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Rudy Project Ekynox SX
Features:
  1. Interchangable lenses
  2. Anti Fog Air Channels
  3. Adjustable Temple Pieces
  4. Wraparound for full eye protection
  5. Adjustable Nose Piece
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Reviewed by Garuch

Rating out of 10: 10
Price: Supplied by Rudy Project
Can be found at:
Rudy Project USA

Rudy Project Ekynox SX with Laser Bronze Lenses and Platinum Velvet Frame, Impressive name, but let's see what is behind the glasses. These were to be my (I was going to say Sunglasses, but that doesn't fit really) biking glasses for evaluation on our Rudy Project test run.

OK WE GET A 10 FOR PACKAGING! They come in a stylish, understated box, and feature a really durable case that would withstand the rigors of being thrown into a dufflebag and thence onto the bottom of a truck full of duffels, say on a charity ride for instance. Included is a nice silky, soft bag to put the glasses in inside the case. This bag it turns out is an integral part of the product, as it is to be used exclusively for cleaning the lenses!

NOW THE REAL TEST, HOW DO I LOOK? Those of you who know me know that's a lie, like I really care right? But then, and I have yet to figure it out, everybody says, "Hey those glasses are really you!" Now I don't know if they are pulling my leg or not, but even my kids love ‘em! So we’ll go with the delusion that the kids actually think they look cool on their old man! Now I must admit that they do look really neat on Joel, one of our members who wears them all the time! And they do remind me of the ones the "Style Guy" wears in Bicycle Magazine, so maybe they are actually cool, but on me?

OK NOW THE REAL, REAL TEST! Visual inspection shows that the designers have thought through of most of the wrinkles. The nosepiece is adjustable. The temples are fully adjustable for both length and tension. The profile of the frame fits my rather expansive forehead quite closely. Although, when I first put the glasses on, I felt that they had a bit of distracting glare reflecting from my eyebrows onto the interior of the lenses. But, as I became accustomed the intended fit of the glasses, they are designed to be in contact with your face, the glare vanished! The lenses are quick replaceable so they can be used with different lenses in different conditions, and they are treated with an anti-reflection coating. The test pair was supplied with what the package indicates were the Laser Bronze lenses, a kind of mostly neutral gray with an amber tint in the highlights. Very interesting visual effect actually!

Now I can't say how this is achieved, but somehow these biking glasses managed to seriously attenuate glare, and yet at the same time they manage to heighten contrast. Bottom line, you can see better with 'em than you can without 'em. Further, and this is something I am very sensitive about, they are very non-restrictive in terms of the field of view! The frames are placed so that they are almost invisible to your eye. As a result the sense is that your eyes have nothing in front of them. Your peripheral vision is unrestricted, and I found it undistorted!

The wrap around protects your eyes from road debris completely. On the test ride I periodically drafted Dan and Orville. Often with less than an inch separating their rear and my front tire. Although my face was covered in the road grit flung at me by their rear tires, I had no problems with any debris getting into my eyes. This being particularly important for me since I was wearing contacts lenses for the test!

Upon reaching Babylon, when we finally stopped hammering in order to do some photo ops, our bodies were giving off steam in the cool morning air and my lenses did fog up! The fogging was not bad, but it was there and you couldn’t help noticing! However, the instant any breeze blew by, or you waved your head, or you began to pedal out, the fog disappeared immediately! There are tiny, almost invisible vents perfectly placed at the edge of the lenses, and they direct the air onto the lenses to keep them clear. They work perfectly, but air has to be moving by them to work! This simply can not be helped and it is NOT a fault!

The glasses are so light and unobtrusive that I frequently forgot I was wearing them, and that to me is a compliment. Every time I recalled that I was wearing them and that I was supposed to be looking critically at what I was seeing, I was equally impressed!

After 50 years of wearing glasses, I am wildly myopic, I have finally tired of the entire affair and recently switched to contacts, in order not to bother with frames and glasses at all. So I am on one hand used to wearing them, and yet on the other hand particularly sensitive to them. If my regular glasses had been as well designed, light and unobstructing, I might never have bothered with the contacts. None the less, I am glad that I did, because now I can wear the Rudy Project Ekynox SX when I ride! I recommend them fully!

Rudy Project Ekynox SX
Features:
  1. Interchangable lenses
  2. Anti Fog Air Channels
  3. Adjustable Temple Pieces
  4. Wraparound for full eye protection
  5. Adjustable Nose Piece
Rudy Project Kerosene Premium
click image for larger view

Click here
to buy now!



Reviewed by Garuch

Rating out of 10: 10
Price: Supplied by Rudy Project
Can be found at:
Rudy Project USA

Rudy Project Ekynox SX with Laser Bronze Lenses and Platinum Velvet Frame, Impressive name, but let's see what is behind the glasses. These were to be my (I was going to say Sunglasses, but that doesn't fit really) biking glasses for evaluation on our Rudy Project test run.

OK WE GET A 10 FOR PACKAGING! They come in a stylish, understated box, and feature a really durable case that would withstand the rigors of being thrown into a dufflebag and thence onto the bottom of a truck full of duffels, say on a charity ride for instance. Included is a nice silky, soft bag to put the glasses in inside the case. This bag it turns out is an integral part of the product, as it is to be used exclusively for cleaning the lenses!

NOW THE REAL TEST, HOW DO I LOOK? Those of you who know me know that's a lie, like I really care right? But then, and I have yet to figure it out, everybody says, "Hey those glasses are really you!" Now I don't know if they are pulling my leg or not, but even my kids love ‘em! So we’ll go with the delusion that the kids actually think they look cool on their old man! Now I must admit that they do look really neat on Joel, one of our members who wears them all the time! And they do remind me of the ones the "Style Guy" wears in Bicycle Magazine, so maybe they are actually cool, but on me?

OK NOW THE REAL, REAL TEST! Visual inspection shows that the designers have thought through of most of the wrinkles. The nosepiece is adjustable. The temples are fully adjustable for both length and tension. The profile of the frame fits my rather expansive forehead quite closely. Although, when I first put the glasses on, I felt that they had a bit of distracting glare reflecting from my eyebrows onto the interior of the lenses. But, as I became accustomed the intended fit of the glasses, they are designed to be in contact with your face, the glare vanished! The lenses are quick replaceable so they can be used with different lenses in different conditions, and they are treated with an anti-reflection coating. The test pair was supplied with what the package indicates were the Laser Bronze lenses, a kind of mostly neutral gray with an amber tint in the highlights. Very interesting visual effect actually!

Now I can't say how this is achieved, but somehow these biking glasses managed to seriously attenuate glare, and yet at the same time they manage to heighten contrast. Bottom line, you can see better with 'em than you can without 'em. Further, and this is something I am very sensitive about, they are very non-restrictive in terms of the field of view! The frames are placed so that they are almost invisible to your eye. As a result the sense is that your eyes have nothing in front of them. Your peripheral vision is unrestricted, and I found it undistorted!

The wrap around protects your eyes from road debris completely. On the test ride I periodically drafted Dan and Orville. Often with less than an inch separating their rear and my front tire. Although my face was covered in the road grit flung at me by their rear tires, I had no problems with any debris getting into my eyes. This being particularly important for me since I was wearing contacts lenses for the test!

Upon reaching Babylon, when we finally stopped hammering in order to do some photo ops, our bodies were giving off steam in the cool morning air and my lenses did fog up! The fogging was not bad, but it was there and you couldn’t help noticing! However, the instant any breeze blew by, or you waved your head, or you began to pedal out, the fog disappeared immediately! There are tiny, almost invisible vents perfectly placed at the edge of the lenses, and they direct the air onto the lenses to keep them clear. They work perfectly, but air has to be moving by them to work! This simply can not be helped and it is NOT a fault!

The glasses are so light and unobtrusive that I frequently forgot I was wearing them, and that to me is a compliment. Every time I recalled that I was wearing them and that I was supposed to be looking critically at what I was seeing, I was equally impressed!

After 50 years of wearing glasses, I am wildly myopic, I have finally tired of the entire affair and recently switched to contacts, in order not to bother with frames and glasses at all. So I am on one hand used to wearing them, and yet on the other hand particularly sensitive to them. If my regular glasses had been as well designed, light and unobstructing, I might never have bothered with the contacts. None the less, I am glad that I did, because now I can wear the Rudy Project Ekynox SX when I ride! I recommend them fully!

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