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.
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.
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).
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!
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.