Saturday, November 28, 2015

rudy project rydon carbonium review

Disclaimer: I received the Rudy Project Rydon Cardbonium with Impactx-2 Photochromic Clear to Laser Red Lenses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!


BibRave has really been working its magic this year. I have some amazing opportunities to register for great races, and just recently had the chance to test out a pair of Rudy Project sunglasses. 

I cannot go for a run, even on a cloudy day, without sunglasses. If it's sunny, I also need a visor. My eyes are very sensitive to light, and if I'm without sunglasses, I squint and in turn, get a massive headache. I also have to admit that I like wearing glasses because they keep bugs out of my eyes, which is a fear of mine.

The hard case the RP Rydon came in.

The problem with some sunglasses is that they fog up, they're heavy which can cause a headache on their own, or they just don't fit right. The Rydon's are fantastic for so many reasons that fix the issues I just mentioned: they are extremely lightweight (only .88 oz), so light that I barely even notice I'm wearing them. They had an adjustable notepad and temples, so you can make them fit your face the way you like them (they'll fit the large head, small head, and everything in between). I didn't notice any bouncing or fogging happen. The nosepad has an anti-slip locking system, and there are safety hinges that are hidden and provide more safety.

Wearing the RP Rydon for my Turkey Trot 4 miler.
Even though it was cloudy, they came in handy!

Another great feature is that if you wear glasses, you can get lenses with your prescription. The glasses have an quick change feature, which means you can swap out the lenses easily. They have a TON of options for other lenses, including:

  • Optic Lenses (lots of color options) – Rudy Project Polycarbonate RP Optics lenses provide 100% UVA/UVB protection and a CONTRAST LENS is best to enhance depth perception and color while a NEUTRAL LENS is best to give you the darkest coverage possible.
  • ImpactX Lenses – Rudy Project's Exclusive ImpactX™ Photochromic Lens Technology represents the most advanced solution for vision protection in the sunglass market.
  • Polarized Polar 3FX Lenses – Rudy Project's Polar 3FX Polarized Lens Technology contains unique light absorption and molecular properties to enhance contrast and depth perception.
  • Polarized ImpactX Lenses – Rudy Project's Exclusive Polarized ImpactX™ Photochromic Lens Technology represents the most advanced solution for vision protection in the sunglass market.
  • Sport Reader Lenses – Rudy Project's sport reader lenses for our best selling Rydon model are available in our most popular colors and come in 3 common powers (+1.50, +2.00 and +2.50).

You can also customize with different tips and nosepads in assorted colors (black, green, yellow, red, orange, pink, blue, grey, white, or clear).

Fellow Pro John demonstrates the transition lenses.

The lenses in this particular model incorporate patented RP D-Centered optics which give you crisp, clear optics at all times. I honestly forgot I was wearing them sometimes. They are so light and comfortable, and even when using my earphones which go around the ear, there was no discomfort or annoyances. I'm pretty much in love with them, and I don't think that's weird at all.


Sight seeing in DC.

Not only have I worn my Rydons for running, but I also wore them around Washington DC when I was doing sight seeing. They are amazing. They come with a hard case and one of those fabric soft cases (with a string pull closure). The retail price is $274.99, which is expensive, but totally worth it if you are someone that is serious about protective, sturdy, adjustable, comfortable eyewear. They have a 90-day return policy, so if you are unhappy, you can return them. They are currently running Black Friday deals too - an extra 25% off sale items (while supplies last). The Rydon are not part of the sale items, but I have no doubt that you'd be happy with any of the options available.

Whether you are a runner, cyclist, volleyball player, or any type of active person, I would definitely recommend Rudy Project products.

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