A lightweight blade with high airflow designed for female athletes and made for speed.
- Frame Material – TR90 Thermoplastic, Black
- Hydrophilic Nose Pads and Temple Tips
- Polycarbonate Lens Material
- UV Protection – 100% UVA, UVB, UVC, and Blue Light to 400 nm
- Shatterproof Lenses
- Optically Correct
- Scratch-Resistant Lens Coating
- Grey Lens Tint
- Medium Small Fit
- Lens width – 130 mm (o-o)
- Lens height – 40 mm
- Weight – 26 g (0.9 oz)
- Retail – $40
This is the second guest review by Melissa. I was sent a couple of Ryders Eyewear sunglasses and since Melissa really does not like sunglasses, I figured she would be a good test candidate for them. The Hex Sunglasses are billed as a high airflow sunglass made for speed. I was just hoping she would like them enough to wear them.
The Ryders Hex Sunglasses look like most other sunglasses do when you first look at them. There are several things going on here. The frame material is made out of TR90 Thermoplastic material from Switzerland. It is flexible, lightweight, and durable making it great for performance eyewear. In the temple tips and nose pads there is hydrophilic (water-hating) material for better grip when sweaty. The nose pads are also adjustable to customize the fit. The lenses are removable on these sunglasses so you can buy more lenses if needed or Ryders also offers a model with 3 lenses.
Speaking about the lenses, they offer lots of protection for your eyes. They block 100% of UVA, UVB, and UVC light. They also block harmful blue light to 400 nm, this light has been tied to cataracts and skin cancer. The lenses have a grey tint with 14% visible light transmission. Grey lenses are designed for medium to bright light and do not affect the hue or contrast of the visual field, it just darkens it. The lenses are made out of polycarbonate thermoplastic which is shatterproof. They can get damaged under strong impact but they will not shatter. The lenses are also made to be optically correct so they do not distort images. Finally Ryders has applied a scratch-resistant coating to their lenses. While this does not make them scratch-proof, it does help.
I have finally found a pair of sunglasses that I like to wear. Before getting these I would choose not to wear sunglasses unless I had to. This is normally when JJ would say I really should wear them, such as on sunny days in the snow. With these sunglasses you can barely tell they are on, they only weigh 26 grams. With the adjustable nose pads I am able to angle them the way I like to make them fit on my nose the way I like. The other thing that drives me crazy with other sunglasses is that they only cover a section of your visual field. With these the lenses cover nearly my entire field of vision. The width of these sunglasses are also better than the others I have owned because they do not squeeze my head.
Performance is something that is hard to tell when talking about sunglasses. The Ryders Hex Sunglasses do block a good amount of light without distorting colors or images. I guess I will know if wearing sunglasses was a good idea when I get older. I will say the hydrophilic nose and temple pieces grip well in all conditions and I have not had any issues with fogging thus far. The lenses can pop out fairly easily but they are not too difficult to pop back in. For clarification, they seem to pop out when I am cleaning them, not wearing them.
For me these sunglasses have been a huge step forward, for people who have worn sunglasses these are a solid choice especially for the money. They have lots of the features found in more expensive sunglasses at a fraction of the cost. The durability of these have been good so far but they have not been used too much yet. The Ryders Hex Sunglasses are $40 for a single lens and $60 for the interchangeable lens model with 3. I definitely would recommend checking these out. As always, Your Mileage May Vary.
- Large lens coverage
- Light protection
- Lenses can pop out easily