Ryders Swerve Pro Sunglasses

reviewed by Coy Starnes

Ryders Swerve Pro Sunglasses
Swerve Pro sunglasses Image courtesy of Ryders

The Ryders Swerve Pro are part of the adrenaline series. My sunglasses are in the essential category which translates into the base model. Other lens are available such as polarized and photochromic, but even as the base lens, the essential is no slouch with optically-correct, shatterproof, scratch resistant polycarbonate lens that offer offer 100% UV protection. The sunglasses come with a cloth storage sack with a drawstring closure and while a hard case would be nice it is more of a luxury. There was no lens cloth but the storage bag is made of a nice soft material and I think it will suffice to keep them clean out in the field. Hear are the key specifications for the Swerve Pro-essential in the black frame and gray standard lens combination. Other frame colors and lens color/type are available. FRAME: GLOSS BLACK, DURAFLEX LENS: GREY FLASH, POLYCARBONATE, 100% UV PROTECTION TINT: 15% VLT FIT: MEDIUM FEATURES: ADJUSTABLE ANTI-SLIP NOSE PADS, ANTI-SLIP TEMPLE TIPS PRICE: $44.99

When I first tried on my Swerve Pros I was pleased with how they fit. The nose pad is adjustable but I didn’t find any need to do any adjusting. They also feel very light on my face, almost like I’m not wearing sunglasses. Of course I’ve noticed this with several other sunglasses so maybe it is a trend in the industry. Swerve Pro on author I am also pleased with the look, and according to my wife, they look better on me than most of my other pairs of sunglasses. I picked the Swerve Pro style because they remind me of the glasses I see pro bike riders wearing. Unfortunately, I’m not a pro…but I can look the part. Okay, maybe not…

Some Interesting and Useful Features :

The Swerve Pro sunglasses have what looks like vents at the top and bottom of the lens. I’m not sure if having an opening as apposed to having no bottom frame makes air go around the back side of the lens better to reduce fogging or not but I have noticed that vented sunglasses do tend to fog less. I think just enough air hits the frame and is forced down the backside of the lens to help reduce the fogging effect. I will find out how these work as soon as we get some sunny weather. I haven’t seen the sun since I got these and the forecast is calling for more rain the next few days. Another feature is the Hydrophilic nose-pads and/or temple tips which are found on every pair of sunglasses throughout the Adrenaline Collection. According to Ryders, the material used in these parts actually gets tackier with moisture ensuring that no matter what the conditions, the sunglasses are going to stay in place. Anyways, stay tuned to find out how they perform. I plan to use them most while riding my recumbent but also for driving and other times when I need sunglasses.

Update Ryder Swerve Pro sunglasses
using the Swerve Pro's in the snow
Author wearing the Swerve Pro’s in the snow
I’ve been wearing the Ryder Swerve Pro’s for almost three months now, mostly while driving, kayaking and bike riding.  I’ve used them less while out hiking but did find I needed them a on a few sunny days after the leaves were off.  I also needed them on a recent hike with snow on the ground.
I found the sunglasses very comfortable to wear due to the light weight frame.  I never had any trouble with them slipping off my face, not even down my nose.  They also afforded an excellent view when riding in shady areas as they are not too dark.  About the only time I did not wear them while riding was when I went for a few night rides because they were just too dark for those conditions.
I really like them for riding my recumbent as they protected me not only from the sun, but here lately, from the cold wind.  I did find that when wearing my ColdAvenger face mask I had problems with them fogging up a little.  I’m not sure why because the vents of the face mask are not directed straight up.  When I wore them without the face mask I never had any trouble with them fogging, even when climbing hills on my recumbent or while hiking on foot.
They worked great while out kayaking, and while a polarized lens may have worked better, they cut the glare from the water just fine.  I just could not see down into the water as far as I might like because I do enjoy looking at the plants and fish when paddling in some of the clear backwater areas of the lake.  The times when polarized lenses really would have been best were when landing where the bottom had odd shaped rocks and the footing was a bit sketchy.  However, after walking around a bit, the water was usually so muddy that polarized lenses would not be much good anyways.
That’s all for now, but stay tuned because I’ll have another update in a few months to report on how well they are still working.

One last look at the Ryder Swerve Pro sunglasses

March 12, 2010

wearing the Swerve Pro while kayaking in the snow
Wearing the Swerve Pro’s on a snowy kayak paddle

Another two months have passed and I am still finding these sunglasses to be great.  I will say that it has rained a lot recently and with the dreary weather I have not worn them every day, but I do keep them handy for those times when the sun is shinning.

We have had some very cold weather lately (lows in the low 20s)  but nothing like the single digit temps from early January.  On the days when it was really cold we also had some more snow and the sunglasses were great for walking in the bright snow.  I also went on a kayaking trip with snow on the ground.  There was also quite a bit of ice on some places on the lake and the sun really glistened off the ice.  So with the sun glaring off the snow, water and ice, having the sunglasses was imperative to being able to see well.  On the other extreme, I have seen a few days when it was near 70 F which felt like a heat wave. For instance, just last Saturday, March the 6th, I went for a fishing trip in my kayak and was out on the water about 5 hours from noon until around 5 PM and wore the Swerve Pro sunglasses the entire time.  And as before, polarized lenses might have been a better choice, but I still needed protection from the glare of the sun off the water.  I say off the water because I had on a hat and it kept the direct sunlight out of my eyes until the very last when the sun was getting low.  I managed 2 rides on my recumbent recently and the Ryder’s did their same stellar job as I had experienced last fall before the cold weather cut severely into my riding time.

Overall, I am very pleased with these sunglasses. The are pretty much fog free unless I was using my ColdAvenger face mask and then only when I was breathing hard and forcing air up under the lens. They are comfortable to wear and remain very securely on my head. The vision they allow is clear and not distorted.  And last but not least, they look good.

About the Author: I am from northeast Alabama where I spend a lot of my time divided among several hobbies that include  backpacking and day-hiking, canoeing and kayaking, and just getting out enjoying nature.  You can read a little more about me here.
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