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Old 02-14-2017, 11:28 AM   #1
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I have used Costas for the last 20 years for cobia fishing but recently tried a pair of Salt Lifes with Zeiss lenses. I was surprised to find they were clearer, lighter, and I could spot fish with them better than the Costas. So now I am looking to retire my Costas and buy a new pair of either Salt Lifes or Smith Chroma Pops. The only way for me to tell which are better is to buy both and get on the water with them. So, I am interested to hear opinions from those who have tried them. Any suggestions as to which lens color is best for either?
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Have you looked thru Kaenon or Maui Jims yet?
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I had a pair of Maui Jims years ago and wasn't impressed with them for cobia fishing. Maybe they have better quality now.
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I am not really a salt life brand fan myself but have put on a couple of my buddy's salt life glasses and they are very nice for sure have thought about buying a pair but I get a pretty good discount on Costas so I have stuck with them
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What color tint do you use for cobia sight fishing? Grey or amber? The Maui's I looked at were rose and the Kaenon's were slightly pinker than that.

Never looked at the grey ones tho.
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I had a pair of Maui Jims years ago and wasn't impressed with them for cobia fishing. Maybe they have better quality now.
I bought a pair of Maui Jims about 18 years ago and took them back a week later. Hated them. I looked at quite a few the other day and they are nothing like the ones I bought before. I would give them another looksie.
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I have three pair of Costas. Read the reviews about Salt Life Zeiss lens sunglasses and decided to get a pair last spring just before cobia season.

I was very pleased and found that there was a big difference in what I could see with them. They helped tremendously as I do not see fish nearly as good as most. It will be Salt Life glasses from now on, even though I am not a big fan of the brand name. I bought them only because of the Zeiss lens's.
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What color tint do you use for cobia sight fishing? Grey or amber? The Maui's I looked at were rose and the Kaenon's were slightly pinker than that.

Never looked at the grey ones tho.
I have always used the Costa green mirror. I would pick amber over grey for cobia fishing. Amber seems to make things in the water "pop".
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I have three pair of Costas. Read the reviews about Salt Life Zeiss lens sunglasses and decided to get a pair last spring just before cobia season.

I was very pleased and found that there was a big difference in what I could see with them. They helped tremendously as I do not see fish nearly as good as most. It will be Salt Life glasses from now on, even though I am not a big fan of the brand name. I bought them only because of the Zeiss lens's.
Same here. Anything with ZEISS lenses has always been excellent for me. I hear great things about the ChromaPops too but don't want to plop down $200.00 for a pair just to compare to the Salt Lifes. That's why I was hoping to hear from some PFFers that have used them both.
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I have three pair of Costas. Read the reviews about Salt Life Zeiss lens sunglasses and decided to get a pair last spring just before cobia season.

I was very pleased and found that there was a big difference in what I could see with them. They helped tremendously as I do not see fish nearly as good as most. It will be Salt Life glasses from now on, even though I am not a big fan of the brand name. I bought them only because of the Zeiss lens's.
Which lens color did you buy?
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