Rudy Project Tralyx Review
*Extremely lightweight construction
*Excellent optical clarity
*Adjustable nose pieces for a dialed in fit
*AR laser series lens is variable for all weather conditions – wear them all day from the water to the podium [/tab][tab]
*Loud coloring may turn off some buyers
*If you wear these, you should probably be ready to bring your A game.
*High Pricing may price these out of the “casual” buyer range[/tab][tab]
*Pricing starts at $224.99
*Several color/lens options available.
*Buy direct from Rudy Project and get a free pair of casual sunglasses![/tab][/tabs]
The Rudy Project Tralyx
Known to triathletes, runners, and cyclists the world around, the Rudy Project Tralyx is the no nonsense choice for athletes who know what they don’t have spare seconds to waste messing around with faulty eyewear. A good pair of sunglasses can make your day; a bad pair can end it pretty quickly (try cycling out of T1 with your cheap, crappy no vent lenses completely fogged over – trust me, I only made that mistake once). The folks over at Rudy Project (a huge favorite here in Colorful Colorado) stand behind their product; with features like a lifetime replacement policy and near indestructible frames, the Rudy Project Tralyx is designed to go wherever you go, all day. I found them comfortable throughout all of my training sessions, even on rides/runs lasting over four hours. No matter what the conditions were, I had no irritation from wear and found that they stayed firmly in place regardless of how sweaty I became.
Sizing and Fit of the Rudy Project Tralyx
Having a larger framed face myself, I found the fit to be comfortable without being overly tight; the arms on the Rudy Project Tralyx feature a rubber no-slip compound on the ends which wrapped firmly behind my ears without becoming stuck in my hair during removal. I hate it when sunglasses pull on your hair, because it starts out as a minor irritation that becomes major in the second hour of whatever event you’re taking part in. The frame itself is decidedly unisex, and can be seen on top athletes both male and female – this is possible because the nose pieces have a two part construction – there is a portion of the nose piece which attaches itself to the lens, and then a portion of the nose piece which is adjustable to you. This means that even though the frame size may feel slightly large on the Rudy Project Tralyx to those with smaller framed faces, the adjustable nose piece allows you to quickly dial in a secure fit.
Construction/Lenses on the Rudy Project Tralyx
As mentioned above, the Rudy Project Tralyx comes in as one of the lightest pairs of sunglasses we’ve ever tested – it weighs in at just under 28 grams. That’s right – the side cutouts, crazy lightweight plastic used, and feather weight lenses altogether come in under an ounce. Weight weenies will rejoice at the lack of added weight, while I just think they’re really comfortable as a result. They feel really great, especially when paired with the Rudy Project Sterling Helmet, comfortable enough for even the longest rides without giving them a second thought. What’s truly innovative about the Tralyx, however, is the lenses used by Rudy Project. Triathletes are very familiar with the varying light conditions that all day events have to offer, and it’s a pain to bring/keep track of one pair of glasses for each leg of the race (save for swimming – the Rudy Project Tralyx could probably work in the water, but I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t like it). To combat this, Rudy Project offers multiple photochromic lens options along with their standard RP lens (shown in the photos above). With those lenses installed, you’ll be able to see long after you really want to be out on the course, anyway.
The Bottom Line
An excellent choice for all endurance enthusiasts, whether it be cycling, triathlon, or running the Rudy Project Tralyx is lightweight enough to be barely noticeable, and comfortable enough for all day wear. There are several color/lens options available, and the adjustable nose piece allows just about all face size and shapes (except for the smallest of the small) to have a great fit. Head on over to the Rudy Project site to check them out for yourself – and if you buy soon, you’ll get a free pair of casual Rudy Project sunglasses to boot. Cheers.