reviewed by Coy Starnes
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. 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.
One last look at the Ryder Swerve Pro sunglasses
March 12, 2010
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.