Tuesday, July 8, 2014
From My Point Of View!
I sat out a couple of months ago to find a new pair of sunglasses that would perform well out on the water while having great quality that would last. I'm the kind of guy that does a ridiculous amount of research before buying a product, even small and seemingly insignificant items. I don't like to waste money, so I make sure I know what I'm buying before I drop coin.
I had my search narrowed down to two brands, Costa and Smith Optics. Costa definitely has the long standing reputation for being the go to brand for serious anglers. They were my clear first choice with Smith Optics being my second, just on reputation alone. I had two pair of Costa's picked out and ready to order when my second guessing began. I didn't know very much about the Smith's, other than they are starting to get pretty popular around the kayak fishing tournament trails. A tournament is the first place I had even heard of them, this year.
With my curiosity growing for how popular these sunglasses have become, I had to try them for myself. I made my way to my favorite "toy" store, Mariner-Sails of Dallas, to try a few pairs on. I had already demoed several Costa's earlier that day so my comparison would be fresh. I had already looked at a few frame models online and luckily Mariner had them in the display case. After trying them on I honestly couldn't tell much of a difference in comfort between the two brands. Another dilemma with the Smith Optics was to upgrade to the Chroma Pop lenses or not. I tried on a pair of Chroma Pop lenses in the store and honestly I was very underwhelmed. I couldn't see much of a difference in the "special lenses" and the regular ones. My good buddy Mike at Mariner suggested I try the two different lenses outside in the sunlight as opposed to the fluorescent light in the store. Couldn't hurt, I thought. I took them outside and tried the regular lenses and then immediately the Chroma Pop lenses and WOW! So much of a difference that I didn't even think twice about the Costa's.
Check out a picture I took with my phone. The pic on the left is straight from my camera and the one on the right is from behind the lens of my sun glasses. You can clearly see the difference, and this is just from a camera phone. If you're in the market for new sunglasses I highly recommend you check out the Chroma Pop lenses from Smith Optics. They have a lifetime warranty and great customer service.