The foundation of all our lenses.
We took the same material that is used in bulletproof glass and astronaut helmets, then injected it into moulds that are perfectly formed for optical clarity, mitigating any concerns of shattering on impact. But it’s not the material on its own that makes for great sport lenses. The manufacturing methods, tints, finishing, coatings, and even how they fit into their frames all play important roles in the optical quality, clarity and durability of a Polycarbonate lens.
All RYDERS lenses use premium coatings and finely-tuned tints. They are rigorously tested, not only for their optics but for their durability, both in the lab and the real world. These lenses come in every pair of RYDERS, and this high standard is just our starting point. Polarized, Photochromic, PolarPhoto, veloPOLAR™ and antiFOG lenses have all the attributes listed here plus their premium features that take them to that next level of performance.
Some eyewear brands block 100% of UV rays, but only to 380nm, which means they’re letting the most harmful, high energy visible light through the lens. These rays (along with UV) are a leading cause of cataracts, skin cancer and wrinkles around the eyes—great reasons to block them out. All RYDERS lenses—of every tint and shade—block 100% of UVA, UVB, UVC rays plus these harmful, high-energy visible light waves all the way to 400nm.
UV, or Ultra Violet, is high-energy light that’s beyond the spectrum that’s visible for humans. Other invisible light includes x-rays and gamma rays on the higher-energy end of the spectrum. Infrared rays, microwave rays and radio waves are found on the lower-energy end of the spectrum.
UV radiation is harmful to the eyes and skin. Immediate damage is noticeable in the form of sunburn, but cumulative damage over years or decades may be much more sinister as it can come in the form of cataracts and skin cancer. So think of our lenses like lead vests for your eyes. You wouldn’t opt out of the lead vest during an x-ray, would you?
No, every one of our lenses meets or exceeds the same standards of UV protection. Whether the lens is clear, coloured or dark grey, you have the same protection against UV rays and harmful blue light.
When we talk about VLT as it relates to a lens colour, we are talking about the amount of visible light (not invisible UV light) that is able to pass through the lens and reach your eye. The percentage of visible light that makes it through the lens is a very different thing than UV protection. VLT is a carefully measured number to quantify how light or dark a lens is. Some colours however, increase contrast and therefore give the illusion of being brighter than they really are. For example, a grey lens with 50% VLT will seem darker than an orange lens with 50% VLT even though they are transmitting the exact same percentage of visible light.
In our lenses, we’re proud to say it doesn’t. All of our lenses—of all tints and shades—block 100% of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays and harmful, high-energy light to 400nm.
The best material on the planet for sports eyewear.
Grilamid® TR90 is without question the ideal frame material for sports eyewear. It’s highly flexible, ultra-durable and extremely lightweight, making our frames very accommodating, comfortable, safe and long-lasting.
Whether you’re looking for a pair of shoes or a new a bike, fit is of critical importance. Performance eyewear is no different. Long-term comfort, fog resistance, helmet compatibility as well as light and wind protection are all affected by how the frame fits on your face.
Fogging is one of the most common issues with high performance eyewear. Fogging problems can be mitigated by choosing glasses that are big enough to allow a significant amount of airflow behind the lens. A snug-fitting pair is much more likely to fog than one that fits correctly. In addition to finding the right size, adjustable nose pads are an excellent anti-fog feature because they allow you to position your eyewear the appropriate distance from your face. If you want the ultimate fog protection, you will combine these tips with our antiFOG lenses.
Airflow behind the lens is absolutely necessary but so is lens coverage so it’s important to find the ratio that meets your needs. For many, sunlight protection isn’t the only reason to use eyewear. Wind, dust and other hazards are important considerations—especially for those who ride bikes—so please make sure that the lens is big enough to effectively block all of the elements.
If you want the best protection, look for a big lens in a frame that draws sufficient airflow across your face, but not so much that the breeze carries in the nasty stuff.
It sounds cliché but the best frame is one that you forget you’re wearing. We encourage you to buy the right pair at an authorized RYDERS dealer because the best way to find the right frame is by trying them on. Some people like customizable components such as adjustable nose pads or temple tips (included on select models). These components are not only for comfort and stability, they’re also used to combat fogging because they allow you to angle and position your eyewear the appropriate distance from your face.
The best thing you can do is visit an authorized RYDERS dealer and try on the glasses. Are they comfy? Now that you have your helmet on, are they still comfy? If so, buy them. Not everyone who wears RYDERS uses them for helmet sports, but if that’s what you’re up to, helmet compatibility is critical.
Find a pair of glasses that won’t give you any interference. Straps and other retention devices should be considered. Airflow is also affected once your helmet is on, so try to make sure that your glasses have adequate breathing room when worn with a helmet. Both airflow and helmet interference problems can be combated with adjustable temple tips. They allow you to angle the frame for ventilation and can be manually formed around retention devices.
All RYDERS frames (with the exception of metals) have anti-slip, hydrophilic nose pads. If your past experience with eyewear is that they slip down your nose, these pads will make a huge difference. If you want extra stability, look for frames that also have hydrophilic temple tips.
For the next level of slip-resistance, choose a model with adjustable components.
The sizes listed on this site should help you choose your fit, though it can be difficult if you don’t have a baseline. The simple fact is that eyewear sizing is complicated—it’s not just about frame widths and heights. Lens angles (pantoscopic tilt), width and height of the nose bridge, and length of temple tips all play important roles in how a product will fit on your face.
Though we would love to provide a simple solution, there is no easy measurement that can be taken to find your size. This is why we encourage you to buy the right pair at an authorized Ryders dealer where you can try them on. If this isn’t an option for you, you can look at our sizing and measurements to get a general idea of which frame might be the ideal fit for your face.