The good folks at Outside PR and Ryders Eyewear were kind enough to send me a pair of Hijack sunglasses to try out and review (I’ll try to get another pair of these to give away, because their glasses are awesome!). I also have a pair of Ryders (Sprint model) with clear lenses that I use for cycling in low (or no) light conditions. They have been invaluable to me.
Following are facts taken (sometimes verbatim) from the website.
Ryders' eyewear is a company based in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and two collections comprise their inventory: Adrenaline and Chill. Designed for almost any outdoor activity, the Ryders Adrenaline Collection comes in a wide range of styles to fit any athlete. Many styles feature premium options such as interchangeable, photochromic and/or polarized lenses, adding incredible performance options to our already high-tech frames. The Chill Collection is designed for kicking back and talking about your last (or next) adventure. They all have optically-correct, shatterproof lenses. Ryders Eyewear offers lenses in brown, clear, flash coating, grey, orange, yellow and photochromic. The Ryders Metals are RX (prescription) compatible. Ryders adjustable nose pads can be pinched, spread, and twisted to any angle so you can give yourself a custom fit. Adjustable temple-tips can be bent and twisted any way you like. This brings significantly greater comfort and allows you to meet special fit requirements like those presented when wearing a cycling helmet. Hydrophilic nose-pads and/or temple tips are found on every pair of sunglasses throughout their Adrenaline Collection and on many within the Chill Collection. Ryders works with athletes in a variety of activities: Mountain biking, road biking, adventure, triathlon, running, skiing, snowboarding, and climbing. Examples include The Ride Clean mission is to promote clean sport, facilitate discussion of this topic and support clean athletes through an organization of solidarity (www.rideclean.net). Founded more than 20 years ago as a BMX race team, the Norco Factory Team has grown in size and scope annually since its inception. Team athletes range from freeriders featured in action sports films and magazines, to internationally ranked downhill and cross country racers. What truly separates the Norco Factory Team is that each athlete is chosen as much for their positive personality and regional influence as they are for their cycling prowess (www.norco.com/team).
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FRAME: GLOSS BLACK, RED, WHITE ORANGE, SATIN WHITE DURAFLEX
LENS: BROWN, CLEAR, BROWN FLASH, POLYCARBONATE, 100% UV PROTECTION
TINT: 15-93% VLT
FEATURES: ADJUSTABLE ANTI-SLIP NOSE PADS, ANTI-SLIP TEMPLE TIPS
They came with a case and a microfiber baggie for cleaning and protection, which is always a sign of a quality company.
Now the opinion.
What kind of things did I do with my Hijacks? Try running, cycling, gardening, walking, and just general use. In every situation, they were comfortable to the point of becoming invisible. How is that good? There is nothing worse than wearing sunglasses and then squinting from the glare they are not blocking or eyes tearing up from the wind creeping in around the edges. When a product is designed well and it works, it disappears. Complaints? None. The fit is Medium-Large, So if you have a big face like me, you might want to look at some of their other models, like the Sprint. My wife says they look fine, but usually I think she’s humoring me, so here’s a photo so that you can decide for yourself:
Would I buy a pair of these glasses? Absolutely! Ryders' glasses seem really well-priced for the quality and design. As I said, I already own a pair of Ryders and have really enjoyed them. So now I’ve tried two pairs from their collections and have been happy with both. Can’t ask for more than that.
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(Disclaimer: Outside PR sent me this product for free to review on my blog - courtesy of Ryders Eyewear. I did not pay for the item, receive payment, or agree to give it a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)