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Costa Del Mar Fathom Polarized Sunglasses - Costa 400 Glass Lens
By: Costa Del Mar
The Costa Del Mar Fathom Polarized Sunglasses give you the visual clarity of polarized glass lenses in a comfortable, classic-fit frame. The Costa 400 glass lenses are lightweight, durable,scratch-resistant and polarized to give you optimum vision on the water or trail. Keep these sunglasses handy because you will want to wear them all the time.
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Best Sunglasses Ever!
by: on: 19-Sep 2010
I own several pairs of Costa Del Mar Sunglasses and I couldn't be happier with any of them. Each pair has its individual purpose.....at least that's how I justify buying multiple pairs (because I love them so much). I have owned Oakleys, Ray Bans, and Maui Jims in the past and Costas reign supreme. The Fathom Sunglasses with the Mirror Lenses are very comfortable on my face and perform exceptionally well in the harsh maritime environment where I work. While I do love the style of these glasses, I must admit that the Costas are not quite as "stylish" as the Maui Jims; however, when it comes to performance - especially on the water - Costa Del Mar is untouchable. The Blue Mirror Lenses do a phenomenal job at filtering the yellow light that kills a person's ability to see on/through the water. Also, glare from the sun is virtually eliminated with these sunglasses. I have read a number of negative reviews stating that these sunglasses fall apart fairly easily and that the warranty process is extremely tedious to boot. I have owned my sunglasses for a while now and I have not had any issues with them whatsoever. I do, however, take the time to properly care for them which I am sure keeps them in good condition. I do have a friend that sent in his 4-year-old pair of Costa Blackfins for repair. He admitted to beating them up quite a bit, but they were still in decent condition. For a small, $11 processing fee, they did a complete makeover on his sunglasses and they came back virtually brand new. I have been more than happy with my Costa Del Mar experience. I don't think it's a coincidence that just about everyone who works on the water, especially in sunny Florida, trusts their eyes to a pair of Costas. They truly are the best sunglasses I've ever owned....I can't wait to buy my next pair!!
Poor material, worst customer service
by: on: 25-Jul 2010
These sunglasses work great for about 2 years, and then fall apart soon. The company's "lifetime warranty" is a lie, and they will find every excuse to charge you. There are handling fees, shipping fees and part cost...
After about 2-year of normal use, the part of the sunglasses frame that touches the nose started to delaminate (in the form of small "bubbles" underneath the surface), and the glossy finish started to chip off. I asked a Costa Del Mar salesman about this problem at the Fred Hall fishing show at San Diego. He told me that the plastics Costa Del Mar used their older models was sensitive to sunscreen, and they have fixed the problem by switching to different material. He suggested me to return the sunglasses to Costa Del Mar for warrant repair. However, when I did what he suggested, the repair facility manager Samantha refused to honor their warranty and insisted that the delamination was normal and not covered by their lifetime warranty. I found this explanation appalling. If they think this is normal, they should inform consumers that "our sunglasses will delaminate under normal use in a bout 2 years and it is not covered by warranty". She also claim that the fault is not on their defective material, but instead she said my skin is the problem that caused the problem. I have multiple pairs of brand name sunglasses for years, such as Maui Jim and Smith, yet I have NEVER had any delamination problem with them. Last time I checked, I still have the same skin when I wear these sunglasses. Instead of finding lame excuses for their defective product, I think that Costa Del Mar should admit the use of defective material, honor their promise to consumers and fix the sunglasses for me.
Great Sunglasses Until You Drop Them
by: on: 24-Feb 2010
I've had 2 pairs of Costa's with the 580 glass lenses. I loved them until....they fell off my head, to the ground, the lenses on both pairs of Costa's shattered. I'm not in the habit of dropping sunglasses with glass lenses but it does happen. Costa does not back their lenses from breakage and they told me it will cost $100 to repair one lens.
I've had a pair of glass lens Revo's for 15 years, they dropped many times and the glass lenses never broke. Being that Costa markets to the sports fishermen you would think the lenses were more durable. With Costa, if it is not a known "manufacturer defect", they don't back it. Other brands of glasses with a similar price have better warrantees. You should steer clear of Costa's if this is a concern of yours.
by: on: 08-Jul 2009
I have owned 2 pair of fathoms. On both pairs, the rubber on the legs of the glasses comes off. I sent the first pair back and requested they replace the legs with solid plastic such as on the triple tail models, but they charged about $80 to replace the glasses and sent back the same pair, which shortly thereafter began shedding the rubber on the legs. The glass is great, but I would suggest checking out a different model.
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