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Rudy Project Sportmask Performance--Ugly but good.

Old 04-28-09, 07:21 AM
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Rudy Project Sportmask Performance--Ugly but good.

I've been looking for a pair of new sunglasses for use on the TT/Tri bike because between my position on the bike, my nose, and the shape of my lenses, my view gets blocked by the frames of my sunglasses when I'm riding and try to look up the road. Other times, if I drop my gaze during a hard effort, I'll get a nice shot of wind and rain into my eyes over the tops of the lenses. So I needed something higher-profile that would sit closer to my face and ride a bit higher for better coverage. I tried these--the Rudy Project Sportmask Performance.



I'll be honest I'm not a huge fan of the aesthetic, but after a couple rides/runs wearing them I'm hooked. The frames are super light, coverage is awesome, and the adjustable nosepiece lets you sit the lenses wherever you like. The optics are the usual for Rudy, which is to say that everything is super clear and glare is minimal. The "racing red" lens has been a fave for all purpose use for a while now. They have excellent definition and minimal glare, and they're good for all but the very brightest days.

Anyway, a solid pair of glasses if you're looking for max coverage and/or have the same issues in the aero position that I do... they've quickly become my all-purpose roadie glasses too.
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Got any pics of you wearing them?
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Got any pics of you wearing them?
Not yet--I'll try to shoot some at some point.
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Got any pics of you wearing them?
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I have these too and love them. However, I cannot wear them off the bike as they remind me too much of bono.
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I have these too and love them. However, I cannot wear them off the bike as they remind me too much of bono.
Very true. I can't wear them for anything but riding/running.
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They're not THAT ugly... Then again the elephant man was adorable
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On the bike, they are fine. The moment you step off, you turn into this.

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I don't have that particular pair but the Rudy's racing red lens is great. I thought I would have to get a clear pair for low light conditions but it's been fine on my morning rides which were in the dark during the winter.
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I don't have that particular pair but the Rudy's racing red lens is great. I thought I would have to get a clear pair for low light conditions but it's been fine on my morning rides which were in the dark during the winter.
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I have these too. (Last year's model that doesn't have the rim on the top). I wear contacts and they keep the dry CO air outta my eyes. Rudy Project also has a deal where you can replace the lens for $19.95 if you scratch or break them. I used this once and the service was pretty fast. Super light and comfortable.
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I have these too. (Last year's model that doesn't have the rim on the top). I wear contacts and they keep the dry CO air outta my eyes. Rudy Project also has a deal where you can replace the lens for $19.95 if you scratch or break them. I used this once and the service was pretty fast. Super light and comfortable.
Yeah, I used the warranty replacement on my Freeons a few years ago. Service was actually quite good. Sure beat paying retail for a new lens.
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I have these glasses too... they have the fullest coverage I could find at the time. They're a bit euro looking... but isn't that a good thing?
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Dude, I have to get contacts so I can use some cool sunglasses like these! I love how they look.
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Rudy Project has prescription inserts.
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The thing that I love about the Rudy Project glasses is the bendable nose piece. It looks like the sportsmask has them too. It allows you to move the shades higher up on the nose so you can more easily see out them while riding in the drops.
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Originally Posted by bryceepoo View Post
I have these glasses too... they have the fullest coverage I could find at the time. They're a bit euro looking... but isn't that a good thing?
For some it's a feature...for some it's a bug
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Rudy Project has prescription inserts.
Not for this model, though.
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I ride in those as well. Theyre great on the bike.. theyre dumb looking off the bike.

If you hunt around for the Rudy codes or get their emails, you can get the Team edition quite reasonable.
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I ride in those as well. Theyre great on the bike.. theyre dumb looking off the bike.

If you hunt around for the Rudy codes or get their emails, you can get the Team edition quite reasonable.
They also offer discounts for military... quite nice ones.
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Wanted to resurrect this thread and give thanks to Dr. Pete for his review. After riding Oakley M-frames for years and contending with looking at the top frame edge on my road bike, I decided to give these a try. They are terrific. I don't mind the aesthetic at all btw...they look fine...and perhaps a bit Euro as mentioned. They are quite large and cover more than the M-frames...depending on M frame lense. To me its about function anyway. Sportmasks are lighter than M frames...wrap closer to the head with less ear stem tension to keep them in place...and the nosepiece is a big feature...internal wire inside the silicone rubber can be adjusted to tune the height of the lenses for complete top coverage. This is my first pair of Rudys as I have always been an Oakley fan. I will say I agree with Pete that the Oakleys feel more bulletproof. I understand that Rudy has one heck of a good warranty if the lense snaps however. Maybe a good idea to keep the Oakley's in back up.

Btw, has anybody ordered an extra lense for their Sportmask? I have an extra set of stems and nose bridge and would like to get anothe lense color...likely red for lower light.
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I, too, am a Rudy aficionado. My present riding frame is the Kalyos (discontinued, I believe) w/ the Racing Red. The Kalyos is a smaller lens, actually a golfing frame rather than a cycling frame. I was actually wearing Rudy's before I got into cycling, both for golf and shooting. The racing red is great for golf, too, better than the golf grey, I think. My only issue w/ Rudy's has been that many styles sit too close to my eyes, and I have long lashes which end up rubbing against and marring the inside of the lenses.

Anyway, the larger, goggle-like frame shown in the OP looks like just the ticket for my next pair of Rudy's, if I can get the right eye relief out of them.
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They also offer discounts for military... quite nice ones.
The club discounts are really good too. Ask around your club to see if they've got a code.
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