THE BEST GUIDE TO CYCLING SUNGLASSES
Cycling Sunglasses has come a long way, in fact the writer of the story raced in Switzerland in the late 80’s without cycling sunglasses and now I’m wondering how in fact I managed it! During those years, myself along with a bunch of other Aussie’s trying to become pro’s we trained in the fields and omg, the amount of bugs was in insane. After riding we all would be pulling bugs from our eyes, but we knew nothing about cycling sunglasses as they generally where not around in the late 80’s.
After many years of cycling I can tell you that I cannot go out the door now without putting sunglasses on. I actually feel lost without them. We generally don’t think of the advantages of using cycling sunglasses and there are many benefit’s to using them.
BUGS AND ROCKS
There is an issue with bugs and in most cases you cannot blink fast enough to stop the bugs entering your eyes so it’s essential for riding to protect your eyes from bugs. Whilst bugs are not big, they can hurt at speeds BUT if a rock flies off the road and hits your eyes you are in a lot of trouble. Cycling sunglasses to the rescue on this point! When choosing a cycling sunglass, make sure that the lenses are strong and generally speaking the cheaper the brand the more likelihood that they are using a cheaper lens material that may not protect your eyes against flying rocks hitting your lens. In case your wondering what I use, its mostly Impactx Photochromic Black lenses and the reason for this is that Impactx lenses are guaranteed unbreakable for life. They are blast proof, bullet proof and acid resistant so anything hitting the lens I know 100% my eyes are protected.
DESENDING AT SPEED
If you’re like me and love descending at speeds, ever found the wind being so strong that your eyes start to water? This is where total eye coverage comes into play. Make sure when purchasing sunglasses that you’re getting a good coverage and if possible adjust the nose pads, so the lens position is closer to your face BUT not touching the cheek or eyebrows. You need to allow some air to circulate to prevent fogging.
With so many tints available, where would one start. The truth of the matter is that there is not one lens tint that is going to be good for all conditions. Some lenses such as Rudy Project Photochromic lenses will give the rider a great range over many conditions. But for example, if your only riding at night or doing 24 hour MTB races then a TRANSPARENT lens will work much better than a photochromic lens at it’s lightest. Likewise, if your in extreme sun conditions riding during the heat of the day then a polarized lens will work much better than a photochromic lens at its darkest. This all said and done, at Rudy Project we sell 80% PHOTOCHROMIC LENSESand the reason is that many cyclist including myself find it easier to have one lens for all conditions rather than carrying many lenses in my back pocket. Here are some examples of lenses
- Photochromic lenses have a range from 75% at its clearest to 10% at its darkest
- Polarized are a solid tint lens that don’t change colour and stay at approx. 12% and take the reflection away from the road surfaces.
- Solid Tint lenses with reflective coatings on the outside
EXPLAINING LIGHT TRANSMISSION
Every wondered what all these percentage figures are in SPORTS SUNGLASS LENSES– 10%, 50% or 90%?
It’s pretty simple – the bigger the number, the lighter the lens tint. When I’m explaining to cyclist in person I start by saying this – 100% means you have nothing on your face. 0% means you cannot see out of the lens at all, sort of like welding sunglasses.
Photochromic lenses are given as a “range” meaning that it changes colour from a clearer state to a darker state. For example, our IMPACTX PHOTOCHROMIC BLACKrange from 75% at its clearest to 9% at it’s darkest
HOW DO PHOOCHROMIC LENSES CHANGE COLOUR?
Photochromic lenses are sunglass lenses that are clear indoors or very early mornings and darken automatically when exposed to UV sunlight. Other terms sometimes used for photochromic lenses include “light-adaptive lenses” and “variable tint lenses” or Transitionlenses.
There are generally two forms of Photochromic lenses. Some activate via UV light only meaning the lens has to be exposed to DIRECT LIGHT to change colour. Rudy Project Impactx Photochromic lenses change colour via a 2 way activation via direct light and actual light. What this means is that the lens is a lot more sensitive and changes colours whilst in the shade which makes it perform a lot better and faster.
TRANSITION OR PHOTOCHROMIC LENSES – WHATS THE DIFFERENCE?
Both are the same, but the actual technical word is PHOTOCHROMICfor lenses that change colour when exposed to Light. TRANSITIONis the same thing except “Transition” is the name of a company that prompt their transition lenses.
Fogging normally occurs when cyclist stop at traffic lights. The heat from your cycling cloths rises and gets between your sunglass lens and face. If there is nowhere for the hot air to go and no air circulating, then your Sunglasses will fog up. You’ll find once you get going the fog will disappear but sometimes the damage is done, and condensation is on the inside of the lenses which can take time to disappear and painful.
There is no such thing as fog proof sports sunglasses, but you can prevent it a number of ways.
When stopping at traffic lights, pull your sunglass down the bridge of your nose and because you have created a big spare between the inside of your sunglass and your face, the hot humid heat rising will not fog the inside of your sunglass. As soon as you get moving, push your sunglass back to the normal position.
Make sure you keep your sunglasses clean. If you have dirty sunglasses this can promote fogging.
Adjust your nose pads to create a better gap between your face and the inside of the sunglass lens. By creating this gap, you will promote air circulation and thus help stop fogging. Most Rudy Project sunglasses have ADJUSTABLE NOSE PADS and it’s super easy to hold them and adjust them.
Having adjustable Sports Sunglasses is important in creating the perfect fit as no one’s face is the same. For example, Asian’s have no nose bridge and most sunglasses and not designed for this especially Sports Sunglasses.
Rudy Project Sports Sunglasses have two forms of adjustability
1/ Adjustable nose pads – just pinch with your fingers to make the sunglasses move out or in, up or down. Its super easy. If you have an Asian face with no nose bridge you can easily twist the nose pads to fit you.
2/ Adjustable temple ends – 90% of Rudy Project Sport Sunglasses have adjustable temple ends that can bent up and down. What is important here is being about to adjust the temple end to fit perfectly whilst you have your helmet on. If you have ever had the issue of headaches at the back of your heads, it’s mostly caused by the sunglass temple end not adjusted. In fact, most brands in the world do not have adjustable temple ends. Models in Rudy Project range with adjustable temple ends are Rydon, Agon, Tralyx, Sintryx.
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