Ryders Seventh veloPOLAR antiFOG sunglasses review

Highly adjustable fit, plus greater clarity and definition on road or trail

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It's fun when you can see clearly without looking like the Terminator.

It’s fun when you can see clearly without looking like the Terminator.

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.

The nose piece can be adjusted so the glasses fit further away from your face, improving air flow.

The nose piece can be adjusted so the glasses fit further away from your face, improving air flow.

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.

For cloudier days or if you ride deep in the forest a lot, the Ryders Seventh antiFOG Photochromic are a great choice.

For cloudier days or if you ride deep in the forest a lot, the Ryders Seventh antiFOG Photochromic are a great choice.

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.

The photochromic lenses adjust to changing light conditions, but never get overly dark.

The photochromic lenses adjust to changing light conditions, but never get overly dark.

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.

For more info please visit www.ryderseyewear.com.


About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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Comments:

  • JIM says:

    Bought the antifog photochromic thorn glasses not impressed at all sit really close to face so they fog up with sweat really easy. Called them they said I should buy a different model that doesn’t sit so close to face, kinda done with this company $150 down the drain. If anybody has any suggestions for glasses that don’t fog to bad I would sure appreciate it as I just got 10 stitches right below my eye so I am trying to find some eye protection glasses I can see through again. Thanks

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