Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Review Crew: Ryders Sunglasses + Giveaway

DSCF6371 Ok…I’ll just come right out with it. I love these sunglasses :-)


Now perhaps this should be prefaced with the fact that I’m no sunglass connoisseur. No wait…maybe I am. I was going to tell you how as a lifeguard/pool manager for many years I’d go through a good 3-4 pairs of cheap sunglasses each summer. They were cheap, but still I guess you could say I’ve seen my fair share of sunglasses.


I really haven’t been one to wear sunglasses while running though. I’ve just opted for a hat and a squint, but a few weeks back the squinting got old, so I bought myself a pair of Foster Grant’s Active (Raquel Welch wears them so they MUST automatically be fantastic right?). I tried them on at the store. They looked cool. Felt fine. Figured they would do.


Good thing I opted to try them out at my daughter’s t-ball game first before taking them out on a run (which is hilarious btw. The t-ball I mean. The kids either stand around playing in the dirt OR they’re like my kid and attempt to field any ball that is hit anywhere regardless of the ball’s actual proximity. As a matter of fact, my daughter fielded her own hit on one occasion, but I digress). I didn’t even make it half way through the game with these sunglasses on. I have no idea why, but either these sunglasses shrink while you wear them or they cause your head to expand. I don’t know which, but by the time my daughter got up to bat for the second time, I had a wicked headache and couldn’t take the squeezing anymore. If I had worn them on my long run, I’d probably have pitched them or randomly handed them out to some passerby (hello there Cycling Casanova with waaaaaaay too much cologne on, would you like a pair of sucky sunglasses?).


But the Ryders on the other hand, ahhh….sweet Ryders. So very light, I don’t even know they’re there. I actually tried two pairs. One with an open frame (which my husband says makes me look sporty and I don’t think anybody’s ever called me that before. So, you know, I’ve got that going for me) and one with closed frames. My personal preference was for the closed frames because I think I can get away with wearing them pretty much anywhere, whereas the open frames if I were to attempt that people might expect me to just up and start running wherever I was, like my kids swimming lessons or the family 4th of July picnic. And you know, people are much less likely to talk to you if they think you might just take off running on them at any moment.


It all worked out though, because apparently if you have super long luscious yet overly sensitive lashes like my sister, the closed frame glasses might not be the best choice for you. She was thoroughly annoyed that her eyelashes kept touching the lens of close framed pair. So after we were about a mile out on our sunglass test run, we swapped pairs. She was happy. I was happy. All was right with the world.


So my verdict: Thumbs Up!


RUNDAD SAYS:

There were a lot of things to like about the Ryder Sunglasses.
1. Light, yet had sturdy construction.
2. The lenses relieved a lot of eye strain and squinting that usually occurs when running.
3. Rubber tips on the ear and nose pieces made the glasses very comfortable to wear and prevented slippage.
My one recommendation would be to buy the model without the frame on the bottom and the slide. This will prevent any obstruction when looking off to the side.”


RunDad Verdict: Thumbs Up!


karenRUNSIS SAYS:


“Not much to say which I think is a good thing when it comes to sunglasses. I barely noticed they were there. They didn't bounce on my face or squeeze my brain. They kept the sun out of my eyes and seemed like little LCD screens since my vision seemed crisper with them on.” (weird, but yeah. I’m totally agreed about the LCD thing).


RunSis Verdict: Thumbs Up!


And thanks to our friends at Ryders and Outside PR, two of you get to add a pair to your super sweet running gear collection. Here’s what you’ve got to do:


Required to enter:


1. Be or become a follower of this blog.


2. Visit the Ryders website and let me know which pair of these three you would choose: Lolite (Black), Porter (Black), or Drill (Light Blue)

Additional Entries:


Notify me via the comments (one comment is fine) what methods you have chosen to enter. All entries must be received by, Sunday July 11th at 11:59 PM. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, July 12th. Good luck!


'Til next time...


P.S. Looks like we might be having a little trouble with the comments, a Blogger glitch. I switched the comments to post automatically, but if you still can't get your comment to show up, then send me your contest entry via email or Facebook (HA HA! We are too smart for you Blogger. You will not ruin our giveaway no matter how uncooperative you might choose to be!)

124 comments:

RunMom said...

If you are having trouble commenting, please let me know either via FB or email. Apparently there's a little commenting glitch working it's way around Blogger. I took comment moderation off, so hopefully that will help. If not, I can count your entry via email or FB instead. Sorry for the inconvenience!

jamie.louise said...

Already a follower! I think I like the Lolita style the best! I've wondered what type of sunglasses are best, so it's great to see what someone else thinks first!

Vanessa Taylor said...

Great review! I am a follower!

Vanessa Taylor said...

and drill looks like a good color!

Teamarcia said...

Already a follower!

Teamarcia said...

I'd love the try the Porter glasses

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

already fan of ryders on FB....LOVE their glasses!!!!

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

and fan of outside PR on FB

Teamarcia said...

I linked you on my blog

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

follower of your blog :)

Teamarcia said...

and I tweeted @teamarcia

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

and "like" you on FB too

Teamarcia said...

Already a Ryders FB fan!

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

posted on the sidebar of my blog www.myreasontorun.blogspot.com

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

i like the lolite glasses best

Berryfine said...

Great review- I have been dying to try these sunglasses as the ones I have are not so great. I'd love the Porter :)

Berryfine said...

I am a follower!

Berryfine said...

I linked this on my contests page- http://fromfat2fab2009.blogspot.com

bobbi said...

1. I'm a follower!
2. I SO NEED a pair of sunglassess - the Porter style is my fave.
3. I'm a fb fan of ryders, outside PR, and secrets of a running mom.

Heather said...

I'm a follower!

Heather said...

I think I'd choose the Lolite.

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I am a follower!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I would chose the Porter. Love them!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I am a fan of Ryders on FB

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I am a fan of OutsidePR on FB.

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I am a fan of this blog on FB!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

You are linked on the sidebar of my blog!

Jen said...

I became a follower and love the Lolite style!

I also became a follower of all three on facebook.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Tracy said...

~Devoted follower already :)
~In order of preference Lolite, then Porter, then Drill
~FB Fan of yours already
~ And Ryders
~ And Outside PR
~Linked to my blog

Apryl DeLancey said...

I'm a follower and would love the Lolite!

Maria@HuffandBuff said...

I am following your blog!

Maria

HuffandBuff said...

I would choose the Lolite Black.

Maria

HuffandBuff said...

#1 I blogged about it here:

http://www.huffandbuff.com/2010/07/06/exercise-and-fitness-giveaways/

Maria

HuffandBuff said...

#2 I blogged about it here:

http://www.huffandbuff.com/2010/07/06/exercise-and-fitness-giveaways/

Maria

HuffandBuff said...

#3 I blogged about it here:

http://www.huffandbuff.com/2010/07/06/exercise-and-fitness-giveaways/

Maria

HuffandBuff said...

#4 I blogged about it here:

http://www.huffandbuff.com/2010/07/06/exercise-and-fitness-giveaways/

Maria

HuffandBuff said...

#5 I blogged about it here:

http://www.huffandbuff.com/2010/07/06/exercise-and-fitness-giveaways/

Maria

Michelle said...

I'm a follower

Michelle said...

Love the look of the Drill

Michelle said...

Linked this giveaway in my sidebar at
www.runningwithattitude.com

misszippy said...

I have some Ryders, so take me out of the contest, but I'll post on my blog.

MarciaG said...

I follow yout blog

MarciaG said...

I like the Porter

MarciaG said...

I LIKED Ryders on FB

MarciaG said...

I LIKED Outside PR on FB

MarciaG said...

I am a fan of you on FB

Laurie said...

I'm a follower.
I'd probably have to go with the Lolite.
Facebook fan of Ryders, Outside PR and your blog.
Linking your giveaway on my sidebar

S Club Mama said...

I'm a follower

S Club Mama said...

I like the Lolite

S Club Mama said...

I'm a fan of Ryders on FB

S Club Mama said...

I'm a fan of Outside PR on FB

S Club Mama said...

I'm your fan on FB

busyrunningmama said...

i'm a follower!

runRedrun said...

I am a follower, and I like the Lolite

Kayla said...

I'm a follower

Kayla said...

I like the drill

Kayla said...

I will be posting the giveaway on my sidebar

Kayla said...

I like ryders on facebook

Kayla said...

I like secrets of a running mom on facebook

Alanna said...

I follow.

Alanna said...

I like the Lolite - they look the most versatile.

Alanna said...

I'm like Ryders on fb.

Alanna said...

I like Outside PR on fb.

Alanna said...

Linked to my sidebar at running42km.blogspot.com

Momma On The Run said...

I am already a follower!

Momma On The Run said...

I like the Lolite glasses the best!

Momma On The Run said...

I am already a fan of Ryders on facebook! shanmommy at hotmail dot com.

Momma On The Run said...

I am already a fan of Outside PR on Facebook! shanmommy at hotmail dot com!

Momma On The Run said...

I am already a fan of yours on facebook!
shanmommy at homtail dot com

Vanessa said...

Already a fan...And I like Drill (Light Blue)!!!

Angela said...

I would LOVE the Porters

Angela said...

i like ryder on facebook

Angela said...

I like you on facebook

Angela said...

i like outside pr on facebook

Jennifer Jones said...

I'm a follower!
I think I would chose the Porter glasses...
I am a fan of ryders on FB
I am a fan of Outside PR on FB
I am a fan of Secrets of a Running Mom on FB

Heather said...

I am a follower and I definitely need the Drill Sunglasses. They will at least make me look faster.

Tara Kieninger said...

I like the LoLites best. I'm a follower & a fan of yours on Facebook. Thanks!

Andrea Tilley said...

Cool Giveaway!!
1. I am a follower
2. Checked out the website and I like the looks of the porter
3. Your fan on FB

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

posted again on Thumbs Up! Thursday www.myreasontorun.blogspot.com :)

Rad Runner said...

I am a follower!

Rad Runner said...

I am all about the lolite's they have a girly flair but look totally bad arse!

WannabeRunner said...

I'm a follower and I would love the Lolite glasses. Too cute!

Blonde Mom Runs said...

I am a new follower, and I like the Lolites the best. Pick me! I need sunglasses. I squinted thru my run this morning. :)

Molly said...

I'm a happy follower! great giveaway!

Molly said...

love the porter style!

Angie Bishop said...

I follow your blog!

Angie Bishop said...

I like the Drill in light blue and then the porter in Black as a second choice!

Angie Bishop said...

already a fan on facebook!

Angie Bishop said...

Fan of Outside PR on fb!

Angie Bishop said...

I am a fan of yours on fb too!

Angie Bishop said...

I tweeted about this giveaway!
@BarefootAngieBee

Angie Bishop said...

I posted a link to my blogs sidebar!

Kadie said...

I'm a follower! I posted on my blog! I like the porter best!

Mrs. D said...

I am a NEW follower.

I would choose the Lolite sunglasses.

I am a fan of Ryders on FB.

I am a fan of Outside PR on FB.

I have linked back at healthyhappyness.blogspot.com

Michel said...

I am a follower!

Michel said...

I posted on my blog: http://babyweightmyfatass.blogspot.com/2010/07/saturday-morning-round-up-of-give-aways.html

Allie said...

I'm a new follower, thanks for the giveaway!

Cynthia O'H said...

I'm a follower.

Allie said...

I'm a fan of Ryders on FB.

Cynthia O'H said...

I'm one of your FB fans.

Allie said...

I'm a fan of Outside PR on facebook.

Cynthia O'H said...

I like the Lolite glasses.

Allie said...

I linked to this on my blog.

Cynthia O'H said...

I'm linking to my blog.

Allie said...

I linked to this on my facebook.

Allie said...

And I became a fan of yours on facebook.

H Love said...

I just became a follower.

H Love said...

I am going to be wild and say the Drill.

H Love said...

Like Ryders on FB.

Holly said...

I follow thru GFC!

Holly said...

Tweeted it out!

Holly said...

DRILL!

kaypow said...

I'm a follower, thanks.

kaypow said...

Oh the Drill has caught my eye and got me drooling, thanks!

kaypow said...

And I follow Ryders on FB, thanks.

kaypow said...

And I'm a fan of Secrets of a Running Mom on FB too.

kaypow said...

I'm a fan of Outside PR on FB.

kaypow said...

Tweeted. (crikay)

Middle Name Marie said...

I like the Porters in Silver! They would make me feel sleek and quick! LOL!

Trish said...

I am a follower!

Trish said...

I'd love to try the drill!!

Kathryn said...

I just became a follower, and my favorite of the three is the Lolite in Black.

Stella said...

I am a follower

Stella said...

I would choose the porter ones