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13Apr, 2010

Ryders Eyewear Sunglasses Review

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A couple of weeks ago Gordon from OutsidePR found his way onto my humble blog and enjoyed reading my ultra marathon experience.  He also found my post on the mind games of long distance running where I use the lack of sunglasses as a reason not to run.  This led him to propose I should try out a pair of Ryders Eyewear, which is one of their accounts, and let him know what I thought of them.  Of course I said “sure” and he asked Devon to send a pair of the “Shot” model my way.

First let me tell you that I am a very picky person when it comes to my running gear.  However, for some reason I have never considered eyewear as running gear.  For years I simply wore my normal prescription lensed sunglasses on all of my runs, and never gave it another thought.  Never mind the fact I had to push my glasses back into place every 100 yards or so.  Pay no mind as my normal running glasses weight cause my nose bridge a little discomfort from the slight bounce on long distance runs.  Add to this the amount of cleaning that is required for nose pads that are not made to handle the sweat of a marathon distance.  Until this past weekend I WAS COMPLETELY HAPPY with my heavy, dirty, sliding, and sports ugly prescription sunglasses.

Thanks to OutsidePR and Ryders Eyewear I now realize my old sunglasses are outdated, and not meant for long distance running.  Thanks a lot Gordon!  Jeez!  I simply never gave sports sunglasses a thought and didn’t know there was a difference.

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Ryders Eyewear “Shot” Sunglasses

Saturday I set out for a short 7 mile run wearing the “Shot” model of Ryders Eyewear. It was a nice, clear, sunny morning in South Florida and perfect for sunglasses.  The first thing I noticed about the eyewear was that they fit very well, and sat nicely on the bridge of my nose.  The brown tint of the polycarbonate lens with 100% UV protection was a nice change for me since normally I wore a grey polarized lens.  In the 2nd mile as I ran and the sweating started I instinctively reached up to straighten the glasses as habit dictated, and realized that I didn’t need to.  They had not budged since I started the run.  It took me another mile or two to become accustom to the new eyewear and that I did NOT need to fiddle with them like I normally do with my old sunglasses.

On completing the 7 miles I was pleasantly surprised again when I walked into my house, and had to remove the sunglasses. (When coming into the house from the bright sunlight outside it can be very dark indoors.) As I removed the sunglasses it struck me that I had forgotten that I was wearing them at all. (Isn’t that what wearing sunglasses should be like?)

Sunday I wore the Ryders Eyewear “Shot” sunglasses again for a 15 mile run, and once again had an awesome experience.  The sunglasses did not budge once, and there was never a need to adjust them the tiniest bit.  Furthermore, the sunglasses never entered my mind during the entire 15 mile run and simply allowed me to become totally absorbed with the task at hand.  They just performed their duty excellent and protected my eyes comfortably the entire run.

Luckily my eyes are not too bad, and my prescription is very slight, so wearing a prescription lens is not a “must have” for me.  I would think that contacts would be a great solution for myself though, as I highly recommend these sunglasses.

signature_blockThanks Ryders Eyewear for doing a fabulous job on these.

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Tags: Eyewear · gear review · Product Review · Sunglasses

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kc // Apr 13, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    great review Adam. I love my Drills!

  • 2 Keri // Apr 13, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I have been very hesitant to try sunglasses during a run but I’ll admit I am intrigued. I always think runners wearing them look so bad ass and professional. Maybe I will have to give them a try…

  • 3 Jeff // Apr 13, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks for the Review Adam,

    KC reviewed these and I was intrigued and tried to find them in my area. The Ryder website said they were sold at a local bike shop in The Woodlands. So one day I made a drive over and went to the LBS, asked the kid working there where the Ryder sunglasses were and they were out. Not a single pair? I am hesitant to buy them online with out trying them on, but your review might just make me pull the trigger.

  • 4 Julie // Apr 13, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks Adam! I need a real pair of running glasses:) Ryders sound like a great option for me.

  • 5 Scott // Apr 14, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Does these glasses come with interchangeable lens? Wearing glassing while biking is a safety thing, but the unpredictable climate where I live, I have to have different lenses for what the weather is.

    Thanks for the review

  • 6 Wes // Apr 14, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Yea! Those sunglasses will shave MINUTES from your race time 🙂 I, personally, just run in my bike sunglasses… but those look cool!!

  • 7 Onelittletrigirl // Apr 14, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Great review! I totally need new ones and have been on the lookout so this was super helpful!

  • 8 tara // Apr 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I love my Drills Ryder glasses. I use them for my bike rides too. Best pair of free glasses I’ve ever gotten! Glad you have had such great experiences with them too.

  • 9 Lynn // Apr 14, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Hey Adam, thrilled to find your blog while actually researching the MacMillan no-carb long run work out. The approach certainly simplifies things! Thanks, guinea pig!
    I too have eschewed sunglasses but also being a Florida runner and green eyed I guess it’s in my eyes best interest not to get melanoma! I’m especially happy to see that Wes says I’ll shave minutes off my time!! yay! Thanks so much for the review; all your blog entries so far are really interesting and informative.

  • 10 Adam // Apr 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Great review. As summer approaches in PHX, getting a pair of sunglasses is near the top of my ‘to buy’ list. I’ll have to look into these!

  • 11 JayDub // Apr 15, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks Adam. A question – I find when I wear sunglasses on long runs that the sweat drying on the outside of the lenses leaves a salty crust which them blurs the vision somewhat. How did these glasses fare in this regards?

  • 12 jill // Apr 21, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks for the review. I’ve been on a hunt for good running sunglasses. Although, it will be awhile before the sun comes out here in Seattle. 🙂

  • 13 Psyche Wimberly // Apr 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Hey, Adam! I was actually looking into purchasing sun glasses. I will try these out, as they seem perfect. Thanks!

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