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Kaliyadi Semi-Rimless Polarized Review

The low price of this multi-pair pack is tempting but brings equally low performance
Kaliyadi Semi-Rimless Polarized
Photo: KALIYADI
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Price:  $24 List | $15.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Cool Clubmaster style, inexpensive, multi-pair pack
Cons:  Lenses are foggy, easily bent out of shape, terrible reflections, easily scratched
Manufacturer:   KALIYADI
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 9, 2021
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  • Comfort - 25% 3
  • Style and Versatility - 20% 5
  • Frame Quality - 15% 3
  • Coverage - 10% 2

Our Verdict

The Kaliyadi Semi-Rimless Polarized are inexpensive sunglasses but all-around underwhelming. Despite declaring they're polarized right in the title, they're not polarized. Instead, the lenses offer intense reflections of your own face, unpleasant cloudiness, and are difficult to see through in the sun (despite being sunglasses). They bend easily, allowing them to quickly become distorted and difficult to wear. They also picked up lots of scratches during our testing process. Perhaps if you really like the look and want three pairs for the price of one, they may be worth sacrificing quality for quantity, but we're not impressed.

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Pros Cool Clubmaster style, inexpensive, multi-pair packGreat lens quality, excellent gradient, very comfortable, versatile style, good caseGreat contrast, comfortable, easy style to loveProtective lenses, good contrast, secure fit, versatile use across lighting and activitiesBold style, great narrow fit, adjustable nose pads, good protection, sturdy build, cool case
Cons Lenses are foggy, easily bent out of shape, terrible reflections, easily scratchedNot polarized, may be loose on top of headA bit small, translucent frame magnifies light, expensiveMay be tight, mirror lenses collect smudges, case is a poor cleanerNarrow fit, not great directly into sun
Bottom Line The low price of this multi-pair pack is tempting but brings equally low performanceExcellent quality shades that are protective and stylish, offering top-notch quality for a reasonable priceThese are great quality sunglasses with excellent contrast and a superb face feelA sporty yet chic pair of cute, comfortable shades that can keep up with you from casual brunches to afternoon hikesA great set of aviators for smaller faces with good protection and a brazen style
Rating Categories Kaliyadi Semi-Rimless Polari... Ray-Ban Erika Maui Jim Honi Smith Caper Chromapop Costa del Mar Fernandina
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Specs Kaliyadi... Ray-Ban Erika Maui Jim Honi Smith Caper... Costa del Mar...
Lens Tested Brown
and Black
Grey Gradient Blue HCL Bronze Opal Mirror ChromaPop Green Mirror 580P
Polarized No Yes Yes No Yes
Fit Medium Standard Narrow Medium Narrow/Small
Weight (grams) 26g 22g 35g 27g 32g
UV Protection 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Visible Light Transmission (VLT) Not specified Not specified 12% 15% 10%
VLT Protection Index Not specified Cat 3 Cat 3 Cat 3 Cat 3
HEV/Blue Light Protection (claim) None None "HEV reduction" None 100% HEV blockage
Infrared Protection (claim) None None None None None
Neutral/Contrast Increased contrast Neutral Increased contrast Increased contrast Increased contrast
Lens Material Plastic Polycarbonate SuperThin glass Carbonic Mineral glass
Impact Resistance Yes Yes No Yes No
Protective Coatings None None Anti-reflective, anti-scratch, hydroleophobic Anti-reflective,hydroleophobic resistance, mirror coating C-WALL (anti-scratch and hydroleophobic), mirror
Can take prescription lens? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hinge type Standard Standard Flex Standard Standard
Case Included Inconsistent; some with microfiber bag and microfiber cleaning cloth, some with cloth only Yes; semi-rigid snapshell case and microfiber cleaning cloth Yes; rigid triangular collapsible case, microfiber cleaning cloth Yes; microfiber bag Yes; cork box, microfiber bag

Our Analysis and Test Results

We tested the Kaliyadi Semi-Rimless Polarized as a three-pack with Brown and Black lenses. They are all Medium size and collectively come with no case and just a single microfiber cleaning cloth.

Performance Comparison


Testing the Kaliyadi on a bright day.
Testing the Kaliyadi on a bright day.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Lens Quality


The Kaliyadi lenses are far from our favorites, letting us down at nearly every turn. They claim they're polarized, but not one of our three pairs was actually polarized and their contrast and coloration are pretty average for brown and grey lenses.

Brown and Black Lenses
  • Not Polarized
  • 100% UV Protection
  • Unspecified Visible Light Transmission (Category 3)
  • 0% HEV/Blue Light Blockage, 0% Infrared Blockage
  • Color: Brown and Grey, Material: Plastic (Unspecified)
  • Anti-Reflective, Impact Resistant

The backs of these lenses are intensely reflective, offering us a glimpse into pores we didn't even know we had. They're cloudy too, not even offering a clear view of the world. And after a few months of regular wear, all three of these sunglasses became covered in micro-scratches, further diminishing our vision.

We're not big fans of the cloudiness, reflectiveness, and overall...
We're not big fans of the cloudiness, reflectiveness, and overall poor protection of these shades.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Comfort


We expected to be able to find some level of comfort, with adjustable nose pads, but these sunnies are not nearly as adjustable as we had hoped. They feel like they're about ready to snap off when moving in them. Furthermore, these nose pads are held on by shockingly long, extremely sharp screws, all of which easily catch in hair when placed on the top of the head. One of our three pairs also came fairly bent out of shape, as the metal nose bridge is easy to bend. They weigh 26 grams, which is just average for this group.

The nose pads aren't as adjustable as we wish they were.
The nose pads aren't as adjustable as we wish they were.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Style and Versatility


Designed after the classic Clubmaster style, the Kaliyadi are okay. We liked the opaque versions more, while the translucent brown frame is distractingly see-through. Not only was it distracting while wearing them, but it's also easy to see the various components within and screws holding them together. The black ones are a bit better, offering just a slightly sloppier variation of this classic style.

The brown Kaliyadi aren't our favorite of the three.
The brown Kaliyadi aren't our favorite of the three.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Frame Quality


We're unimpressed with the quality of these frames. Every screw is on display, the nose pads are lying in wait to snag hair, and every metal section can be easily bent with just a moderate amount of pressure. They're not the pair we'd expect to survive a trip through the airport in a checked bag without a seriously beefy case to protect them.

They're a bit clumsy in their construction, with metal components...
They're a bit clumsy in their construction, with metal components that bend easily.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Coverage


These medium-sized lenses wouldn't be horrible on a different style of frame. However, the Clubmaster-inspired frame they have holds them away from the face, making it very easy for light to get around and directly into the eyes. The frames are very glossy and seem to become almost slippery with sweat, which isn't a great recipe for keeping them in place on a hot summer day.

Not the best coverage.
Not the best coverage.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Case Quality


The Kaliyadi multi-pack we tested comes with three sunglasses and no case. They do have a thin medium-sized microfiber cleaning cloth.

Three pairs and zero cases.
Three pairs and zero cases.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Value


Even for this shockingly low cost, the performance and durability of these glasses is not something we can recommend with any confidence.

Conclusion


The Kaliyadi Semi-Rimless are an inexpensive multi-pair pack of sunglasses that let us down over and over again. From easily warped frames that don't look as cool on as they do in the ads to lenses that are cloudy, scratch easily, and act as mirrors to the eyeballs, they're just not a great set of sunglasses. We tested other inexpensive shades that we like far more than these.

They're cheap, but that's about it.
They're cheap, but that's about it.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Brandenburg