Having 4 Eyes Has Never Been So Stylish
With as much time as endurance athletes spend outdoors, investing in a quality pair of sunglasses is key. But, let’s be honest, you could probably take out a small loan to buy some of the optics available on the market.
I think a simple, high-quality, feature-packed, moderate cost approach is the way to go. That’s why Ryders Eyewear is such a great option.
Overall Ryders costs less than the super-hyped brands like Smith. But just because it costs less does not impact the quality. I’ve found the Ryder’s Swamper Polar-Photo Sunglass to be a great pair of affordable, quality sunglasses for a wide-variety of sports.
I have used the Swampers for several months in my running, cycling, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. I have to say that I’m quite happy with these glasses.
First they are polarized, which I believe every athlete who’s spending significant time outdoors should have polarized lenses – it just makes the view that much better. The Swampers are also cool because they are photo-chromatic. That is basically scientific talk for the fact that the lenses will automatically darken and lighten, depending on the brightness of the light in your environment. This is a great option, especially if you are training in the late afternoon/evening or early morning. (when most non-sponsored athletes train and recreate)
Now, it’s important to note that the lenses don’t instantly brighten or darken, but gradually do so. Also, they darken faster than they lighten, so they aren’t a perfect solution for Mountain Biking when you’re going in and out of dark spaces quickly.
The other feature I really like about these glasses is that the nose pads and temple tips are flexible and adjustable. This is really great because you can really dial in a customized fit for your individual face. Also, they are made out of hydrophylic material, so they provide some extra grip which comes in handy as your face starts to sweat.
The Bottom Line ~
Ryders Eyewear is a quality, affordable name that you can trust. I really like the Swampers lenses and have been happy with the optics quality, fit, and durability. I really love the photochromatic lenses and I also love how affordable these glasses are – about $90.