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Rudy Project Rydon sunglasses

Rudy Project Rydon sunglasses

[ July 24, 2009 - 12:29pm ]
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Cloudless ski touring days present a problem for most sunglasses—the light reflection off the snow can be brutal. But not these.

Usually wearing sunglasses at night is reserved for frat boys at ’80s theme parties, but I find myself doing it all the time with the Rydon. The photochromic lenses darken and lighten with changing amounts of UV exposure, so I often head outside in the afternoon sun and don’t even remember I’m still wearing my sunglasses as darkness approaches. Road biking is when I really appreciate them—the lenses get light enough to still see texture, depth, and bone-shattering potholes when it’s raining out. Cloudless ski touring days present a problem for most sunglasses—the light reflection off the snow can be brutal, but these lenses turn a deep purple which blocks stressful light transmission to your eyes. The arms are made of lightweight metal where they attach to the frames and bendable rubber at the ends to create a custom fit. Plus: The lenses are also polarized—enough to cut glare but not so much that you can’t read LCD screens. Minus: Sun reflection off of snow makes the lenses a little darker than they would be otherwise—nice for going uphill, but occasionally problematic when reading terrain on the descent. [$255; e-rudy.com]  —Hillary Procknow

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