Kaliyadi Semi-Rimless Polarized Review
Cons: Lenses are foggy, easily bent out of shape, terrible reflections, easily scratched
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Kaliyadi Semi-Rimless Polarized
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|Pros||Cool Clubmaster style, inexpensive, multi-pair pack||Great lens quality, excellent gradient, very comfortable, versatile style, good case||Great contrast, comfortable, easy style to love||Protective lenses, good contrast, secure fit, versatile use across lighting and activities||Bold 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 scratched||Not polarized, may be loose on top of head||A bit small, translucent frame magnifies light, expensive||May be tight, mirror lenses collect smudges, case is a poor cleaner||Narrow fit, not great directly into sun|
|Bottom Line||The low price of this multi-pair pack is tempting but brings equally low performance||Excellent quality shades that are protective and stylish, offering top-notch quality for a reasonable price||These are great quality sunglasses with excellent contrast and a superb face feel||A sporty yet chic pair of cute, comfortable shades that can keep up with you from casual brunches to afternoon hikes||A 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|
|Lens Quality (30%)|
|Style And Versatility (20%)|
|Frame Quality (15%)|
|Specs||Kaliyadi...||Ray-Ban Erika||Maui Jim Honi||Smith Caper...||Costa del Mar...|
|Grey Gradient||Blue HCL Bronze||Opal Mirror ChromaPop||Green Mirror 580P|
|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|
|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|
|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.
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.
- 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Kaliyadi multi-pack we tested comes with three sunglasses and no case. They do have a thin medium-sized microfiber cleaning cloth.
Even for this shockingly low cost, the performance and durability of these glasses is not something we can recommend with any confidence.
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.
— Maggie Brandenburg