Costa del Mar Harpoon Review

July 20, 2014
Costa del Mar Harpoon
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
85
Security of Fit
8
Comfort
8
Lens Clarity
8
Coverage/Wind resistance
7
Features
7
Value
7

The Good

  • Excellent optics via a high-quality polarized lens
  • Lightweight design
  • Wrapped lens offers good coverage and wind resistance

The Bad

  • Nose pads are not adjustable for a more customized fit
THE VERDICT

The Costa del Mar Harpoon is a comfortable sunglass offers excellent optics in a lightweight performance package. With a slightly smaller wrapped profile, this was one of the most comfortable sunglasses in this test. The Harpoon is a multi-sport sunglass that works well for water sports, running, cycling, or hiking. My gripe: The Costa del Mar Harpoon does not have adjustable nose pads for a more customized fit.

FULL REVIEW

The Costa del Mar Harpoon is a lightweight wrap sunglass designed with a slightly smaller lens profile than others in this test. It also has high-quality polarized lenses designed for definition.

Fit & Comfort
With a lightweight design crafted of TR90 nylon and a slightly smaller wrap shape (compared to others in this test), this sunglass registered as one of the most comfortable of the group. It has stainless steel spring hinges that help this shade better fit the wearer’s face—and assist it in moving with you during more intense activities.

In addition, thanks to gripping nose pads and temple tips, the Costa del Mar Harpoon stays put during higher-impact activities.

Lens Clarity
I tested the Harpoon with Costa’s Amber 580P lens, which is a plastic polarized lens perfect for sports. Costa also offers glass lenses, which are less desirable for impact activities.

Costa has a long history of optimum lens performance and this lens was no exception. The 580P had excellent clarity—it packs in a patented tech that blocks blue and yellow light for better clarity and color. This lens also performed well on the water to cut glare. In addition, it provided strong definition of objects on the trail.

Wind Resistance
Despite its slightly smaller profile (thank others tested), the Harpoon still cut the wind effectively, even when I tested it on open ocean water in Hawaii (with a moderate wind) and also while cycling into spring headwinds in Colorado.

 

 


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MSRP
$249.00
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$168.95
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