Rudy Project Revenge Review
Sunglasses can be as much a freedom of expression as they can be an essential piece of gear, and the Rudy Project Revenge is unabashedly both. These shades are lightweight, flexible, comfortable, provide lots of visibility, and stylish on both men and women. I happen to adore the reflective multilaser green lenses with the gloss white frame but I am also known to be a bit loud when it comes to fashion. If green isn’t your choice of color, the Revenge is also available with other lens colors: multilaser purple, red and smoke (all of which keep you looking very swift). The light transmission is either 21%-22% depending on the lens color, and the Revenge lenses are interchangeable. Rudy Project boasts a proprietary, PR-D Centered technology that keeps the optics crisp regardless of activity or range. (Note: the Revenge is not Rx-ready. See other Rudy Project models if you need prescription sunglasses.)
The style of the Revenge is reminiscent of the Oakley Radar with its single-piece, mask-like shield. The lens is frameless across the bottom and provides for a nice, snug fit that seals out the glare. I have a small face and the Revenge fits perfectly, hugs the curves of my cheekbones, and does not move when I run or tilt my head down in the aero position when cycling. If you have a larger/wider face, this model may not be your best choice as they appear to be designed for smaller faces.
When it comes to weight and visibility, the Revenge is feather-light (just 0.9oz) and provides optimal viewing. The frame across the top of the shades aligns beautifully with my brow line and virtually disappears when I am riding in the aero position. Transition from bike to run is seamless with the Revenge, as they stay put on my face and do not bounce around when running. The rubber nosepiece is adjustable in case you need to tweak for a perfect, personal fit. The temples have hidden, no-shock hinges for crash safety, a feature I hope never to have to test, but especially with racing, you just never know.
These shades are ideal for running and cycling and have rapidly become a staple in my 2012 triathlon season. I am thrilled to find a shade that actually fits my face comfortably, has as much focus on performance as I do, and looks dynamite.