Rudy Project Rydon Sunglasses | Review

Rudy Project is heating up the sunglasses market not only in style, but functionality and safety as well. The Rydon sunglasses are a perfect example of this. Rudy Project sent over the Rydon Crystal with Impactx Photochromic clear lens for our review.


The Rydon are light at .88 oz and are packed full of features and technology. The carbonium frames are adjustable from the non-slip nose piece and aluminum alloy temple pieces as well, thus allowing a custom fit for everyone. You can also customize the nose piece and temple end pieces to match your kit or bike with ten colors to choose from. The temple hinges of the Rydon are hidden which keeps you safe in the event of a crash or impact.


The Rydon’s lens are interchangeable with numerous tint, color and feature options. The style that was supplied are the Impactx Polarized Photochromic clear lens. Impactx is Rudy Projects revolutionary lens material which not only provides superior optical quality but are as well light weight. Impactx, is guaranteed unbreakable for life and are semi-rigid so they will bend or give, upon a crash. Can you tell that Rudy Project has your safety in mind?

The Photocromic feature of the sunglasses adjusts to varying UV intensities. The clear lens is perfect for partly cloudy to storm like conditions. As you can see below, in direct sunlight the Rydon goes from clear to full tint, in about twenty seconds. A few items to note about the Photocromic feature that Rudy Project points out, in cold weather they will tint quickly and go clear slowly, for hot weather the inverse occurs. Fog and humidity absorb UV radiation, this lowers the reaction speed of the lens, but in most cases, the sunlight in the fog stayed consistent, so to me this is a moot point. I found that the tint of the lens was just right during the varying conditions, it was lighter when I needed it to be and as well darker when the sun peered through the clouds. When mountain biking, it worked well going in and out of shaded areas to open fields. One observation that occurred just a few times, is when heading in one direction for a long distance and with the sun behind you to the side, the light that would cast itself on the lens would cause a streak. So it is good to know that in some minute cases only a portion of the lens can change tint. Changing your direction or facing towards the sun would quickly correct the streak.

For those near or far sighted cyclists, the Rydon are prescription friendly and offer either Rx adapters or Rx lenses for your specific eye need.

The Rydon are a great pair of sunglasses for the cyclist. They offer the best in weight, style, lens and safety features. I’ve thrown all the elements at them, mud, rain and sun over the past months and they have held up well. While riding I have wiped the lenses of such elements and the lenses are scratch free, this is a plus in my book. You can purchase your pair of Rydon’s for about $209. For me they are worth every penny, as in my book there are two things you cannot skimp on when purchasing for your body, which are shoes and sunglasses.

  1. #1 by Pitre on September 7, 2012 - 4:06 am

    I had bought a Zyon Photochromatic Impact X sunglasses for my cycle rides. It worked fine till the arrival of the monsoon rains! (I am in India).While riding in the rains the water flowing off the glasses made my eyes sting to the extent I was forced to take off the sunglass, after which it was fine and the stinging stopped. Any idea what causes this? What is the way around it? Wrote to Rudy”s support but have not got a reply :( .


    • #2 by Kurt on September 11, 2012 - 5:59 pm

      The stinging is definitely sweat mixed with the rains. During the summer, when it is hot I use a headband (Halo) that channels the sweat or in this case rain away from your brow and off to the sides. See how that works. Taking the glasses off I find dries the sweat quicker or allows the wind on your face to channel it quickly away.

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