Nov 17, 2015

High Tech on your Face: Rudy Rydon Preview | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received the Rudy Rydon Carbonium sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador, tell them I sent you), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

I've recently been testing a new pair of sunglasses. I previously tested the XX2i France1 Sunglasses, which I loved. I've now been given the opportunity to test another pair of glasses, this time from Rudy Project. While I haven't had the time to give them the full work over yet, but this week's Bibchat will be with Rudy Project, so I wanted to give you my initial impressions so far.

Who is Rudy Project?

Rudy Project is the creation of Rudy Barbazza with the purpose to "improve the performance of athletes all over the world". They do research into advanced materials and technologies to make the best products they can to increase and elevate your performance. They're all about technology and science. Every tiny detail is engineered, from the anti-slip temples to the optimal axis of the lenses. You might know from other reviews, I love good design. I appreciate engineering. I'm a geek, so when you strive to make technological advancements in every little detail, you have my interest.

What are you testing?

I received the Rudy Project Rydon Carbonium with Impactx-2 Photochromic Clear to Laser Red Lenses. A mouthful, I know. The important part is I'm testing the Rudy Rydon glasses. The rest deals with the customization of those glasses. The Impactx-2 lenses are their unbreakable photochromic optics. My particular lenses change to laser red with their own innovative High Dynamic Range technology, for "higher contrast and superior visual perception and sharper image".

How do they feel?

The glasses are extremely lightweight, just 0.88 oz. Even at under an ounce, they feel sturdy. It's one of those things that is just hard to wrap my head around, but they're fantastic quality. The lenses are awesome. They change very quickly in the sun. In fact, I went to take a transition picture and when I went outside, they were changing before I could even take the first picture. When heading back indoors, the go back to clear quickly enough that I didn't even need to remove them. In fact, couple that with how light they are, and I may have forgotten I had them on, in more than one occasion. The glasses fit perfectly, the photochromic lenses work wonderfully, and they all around feel great. They really are some great engineering that I look forward testing further on some runs.

Looking for Savings?

In the market for some highly engineered glasses? Rudy is going to be running some killer Black Friday deals. If you want to get in on them, you'll want to subscribe to their email list. Not only will you get notified about those awesome deals, but they also do a monthly drawing for free gear, so there's that perk too. Sign up today.


Like what you've read? They happen to be the sponsor on this week's #bibchat. Come by on Tuesday November 17th at 9pm EST to join in the chat to interact with the team, the pros, and your fellow runners. They'll even be giving away a pair of the Rudy Rydon Carbonium glasses, so don't miss out. Plus, you can interact with me, talk running, food, or whatever tangent we go off on.


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