Maui Jim Honi Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Great contrast, comfortable, easy style to love
Cons: A bit small, translucent frame magnifies light, expensive
Manufacturer: Maui Jim
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|Pros||Great contrast, comfortable, easy style to love||Great lens quality, excellent gradient, very comfortable, versatile style, good case||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||Outstanding coverage, great lenses, stylish, flexible bows|
|Cons||A bit small, translucent frame magnifies light, expensive||Not polarized, may be loose on top of head||May be tight, mirror lenses collect smudges, case is a poor cleaner||Narrow fit, not great directly into sun||Oddly specific fit, mirror coating is difficult to clean|
|Bottom Line||These are great quality sunglasses with excellent contrast and a superb face feel||Excellent quality shades that are protective and stylish, offering top-notch quality for a reasonable price||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||The particular fit of these glasses is a huge hit for many in regards to comfort and fashion|
|Rating Categories||Maui Jim Honi||Ray-Ban Erika||Smith Caper Chromapop||Costa del Mar Fernandina||Vuarnet Legend 02|
|Lens Quality (30%)|
|Style And Versatility (20%)|
|Frame Quality (15%)|
|Specs||Maui Jim Honi||Ray-Ban Erika||Smith Caper...||Costa del Mar...||Vuarnet Legend 02|
|Lens Tested||Blue HCL Bronze||Grey Gradient||Opal Mirror ChromaPop||Green Mirror 580P||Pure Brown Gold Flash|
|Visible Light Transmission (VLT)||12%||Not specified||15%||10%||11%|
|VLT Protection Index||Cat 3||Cat 3||Cat 3||Cat 3||Cat 3|
|HEV/Blue Light Protection (claim)||"HEV reduction"||None||None||100% HEV blockage||97% HEV blockage|
|Infrared Protection (claim)||None||None||None||None||95%|
|Neutral/Contrast||Increased contrast||Neutral||Increased contrast||Increased contrast||Increased contrast|
|Lens Material||SuperThin glass||Polycarbonate||Carbonic||Mineral glass||Mineral glass|
|Protective Coatings||Anti-reflective, anti-scratch, hydroleophobic||None||Anti-reflective,hydroleophobic resistance, mirror coating||C-WALL (anti-scratch and hydroleophobic), mirror||Anti-reflective, mirror|
|Can take prescription lens?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Case Included||Yes; rigid triangular collapsible case, microfiber cleaning cloth||Yes; semi-rigid snapshell case and microfiber cleaning cloth||Yes; microfiber bag||Yes; cork box, microfiber bag||Yes; neoprene bag, microfiber cleaning cloth|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The HCL Bronze lenses we tested are made of crystal clear SuperThin glass that retains excellent clarity. The brown hue keeps things fairly true to color while highlighting brighter shades (particularly greens) as slightly brighter than they would otherwise look. It's not distractingly different though and adds contrast in a helpful way. The 12% Visible Light Transmission is a very comfortable level to wear, helping you see well in both bright and lower light situations.
- 100% UV Protection
- 12% Visible Light Transmission (Category 3)
- HEV/Blue Light "Reduction", 0% Infrared Blockage
- Color: Brown Gradient, Material: SuperThin Glass
- Anti-Scratch, Anti-Reflective, Hydroleophobic
Anti-reflective coating on the back does an excellent job mitigating reverse reflections. The Honi have the barest hint of a gradient, shading the top third of the lenses just a touch darker. This makes them even more comfortable for your eyes on truly bright days, yet is so subtle, it took a while to notice its effects. Though we didn't measure blue light blockage, Maui Jim claims their HCL Bronze lenses provide some level of "HEV reduction". Altogether, these are some of our favorite lenses to wear and look through, both for how expertly they shade and enhance the world and for their high level of eye comfort in challenging lighting.
Though they are a Narrow width pair of sunglasses, the Honi are fairly accommodating to a wide range of head sizes. Shorter lens heights stop them from resting uncomfortably on the cheeks and the base curve keeps them from being plastered to the eyebrows. The Honi are one of the few pairs of women's sunglasses we tested that have flex hinges, allowing them to easily and comfortably expand as needed. Small embedded rubber nose pads add an extra level of comfort and security to the snug, yet agreeable, fit. Weighing 35 grams, they're some of the heaviest sunglasses we tested, and are a bit front-heavy, due to their glass lenses. They're well-balanced though, with long bows and a comfortably close fit that lets you forget the weight and just enjoy the experience of wearing them.
Style and Versatility
The Honi are "small but cute", as one tester fondly described them. They do a great job of splitting the difference between sporty and fashionable, though their color combos land them perhaps slightly on the side of more fashionable. They look best on smaller and narrower faces (including one interested 10 year old), but still looked pretty good on everyone in our lineup. We think that having slightly taller lenses would make them a little bit more versatile when it comes to fit. But all our testers liked wearing these, and our small-headed testers truly loved the fit.
When it comes to materials, design, and build, the Honi are an exceptional pair of sunglasses. They're hefty and feel solid and durable. The rubber nose pads embedded into the plastic frame could be a little more cleanly cut and precisely attached, but compared to the many other glasses we tested, they're fantastic. The flex hinges are metal and feel sturdy and solid. They also autolock open and closed, adding to the ease of use of these pair of specs. Our only real complaint about the Honi frames is specific to the Sandstone with Blue color we tested. At certain angles heading toward the sun, the translucent blue on the bottom of the frame catches the light and magnifies it into a blinding glare just below the lenses. We're not sure if this also happens in the similarly translucent (though different colored) Sunset frames, but it's a shocking and painful flaw in an otherwise excellent pair of sunglasses.
The base curve of 6 gives the Honi a very comfortable, face-hugging shape. As a Narrow pair of sunglasses, these small lenses obviously cover less than large ones would. Even on our slender-faced testers, the shortness of the lenses left some gaps along the bottom, but nothing too distracting. They're a very good fit, riding the line of both secure and snug while staying comfortable. The rubber nose pads add an extra level of security, particularly when your face gets hot and sweaty.
The Honi come with a trifold case that folds flat when empty, making it a great travel companion. Also included is a thin, medium-sized microfiber cleaning cloth.
These sunglasses, though excellent, are far from cheap. That said, while there are a lot of great options that cost less, these are some of the most impressive of the bunch. They might not be the best fit or style for everyone, but if you adore the look and feel, rest assured that your money buys a very high level of quality and performance.
The Maui Jim Honi are a superb pair of sunglasses. They're designed to fit smaller faces, with a Narrow frame and smaller lenses, but do a great job accommodating many face sizes and shapes. They're not cheap, but they do offer top-notch performance and a high level of comfort and style.
— Maggie Brandenburg