Review: Ryders “Oasis” Sunglasses

A couple months back, the folks at Ryders Eyewear sent me a pair of their “Oasis” sunglasses to try out. I’ve been wearing these sunglasses exclusively for all that time…to the beach, to work, on recreational bike rides, to events and out on the town. So, I think I’ve developed enough of an impression to write something about them.


Here’s a little bit about the glasses from the Ryders website (these glasses are part of their “Chill Collection“):

    TINT: 15% VLT
    PRICE: $39.99

Although these glasses are not sport-specific, they seem well designed for active lifestyles. The lens material is tough, the hinges and finish are durable and the temple and nose pads do their thing without slipping.

There are three major attributes I really liked about these sunglasses. First, the lens is almost completely uninterrupted by the nose bridge…that bridge is just a tiny vertical strip of plastic, giving the wearer a great field of view with no obstructions. Here’s a shot of the lens as viewed from the inside:

nose bridge

Secondly, the shape and curve of the lens gave me great peripheral vision. While the temples and hinge area of these glasses are chunky, they are set back far enough in my field of view that I can barely see the edge only if I really crank my eyes over to the side. With other sunglasses I’ve tried, my peripheral vision tended to be obstructed unless I turned my head. Not so with these glasses — I get the full sweep with no head-turning!

Third, the glasses fit very tightly to my face. I have a very narrow face, and sometimes sport glasses stick out past the sides of my head, giving me a rather “insect-like” appearance. Also, if there’s a big air gap at the top or bottom of the lens, this can cause my eyes to tear up when the wind hit them at speed (I like to ride fast…what can I say?). The Oasis lenses curve both horizontally and vertically, snugging up to the contours of my face. In fact, the tops fit so closely to my eyes that I actually have to tuck my wacky, Leonid Brezhnev-style eyebrows in!



For those of you who live in hot, humid environments, have no fear…the hydrophilic nose pads and temple inserts WILL NOT slip, no matter how much you sweat. Sunglass slippage is the bane of many a cyclist — it’s a safety hazard! And, while many reasonably-priced sunglasses have rubber pads that claim to be slip-free, they don’t often deliver; good pads are usually in the realm of really expensive sport-specific eyewear. Not so with Ryders…these rubber pads are the real deal.

So far, I’ve been incredibly pleased by these sunglasses. They filter out a good amount of light and glare on sunny Florida days, they stay in place and they keep my eyes from watering. Sure, they look a little “pimp”, but hey — that’s how I roll!

Check out the full collection at the Ryders Eyewear website…oh, and Ryders, if you’re reading this, I’d sure love to try out some of the other models (hint, hint).


  1. Jay July 24, 2008 10:24 pm 

    1) polarized?
    2) do temples have rubber? If not, then that’s a real cycling glasses. Rubber temples kill the glasses for me, esp if I use them ONLY for cycling.

  2. Ghost Rider July 25, 2008 3:24 am 

    Jay, they’re not polarized. And yes, they’ve got small hydrophilic rubber inserts in the part that goes over your ears. Why does that “kill” glasses for you?

  3. Rick July 25, 2008 12:58 pm 

    I wear glasses. I’m too lazy to wear contacts. Any suggestions? I don’t mind looking like a dork.

  4. LoneRider July 16, 2009 8:01 pm 

    Agreed on Ryders,

    I like the Ryders, them and Optic Nerve offer great value for the cost. I used a pair of Ryders Tarmacs with a clear lens all winter, recently got a pair of their “aero” model cycling shades since it has one lens with no side frame and better peripheral vision, plus it came with several lenses. I commute by bike pretty much year round, and then on Sundays we ride like 5 or 70 miles, and the Ryders have always worked. They also have shrugged off branch hits to the face by overhanging trees and countless impacts with hapless insects.

  5. LoneRider July 16, 2009 8:04 pm 

    Rick, the Optic Nerve sunglasses (the Banshee model is the one i have experience with, liked it so much i got 2 so I could have one with each tint and not muck with lenses) offer perscription in some models.

    Other brands like Rudy Projec tdo too, but they cost 3 times as much.

  6. Designer Sunglasses June 24, 2010 11:15 pm 

    Gradient lenses are tinted from the top down, so that the top of the lens is darkest. These lenses are good for driving, because they shield your eyes from overhead sunlight and allow more light through the bottom half of the lens so you can see your dashboard clearly.

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