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Duduma Polarized Review

Simple wraparounds that are easy to wear and won't break the bank
Duduma Polarized
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Price:  $22 List | $21.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Simple, easy to wear, inexpensive
Cons:  Bad glare, smaller fit
Manufacturer:   Duduma
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 27, 2021
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  • Lens Quality - 30% 4
  • Comfort - 25% 3
  • Frame Quality - 20% 3
  • Style and Versatility - 15% 3
  • Coverage - 10% 4

Our Verdict

The Duduma Polarized are a pretty straightforward pair of wraparound sport sunglasses that look straight out of the 90s. Their simple design makes them easy to wear and reasonably comfortable, though they tend to be a better fit on smaller faces. Texturized rubber nose pads help them stay put on long sweaty runs and hot summer days. They aren't the most impressive lenses, with a more dreary grey color and pretty intense back-glare reflections. But they're inexpensive and undemanding and can make a decent trail partner for infrequent and unpicky users.

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Pros Simple, easy to wear, inexpensiveGreat clarity, excellent contrast, minimal color distortion, very comfortable, look good on pretty much everyoneGreat color retention, superb coverage, quality construction, fits many face sizes, great case and cleaning clothLightweight, comfortable, stable, good on many faces, nice caseLightweight, comfortable, secure, good balance, versatile, look good
Cons Bad glare, smaller fitPeripheral coverage not ideal, can still bounce a littleHeavy, large lens "look", weird inside reflective patchNot overly stylish, run small, temple grips could be cleaner cutHinges loosen, brown lenses are yellowy
Bottom Line Simple wraparounds that are easy to wear and won't break the bankExceptional lenses in impressively comfortable frames that manage to be extremely functional while still looking casualTop-notch coverage and superb color retention make these large-fit shades well-equipped to protect your eyes from water-reflected lightThese 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 price
Rating Categories Duduma Polarized Kaenon Clarke Costa Del Mar Rincon Native Eyewear Wells Suncloud Rambler
Lens Quality (30%)
4
9
8
7
5
Comfort (25%)
3
9
8
6
7
Frame Quality (20%)
3
9
9
7
7
Style And Versatility (15%)
3
9
8
7
9
Coverage (10%)
4
7
9
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Specs Duduma Polarized Kaenon Clarke Costa Del Mar Rincon Native Eyewear Wells Suncloud Rambler
Lens Tested Black Ultra Brown 12 Grey 580P Crystal Grey Brown
Ideal Lens Light Conditions Medium to bright light Bright light Bright Light Medium to bright light Medium to bright light
Polarized Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fit Medium Medium-Full XL/Wide Large Medium
Weight (grams) 24g 29g 33g 26g 25g
UV Protection 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Visible Light Transmission (VLT) Not specified 12% 12% 12% 15%
VLT Protection Index Not specified Cat 3 Cat 3 Cat 3 Cat 3
HEV/Blue Light Protection (claim) None None 100% HEV blockage 90% None
Infrared Protection (claim) None None None 40% None
Neutral/Contrast Neutral Increased contrast Neutral Neutral Increased contrast
Lens Material Polycarbonate Plastic - "SR-91" polycarbonate Polycarbonate Plastic polycarbonate Plastic polycarbonate
Impact Resistance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Protective Coatings Anti-scratch Anti-reflective back, hydroleophobic, anti-scratch C-WALL (anti-scratch, hydroleophobic) Anti-scratch, hydroleophobic Anti-reflective
Can take prescription lens? No Yes Yes Yes No
Hinge type Standard integrated Standard/barrel Spring Standard/barrel Standard/barrel
Case Included Microfiber bag Semi-rigid zippered case, microfiber bag Semi-rigid zippered case, microfiber bag, microfiber cleaning cloth Semi-rigid zippered case, microfiber bag Microfiber bag

Our Analysis and Test Results

We tested the Duduma Polarized with Blue lenses. They have a medium fit and come with a microfiber storage bag and microfiber cleaning cloth.

Performance Comparison


Testing the Dudumas on sweaty trail runs in the desert.
Testing the Dudumas on sweaty trail runs in the desert.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Lens Quality


The Blue lenses we tested appear grey to look through while offering a pretty true-to-color experience. They're not very dark and aren't great for long-time wear in very bright light. They're fairly clear, though the polarization on the pair we tested is a little weak near the bridge.

Blue Lenses
  • Polarized
  • 100% UV Protection
  • Visible Light Transmission Not Specified (Category 3)
  • 0% HEV/Blue Light Blockage, 0% Infrared Blockage
  • Color: Grey, Material: Polycarbonate
  • Impact Resistant, Anti-Scratch

Even with their close-fitting wraparound shape, the Duduma have distracting counter-reflection and glare. We could clearly see our own faces with excruciating detail in the backs of the lenses while wearing them.

Comfort


These wrap-style shades are so intensely circular that they basically smash themselves against your face. If that's where you normally wear your glasses, you may not notice as much. The nose pads are quite large and, on some of our testers with shallower eyes, end up digging into the tear ducts rather uncomfortably. They're lightweight though, weighing just 24 grams, and many of our testers found them fairly comfortable and inoffensive to wear.

These wraparound shades are very circular and rather small.
These wraparound shades are very circular and rather small.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Frame Quality


Made of unspecified plastic, these inexpensive glasses feel like how they look — a bit flimsy and not overly confidence-inspiring. Just okay. Their bows are made in two sections that are joined together, creating another potential for fit and durability issues down the road. We had no issues with the durability of ours during our several months of testing but read dozens of online complaints about them cracking, snapping, and falling apart over time.

Not the best sunglasses, but not the worst we've tested.
Not the best sunglasses, but not the worst we've tested.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Style and Versatility


With plain black frames and plain grey lenses, the Duduma aren't walking down the red carpet any time soon. We don't hate them, but one tester summed them up well when he said, "they look like gas station glassed from the 90s".

These rubber nose pads are quite large and protrude into the corners...
These rubber nose pads are quite large and protrude into the corners of some of our testers' eyes.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Coverage


With oversized nose pads, the Duduma couldn't ride as close to most of our testers' faces as we'd like this style to sit. That means gaps all around, for most of us. Additionally, these lenses are on the small side, further exposing the eyes to sun and glare. Those rubber giant nose pads do a good job holding them in place though.

Case Quality


These come with a simple microfiber bag closed by a plastic toggle on a string, as well as a very small, thin microfiber cleaning cloth. If you want better protection from them getting crushed, you'll have to purchase a hard case separately.

The Duduma come with a microfiber bag and cloth.
The Duduma come with a microfiber bag and cloth.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Value


Despite being one of the least expensive pairs of sport sunglasses we tested, the Duduma just didn't impress us with their performance and wearability.

Conclusion


The Duduma Polarized are a lightweight pair of wraparound shades that are just okay. They're fairly small and simple, which might make them a decent choice for infrequent use by narrow-faced folks with low expectations.

We're not in love with these, but they're better than NO sunglasses.
We're not in love with these, but they're better than NO sunglasses.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Brandenburg