• Juan J. Arrieta

Rudy Project Rydon: Versatile, high-quality sunglasses

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Rudy Project Rydon sunglasses as part of being a BibRave Pro. Click on the following link to learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (Ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews.

As an active person involved in outdoor activities such as running, cycling, and hiking, I own several pairs of sunglasses that I have purchased over the last few years to fit my needs and preferences in style as well. I also like to always have a pair around because my eyes are quite sensitive to sunlight and have a tough time being outdoors in bright light or sunshine without the protection of sunglasses.

In my use and evaluation of the Rudy Project Rydon sunglasses, I have found them to be quite valuable for several reasons, but the most important to me is their versatility. Thanks to their photocromic lenses, these sunglasses can be used in very-low light conditions all the way to extreme, direct sunlight. I have been able to use them early in the morning when the sun is not so bright during my runs or while I'm driving on my way to work, as well as on my drive back home when the sunlight is tough and right on my face. Just this past week I used them during a long cycling ride which started at 7pm while there was still plenty of sunlight outside but that ended at around 9pm when it was already dark and they worked great in both ends of the range.

During the dusk transition, I didn't have to bother stopping to take the sunglasses off since the photocromic lenses automatically went from the HDR red lenses (in direct bright sunlight) to completely clear so I was still able to see perfectly fine around me when it got dark. The photocromic feature of these sunglasses works that way even when they are worn behind windows or the windshield in the car. They provide exactly the amount of tint protection needed for the light conditions I am in.

In addition to this great feature, the other biggest reason to love these sunglasses in my opinion is how adjustable they are. The temple arms (the end parts covered in red rubber as shown on the image below) are fully adjustable – they have wire running in them, and you can flex and bend them around into any shape that fits comfortably for your head.

I have a wide head and therefore generally have a hard time finding sunglasses that fit me well and without pinching on the sides of my head by my temples. With these Rydon sunglasses, I was able to easily adjust the temple arms by softly bending each end until I reached the perfect, personalized and comfortable fit for my head, where they have just the grip and don't slip while I'm being active working out or pinch in any way on the sides of my head. They are also extremely light where after putting them on, you barely even feel any weight and forget they are even there. Last, but not least, they feature state-of-the-art ImpactX® unbreakable lenses which provide valuable safety and help prevent injuries in the event of falls, impact and collisions, something which we all know can happen at anytime when you are involved in sports.

As of the date of this post, Rudy Project had these sunglasses (complete model name is Rydon Carbonium with ImpactX® Photochromic Clear to Laser Red (HDR) Lenses) listed for retail in Amazon for $274.99:

Link to sunglasses listing in Amazon

In conclusion, I feel that if you are looking for high-quality, versatile sunglasses that you can rely on for an active lifestyle in sports, made by a well-established and reliable company, the Rydon from Rudy Project are definitely a great choice you should consider in your decision.

Please feel free to reach out to me on social (both Twitter and Instagram) by direct message to @3dotjuan if you have any questions about this product or any other ones I have reviewed here on this blog.

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