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I cannot ride without eye protection – I live in a tough climate. Of course, there there is a wide range of cycling glasses and cycling sunglasses to choose from. However, after trying many kinds, [easyazon_link identifier=”B00TYSOX52″ locale=”US” tag=”avejoecyc0e-20″]Ryders Thorn Photochromic Sunglasses[/easyazon_link] seem to be the answer for me.
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In the spring and summer my allergies cause my eyes to run like crazy, and in the winter it’s the wind and rain. I also hate changing glasses mid-ride if the sun decides to make an appearance. It is difficult enough to get one pair of glasses to fit comfortably under a bike helmet.
Using Ryders Thorn Photochromic Sunglasses is a no-brainer for me. The lenses are light sensitive, so in the dark they will remain clear, but slowly darken as the sun comes out. I find these glasses to be lightweight and very comfortable – without costing an arm and a leg. I also prefer the full frame glasses because I find them to be more durable. The Ryders Thorn Photochromic Sunglasses are marketed as a men’s brand but I don’t fuss too much about this, just work with what feels comfortable on me. However, there is a women’s specific design called [easyazon_link identifier=”B00W2F50IS” locale=”US” tag=”avejoecyc0e-20″]Ryders Kats[/easyazon_link], which the cyclist in the picture above is wearing.
I also like the fact that my Ryders Thorn Photochromic Sunglasses don’t scream SPORTS GLASSES, they just look cool, so I can wear them off bike too. Not only that, but the lenses are hydrophobic – a fancy way of saying water resistant, and also anti-fog. And, living in a Rain Forest, the humidity is constant winter and summer. Conventional glasses can fog up in a instant, and the sun can spend the day peeking out and then hiding behind clouds. Imagine if you had to stop and wipe or change glasses with every weather variation! This video explains how Ryders set out to create the perfect bike lens, and how their lenses are anti-fog:
Apart from being very anti-fog, the Polycarbonate lenses are also scratch resistant and shatter proof, which is essential for my active lifestyle. My glasses have taken a few tumbles, so I can vouch for their durability.
The Ryders website says that: “Polycarbonate is the extraordinarily durable thermoplastic that’s used in bulletproof glass, riot shields and astronaut helmets. It’s the ideal material for performance eyewear because of its high impact resistance, inherent UV protection and light weight.”
Out of North Vancouver – Cycling Glasses for Tough Riding Conditions
What’s really cool about Ryders cycling glasses is that we come from the same town – North Vancouver. Ryders Thorn Photochromic Sunglasses evolved out of the dark, damp forests of BC’s North Shore. They were developed to cope with the challenges of riding in humid, low-light conditions. No doubt that’s why they work so well for me!
My Ryders Thorn Photochromic Sunglasses came with a lens cloth pouch. That’s a pouch that’s made out of lens cleaning cloth. So no matter how many times Joe loses his lens cloths, then borrows mine and loses them too, I still have the pouch to clean my glasses with. This is a value added feature that I have only seen in my [easyazon_link identifier=”B002FU6UCK” locale=”US” tag=”avejoecyc0e-20″]Maui Jim sunglasses[/easyazon_link] which were definitely far more expensive than Ryders, so much so that I would NEVER use them on a bike.
Ryders Thorn Photochromic Sunglasses lenses are made using an injection process to ensure they are optically correct, so as to decrease eye fatigue and increase comfort. Importantly, Ryders Thorn Photochromic Sunglasses lenses provide protection against 100% of harmful UV rays at all tint levels — from the lightest to the darkest. As the sun’s intensity increases we need all the UV protection we can get, and we can look good too!
What makes these glasses perfect for cyclists is that the photochromic effect works when riding bikes, but not when driving cars! That’s because car windscreens have UV screening, but UV rays are necessary for the photochromic reaction to take place. That means your Ryders Thorn Photochromic Sunglasses won’t lighten and darken when you’re driving a car, but will automatically lighten and darken when you’re on a bike!
I find this automatic adjustment to be really great – I don’t even realize it’s happening, but it does, and the tint is just right. It’s much like the way your pupils adjust to different levels of light – you don’t realize it’s happening – it just does, so that your pupils are the correct size all the time.
My Ryders Thorn Photochromic Sunglasses do not really compare with Joe’s prescription Adidas cycling glasses, which he reviewed here. But on the other hand, mine are NOT prescription, and I could buy FOUR PAIRS for the price Joe paid for one pair of prescription Adidas cycling glasses. My Ryders Thorn Photochromic Sunglasses rate a Gold Bike Star because they work so well, yet are so affordable! (A good thing, as Joe borrowed them and managed to lose them, so he has to buy me a new pair!)
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