Quite a few lifestyle sunglasses attempt to double as performance riding glasses but not all truly succeed. Rudy Project’s Spinair is one of those that actually work great while riding thank to adjustable temple tips and soft rubber nose pads. Not only can you adjust the glasses for a dialed fit, but the soft rubber nose pads help the glasses stay in place even when it’s sweaty time.
Spinair 58 Active lifestyle glasses features (via Rudy Project)
- Listed Weight – 1.10 ounces | 32 grams
- Soft rubber nose pads
- Adjustable temple tips
- Safety hinges
On the bike
I took to the Spinair glasses quickly and liked wearing them so much I end up wearing them while participating in Cycle Oregon’s Gravel Event in the height of summer. They paired well with the casual looking Showers Pass tech tee and fitted shorts I wore. The ensemble was sporty with plenty of performance on the bike to rock them on a full day of riding but casual enough I didn’t feel the need to change for the afterparty.
The only downside would be the weight. They have more heft than the performance-oriented Rudy Project Tralyx Graphene which I’ve been rotating them with. That said, the heft is inline (if not lighter) with other lifestyle glasses, and the way they fit and look on the trail as well as their versatility makes them shine.
The Spinair 58 glasses list for $159. learn more at RudyProjectna.com
Tralyx Graphene Performance Sunglasses
Eyewear with Photochromic lenses is ideal for the riding in the Pacific Northwest. Practically every trail darts in and out of the forest, which has me typically reaching for clear, rose, or yellow-tinted protective eyewear. None of which are great during summer months when you actually want shades.
On the bike
I was so enamored with the casual look and versatility of the Spinair 58 glasses, I found myself wearing them far more than the Tralyx. I didn’t realize I was missing out. I have wide selection of eyewear to test, and I tend to gravitate to wearing glasses with as much eye and wind coverage as possible, which had me overlooking the Tralyx. Coverage is a priority for shuttle style riding, but we do a lot more than DH and enduro riding.
Once I started doing long summer rides and putting on the miles, the Tralyx was appreciated. On longer days when the temperatures are high, the airflow supplied by the “Power Flow” designed into the lens is significant. Although the lenses don’t feature any sort of anti-fog coating, I didn’t experience any issues with fogging during stops.
They’re light as heck, racey looking and pair well with helmets. They’re not inexpensive at $225, but with other high-end eye wear in the category. I wore them with the Rudy Protera extensively but they paired well with other helmets as well.
The Tralyx Graphene lists for $225. Check it out at RudyProjecna.com