Used & Abused: Costa Bloke Sunglasses

Up your eye protection with these enviro-conscious shades
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Costa Bloke Sunglasses: MSRP $169-$249,

The Costa Bloke Sunglasses with blue polarized 580P lenses have just what I like for sunny days on snow. The polarized lenses provide sharp visual clarity, and the deep blue tint protects my retinas—while also looking sharp. These shades were designed for long days on the ocean, but I found that the technology performed great during sunny adventures on snow as well as waves.

Costa has been making shades for sailors and fishermen since 1983, so they're all about serious glare reduction. The Bloke’s ocean-born lens tech was superb during an especially bright Colorado bluebird day skiing near Berthoud Pass. They delivered on my See it/Ski it agenda item.

The frames on the Costa Bloke are made from a bio-resin produced from reclaimed castor oil, so you can feel good about these sunnies not being sourced from fossil fuels. The lenses and frames came in contact with some ski boots the hard way during testing, but my ham-handedness didn’t scratch the lenses or chip the frames. (Note to self: These shades come with a bomber case, you just gotta remember to use it).

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Oh, the places you'll go. Photo: Crystal Sagan

One primary gripe was that despite the Bloke's frame being sized for big noggins, one tester with an especially large melon noticed that the arms didn’t quite make it comfortably past his ears.

Overall, the optical quality of the lenses and the environmentally friendly materials are reason enough to make us consider these worthy for your next sunglass upgrade, or as an addition to your sunnies quiver. Given the amount of bright colors trending in the ski apparel world at the moment, you might never take these off.

Pro-tip: These work as well on the skin track as they do fly-fishing during the off season.

MSRP $169-$249,

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