Costa Del Mar Rincon Review
Cons: Heavy, large lens "look", weird inside reflective patch
Manufacturer: Costa Del Mar
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Costa Del Mar Rincon
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|Pros||Great color retention, superb coverage, quality construction, fits many face sizes, great case and cleaning cloth||Great clarity, excellent contrast, minimal color distortion, very comfortable, look good on pretty much everyone||Good lenses, secure frames, pretty universally stylish||Lightweight, comfortable, stable, good on many faces, nice case||Lightweight, comfortable, secure, good balance, versatile, look good|
|Cons||Heavy, large lens "look", weird inside reflective patch||Peripheral coverage not ideal, can still bounce a little||Colors are distorted, can see through mirror coating||Not overly stylish, run small, temple grips could be cleaner cut||Hinges loosen, brown lenses are yellowy|
|Bottom Line||Top-notch coverage and superb color retention make these large-fit shades well-equipped to protect your eyes from water-reflected light||Exceptional lenses in impressively comfortable frames that manage to be extremely functional while still looking casual||A pretty good pair of shades with super-enhanced colors that look good on most faces||These sunnies are light and comfortable for your face and eyes and a bit easier on your wallet||A solidly versatile pair of comfortable shades that are easy to wear and a great price|
|Rating Categories||Costa Del Mar Rincon||Kaenon Clarke||Smith Lowdown 2||Native Eyewear Wells||Suncloud Rambler|
|Lens Quality (30%)|
|Frame Quality (20%)|
|Style And Versatility (15%)|
|Specs||Costa Del Mar Rincon||Kaenon Clarke||Smith Lowdown 2||Native Eyewear Wells||Suncloud Rambler|
|Lens Tested||Grey 580P||Ultra Brown 12||ChromaPop Polarized Bronze Mirror||Crystal Grey||Brown|
|Ideal Lens Light Conditions||Bright Light||Bright light||Bright Light||Medium to bright light||Medium to bright light|
|Visible Light Transmission (VLT)||12%||12%||14-15%||12%||15%|
|VLT Protection Index||Cat 3||Cat 3||Cat 3||Cat 3||Cat 3|
|HEV/Blue Light Protection (claim)||100% HEV blockage||None||None||90%||None|
|Infrared Protection (claim)||None||None||None||40%||None|
|Neutral/Contrast||Neutral||Increased contrast||Increased contrast||Neutral||Increased contrast|
|Lens Material||Polycarbonate||Plastic - "SR-91" polycarbonate||ChromaPop polarized polycarbonate||Plastic polycarbonate||Plastic polycarbonate|
|Protective Coatings||C-WALL (anti-scratch, hydroleophobic)||Anti-reflective back, hydroleophobic, anti-scratch||Anti-reflective, hydroleophobic, mirror||Anti-scratch, hydroleophobic||Anti-reflective|
|Can take prescription lens?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Hinge type||Spring||Standard/barrel||AutoLock barrel hinge||Standard/barrel||Standard/barrel|
|Case Included||Semi-rigid zippered case, microfiber bag, microfiber cleaning cloth||Semi-rigid zippered case, microfiber bag||Microfiber bag||Semi-rigid zippered case, microfiber bag||Microfiber bag|
Our Analysis and Test Results
We tested the Costa del Mar Rincon with Grey 580P lenses. They're a XL/Wide fit that's true to size. They can take a prescription lens and come with a zippered semi-rigid clamshell case, microfiber bag, and microfiber cleaning cloth.
We tested the Rincon with Grey 580P lenses. Typically, we find brown lenses increase contrast while grey lenses just make things darker. The Grey 580P lenses are everything we wish all grey lenses could be — they darken our view while still managing to increase contrast. In this way, they offer both excellent protection in super bright environments (like a sunny day on the water) and superb clarity without detracting from your colorful world experience. They're not on the same level of contrast-enhancing as some of the best brown lenses we've tested, but they're leagues beyond other grey lenses.
- 100% UV Protection
- 12% Visible Light Transmission (Category 3)
- Some HEV/Blue Light Blockage, Some Infrared Blockage
- Color: Grey, Material: Polycarbonate
- Impact Resistant, C-Wall (Anti-Scratch, Hydroleophobic)
Though we lack the high-tech optometrist-level gadgets in our homes that would allow us to test specific levels of blue light and infrared transference through these lenses, Costa is one of the few brands out there that even offers some protection against these near-visible frequencies of light. What this translates to in actual experience is less eye fatigue in very bright situations. That means that every time we're headed out to kayak on a sunny day, snowshoe in the mountains, or drive all day, these are the pair we most often snag, as they're some of the most comfortable to wear in terms of eyeball feel.
The Rincon also have very limited back-reflection — aka it's harder to see your own face reflected back at you from these lenses than most others. This is partly due to the properties of and coatings on the lenses, and partly due to the shape of the frames, keeping them closer to your face without letting as much light in. Altogether, they're a great pair to look through.
The Rincon are meant to fit large. Costa advertises this specific model for "big heads", and we completely agree. Their wide fit and over-extendable flex hinges work well on our testers with wide faces, without causing the pressure points many of these individuals typically experience with smaller shades. Impressively, they still also fit very comfortably on smaller faces.
At 33 grams, they are rather heavy, though their close-to-face fit helps them stay balanced and not feel overly cumbersome. Smooth, fully-embedded nose pads offer a touch of extra grip when your face is sweaty, keeping them from sliding. Embedded rubber pads at the ends of the bows are lightly grooved to help them grasp above your ears without being abrasive on skin or snagging hair uncomfortably. Keep in mind, they are made to sit quite close to your face, so if you hate sunglasses touching your eyebrows or cheeks at all, you might not enjoy the fit of the Rincon.
The plastic frames are made of castor-based resin. They're thick enough to lend credibility to their durability and feel confidence-inspiring in hand. The 3-barrel flex hinge is easily accessible for tightening with a small screwdriver from the bottom, and its over-extension makes it well-equipped to withstand everyday use.
We read a handful of complaints about bows coming off these frames, but we not only didn't experience this during our testing, but we also didn't notice anything in our careful scrutiny that led us to worry about this happening in the future. Our only complaint about the frames we tested (Black/Shiny Tort) is that they are so shiny on the inside of the nose pads we could see reflections of objects around us in the back of the nose bridge.
Style and Versatility
The overall extra-large size of these frames and lenses is in and of itself kind of a fashion statement. Their square shape looks fairly sporty, which helps to offset what could otherwise look almost Hollywood star-esque. They come in several colors — we tested the Black/Shiny Tort frames, which mix matte black on the top half and outside with a tortoiseshell bottom half and translucent tan bows (covered by black matte).
We think the Rincon look more versatile on larger/wider faces, as a pair you could wear kayaking in the morning, out to lunch, and sailing in the afternoon. They're still not a bad look on narrower faces and smaller heads, but their rectangular shape seems more pronounced in comparison, giving them a much more "sporty" overall vibe.
Oversized lenses and a near-perfect wrap shape keep these sunglasses close to your face to provide excellent coverage. Without a stylish keyhole nose bridge, the Rincon are some of the most protective shades we tested, in terms of sheer coverage. Even with the sun directly overhead or hitting from the side, we never had to worry about it getting into our eyes while wearing these sunglasses.
For being as heavy as they are, the Rincon manage to stay in place impressively well, even when running. This is likely due to those perfectly textured rubber pads that seem to disappear when your face is dry and activate their powers with the addition of sweat. They're also designed to sit quite close to your face, which further helps hold them steady.
The case and cleaning cloth that come with this pair of sunglasses are some of our favorites. The semi-rigid zippered clamshell is easy to use and lightweight — it's only missing a loop for a carabiner. The thick, large cleaning cloth is one of the most effective we've ever tested and became our go-to, even when cleaning eyeglasses or other sunglasses.
The Rincon aren't cheap. However, if they're the right style and fit for your head, we think they're well worth the investment for the exceptional coverage and quality vision they provide.
The Costa Del Mar Rincon are excellent in just about every way. We're obsessed with how good the color and contrast are through their Grey 580P lenses and we love the superior coverage they provide when we need it most. For a full day of bright sun on the lake, there's no other pair we reach for more than these.
— Maggie Brandenburg