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  • Writer's pictureSamantha Andrews

Beating the sun with Rudy Project Fotonyk

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Rudy Project Fotonyk shades to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!"

I will admit that as much as I love looking good when I am running, I don't spend as much time caring for my eyes to protect them from UV exposure. In the past, I have reviewed different types of sunglasses and none of them have really become permanent fixtures in my running gear line up. Either I forget them or I am so used to not running with them that I just go on without them. Thankfully, I think the third review may be a charm. I had an opportunity to test the Rudy Project Fotonyk shades (, which was good timing for this hot winter.

The shades come in a simple soft case for carrying and protecting the glasses. They include a plastic bumper that protects your face from rubbing the edge of the lens. The bumpers are removable and can be exchanged with different colors. The bumpers have holes that fit the ventilation holes in the lens that prevents fogging. The nosepiece is also adjustable to improve the fit.

UV Protection Specs

Included with the shades are ImpactX Photochromic 2 Black lens. The lens transition and change color when you move from low to high UV light intensity. The lens are also indestructible, so no worries if you take a fall on the pavement or drop them. Click here to learn more about the lens technology. Below are examples of the power of the transition lens.

Glasses are in bright white light (low UV index) and lens are clear.

Early morning with low UV index and the lens are semi-transparent.

80 degree heat with a high UV index and lens are dark.

Running in shades

I wore the shades for my weekly 5k runs, a 15k, and a half marathon. They fit snuggly without bouncing or rubbing. Once I put them on, I forgot all about them. I liked that they did not look overly dark, which is the real reason I don't like sunglasses. Overall the glasses were fine and as an added bonus they were also stylish. From now on, I plan to be more diligent in protecting my eyes from UV radiation. I will leave the shades in my car so there is no way they can be left at home.

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