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My new favorite sunglasses for work & play

August 11th, 2011

And by work I mean driving four kids from Utah to California with a very sunny, very long stretch of Nevada between the two states. By play I mean long stretches of fun in the local pool. No matter the activity, my new go-to sunglasses for extended anything are from Ryders Eyewear.

Ryders has been around since 1986 when Brent Martin, on his way to becoming the first Canadian Mountain Bike Champion, wanted a pair of high-performance sunglasses at a budget-friendly price. Ryders Eyewear was the result, and Brent’s been making stylish, sporty, sport-friendly eyewear ever since.

We make performance glasses for human powered activities that get your heart racing. Fun stuff like mountain biking, trail running, hiking, road cycling. If you want to wear your Ryders for other heart pumping activities like rollerblading with your pals, streaking the quad or naked bike riding – please be our guests (and send photos!)

You gotta love an eyewear company with a sense of humor! My favorite thing they do? This:
Making sunglasses is not sending rockets to the moon. What we do is keep it simple, get out of the way of the sunglasses and let them do their job. We make great sunglasses at a great price so that our customers can get outside and perform at their best.

Ryders Eyewear sent me their women’s Solace sunglasses, a sleek, lightweight pair of sunglasses that combine sport and casual…a hybrid of sorts.

Ryders Eyewear Solace

With shatterproof, polarized lenses to reduce glare plus UV protection and a scratch-resistant coating combined with a thermoplastic frame making them durable, flexible and light, you can see why I love these sunglasses for the pool. And the 11-hour car ride. (Flying objects are not unheard of somewhere between the Nevada and California state lines.)

I’ve already mentioned one of my two biggest reasons for loving these glasses (they’re super lightweight). The other reason is the superior coverage. The lenses on the Solace sunglasses are nice and big without being too big. There’s no errant sunlight making it’s way into my eyeballs; my entire view is polarized and shaded and I love it!

Ryders Eyewear Solace

Ryders Eyewear has an awesome selection of women’s sunglasses, from the Drill and Nitrous to the more casual Duchess and Fray designs. Love them all!

As for price, they are right on target with Brent’s vision to design high-performance, stylish, durable sunglasses at a reasonable price. The Solace sunglasses are under $70—a great price for all the benefits this pair offers. You’ll find styles for under $40 all the way up to just under $90. Can’t beat that!

Now if Ryders Eyewear could cut out as much noise as they do glare, the 11-hour drive would be even less painful!—Emily

Tifosi helped me rock my first tri {giveaway}

July 13th, 2010

Okay, I don’t know if “rock” is the correct word, but Tifosi sure as heck helped me bike with my eyes wide open (a necessity when you’re a newbie on a road bike and slightly coordination-challenged) and run without being blinded by the sun bouncing off other athletes’ sweaty bodies.

Tifosi Optics

When I decided I was going to try a tri (how clever am I?), I quickly learned I would need a good pair of lightweight sunglasses designed specifically for athletic endeavors. Fortunately for me, when I posed the idea to Tifosi Optics, they were more than happy to send a pair for me to review on the Daily Dish. I settled on the Vogel in pink tortoise. Hello, pink tortoise! Of course their Slip style is one of their most popular, but it only came in pink, not pink tortoise.

The Tifosi Vogels arrived and I had to snap a pic. Notice how I totally planned my reflection showing up in the sunglasses. That’s pro photography, baby!

Tifosi Optics

And then, because they were so dang cool looking, I had to put them on immediately and snap another photo or two. (I’ll just share one and spare you the others.)

Tifosi Optics Vogel

I took the Vogels for a test run late one sweltering hot morning. At first they sort of bounced a bit, which worried me, but once I got going they seemed to settle in just right. I could hardly tell they were there, except for the occasional tiny push up the bridge of my nose (I was REALLY sweating).

After that I took them for a test ride on my road bike and they totally passed. They fit perfectly with my helmet and the larger lenses gave great coverage from the sun. I couldn’t feel them at all, they didn’t bounce, and I think I only had to nudge them into place once. After that, I did not leave home (on a bike) without them!

The real test came when I competed in my first triathlon this past Saturday. Here I am sporting my Tifosi Vogels as I run my bike to the mounting location and as I cruise back in from my 12-mile ride:

Tifosi Optics Vogel

And here I am rarin’ and ready to go (I’m totally faking that smile) on the 3-mile run, and then you can see a real smile because I’m super happy I’m almost done:

Tifosi Optics Vogel

Though the Tifosi Vogels had a “bumpy” start, they are now a must-have among my tri gear. In fact, I find I’m wearing them even when I’m not biking or running. They’re a heck of a lot more comfortable than the brown tortoise ones I normally wear. There’s something to be said for a lack of minor headaches due to tight-fitting, fashionable ear pieces. Did I mention they’re pink tortoise as well?—Emily

Tifosi Optics

P.S. I discovered just now that the nose piece is adjustable. Had I been smart enough to actually read the product description more than once, I might have avoided that whole nose-bridge-slippage thing. They are now properly adjust. I may even wear them to bed.

***Giveaway! Tifosi Optics is giving away one pair of pink tortoise Vogels (a $60 value)!***

Here’s how to enter. You can do as many of these as you’d like. Each one is worth one entry into our giveaway:

•   Visit TifosiOptics.com and leave a comment telling us your favorite style of sunglasses.
•   “Like” Tifosi on Facebook and leave a comment telling us you joined.
•   Follow Tifosi on Twitter and leave a comment telling is you’re their newest follower.
•   Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL of your tweet.
•   Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL to your blog post.

Giveaway open to U.S. addresses only. Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: July 20, 2010 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

  • Congratulations to Tara P., the winner of the Tifosi giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!
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