When it comes to choosing sunglasses, lenses are the focus. And rightly so. High-quality lenses can improve your vision, lessen eye strain, and protect your eyes from damaging UV rays. But while the vision-related benefits are impressive, fit quality will ultimately determine whether you actually wear a pair of sunglasses. Glasses that are too big will fall off. Glasses that are too small will pinch your head and give you a headache. In terms of design, form follows fit. It's why Rudy Project never sacrifices design or cost savings at the expense of comfort.
It makes sense that a company started by a former pro cyclist would focus on ergonomics. Rudy Barbazza wanted to outfit the best riders and endurance sports athletes with high-quality optics that would stay put comfortably, even during the most intense effort: an all-out sprint, a high-speed descent, or even a crash or collision. Today, Rudy Project wearers benefit from the evolution of those original ergonomics and enjoy the specialized eyewear features listed below.
The Rudy Project Way: Premium Eyewear, Ergonomic Design
All glasses and sunglasses start with their lenses. Rudy Project’s proprietary ImpactX lens is featherweight by design. The result is glasses you see but don't necessarily feel when wearing them.
Making lightweight sunglasses frames is easy. Making frames that are light, flexible, and nearly unbreakable is harder to pull off. Rudy Project does it with Grilamid, a lightweight, long-lasting, high-performance polyamide that's impact-resistant and maintains its strength in extreme temperature conditions. To boost flexibility and maximize coverage, removable comfort pads allow wearers to add light and debris shields to their temple pieces. Taking design innovation even further, Rudy Project recently strengthened its RidetoZero commitment by releasing multiple sunglass models that feature durable frames made with Rilsan® Clear, a sustainable bio-plastic made from 45% castor oil.
To allow athletes to customize the fit of their glasses, Rudy Project employs adjustable nose pads (one of the first in the performance sunglasses market to do so) that accommodate a range of nose sizes. They also allow wearers to create more space between their face and the sunglasses, a strategic design feature that helps reduce fogging of the lenses. Adjustable temple tips let athletes torque the glasses to stay in place without being too tight.
Ventilation may not seem to matter to ergonomics, but it does. Long-term comfort and physical efficiency are two hallmarks of ergonomic design, and good airflow through and around sunglasses provides just that. Lens angles, frame cut-outs, and signature features — like the Rudy Project logo over the nose bridge that doubles as vent holes — are just some of the ways Rudy Project’s PowerFlow design can look cool — and keep you cool.
Once you find your perfect fit, you should be left with sunglasses that you can wear 24/7 during any activity and in all conditions without enduring irritation, pain, or eye strain. And if you need some help determining the perfect fit, you can find a local Rudy Project eyewear specialist here.