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Right up Your Alley, Winning Optics from Costa


Date: 7/16/13
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Costa Del Mar
Reviewer: Zander

Costa Del Mar needs no introduction to anglers and their optics are favored by many inshore and bass anglers looking for a polarized pair of sunglasses. The Harpoon sunglasses have been with me to destinations ranging from fishing in Asia to the Amazon and have proven to deliver excellent optical performance and a reliable shield from the elements.




One of the things I like most about the Harpoon is that it feels comfortable through an entire day of fishing. This ICAST another pair of Costa sunglasses with even more advanced features, the Tuna Alley, took home the “Best of Show” in the optics category.


Byron Velvick shows us the new Tuna Alley optics from Costa Del Mar

At the show we met up with Pro Angler Byron Velvick who was eager to show us the latest offering from Costa, the Tuna Alley. The Tuna Alley has a large comfortable fit and has stainless steel integral hinges so that they will feel comfortable for many anglers.

The Tuna Alley is available in many lens option including polycarbonate and glass options


Like other Costa sunglasses the Tuna Alley delivers 100% UV light blockage and 100% polarization that reduces glare and reduces eye strain. It is no surprise that Byron likes these sunglasses as the large lenses provide ample protection for both fishing bass and the inshore water that he so often fishes.


Byron likes these optics and the choices for different applications

So besides all the usual Costa goodness what makes the Tuna Alley so distinctive? These optics have a durable co-injected nylon frame so they are both rigid and comfortable. The material also makes them very grippy even when you perspire. Unlike many competing frames the Tuna Alley also resists fogging well due to a patented venting system with three vents on each lower corner of the sunglasses.

Notice the different materials in the frame and venting

Each of the Tuna Alley sunglasses are built by hand, that’s right a handmade pair of optics, and to back it all up Costa backs each pair with a lifetime warranty! The Tuna Alley is available now in a range of lenses including our favorite, the 580G lenses, and retails for $169-$249 depending on lens choice.

Congratulations to Costa Del Mar for the "Best of Show" win in the optics category at ICAST


The polycarbonate lenses are cheaper and lighter but for the most optical clarity and scratch resistance our choice are still those glass lenses. Whether you are fishing for those elusive green big mouthed beasts or cruising the blue water for Bluefin this new pair of optics might just be right up your alley.










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