The Rudy Project Hypermask is the model that combines the best in technology for sport with a tough, determined look. With its wraparound design, the mask style lenses and eye-catching colours Hypermask is perfect to wear at any time, both for those moments of relaxation, and for those dedicated to sports. Weighing just 28 grams, Hypermask glasses are so light they can be worn for hours, without realizing you are wearing them, and always in total comfort their adjustable nosepiece and soft rubber temple tips guarantee stability, perfect face fit and excellent air circulation to prevent fogging.
- Tested lens – Multilaser Red with 21% Light Transmission
- Polycarbonate RP optic lens
- 100% UVA & UVB protection
- Eye Size – 128 mm
- Temple – 130 mm
- Quick change lens
- Adjustable nosepiece
- Safety project hinges
- Available in 4 color/lens styles
- Measured weight – 28 g (1.0 oz)
- Retail – $205
Rudy Flask has been a sports eyewear leader for over 26 years. Located in Treviso Italy, they have helmets, goggles, and sunglasses all over the world. I reviewed the Sterling Helmet for the site a while back and wanted to review a pair of sunglasses as I had been impressed with the helmet. Their sunglasses are of the highest technical level for superior performance across a variety of sports. I want to thank Rudy Project for giving me the opportunity to review the Hypermask Sunglasses.
The Hypermask Sunglasses are great for sports where unobstructed vision is the key. I tested these in my training leading up to my two early-season triathlons. I used the sunglasses on runs and rides as necessary. I also used them as my race glasses for both triathlons, the Olympic Distance Pacific Crest and Half REV3 Portland.
The Rudy Project Hypermask Sunglasses are lightweight and full coverage. They only weight 28 grams. The glasses are made of a tough plastic material for durability and their light weight. The lenses are a polycarbonate for shatter resistance. There is no frame at the top of the lens which makes it a good option for triathletes that are in the aero position. There are small vents on the temples to improve air flow. The glasses have rubber coated adjustable nose prices and rubber inset into the temples for comfort. The sunglasses come with a micro fiber bag and a plastic case for protection. The lenses I tested were the Multilaser Red with 21% light transmission. There are other lenses available depending on your needs. All the lenses are 100% protected against UVA and UVB light. The lenses are interchangeable if you want to, lenses are sold separately.
Looking at the material used in the Hypermask, I was not able to find any information on sustainable or green materials. Furthermore, browsing around the Rudy Project Site, there was no information on green corporate initiatives. For these reasons, I gave the sunglasses a zero in sustainability.
Comfort Next to Skin (20%)
Eye Coverage (35%)
Head Sizing (25%)
The Hypermask has full coverage for unobstructed vision. I mainly used these for cycling as they are ideal for my triathlon training and races. In the aero position, I have some issues with some sunglasses where the frames block some of my vision. Since there are no frames at the top of the lens, there is nothing to block your vision. The lens has been clear, and I have not noticed any loss of visual acuity. They allow 21% of visual light to pass through which has been about right for on the bike. On the run I have not had quite had as many issues with my sunglasses. The nice thing about the sunglasses is that they are so light. Their temples do not put much pressure on the side of the head and since there is some rubber gripper in the temple, they stay in place well. The nose piece is adjustable so you can get them to fit the way you like. The rubber coating is a plus as well as it makes them comfortable against the skin. The one drawback I have had is the thin plastic temples can be uncomfortable on top of my ears. When riding the bike this has not been an issue, and this is good since I prefer these on the bike. I only wear sunglasses when running some of the time. The Hypermask was much less comfortable on the run; this is where I really felt the temples dig into my ears. It was probably exacerbated by the bounce caused when running.
The Hypermask Sunglasses have excellent performance. Visually, they are excellent. I am not too discerning when it comes to optical clarity, at a certain point they all seem excellent. I did not notice any distortion, which is important. The lenses also have UVA and UVB protection, which is important. The durability thus far of the Hypermask has been solid. There is good flex to the frames, and I have not noticed them getting softer; they still hug my head the same. I am pretty good at protecting my sunglasses so normally scratches are not an issue for me. These lenses have held up well to all my training and a couple of races. I have also not had any issues with fogging, which is great. Even in my hot races where I have poured water all over my head, the Hypermask do a reasonable job letting the water run right off. This helps them stay clear as water spots are not able to form. While the sunglasses are made for a variety of sports, I liked them best on the bike. They were not as comfortable on the run.
Overall, the Rudy Project Hypermask Sunglasses are excellent sunglasses for cycling and triathlon. The lack of top lenses will appeal to many athletes who have issues with visibility in the aero position. On longer rides, I tend to get a sore neck and I feel like my head tends to drop a bit, this makes the lack of the frame even more important over the longer races. I only wear sunglasses on about 25% of my runs, so I did not plan on testing these for the run as much as I did on the bike. In my run testing, I would not have scored these as high as they did bounce a liitle more due to the them not being super snug on the head. This slight bounce also allowed the thin plastic temple to be less comfortable on the top of my ears. I would essentially give these a four for cycling and three for running. Visual acuity is not an issue and rarely is for top end sunglasses such as these. I appreciated the case and bag as they helped keep them from getting beat up in my drawer. The case is set up kind of strange, but it works. The Hypermask retail for $205 which is what you would expect for the top of the line. If you are looking for a frame less design for cycling, I would recommend trying these. The only limiter may be the price. As always, your mileage may vary.
- No top frame
- Great visual clarity
- Adjustable nose piece
- Very light weight
- Interchangable lenses
- Arms can be uncomfortable on the run