August 31, 2023
Costa has released three new frame styles they call “hybrids” because they have a fashionable beach-lifestyle look, but they also have some of the performance features of their most popular fishing frames. If you want to look good off the water, and still perform on the water, the hybrid frames offer the best of both worlds, and they are significantly less expensive than technical sunglasses like Costa’s PRO series.
The three new hybrid frames for the summer of 2023 are the women’s Mayfly and Aleta, and for men the Mainsail ($182, costadelmar.com). Mainsail gets its name from sailing, Aleta is Spanish word for “fin,” and Mayfly is pretty obvious to all who fly fish.
Hybrids might not be shaped like fishing glasses, but they all have micro side shields and hooding to help block light out, vented Hydrolite nose pads to keep the frames in place on your nose and prevent fogging, sweat management channels and eyewire drains to keep sweat out of your eyes, and keeper-ready temples prevent your sunglasses from taking a swim.
All three of the frames are built with eco-friendly Bio-Resin and come with Costa’s polarized 580 lens technology for scratch-resistant clarity and definition.
“Our new hybrid category is our most versatile. It has it all, water-ready performance and a stylish, modern design,” says John Acosta, Costa’s North America vice president of marketing. “We took the performance features that Costa is famous for and added them to a more relaxed frame shape that is equally comfortable and durable on any adventure.”
$202-$273 | costadelmar.com