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Talking Maui Jim Sunglasses rock!

I purchased my first pair of Maui Jim sunglasses back in 1998 in San Francisco and loved them, even though they were costly. I had them for 6 years, during that time I sent them back to the factory several times for various reasons, all user errors, and cost me nothing but shipping. They finally died 2 years ago in which we held a small but memorable ceremony.

So of course I had to get another pair, I found them at Costco for $99.00...what a bargain. Well, I lost them a couple of weeks ago, we looked everywhere...I was very sad. I had to wear some other forgettable sunglasses we got for free by way of a magazine add.

But today the admiral approved the purchase of a new pair at Costco...same model of course. Now life is good again...bring it on SUN...I am ready!

If you have never had the fortunate opportunity to wear a pair I feel for you...you are really missing out on the finer things in life.



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I couldn't agree more! I've been wearing Maui Jim's or Costa Del Mars since the early 90's! There are NO optically clearer polarized lenses made! Period!!

Currently I own four pairs of Maui's and one pair of Costa Del Mar's. My oldest Maui's, still in working order, are a pair of "Jaws" (that's what they were called) that I bought in 1994.

Knock on wood, I've never lost a pair, because I always wear leashes!!

P.S. I DO NOT like Maui's move towards plastic lenses! I will ONLY buy the solid glass models! Old school I guess...
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Couldn't agree more. Ever since my first pair in '97 I won't wear anything else if I can help it. I'm of the plastic frame of mind though. I love the lightweight of the plastic lenses, and if you take care of your glasses you don't have to worry about ruining them. Additionally I have the ALL plastic style:
Maui Jim Sunglasses - Pele
These are great because after about a year of use, the way I sweat, the hinges rust and finally give out. With these new flexible plastic styles I don't ever have to worry about that again, nothing to rust.

Wish I had fallen into the deal you found T37, but unfortunately I paid about twice that. The kicker about owning MJ's is that the company stands by their product. Unless lost, I've always been able to get the company to replace any damage to my glasses.

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can't agree more ... 1st mate and I have been wearing lightweight MJ's for a couple of years now. Thought I'd have scratched the lenses by now, but they're still in very good condition. Been caught out a couple of times looking for my shades when they were pushed up on my head (duhh !). A bit expensive here in NZ, but the quality is there..
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maybe i'll check those out, lost my Gargoyles recently, miss those dearly. i gotta have something with a little style like the blue ones pictured above.
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I have two pair of Costa Del Mar glasses....love them! The Amber lenses are the best in my opinion. The grey lenses are my back up pair. I was never a fan of the plastic "sproty" frames, I like the Magnum PI look.....now if I could just grow my mustache in thicker....

I have these in grey and amber:
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I couldn't agree more! I've been wearing Maui Jim's or Costa Del Mars since the early 90's! There are NO optically clearer polarized lenses made! Period!!
Perhaps not any more, but Bausch and Lomb, aka: Ray-Ban, used to make a line called "Ambermatic." They were an optical grade, impact-resistant, glass lens, amber-tinted in low light, using either photogray or photosun technology and light-weight metal frames. They were marketed primarily as shooting glasses.

They were terrific glasses, but, as with most other things in the world, it seems, these days: They've been dumped from the maker's product line in favour of cheap plastic crap . So now I don't bother looking at Baush & Lomb or Ray-Ban products anymore.

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P.S. I DO NOT like Maui's move towards plastic lenses! I will ONLY buy the solid glass models! Old school I guess...
I don't much like plastic lenses, either.

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