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Costa Del Mar Hinano Review

These incredibly lightweight glasses have high quality lens and perform well, especially for water-related sports.
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Price:  $259 List | $123.74 at Amazon
Pros:  Good contrast, superb clarity, excellent protective coatings, stay in place, lightweight, all-day comfort
Cons:  Not very stylish, lighter tint suffers in bright light, copper lens distorts colors, too small, expensive
Manufacturer:   Costa del Mar
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 22, 2019
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  • Lens Quality - 30% 9
  • Comfort - 25% 8
  • Frame Quality - 20% 7
  • Style and Versatility - 15% 3
  • Coverage - 10% 5

Our Verdict

We are quite impressed with the performance of the featherweight Del Mar Hinano sunglasses from Costa. With lenses that block 100% of blue light and are one of the few 100% polarized lenses we tested, they perform admirably in high glare situations and are a great choice for water sports. They're durable, stay put during activity, and provide high-level contrast and clarity. The Hinanos are smaller than average glasses, posing some issues for those with medium to larger faces, and their style wasn't a crowd pleaser among our testers. But their quality, utility, and comfort are top-notch, and we think worth their hefty price.

Costa no longer makes the Hinano with the Copper 580P Lenses.


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Pros Good contrast, superb clarity, excellent protective coatings, stay in place, lightweight, all-day comfortGreat clarity, excellent contrast with little color distortion, flexing frames, works for most facesExcellent protection, great clarity, extremely comfortable, good for active endeavors, good for many facesExcellent eye protection and coverage, durable design, great contrast with minimal color distortion, superb caseGreat lens clarity, universally flattering style, surprisingly comfortable, durable build, good eye protection
Cons Not very stylish, lighter tint suffers in bright light, copper lens distorts colors, too small, expensivePeripheral coverage not ideal, cleaner bag a little stiff, may be sporty-lookingDeveloped a slight lens defect, fit is less secure, coverage could be betterHeavy, large overall size and fit, expensiveNot polarized, heavy, large, case not overly protective, expensive
Bottom Line These incredibly lightweight glasses have high quality lens and perform well, especially for water-related sports.A high-quality blend of functionality, versatility, and style.Great protection and amazing comfort, but not completely perfect.A high-performing pair of shades with great coverage and exceptional lens quality, though a bit heavy.These shades are protective, clear, and very cool.
Rating Categories Costa Del Mar Hinano Kaenon Clarke Costa Del Mar Spearo Maui Jim Kahi Vuarnet District Medium Round
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Specs Costa Del Mar Hinano Kaenon Clarke Costa Del Mar Spearo Maui Jim Kahi Vuarnet District...
Lens Tested Copper 580P Grey 12 Pacific Blue Mirror Blue Mirror HCL Bronze Brown Lynx
Ideal Activity everyday water sports water sports everyday everyday
Ideal Lens Light Conditions Low to bright light Bright light Bright light Medium to bright light Medium to bright light
Polarized Yes Yes Yes Yes No, but it is available
Fit Small Medium-Full Medium-Large Large Medium-Large
Weight (grams) 25g 29g 29g 40g 37g
UV Protection 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Visible Light Transmission (VLT) 12% 12% 10% 15% 9%
VLT Protection Index cat 3 cat 3 cat 3 cat 3 cat 3
HEV/Blue Light Protection 100% not specified 100% 95% 97%
Infrared Protection 0% 0% 0% "infrared effective" 93%
Neutral/Contrast Increased contrast Increased contrast Increased contrast Increased contrast Increased contrast
Lens Material glass - 580 Polarized plastic - "SR-91" polycarbonate glass - 580 Polarized (polycarbonate available) glass - "SuperThin Glass" glass - mineral glass
Impact Resistance No Yes No No Yes
Protective Coatings Anti-scratch, oil repellent, water repellent, naturally scratch resistant Anti-reflective back, hydro-oleophobic, mirror Anti-scratch, hydro-oleaophobic, mirror Anti-reflective on front and back Anti-reflective back, silver bi-shade mirror
Can take prescription lens? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Hinge type Spring/flex Standard/barrel Spring/flex Spring/flex Standard/barrel
Case Included Rigid zippered and cleaning cloth Rigid zippered and soft/cleaning bag Rigid zippered and soft/cleaning bag Hard rigid clam case and soft/cleaning bag Semi-rigid flex case and cleaning cloth

Our Analysis and Test Results

We put these sunglasses to the test on Caribbean beaches, sunny boat rides, poolside lounge sessions, and snowy drives. To find out exactly how and why the Costa Del Mar Hinanos impress us so much, keep reading through all the metrics and tests we performed.

Performance Comparison


Lounging on the beach in the Hinanos.
Lounging on the beach in the Hinanos.

Lens Quality


The Costa Hinano sunglasses have some of the best quality lenses of any of the models we tested. They are impressively protected, provide exceptional protection, boast superb clarity, and are lightweight to boot. The Hinanos are the only shades in this review that are 100% polarized, which gives them an edge on the water. They're also one of just two pairs that provide 100% protection from HEV or blue light. (The other pair is the Oakley Holbrooks.) These two qualities help the Costas provide excellent and comfortable eye protection on the water.

Copper 580P Lenses
  • 100% Polarization
  • 100% UV Protection
  • 12% Visible Light Transmission (Category 3)
  • 100% HEV/Blue Light Blockage, No Infrared Blockage
  • Color: Brown/Amber, Material: Plastic, Polycarbonate
  • Not Impact Resistant, Anti-Scratch, Oil and Water repellant coating

Costa makes these lenses water-ready by coating them with scratch resistant, oil repellent, and water repellent layers. This helps to keep the lenses clean and free of oils from your hair and water from surf spray. Costa also claims their 580P lenses score a 7+ on the Bayer Abrasion Test, a frequently used metric for ranking the scratch resistance of lenses. A score of 4 is considered a high-quality lens, so 7+ is exceptional!


Not only do their plastic polycarbonate lenses provide incredible clarity, but the Copper lens color also enhances contrast, colors, and depth perception of the world around you. While the Copper lenses enhance contrast, they also are a bit redder than other brown lenses we tested, and therefore distort colors of reality more than say, the Native Highlines or Maui Jim Kahis. However, we didn't find this distortion to be distracting, just noticeable when comparing the glasses side by side.

Costa lists the Hinanos as having a VLT (visible light transmission) of just 12%. We found that their lighter color lenses are less comfortable in bright, direct sunlight. They don't darken our view as much as the other glasses. This does, however, make them an excellent choice for dawn and dusk or in variable lighting. Compared to similar brown lenses we tested that have higher VLTs like the Highlines, with a VLT of 13% and the Kahis, with a VLT of 15%, the Hinanos felt brighter. Overall though, we love the exceptional quality lenses of the Hinanos.

The Costa lenses are impressively clear and protective.
The Costa lenses are impressively clear and protective.

Comfort


Weighing just 25 grams, the Hinanos tie with the Oakley Holbrooks for the lightest pair of everyday glasses we tested. In addition to being super light, the Hinanos are also one of the best-balanced pairs of sunglasses in this review, making it easy to forget you're even wearing them! They have cleverly incorporated grippy pads both where they touch your nose and on the backs of the arms, which helps keep them on your face and on the top of your head.

Flexible optical spring hinges also aid in the Hinanos' comfort. They easily overextend to accommodate your face while the soft pads at the backs of the arms ensure their grip doesn't create uncomfortable pressure points. Helpfully, they also have a small hole at the back of each arm. This is a secure attachment point for a pair of Croakies to keep them firmly on your head even in rough waters.


As well-designed as we find the Hinanos to be, they are a fairly small pair of sunglasses, which many of our testers with medium and larger faces found to be less comfortable over longer periods. A couple of testers also reported their eyelashes touching the lenses when the glasses were pushed all the way up, which makes blinking an odd feeling. At the end of the day though, we found the Hinanos to be a pretty darn comfortable pair of shades to rock all day in the sun.

Driving from dawn until dusk was easy with these lightweight sunglasses from Costa.
Driving from dawn until dusk was easy with these lightweight sunglasses from Costa.

Coverage


The Hinanos earned their lowest score in our coverage tests, though they still provide about an average amount of eye protection. They're slightly curved, which helps them to hug the wearer's face more than a straight-framed pair like the Ray-Ban Clubmasters do. They also stay in place quite well, providing protection during all kinds of activities.


And yet, these are small glasses. They're relatively narrow, with smaller lenses than the other glasses we tested, so they naturally provide a bit less coverage than larger pairs, like the Maui Jim Kahis, give you. Additionally, the khaki-colored back of the Driftwood/White/Khaki pair of Hinanos we tested were more distracting than the darker and neutral colors of the other sunglasses, making them seem even smaller. Overall, we weren't blown away by the coverage the Hinanos give us.

Small sunglasses  the Hinanos were preferred by our smaller-faced testers.
Small sunglasses, the Hinanos were preferred by our smaller-faced testers.

Frame Quality


We read online reports of people returning their brand new Hinanos because they felt the frames were too light that they felt cheap. In contrast, we found the Hinano frames to be well-built and able to withstand a lot of wear and tear. Made of acetate, these frames have a decent amount of natural flex to them. Combine that with the optical spring hinges, and you have a surprisingly flexible pair of shades! This flex adds to our confidence in how well they handle being smashed and tossed around and used on a daily basis, rather than detracting from it.

We didn't have a single issue with the durability or usage of these sunglasses during several months of testing. Additionally, Costa protects these sunnies with a lifetime warranty against all manufacturer defects. If you do happen to break them, you can send them in and pay for Costa to repair them.


We initially had a few doubts about these glasses snapping because they had too much flex. But after using them almost daily for months on end, we certainly didn't break them in half. And while we didn't experience any issues with the nose pads, we do have some reservations about their longevity over many years in the sun, particularly after prolonged exposure to salt water.

The overextension of the hinges, while being quite handy for their comfort and durability, is also a little concerning. They are so easy to bend outward that they also seem easy to break. The only other everyday sunglasses we tested with flexible spring hinges are the Maui Jim Kahis, which are a little stiffer and sturdy-feeling than the Hinanos. But, when all was said and done, we found the Hinano frames to be decently durable and wonderfully lightweight.

Your new Costas will come with a rigid zippered case and the largest  thickest cleaning cloth of any pair of sunglasses we tested.
Your new Costas will come with a rigid zippered case and the largest, thickest cleaning cloth of any pair of sunglasses we tested.

Style/Versatility


Unfortunately, this is where the Hinanos fall short among our reviewers. As much as we love the quality, design, and feel of these sunglasses, just about everyone who tried these on couldn't get behind the look of them. The khaki back and angular frames felt a bit harsh to most people's sensibilities. And the Copper lenses, so wonderful to block out harsh glare and blue light, are quite transparent and appear almost rose in the right light.


That said, Costa makes a plethora of different frames and offers a number of lens options. You should have no problem finding a pair that better suits your sense of style if the Hinanos aren't it. And hey — if it's cool to be different, the Hinanos are certainly that!

Grippy pads and attachment holes for Croakies help keep these shades solidly on your face.
Grippy pads and attachment holes for Croakies help keep these shades solidly on your face.

Case Quality


The Hinanos come with a rigid zippered case that looks just like the one that accompanies the Native Highlines but is a few grams lighter. This case isn't one you'd necessarily feel good about backing your car over, but it does a pretty good job keeping your spendy sunnies from getting squashed flat in your overstuffed bag to Honduras. (We know. We tried.) It's also fairly lightweight compared to the exceptionally durable but behemoth Maui Jim Kahi case, and only 11 grams heavier than the far less rigid cases that accompany the Vuarnet District Medium Rounds or Ray-Ban Clubmasters.

If you're tossing them into a giant beach bag, this minute weight difference may not matter. But if you're hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, every gram counts! The Costas also come with a large, thick cleaning cloth. We like that!

In general, we appreciate the functionality of the zippered Hinano case. That said, it is a bit more obnoxious to use than the simple clam-shell case of the Maui Jims or the single snap of the Vuarnets. It is less bombproof than the Maui Jims as well. If that's something you desire in a case, and weight is no object, you may find yourself searching for a new case. But overall, we think the Costa case is a good combination of weight and protection, and the large cleaning cloth is a useful addition.

Not our favorite style - perhaps it's the transparency of the lense  the shape of the frames  or something entirely different.
Not our favorite style - perhaps it's the transparency of the lense, the shape of the frames, or something entirely different.

Best Applications


The incredible clarity and protection offered by the Hinano polarized 580P sunglasses make them exceptionally well-suited for high glare situations with a lot of blue surroundings — like on the water or even on snow. Additionally, their enhanced contrast makes them great candidates for variable lighting conditions, such as a day of patchy sun and clouds or an early morning SUP session. Their light weight and ability to stay put on your face will work for everything from everyday errands to trekking up the mountain or kayaking across the lake.

Spend the day at the lake in comfort when you rock the Costa Hinanos.
Spend the day at the lake in comfort when you rock the Costa Hinanos.

Value


Retailing for about $260, the Hinano is one of the most expensive pairs of everyday specs we reviewed. And while more money doesn't always get you a quality product, in this case, it does. We found the lens and frame quality and durability to be outstanding, and the glasses to be light, balanced, and comfortable for all-day wear. Though the small size and unique look lost these sunnies some points for coverage and style, we still think the dough you spend on a pair of Hinanos is well worth the incredible protection they provide.

Conclusion


The high-quality lenses and lightweight, comfortable design of the Hinano sunglasses make them a solid option, and they are excellent for water sports. Though they aren't our favorite style and their small size offers less coverage than some larger, more fitted models, these shades pack a fantastic performance. Protecting your eyes from harmful light while repelling water and oil and being phenomenally scratch resistant, the Hinano 580Ps are top performers, and we think well worth their robust price tag.

The Costa Hinanos with 580P Copper lenses are among the best performing lenses and frames we reviewed.
The Costa Hinanos with 580P Copper lenses are among the best performing lenses and frames we reviewed.

Other Versions and Accessories


The Hinanos are also available in a couple of other frame colors (Blackout and Matte Coconut Fade) and several choices of lens color including Green Mirror and Blue Mirror. Costa sells seven different combinations of lenses in green, blue, grey, brown and yellow.

We tested the 580P lenses, which are polycarbonate, but they also make 580G lenses of glass, which they claim to be scratch proof (at least the mirrored layer) and even more clear than the polycarbonates. They are a bit heavier though.

Costa also makes scores of other styles of sunglasses with the same lens technology and a few additional styles just for prescription lenses.


Maggie Brandenburg