Other notable features include light weight (29 grams), anti-slip nose pads and temples that can also be adjusted, and a scratch resistant coating that I have put to the test on numerous occasions. Distortion is all but non-existent. The look is what I’d deem semi-casual, not too racy, but still not something you’d wear much off the bike.
For my money, the adjustability is arguably the No. 1 feature. On hot (and sweaty) days you can position the lens further away from your face, lessening the impact of perspiration pouring off your forehead. The pliable temples, meanwhile, allow the wearer to really dial in fit based on head shape and helmet model. The end result is solid and comfortable on-face security.
On the downside, the green tinted lenses are a bit on the dark end of the spectrum, meaning they’re not so great on non-sunny days, or if you’re riding in and out of the light, say on a trail through thick forest.
I’d love to see a photochromic version, which brings us to another solid option in the Ryders catalog, the $130 Seventh antiFOG Photochromic, which have the same 29-gram weight. These shades don’t have quite the same lens clarity, but are arguably a better option for riding in variable light situations.
The Seventh antiFOG Photochromic have all the same fit adjustment features as the veloPOLAR, but when the amount of available light changes so does lens tint. Just know that they don’t get as dark as a standard lens, so take a pass on these if you primarily ride in bright and sunny conditions.
The photochromic lenses also have the antiFOG layer on the back and a hydrophobic layer on the front. And like all Ryders lenses, are impact resistant and optically correct with 100% UVA, UVB and UVC protection.
Bottom line, while neither of these sunglasses are cheap, they sell for as much as $100 less than the latest top-flight offering from the bigger boys in this space. So depending on where you ride and what your exact needs are you might be even able to justify buying two pairs of Ryders to cover all your bases.
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