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Review: Rudy Project Zyon Sunglasses

Posted in Products with tags on September 13, 2018 by itnerd

My wife like yours truly has challenges with her eyesight. But unlike yours truly, she can’t solve those challenges using contact lenses. And her prescription is so strong that it makes the possibility to use prescription performance sunglasses from companies like Oakley a non-starter. That was until Rudy Project stepped into the picture with these:


Meet the Rudy Project Zyon sunglasses Two things to point out about them. First are the lenses. They are photochromic lenses that go from clear to black depending on the lighting conditions. The second thing that you should note are the prescription inserts which allow the wearer to have an optician put in their prescription to allow you to have performance sunglasses even if you’re optically challenged.


You can see that the prescription insert mounts on the nose piece. But it doesn’t affect the adjustability of the Zyon sunglasses. The nose piece as well as the arms are extremely adjustable. My wife found that it was easy to make them fit comfortably. She used them at the Epic Tour 80K (which was actually 85K) ride in Milton Ontario and found that they did a great job of keeping wind and dust out of her eyes as well as having the right amount of tint for the lighting conditions. Gripes? It took her a bit to dial in the fit so that the Zyon sunglasses provided ample protection while not having the prescription inserts press against her face and get dirty. But once she got past that, the Zyon was a total win as far as she was concerned. And she can’t wait to use these for cross country skiing with the racing red lenses that are designed to enhance contrast. One thing that isn’t pictured are side shields which give you additional protection from dust and debris. My wife chose not to use them.

IRudy Project has many models that have a prescription insert option. Not only that, depending on your prescription, a prescription lens may be an option for you. So your best bet is to visit a Rudy Project dealer that is an optician so that you can get your prescription filled at the same time. Expect to pay $250 USD and up for a pair, plus $80 for the prescription inserts, & plus the cost of the prescription lenses if you need them. According to my wife, you won’t regret it.


Review: Rudy Project Tralyx XL Sunglasses

Posted in Commentary, Products with tags on September 12, 2018 by itnerd

I’ll say this up front. Of all of the Rudy Project kit that my wife and I have received, the Rudy Project Tralyx XL sunglasses are simply outstanding. But before I get to why I feel that way, let me show you what they look like.


The Tralyx sunglasses come in three sizes. The Tralyx Slim which is on the smaller side, the Tralyx XL which is on the larger side and is what you see pictured above, and the Tralyx which is between the two in terms of size. That’s important to point out because depending on your face size and shape, you may need to try on all three until you get the coverage for you eyes that you’re looking for. In my case, that was the Tralyx XL. The lens that you see above is the photochromic lens that goes from clear (about 74% light transmission) to black (about 9% light transmission) depending on the lighting conditions. In other words, the brighter the sunlight, the darker the lens gets. That’s handy for me as I usually am out on my bike doing a training after 5PM on the weekdays. Which means that I am usually returning home when the sun starts to set as it will ensure that I can still see while protecting my eyes. You’ll also notice a blue lens inside the case. That’s the multi laser blue lens that I will use when I am cross country skiing this winter as it is designed to enhance contrast which is extremely handy on a cross country ski trail.

One big plus to the Tralyx XL is ventilation:


Ventilation ports abound on the frame and on the lenses. This will ensure that the sunglasses will never fog up regardless of weather conditions of how hard you are working. Another big plus is the adjustability. The nose piece is extremely adjustable, and the arms are made of a flexible rubber that not only grips but adjusts accordingly to your head. That means that you can make the Tralyx XL fit you perfectly with or without a bike helmet. Which is something that I could not get with my now Craiglisted Oakley Radarlock Path Sunglasses.

While I did do a couple of training rides with these sunglasses, they were battle tested so to speak in the Epic Tour ride in Milton Ontario by riding the 80K event (which was actually 85K). They performed extremely well as the weather changed from completely overcast to having sunny breaks, and it was extremely windy as well. Not that the wind was an issue  as the Tralyx XL protected my eyes from the wind and debris that was around late in the ride. That isn’t a surprise as these sunglasses have been battle tested by professional cycling teams such as Bahrain Merida, Lotto Soudal, and Trek-Segafredo. In the case of the latter, Trek-Segafredo rider John Degenkolb pulled off an emotional win on stage 9 of the Tour De France which was run over very dusty, rough and dangerous cobblestones of Northern France. If the Tralyx XL are good enough for him in that harsh environment, as well as for some of the best bike racers in the world, they’re good enough for you.

The Tralyx XL start at $249.99 USD. Other Tralyx variants start at $224.99 USD. They come in a variety of lens colors to suit your use case, and frame colors to suit your fashion needs. While you can get them on Rudy Project’s website, I do suggest that you go to a local Rudy Project dealer and try them on for yourself and see what works for you. I think you’ll find that these sunglasses are outstanding and you’ll be taking home a pair.

Review: Rudy Project Agon Sunglasses

Posted in Products with tags on September 10, 2018 by itnerd

My wife and I have recently decided to make the move to using Rudy Project sunglasses for our cycling, cross country skiing, and other outdoors activities. Thus over the next few days I will be reviewing three pairs of sunglasses from Rudy Project. Starting with the Agon sunglasses that I will be using for driving and casual walking around.


The ones that I got have “Laser Black” lenses.  These lenses allow for about 12% light transmission. But I also notice that they enhance contrast and I can wear them while driving, or taking a walk in the woods or just walking around. The fact that they enhance contrast means that you can pick up small details that would have gone unnoticed even by the naked eye. Such has cracks in the road while driving or uneven terrain while hiking. That makes them the perfect general purpose sunglasses for me. Now these glasses were originally designed for cycling so I had to take them out for a training ride to see how they performed. At the end of a two hour training ride, I found that they weren’t moving about regardless of how much I was sweating.

One thing that I really appreciate is the fact that the nosepiece is adjustable. That’s something that was lacking with the Oakely Flak 2.0 sunglasses that these were replacing because I could never get the right fit with those. The Agons also include adjustable temple tips which allow you to further dial in the fit which is handy to get it to fit over a cycling helmet for example. But five minutes of playing with the Agon’s in both regards allowed me to get the perfect fit which is close to my face to keep out as much dust and wind as possible.

But the Agons have one really useful party trick that you should know about. They have venting that you can turn on and off. Rudy Project’s Integrated Vent Controller lets you choose between two difference lens positions:


This is open which allows for maximum venting.


This is closed which does not allow as much venting given that there is a notch on the side of the lens. I usually use them in this position and I have had no issues with fogging which was another problem that my Oakley Flak 2.0 had.

One final aspect that I would like to bring up is the look of these sunglasses on my face. Now looks are subjective, but I think that for most people the Agons will fly under the radar as they look like your average pair of sunglasses rather than something from a sci-fi movie.

The Rudy Project Agon glasses are on sale now at Rudy Project’s North American website with the ones that are on display here going for $119.99 USD with the regular price being $249.99. Though I am a proponent of you visiting your local Rudy Project dealer to find the right pair of sunglasses for you as Rudy Project offers a ton of lens choices and sunglass styles to fit your use case. But I would strongly suggest the Agons for anyone who wants a conventional looking pair of sunglasses that wants to tweak them to fit their face, or who have had issues with fogging or fitting glasses while using a bike helmet. They are well worth it.