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The Fishing glasses thread got me to thinking, I am looking at getting a new pair of glasses this year.  I am interested in Costa as that's what you hear is the best and a buddy of mine just got a pair and they are very nice.  However; I am very intrigued by the KVD Oakley's for the sheer point of being able to swap out lenses.  I hate not having polarization in low light when I take my glasses off, like a cloudy day, and want polarized yellow lenses.  So I'm either looking at two pairs of very expensive glasses or the KVD's that come with two lenses and they swap out but still very expensive.

 

Anybody have a clue as to how the KVD Oakley's will compare to a good pair of Costa's?

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I'm a huge fan of Costa lenses.  Plain and simple.  That said, the technology that Oakley has put in their lenses of late is really gaining on some of the best in the business.  They've gone to a process that allows the polarization to occur throughout the lense, rather than a single coating like a lot of others.  One of the big things, too, with Oakley and Costa is that they're the only two companies that I know of that make a pair of lenses for one pair of glasses at the same time.  Everyone else makes a bunch of rights, then a bunch of lefts, and it can lead to differences in the way the light is handled by the lenses.

When it comes down to it, I'll still buy Costas.  I fish the Copper Green Mirror lens for about 95% of what I do, and have no problems in low light.  When it is really early and I'm sight fishing or something like that, I can get by in a pinch, but really prefer the Sunrise for the purpose. 

Touching on the low light- I still have excellent vision on cloudy days.  The only time I really need to switch to that Sunrise is very early morning or very late in the day.  I tend not to like them when there is much ambient light, at all, because they let in too  much light.

Lastly, you can get 580P Costas for around the $150 mark, easily, and you are going to be at a minimum $300 for the Fast Jackets.  Get one pair of 580G Costas in a copper green mirror for what...$250?  Wear them, decide if you DO need the Sunrise and if you do, get a pair of 580P glasses to swap out for those times.  You'll be happier in the long run, methinks.

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Hooligan,

That's what I was looking for. Thanks!

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If you're going to spend the money on fishing glasses go costa. 

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