I have been using the Costa Del Mar Man O War glasses all summer and I have loved them. The glasses use the 580p copper lenses. I wanted to wait a little while before properly reviewing them to let me have a chance to get good use of them in lots of different conditions to see where they would work well.
I went for the copper lenses as these are supposed to be better suited to low light conditions, such as dusk and dawn, which is when I do the majority of my Bass fishing. However, I ended up using them though at all times of the day and in all sorts of light conditions and bar from being very dark conditions they benefitted me at all times.
If you have never used polarised glasses you are actually missing out a fair bit. The glasses enhance what you can see, sometimes quite dramatically, and this will no doubt aid your fishing. I found them most useful when able to fish from a vantage point above the water, looking down into medium to deep water. The glasses remove nearly all the glare from the surface and highlight the rocks and weed underneath. This helped massively with my fishing on the marks we try for Wrasse and Pollock. It allows you to pick out all the features and fish your soft lures tight to the structure. Wrasse fishing was made much easier by being able to spot any fish following the lure from quite a distance, allowing you to slow down and jig the lure a little to entice the bite. I can honestly say the glasses 100% improved my fishing.
When Bass fishing into sunrises and sunsets, the ability to see into the water was reduced from daytime Wrasse and Pollock fishing, but it was still much clearer than when not using the glasses. Obviously the dazzle from the sun itself is reduced, but you were still able to pick out features like rocks and weed beds to either target or avoid, depending on how you were fishing and what lures you were using. They also helped massively when surface fishing to spot fish and working out what they were doing when they got interested in the lure. Allowing you to make a better choice of whether to stop or move the lure.
When playing fish, I felt more in control as I could see where the fish was headed, what obstacles were about that the fish might head into and on a few occasions I could see how well the fish was hooked.
The lenses also bring out the colour much more dramatically. It is like a camera filter has been placed on your eyes, making objects stand out much more and look much more vibrant. This helped with spotting fishing moving about occasionally, making them stand out from the background. I have never noticed as many mullet on my marks as I did when wearing the glasses.
The glasses were comfortable to wear all day and I never had any problems with red marks afterwards. I often forgot they were on at all. I bought a pair of costa keeper retainers to help me avoid losing or dropping the glasses which was also nice and easy to fit and although the glasses seem to grip your head well it was nice to have the assurance of them.
Unfortunately the Costa Keepers couldn’t stop my own stupidity and I managed to leave the glasses on the roof of my car before driving off on a session a couple of weeks ago. I am definitely missing them now as they had become a part of my regular tackle and I now feel like I am losing out on what is happening in front of me when I am fishing. A very good bit of kit, that has very real effect on my fishing.