Duduma Polarized Review
Cons: Bad glare, smaller fit
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|Pros||Simple, easy to wear, inexpensive||Great clarity, excellent contrast, minimal color distortion, very comfortable, look good on pretty much everyone||Great color retention, superb coverage, quality construction, fits many face sizes, great case and cleaning cloth||Lightweight, comfortable, stable, good on many faces, nice case||Lightweight, comfortable, secure, good balance, versatile, look good|
|Cons||Bad glare, smaller fit||Peripheral coverage not ideal, can still bounce a little||Heavy, large lens "look", weird inside reflective patch||Not overly stylish, run small, temple grips could be cleaner cut||Hinges loosen, brown lenses are yellowy|
|Bottom Line||Simple wraparounds that are easy to wear and won't break the bank||Exceptional lenses in impressively comfortable frames that manage to be extremely functional while still looking casual||Top-notch coverage and superb color retention make these large-fit shades well-equipped to protect your eyes from water-reflected light||These sunnies are light and comfortable for your face and eyes and a bit easier on your wallet||A 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%)|
|Frame Quality (20%)|
|Style And Versatility (15%)|
|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|
|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|
|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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
— Maggie Brandenburg