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Costa Del Mar Rincon Review

Top-notch coverage and superb color retention make these large-fit shades well-equipped to protect your eyes from water-reflected light
Costa Del Mar Rincon
Photo: Costa Del Mar
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Price:  $179 List | $129.84 at Amazon
Pros:  Great color retention, superb coverage, quality construction, fits many face sizes, great case and cleaning cloth
Cons:  Heavy, large lens "look", weird inside reflective patch
Manufacturer:   Costa Del Mar
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 27, 2021
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  • Lens Quality - 30% 8
  • Comfort - 25% 8
  • Frame Quality - 20% 9
  • Style and Versatility - 15% 8
  • Coverage - 10% 9

Our Verdict

The Costa Del Mar Rincon are large sunglasses — both in fit and coverage. They offer everything we want in a grey lens and provide excellent on-water eye protection. Their size and shape help keep peripheral vision covered while fitting both large and small faces with ease. Their Grey 580P lenses retain excellent color accuracy and increase contrast more than any other grey lens we've tested. They're a bit heavy for fully plastic shades, and their large, rectangular shape might not be the most stylish. But when coverage and protection in tricky lighting are what you need, these are top-notch.

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Pros Great color retention, superb coverage, quality construction, fits many face sizes, great case and cleaning clothGreat clarity, excellent contrast, minimal color distortion, very comfortable, look good on pretty much everyoneLightweight, comfortable, stable, good on many faces, nice caseLightweight, comfortable, secure, good balance, versatile, look goodLightweight, true to color, minimal face touching, not super sporty-looking
Cons Heavy, large lens "look", weird inside reflective patchPeripheral coverage not ideal, can still bounce a littleNot overly stylish, run small, temple grips could be cleaner cutHinges loosen, brown lenses are yellowyRun small, fairly specific style, large edge gaps
Bottom Line Top-notch coverage and superb color retention make these large-fit shades well-equipped to protect your eyes from water-reflected lightExceptional lenses in impressively comfortable frames that manage to be extremely functional while still looking casualThese sunnies are light and comfortable for your face and eyes and a bit easier on your walletA solidly versatile pair of comfortable shades that are easy to wear and a great priceLightweight shades that stay solidly in place without looking as sporty as most of the rest
Rating Categories Costa Del Mar Rincon Kaenon Clarke Native Eyewear Wells Suncloud Rambler Tifosi Swank SL
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Specs Costa Del Mar Rincon Kaenon Clarke Native Eyewear Wells Suncloud Rambler Tifosi Swank SL
Lens Tested Grey 580P Ultra Brown 12 Crystal Grey Brown Brown
Ideal Lens Light Conditions Bright Light Bright light Medium to bright light Medium to bright light Bright Light
Polarized Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fit XL/Wide Medium-Full Large Medium Medium
Weight (grams) 33g 29g 26g 25g 23g
UV Protection 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Visible Light Transmission (VLT) 12% 12% 12% 15% Not specified
VLT Protection Index Cat 3 Cat 3 Cat 3 Cat 3 Not specified
HEV/Blue Light Protection (claim) 100% HEV blockage None 90% None None
Infrared Protection (claim) None None 40% None None
Neutral/Contrast Neutral Increased contrast Neutral Increased contrast Increased contrast
Lens Material Polycarbonate Plastic - "SR-91" polycarbonate Plastic polycarbonate Plastic polycarbonate Polycarbonate
Impact Resistance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Protective Coatings C-WALL (anti-scratch, hydroleophobic) Anti-reflective back, hydroleophobic, anti-scratch Anti-scratch, hydroleophobic Anti-reflective Anti-scratch
Can take prescription lens? Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Hinge type Spring Standard/barrel Standard/barrel Standard/barrel Autolocking integrated hinge
Case Included Semi-rigid zippered case, microfiber bag, microfiber cleaning cloth Semi-rigid zippered case, microfiber bag Semi-rigid zippered case, microfiber bag 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.

Performance Comparison


The coverage and eye protection of the Rincons make them an...
The coverage and eye protection of the Rincons make them an excellent choice for sunny days spent on the water.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Lens Quality


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.

Grey 580P Lenses
  • Polarized
  • 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.

Keeping our eyes cool as cucumbers safely behind the Rincon's...
Keeping our eyes cool as cucumbers safely behind the Rincon's protective Grey 580P lenses.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Comfort


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.

Ready to hit the water with our protective sun hat and Costa Rincon.
Ready to hit the water with our protective sun hat and Costa Rincon.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Frame Quality


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.

The shininess of the frames we tested actually created small...
The shininess of the frames we tested actually created small reflections on the backs of the nose pads.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

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.

Our testing team still really likes how the Rincon looks.
Our testing team still really likes how the Rincon looks.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Coverage


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 large lenses and wide frames give extra coverage to these...
The large lenses and wide frames give extra coverage to these practically perfectly curved sunglasses.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Case Quality


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 Costa Del Mar case and cleaning cloth are some of our favorites...
The Costa Del Mar case and cleaning cloth are some of our favorites we've ever tested.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.

From beer gardens to beaches, we love wearing the Costa Rincon.
From beer gardens to beaches, we love wearing the Costa Rincon.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Brandenburg