Sunglasses are one of those items that is almost a necessity for anyone that spends time outdoors. When Ryders Eyewear asked me to review their sunglasses, I jumped at the chance. Why? The picture of their corporate offices looks like a bad-ass place to run.
In the past, I used to buy all my sunglasses at gas stations. They would fall apart after a few months or the fit would be atrocious. A few years ago, I broke down and bought a $120 pair of Oakleys. They were pretty good; I still have them. The style is a bit outdated, so I was looking for an upgrade anyway.
I tested the Defcons with photochromatic brown lenses, Shelly tested the Frays with smoke lenses. Both of us agreed the fit was excellent. The quality is top-notch. When compared to my Oakleys, these actually feel like a higher quality product. I DO feel a bit foolish spending so much for the Oakleys, but live and learn.
For casual wear, they work great. The fit keeps them on your face, and the lenses brighten and sharpen everything. I’ve used them throughout the winter. They do a great job of cutting the glare from snow.
I occasionally like to wear sunglasses when running. It’s important to have the sunglasses stay on your face. Of course, good form should eliminate most bounciness, so I had to do about a mile of heel striking to fully test the capabilities. The glasses stayed on my face even though my form was nothing short of horrible.
As another test, I tried sticking my head out the window of the car (don’t do this at home, kids.) Much to my surprise, the glasses stayed on my face AND blocked a good deal of the wind.
These sunglasses sold me on the Ryders brand. I think we found the sunglasses we’ll be taking on our RV trip.