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Product Review – Costa Rafael and Motu Sunglasses

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Costa’s new Rafael model features a wide temple design in a wrap-style shape, with sturdy integral hinge technology. It also offers Costa’s signature three-square-hole venting system to alleviate lens fogging, and hypoallergenic rubberized temple tips and nose pads help keep the sunglasses comfortably in place all day, no matter how harsh the conditions.

Rafael’s frame color options include blackout, matte retro tortoise, matte olive teak, and matte black teak.

Costa’s new Motu frame style is comprised of a nearly-indestructible bio-based resin material sourced from the castor plant, a sustainable, hardy perennial. The bio-based resin produces increased durability and overall weight reduction.

The frames are designed to hold their shape in a wide array of conditions from extreme heat to bitter cold temperatures, crucial for anglers out battling the elements.

Incorporating a bio-based resin frame construction reduces Costa’s manufacturing process emissions by up to 40 percent, and cuts the company’s overall carbon footprint significantly.

The Motu’s available frame colors include blackout, matte retro tortoise, Realtree Xtra Camo, and matte black teak.

Costa’s sunglasses can be customized in its full array of patented color-enhancing polarized 580 lenses. Costa’s 580 lens technology selectively filters out harsh yellow and harmful high-energy ultraviolet blue light. Filtering yellow light enhances reds, blues, and greens, and produces better contrast and definition while reducing glare and eye fatigue. Absorbing high-energy blue light cuts haze, producing greater visual clarity and sharpness.

Costa’s 580 lenses, the clearest lenses on the planet, are available in either glass or impact resistant polycarbonate. Lens color options include gray, copper, sunrise (580P only), blue mirror, green mirror, and silver mirror.

Rafael and Motu are also available in customized Rx sun lenses.

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