Glass vs. Plastic

invictus

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May 26, 2006
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Glass is crisper, clearer, but heavier.

If you’re talking Costas, I have both, and the difference is nominal, but noticeable.
 
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bobsled

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May 31, 2012
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Glass is crisper, clearer, but heavier.

If you’re talking Costas, I have both, and the difference is nominal, but noticeable.
Yeah, they are Costas. I think I'm going to try the glass lenses since I've never had glass lensed sunglasses. I might end up hating them, won't know until I try them.

Thanks!!
 

plj46

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john
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Yeah, they are Costas. I think I'm going to try the glass lenses since I've never had glass lensed sunglasses. I might end up hating them, won't know until I try them.

Thanks!!
You'll like the fact that you can clean them and they don't scratch nearly as easily as plastic.
 

gecsr1

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28' Aquasport "Reel Adventure II" / PlainJaneRods
that's a no brainer "GLASS"
 

Tom Honaker

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Tom Honaker
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Royal Star
Yeah, they are Costas. I think I'm going to try the glass lenses since I've never had glass lensed sunglasses. I might end up hating them, won't know until I try them.

Thanks!!
Go with the glass! Takes much more to scratch the lenses. I just sent a pair of Zane Costa sunglasses with 580G lenses back to them, broke the frame, they take the lenses out, polish them and put new frames on them for a very reasonable price. These lenses are 6 years old, they look brand new! They should last another 6 years! Well worth it, the new frames were around $30! I've had the plastic lenses, they get scratches in them easily, go with glass! In the long run, it's a way better value!
 
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Contractor.aten

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Go with the glass! Takes much more to scratch the lenses. I just sent a pair of Zane Costa sunglasses with 580G lenses back to them, broke the frame, they take the lenses out, polish them and put new frames on them for a very reasonable price. These lenses are 6 years old, they look brand new! They should last another 6 years! Well worth it, the new frames were around $30! I've had the plastic lenses, they get scratches in them easily, go with glass! In the long run, it's a way better value!
I agree 100% Glass will outperform plastic but the cost could be a factor.. i have a few pair in glass a some in plastic.
 

Contractor.aten

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Oh forgot to add!!!! I lose them sooner than I damage them!!!!! lol There is 6 pair of Costas and 1 pair of Maui Jims at the bottom of the Pacific.
 
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bobsled

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Go with the glass! Takes much more to scratch the lenses. I just sent a pair of Zane Costa sunglasses with 580G lenses back to them, broke the frame, they take the lenses out, polish them and put new frames on them for a very reasonable price. These lenses are 6 years old, they look brand new! They should last another 6 years! Well worth it, the new frames were around $30! I've had the plastic lenses, they get scratches in them easily, go with glass! In the long run, it's a way better value!
Yeah, I bought the glass lens version. Specially being the same price.
 

FishRock

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jiggyn

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Jerr
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shit talking
I have both the glass and plastic in costas
I always get blue tint
and IMO the difference is in weight but not so much

both are quality
 

AKSalmon

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Sold my Parker. You can find me on the Red Rooster.
I wear glasses full time and have variable focal polarized sun glasses. Expensive. I wanted the glass version but my eye doctor talked me out of them for safety reasons. Glass can shatter -- like when a wahoo lure comes flying back -- while plastic cannot. I'd much rather have the scratch I got last spring that shards of glass in my eye.
 

Abaco

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With my golf I switched to Oakleys several years ago and haven't looked back. Plastic. I used to fly a lot and used Ray Ban glass G15 lenses. Great for flying. But, now that I'm trudging over a golf course for 5 hours and need a tight fight - Oakleys.

Cheers.
 

Bill W

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Bill Walsh
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Red Rooster
I like glass to look through but right now I have Maui Jim prescription plastic. Super light.
 

Tom Honaker

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Tom Honaker
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Royal Star
Oh forgot to add!!!! I lose them sooner than I damage them!!!!! lol There is 6 pair of Costas and 1 pair of Maui Jims at the bottom of the Pacific.
I put croakies on my glasses, they fall off your face, they end up on your chest. Haven't lost a pair of expensive sunglasses yet.
 

TanstaaflSD

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I have Rx glass for driving, but Rx poly for fishing. I got hit in the lens frame last year by a sinker from a D-S- trying to shake off a bait who shook off his sinker too. No damage, but a hell of a surprise and glad for the poly.
I agree glass is clearer over time.
Your choice.
 

FishRock

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I had been wearing plastic lenses but broke down and got a pair of Maui Jims with glass lenses. It was a whole new world. To clean the salt spray that is constantly coating my glasses on a LR trip all I have to do it dash into the bathroom and run some hot water on them. Shake the water off and away I go with crystal clear vision.

Weight is not an issue and I am not constantly scratching the lenses cleaning them or when I hit them against the side of the boat or some other hard surface. I still wear plastic lenses when shooting though.
 
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