Costa Reefton Sunglasses Review

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Sunglasses are an often overlooked critical piece of fishing equipment. Your power of observation is as equally as important as your ability to cast, especially when fishing shallow. I’ve been wearing the new Reefton frames and lenses from Costa since early this spring. 

The Reefton is named for a town in New Zealand rich with rivers and some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world. These frames in combination with Costa’s 580 lenses were made with exploring new waters in mind.


The frames feature a large footprint for not only bigger heads but also for way more coverage area and side glare blocking for long days on the water. Eye fatigue is a very overlooked factor in fishing. If you fish long days, several days in a row and especially when you fish shallow, your eyes will suffer tremendous fatigue with out strong sunglasses with protective lenses and glare blocking coatings.

Their layered 580G lenses feature some of the best yellow light blocking, high energy blue light absorbing polarized encapsulated mirror lenses available on any sunglasses anywhere. So it cuts out the bad light, filters the light spectrum to give you much improved clarity with a lot less strain and effort. The offer them in colors that can filter all the varieties of light from dark cloudy morning to bright sunny afternoons.


The Costa Reeftons I’ve been using feature the Copper Silver Mirror lenses with the new Matte Blue frame which I think offers the best visibility in the largest range of conditions. Copper is a great option for guys that fish a wide variety of waters. Green and blue can be better for clear waters, gray and copper can be better for darker waters. The Sunrise lens is perfect for those low light conditions, cloudy days, early morning and late evenings when seeing into the water is increasingly difficult.


The Reefton frames feature cam-action spring hinges, wide format arms and comfortable Hydrolite nose and temple pads. This combination of spring arms and no-slip arm and nose pads kept the glasses firmly in place even in extremely hot, humid, sweat-filled days on the water. 

I know a lot of anglers don’t like the really big frames, but I’m telling you for fishing, the bigger frames give you so much more visibility because they are blocking the light so much better from the top and sides. My eyes are not nearly as tired at the end of a long day of flipping and staring at underwater targets on the water.


Costa makes some of the best frames and lenses for anglers and the new Reefton frames I think will be very popular with guys that spend a lot of time on the water and want maximum coverage for their eyes. 

You can find the Reefton frames in several color options at, and retailers that carry Costa sunglasses. You can check them out online at