New Stuff: Costa Rafael Sunglasses
January 15, 2016
Costa’s new Rafael frame is made of a rugged resin material sourced from the castor plant, a sustainable, hardy perennial. The “bio-based” resin produces increased durability, overall frame weight reduction, and the ability for the frames to hold their shape in extreme temperatures.
Also, the bio-based resin frame-construction process reduces Costa’s manufacturing emissions by up to 40%, and cuts the company’s overall carbon footprint significantly.
In addition to its durable frame, the Rafael features a wide-temple, wrap-style design, with sturdy integral-hinge technology. It also offers Costa’s signature 3-square-hole venting system to alleviate lens fogging, and hypoallergenic rubberized temple tips and nose pads to keep the sunglasses comfortably in place.
Rafael frame color options include Blackout, Matte Retro Tortoise, Matte Olive Teak and Matte Black Teak.
Costa sunglasses can be customized with its full array of patented color-enhancing polarized 580 lenses, which selectively filter out harsh yellow and harmful high-energy ultraviolet blue light. Filtering yellow light enhances reds, blues and greens, and produces better contrast and definition while reducing glare and eye fatigue. Absorbing high-energy blue light cuts haze, producing greater visual clarity and sharpness.
The 580 lenses are available in either glass or impact-resistant polycarbonate. Lens color options include gray, copper, sunrise (580P only), blue mirror, green mirror and silver mirror. Rafael is also available in customized Rx sun lenses.