Hulislem S1 Polarized Review
Cons: Pointy nose pads, unfinished edges, bad counter reflection, not very dark
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Hulislem S1 Polarized
|Price||$19.97 at Amazon||$209.00 at Amazon||$178.93 at Amazon||$78.95 at Backcountry|
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|Pros||Good side coverage, nice case, 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||Pointy nose pads, unfinished edges, bad counter reflection, not very dark||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||An inexpensive wrap-style pair that just can't offer the coverage or comfort we want||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||Hulislem S1 Polarized||Kaenon Clarke||Costa Del Mar Rincon||Native Eyewear Wells||Suncloud Rambler|
|Lens Quality (30%)|
|Frame Quality (20%)|
|Style And Versatility (15%)|
|Specs||Hulislem S1...||Kaenon Clarke||Costa Del Mar Rincon||Native Eyewear Wells||Suncloud Rambler|
|Lens Tested||Smoke||Ultra Brown 12||Grey 580P||Crystal Grey||Brown|
|Ideal Lens Light Conditions||Medium 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||Triacetate cellulose||Plastic - "SR-91" polycarbonate||Polycarbonate||Plastic polycarbonate||Plastic polycarbonate|
|Protective Coatings||Anti-glare||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||Semi-rigid zippered case||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 Hulislem S1 Polarized with Smoke lenses. They're a medium size and come with a semi-rigid zippered clamshell case (with plastic carabiner) and a very small microfiber cleaning cloth.
These smoke lenses are grey, but appear almost blue-tinted when looking through them. Though we couldn't find what amount of visible light they let through, they feel lighter than almost every other pair of shades we tested, making them a poor choice for difficult times of day (like golden hour) or even particularly bright situations like driving on a cloudless day.
- 100% UV Protection
- Unspecified Visible Light Transmission (Category 3)
- 0% HEV/Blue Light Blockage, 0% Infrared Blockage
- Color: Grey, Material: Triacetate Cellulose
- Impact Resistant, Anti-Glare
The Hulislem S1 also has an intense amount of back glare on the lenses, pretty clearly reflecting our face back into, well, our faces. They claim to have an anti-glare coating, but in practice, this doesn't seem to make any functional difference.
For testers with narrower nose bridges, the S1 proved to be extremely uncomfortable. They have pointed nose pads that are at just the right angle to jut directly into tear ducts when pushed up. Their wrap style grabs behind the ears, easily letting them lift off the face when smiling. And their plastic frames are unrefined, with sharp plastic edges all over that slice into the tops of the ears and sides of the head. We do not enjoy wearing these.
The S1 are made of TR90 plastic. That's all fine and well, but our issue is their pattern of construction. They're made of a ton of different pieces, all joined together. None of them look particularly well-designed or solidly combined and left us wondering how long they'll stay all in one piece. Though nothing fell apart or started peeling during our several-month testing period, we read a ton of reviews reporting all kinds of durability issues — not exactly bolstering our already wavering confidence.
Style and Versatility
Even as a wrap-style pair of shades, the look of the S1 proved controversial. Some testers think their patchwork style of frame looks unfinished, cheap, and careless. Yet others think that same pattern looks technical, sporty, and expensive.
While wraparound sunglasses are meant to provide excellent coverage, the Hulislem S1 fall far short of the mark. Their awkwardly angled, protruding nose pads prove to be their downfall, keeping them far enough away from your face that they leave large gaps on both the top and bottom of the shades. Their wider lenses offer decent side coverage, though.
These shades come in a semi-rigid zippered clamshell case with a non-removable plastic clip on one end. They also include a small microfiber cleaning cloth, all of which are easy and comfortable to use.
As one of the least expensive sport sunglasses we tested, we hoped these would prove their value. Unfortunately, their lack of coverage, uncomfortable fit, and unimpressive sun protection leave us wishing we'd saved the cash.
The Hulislem S1 sport sunglasses are a polarized, wraparound style that just can't quite measure up to the competition. They fall well below average and far below expectation when it comes to comfort, light blockage, and coverage. Though they'll surely save you money compared to many others, we think that money is better spent elsewhere.
— Maggie Brandenburg