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Ryders Eyewear Saber Running Sunglasses [Review]


Ryders EyewearThe Old

Way back in 2012, I reviewed a pair of Ryders Eyewear sunglasses. They were the Vela model and featured interchangeable lenses. You could switch between clear, yellow, and dark depending on the type of run you were doing, the time of day, or the conditions. Sounds great, right?

The problem was that the lenses kept breaking on me. Ryders Eyewear quickly sent me new lenses to replace the broken ones, and those all broke too.

I concluded that the Vela’s had a design flaw, but thought that I would try a different pair again someday.

The New

A few months ago I was contacted by the folks at Ryders. They had recently seen that review from 2012 and wanted to give me the opportunity to try a different style of Ryders and review them here. They sent me one of their newer styles: The Saber.

Ryders Eyewear Saber

Instead of dealing with interchangeable lenses, these sunglasses are not only polarized, they are also photochromatic. Meaning: these lenses lighten or darken automatically depending on the light conditions. The Sabers provide all of the benefits of the switchable lenses without the fuss (or opportunity for damaging the glasses).

The Test

I’ve worn these glasses for several weeks now. I’ve worn them on chilly low-light morning runs, and super bright evening runs. One word sums up my experience: fantastic. They really are the perfect running sunglasses. On top of the features already mentioned, they are super light (24 grams), and at least for me, they fit my face perfectly. The biggest problem I’ve had is keeping them away from my wife; she’s threatened to steal them on several occasions.

Ryders sent me the black pair with brown lenses. The brown stays light enough for those low light runs, but will get plenty dark for the bright runs too. If brown isn’t your style, you can also get them in grey. The glasses themselves come in several colors as well. To see all of the style and color combinations, check out the Ryder Eyewear Saber page. At a price of just $79.99, these are more affordable than other sport sunglasses available on the market as well!

The Conclusion

My thanks to Ryders Eyewear for finding my post and making it right. In my original review, I commented on how great the customer support–and the company–responded to my initial issues. I consider this as further proof that this company is one of the good ones. I couldn’t be more happy with my experience with the Sabers and Ryders in general. I highly recommend both.

Ryders Vela Sunglasses [Review]


Ryders EyewearReviewing sunglasses? Have we run out of things to review so we are reviewing sunglasses? No, not quite. I don’t know if I should call this a review or a rant. It’s a little of both.

A year ago, I bought a pair of Ryders Vela interchangeable sunglasses. I don’t recall why I chose this particular pair, but I suspect I liked the design and the weight. In fact, I loved these sunglasses. I loved the fit, and I LOVED the fact that I could switch out the lenses. They came with 3 types:

  • dark: for bright conditions
  • yellow: for medium to low light…perfect in the morning
  • clear: no tint at all, and fantastic when it’s dark outside but rainy or windy.

Plus, I only paid around $50 so I considered them a perfect buy.

Ryders Vela

Ryders Vela

Yet, just a few months and only a couple of lens changes later, one of my yellow lenses cracked. It cracked at the point where the lens snaps in to the actual sunglasses. I figured I had man-handled it a little more than I should have. I reviewed the instructions on how to snap the lenses on and off, and vowed to be more careful in the future. Lesson learned.

On top of that, I reached out to the folks that make Ryders Eyewear, told them I broke them and I needed to buy some more. They said no, and sent them to me for free. Can you say great customer service? Without a doubt, Ryders Eyewear has it. In fact, they not only sent me a set of yellow lenses, but the clear ones too. I couldn’t have been more pleased.

Fast forward 4 months to yesterday, when it was super windy outside. It was an early morning run so I decided to pop out the dark lenses and pop in the clear lenses. Would you believe me if I told you that as I was pulling the dark lenses off, one broke? Would you believe me if I told you that not only did one dark lens break, but the other dark lens was cracked? Seriously! One broke and one cracked.

Breakage Point

Here is where the lenses keep breaking.

I’m flabbergasted. I was very careful with the lens as I always am, but now I’m left with more broken lenses. I have to think that this might be a design flaw. However, I did a quick search on the interweb and couldn’t find any complaints about the lenses. Plus, you can still buy these glasses today.

The thing is, I’m not ready to give up on Ryders just yet. I think I’m going to order another pair–a different pair, though. I’ll keep you posted on how that works out for me.

Have you worn interchangeable sunglasses in general, or Ryders Vela in particular? What’s your experience?