We’ve all been seeing the 10-Year Challenge photos flashing around social media lately. I admit, I often wonder who has this much free time??
But then, some clever person with a little time on their hands, went and made this: Its perfect!
Costa Del Mar C-Mates Polarized Bi-Focal Reading Glasses – Costa C-Mates
Well this made me laugh out loud, except for the bitter reality part. The reality is that my up-close eyesight is somewhere between these two photos. Someone at Costa must be going through the same thing because they have created a solution for fishermen for this middle-age dilemma. They call them the C-Mates series Costa Sunglasses and they have integrated some bi-focal readers into the lower portion of the lenses. Still the same great Costa 580 lens technology that reduces harsh yellow light that is a big part of annoying glare.
I had just worn a pair of C-Mates for the first time recently on an offshore trip. They had been sitting on my desk for a while, but , I was hesitant to wear them because I didn’t know what actually fishing in them would be like. Would I be seeing some distracting distortion because of the readers in the lower part of the lens. Costa says they put them low to prevent it being in your normal line of sight, but giving you the all-important magnification for tying knots or reading fine print.
I was gearing up to go sailfishing, and we would be rigging with fairly light mono leaders and dink baits. This type of fishing requires lots of knot tying on the go, so I figured it was as good a time as any. I tucked my regular Costa glasses in a pocket of my bag in case I hated them.
I’m happy to report that I never had to break them out and repeatedly reaped the benefit of a little optical boost during the continual rigging involved with that kind of fishing. The bifocal portion did not interfere with the constant monitoring of the spread, and yet a slight tip of the eyes brought welcomed clarity to those up-close jobs.
It’s safe to say, the C-Mates are now my go-to pair for fishing!
C-Mates glasses currently come in 6 popular frames and three lens colors; Blue Mirror, Copper and Gray. The “cheater” lens comes in three powers; +1.50, +2.00 and +2.50.
If you’re getting to that age and you could use a little help up close, get yourself a pair of Costa C-Mates glasses and get back to fishing.
Visit the Costa website to learn more.