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’80s Style, Modern Tech: Costa Grand Catalina Relaunch Channels Young Tom Cruise Vibes

Classic style meets modern tech with the upgraded relaunch of the Grand Catalina frame from Costa Del Mar.
Costa Grand Catalina FramesCosta Grand Catalina Frames; (photo/Costa Del Mar)
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An ’80s icon frame is back in a big way. The Costa Del Mar Grand Catalina frames debuted over 40 years ago. The refresh brings that classic style into today with modern tech and a bit of modern flair.

“It’s not too often you get to relive your glory days,” says Jed Larkin, Brand Marketing Director, Costa Sunglasses. “Reintroducing Grand Catalina, now enhanced with our latest innovations, to a new generation of water enthusiasts is special.”

First Look: The New Grand Catalina

Grand Catalina
Costa Grand Catalina

There’s something so oddly comforting about seeing the unibrow frames of my youth, so excuse my elation here: BUT LOOK AT THAT SWAG.

Looks aside, these are pretty unbeatable for a fishing frame. The tight-to-the-face, aggressive wrap means they walk a fine line between shades and goggles, offering the ultimate in protection on the water. Even some of our favorite performance fishing sunglasses don’t offer this level of protection.

The side shields are removable, so they go from water to bar patio with ease. Yes, I’m obviously thinking of the movie Cocktail, and so are you.

Color Options

The new iteration of the Grand Catalina is available in Matte Black, Matte Olive, and Hull White. Matte Black offers the widest array of corresponding lenses suited for whatever fishing adventure you might have in mind. That being said, check out the Hull White and Blue Mirror combo. I mean …

Grand Catalina

What Do We Think?

This is less a first impression and more a nostalgic reintroduction for me. I don’t often request new frames to test, but these are already on my ask list. The classic aviator styling with the performance of a top pair of performance fishing shades — sign me up.

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