Maui Jim Hookipa Review
The Maui Jim Hookipa are a very lightweight and extremely durable pair of glasses from Maui Jim's "MJ Sport" line.
The glasses have impact resistant polycarbonate lenses, that come in Gloos Black/Neutral Grey, Tortise/Maui Rose, and Black/ HCL Bronze. To increase durability the inner and outer sides of the lenses are coated with Clearshell, a Maui Jim proprietary scratch resistant silicon-based hard shell coating to protect the lenses from both major and micro scratches.
The lenses also sport Maui Jim's Polarized Plus 2 treatment, which blocks 100% of UVA, UVB, and UVC light up to 400 nm. According to Maui Jim, the polarization filter and bi-gradient mirror filters out 99.9% of direct and reflected glare. The inside of the lenses have MJ's Anti-Reflection treatment which absorbs what is called bounce back glare, which is glare that comes in from from the sides or from behind the wearer. The lens are also completely Rx-able.
The frames made of the extremely flexible, durable, and lightweight Maui Jim proprietary material Grilamid, which they claim that it is the ultimate in light weight durability. They are extremely flexible and feel soft, not brittle. The nose cushions are contoured and rubberized. The Hookipas are semi-rimless, with a narrow frame running across the top on the back side of the lenses with a thin nose bridge. The arms are of the hinged variety, and taper from thick on the ends and narrow in the middle. The thickest ends are the tips that run behind the ears, where there are rubber grips similar to the nose cushions to prevent slipping.
The Maui Jim Hookipa are amazingly light, they are so light both in hand and on the face that you flat out forget that you are wearing them. The frames are very flexible, even after being dropped, stepped on, sat on - you name it. They have never relented. Even the lenses have held up extremely well.
Many users were also impressed on how well they protect the eyes and improve vision under the harsh sun. The sunglasses cut through the glare to bring out vibrant colors and patterns that were invisible to the naked eye.
And, not only are the Maui Jim Hookipa extremely functional, they are stylish, making users fell confident in how they look.
Many users have found a flaw in their durability. Most of the sunglasses eventually developed a small diagonal crack where the nose bridge connects to the lens.The crack is covered by the frame itself, so it does not obstruct the view in any way and does not seem to be detrimental to performance but it could possibly effect durability. However, Maui Jim's customer experience turn a negative into a positive. Even after nearly 2 years, one consumer reported that he sent a pair of these glasses back to them for this issue, and they sent him back a brand new pair.
Without question, one of the finest pair of sport sunglasses. The lenses perform in every way. Lightweight, durable, and most importantly comfortable all day long. Excellent quality with one of the best warranties in the business.