paying for a new pair or using the old ones if you can.
They should replace the glasses if they don’t carry parts but they WILL NOT.
Basically their warranties are not lifetime as they falsely advertise. Feel free to ask me I know first hand.
TODD

Posted by Rock - 11/26/2009 04:17 PM

I just recently purchased a pair of Corbina’s. Costa’s have been a long time favorite of mine and now, after many years and Severe Photophobia, I have found the Corbina’s with the 400/Blue an exceptional pair. My eyes no longer hurt when going out into the outside world. And more importantly, to be back on the water again, doing what we like to do is absolutely terrific.
Always a Costa Fan.
Rob in Winter Haven

Posted by Cameron McDermid - 01/17/2010 12:51 PM

Best warranty on the planet….period. My last pair served me for 13 years. Then I stepped on them. I don’t expect Costa to fix my 13 year old glasses for free. I just ordered the Corbina 580s. I am sure they will last a long time. If I have a problem, I suspect Costa will take care of it. Luv me some Costas.

Cam in Texas

Posted by james - 02/08/2010 05:36 PM

After much online research I purchased a pair of Grand Catalinas.
I was pursuaded by the professed quality, strength, and lifetime guarantee.
They were great glasses until the arm broke off at the frame after TWO MONTHS!.
And Costa Del Mar REFUSED to honor its ‘lifetime warranty’ despite an obvious manufacturing and/or design defect.

COSTA DEL MAR ENGAGES IN DECEPTIVE AND FRAUDULENT TRADE PRACTICES.

Posted by Jennifer - 04/05/2010 02:23 PM

I hate the harpoons that costa sales, there warranty is also a joke. My husband bought 3 pair the first pair flew off his head when the cord bought from costa broke. 2nd pair he was playing tennis and the lens came out to see the frame cracked they wanted to chg me 85.00 for 20.00 more bought new pair and months later the cord broke from costa broke again and the glasses hit floor and shattered, would not cover I have a paair of rincon and they have fell billion times and never shattered lenses. but the lenses are peeling. Terrible co and product

Posted by jack the fisherman - 07/02/2010 04:12 PM

purchased del mar 580 lens. Wife sat on them. After pleading with costa del mar ranting and raving that they should fix it for free THEY STILL CHARGED ME OVER $30 BUCKS! All it needed was a .25 cent bracket. Great glasses horrible warranty if you can call it a warranty!

Posted by Chris Carella - 08/02/2010 09:09 AM

Their warranty is nothing short of hoops for you to jump through. wat they call a temple (the arm) broke on mine 3 times at the same place and they charged me. Even the “warranty proccess fee” of $11. would more then cover 95% of repairs.

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Posted by bruce - 09/13/2010 03:13 PM

never one to compromise when it comes to my eyes i have been a long time maui jim fan,i recently purchased a pair of cdm zanes with blue 400 lenses and i love them i don,t know about them honoring their product but my shades are quality and if you take care of yours you shouldnt need the warranty

Posted by Kyle Chapin - 10/07/2010 02:31 PM

I have had a pair of the triple tails with gray costa 400s for about 3 years now, worn them everywhere from fishing, lifeguarding, shooting, to just driving, I’ve sat on them and dropped them hundreds of times and they only have one scratch to show for it.

Posted by Gary Leise - 10/20/2010 03:30 AM

I have owned two pairs of the 580 blue mirror wave killers and both pairs have ended up with cracked lenses, they were not dropped. It is my opinion that these glasses may have small air bubbles in the laminating process and moving the glasses from really hot temps to cold one causes them to expand or contract and thus crack the lens, of course Costa doesn’t agree, they can do no wrong. Still they are great sunglasses when there not cracked.

Posted by Scott Boda - 11/04/2010 08:09 AM

I just got off the phone with them. Sat on my Harpoon 580 glasses. They want $119 to fix them!!! You have got to be kidding me, they are a JOKE!

Posted by Steve Tait - 11/05/2010 03:33 PM

BEWARE OF COSTA! Yeah they look good but These people DO NOT stand behind their products. Durable?!?! Give me a break…like my broken glasses. I bought the FISCH 580s and I thought they were great until they cracked after dropping 2 feet to the ground while they were enclosed in a padded case! Also, the Cablz glasses retention band broke after 3 months of use.

Repair Cost: $119+tax+S/H.

When you pay this kind of money for sunglasses, you deserve better than this!

Don’t buy these sunglasses!!!

Posted by Bill - 12/07/2010 06:14 AM

Costa’s warranty is a joke. There is nothing covered under their “Lifetime Warranty” good glasses but do not buy for the warranty or service you will be dissapointed…..

Posted by ron - 12/13/2010 08:04 PM

i agree they are great glasses but the reason i paid 245.00 for a pair of glasses was the lifetime warrenty. didnt have mine 3 months took them to the mall they took them replaced broken lense im thinking warrenty,not,how about 85.00 and out the door they are broke again and im not about to pay any moore on these glasses i will be buying calcutta they are just as good and half the price.

Posted by Scott - 01/11/2011 10:00 AM

Good product but don’t expect CDM to stand behind their product. The warranty covers just about nothing and the glasses are fragile and should be used in the car and left in the car as well.

Posted by Paul - 02/07/2011 05:01 PM

These are a great frame. I’ve been a Costa Del Mar Dealer for years. I get very few complaints about the warranty. Most people just don’t like to wait for the warranty service turn around.
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Posted by Elizabeth - 04/06/2011 02:57 PM

I am very disappointed with the relacement pair I was talked into getting. The frame is the pits. The rumble strips they put on the ends of the bows dig into your head. My old frames did not have the rumble strips and the rubber they put on the nose piece it not necessary. Again my old frames did not have this on the nose piece. When I talked to customer service they told me the spent alot of time on the engineering of this new style. Obviously, the engineer never wore the sunglasses that they designed or wore them or exxtended periods of time. The new lighter see through mirror lets in too much light and therefore too much squinting. I would not purchase another pair of Costa’s. I was sorry I did not keep my old frames that I purchased in 2003.

Posted by Tommy - 04/12/2011 08:53 AM

I have 4 pr of CDM glasses. I’ve had them for about ten years. I’ve sent two back for repair and both were replaced with new glasses for a minimal fee. The warranty has treated me right. Ron, I’m not sure who relaced your lens at the mall but it wasnt coats del mar because you have to send them back to the factory to have warranty repairs. Sounds like someone tried to fix your glasses for the money but it wasnt a warranty job. I love my Costas!

Posted by Cristian - 08/05/2011 06:35 PM

Hey guys ! All of you talking abote warranty? there are glasses not a car. If you broke them but another One o upgrade.
Dont cry here.

Posted by Mitch - 03/08/2012 02:33 PM

My frame was crack and the lens poped out. I sent them back for warranty. The cost was 92% of the orginal cost to repair them. Give me a break they sold them to the store for much less then that.

Posted by Ian - 03/12/2012 08:52 AM

I have had several pairs of “Top” sunglasses. Having a profession that keeps me on the water it is imperative. I have had a driving pair of Costas that were cracked due to stress points at the bridge. I sent them in for repair and they are completely covered. My frames are no longer made so they are letting me choose whatever pair I would like. I don’t understand why so many people on this board have issues? I would highly recommend Costa. As well their staff at the repair department have been nothing but courteous and prompt. Oh…and they are made right here in the U.S.

Posted by Kyle - 04/19/2012 07:31 AM

I have had my Corbina’s with plastic copper 580 lenses now for about 6 months and I love them. I have wore Oakley, Maui Jim, Kaenon, Natives, and several others, and Costa’s polarized 580 lenses are by the far the best lense out there (their frames are not too bad either). As for everyone complaining about the warranty, it is a MANUFACTURERS warranty, meaning if it breaks because of something faulty they will fix it, it does not mean if your fatass sits on it they will replace the glasses for free! In the end I would highly highly recommend a pair of Costa Del Mar 580 lenses in either plastic or glass!

Posted by Shawn - 06/11/2012 08:02 AM

COSTA is a JOKE to say the least!!! They definitely do not stand behind there warranty. My Frigate 580 frames had a quality defect as well as the leases had bubble like obstructions in the lenses. Costa proceeded to tell me that they were not covered under warranty and Peter White lead warranty repair at Costa told me that the pit marks are from being dropped or from sand hitting them! LOL!!! Imagine that glasses that are designed to be around salt water, beaches etc..and sand causes pits in the lense. I guess that’s the kind of quality you get from Costa when you spend $300 on glasses..
It will definitely be my last pair!! Buy Native or Riley-x…
CEO/President- Doesn’t seem to care either..Can’t return a customer e-mail.

Posted by jordan - 12/12/2012 09:39 PM

costa del mar may have the worst warranty an customer service ever but I sure love that feeling on the water with green 580g’s catching a limit. when i am working i usually break a pair ever year so after three pair my favorite is the man’o war the fit is fantastic and the eye shields allow less light in the sides than the brine which are my second favorite they cant hold a lanyard at all but the fathom breaks easier than I expected or any other pair of costa del mar i have owned so thats my opinion hoped it helped thanks jordan

Posted by cindy - 12/13/2012 12:38 PM

Coasta Del Mar has a misleading warranty! I own a pair 580 Costa which the lenses are cracked with perfect lines after one year of use. Sent for repair, they said is was a manufacture problem, but I had to pay for the warranty service. I feel costa should stand behind their products and repairs specially manufacture problem 100%. They say they have a lifetime warranty and advertise “you will have adventure-filled years to come”. This is misleading and false advertising!!! In addition, they will not cover or guarantee anything just replace or fix either. If lenses continue to have problems in future, I will have to send for repair and pay for it again. Now…how about that warranty? I’m dissapointed due to these practices with companies, it seems like more of them are not there to please the customer. Will not buy Costa’s again!

Posted by cudjoewill - 07/09/2013 11:47 AM

Costa Frames Cheap Plastic, Warranty is a Joke! Beware!

I had my Costa Hammerheads for less than a year, when one day when swatting a mosquito, I barely tapped one side of the sunglasses and they fell apart at the nose bridge. Lucky I had straps on the sunglasses or the lens would have been trashed. For a “Quality” pair of sunglasses this should have never happened.

Remembering the “Lifetime Warranty” that came with the sunglasses, I contacted Costa via their website and sent in my glasses for repair. Approx 1 wk later I received an email saying they would NOT cover the repairs under warranty but that for a reduced cost of $50 they would perform the repair.

I personally am “Sick” of being RIPPED OFF by companies, Costa Del Mar is one more example.

Do Not fall for their warranty promises. And beware the frames are Cheap Plastic.

Posted by Bonesman - 08/12/2013 10:11 PM

Love the Costas. Had a mfg defect on my pair of Jose’s and Costa replaced them with a new pair for next to nothing. No issues with the warranty at all, and they are great glasses.

Posted by RD - 10/23/2013 09:28 PM

BEWARE OF COSTAS RIP OFF. Charges for lens replacements of $89.00 had glasses 2 weeks.
Hairline cracks in lenses,factory lifetime warranty lies

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