Product review: Ryders Eyewear – Hijack Photochromic model

I just received my box of of Ryders Eyewear for the 2013 season this week and was anxious to try out the Hijacks.

Hijacks FrontSince this time of year I’m doing a lot of long easy rides, I like to have a good pair of glasses for eye protection and sun protection when necessary. The really cool thing about the Hijacks I received are that they have this photochromic technology. That’s a fancy word for they adjust to the sunlight so you don’t have to swap out lenses during your ride. You can read more about that on the Ryders Eyewear website linked at the bottom of this page.
Hijack Inside

First impressions of these sunglasses are that they were really comfortable and light. I tested them out on a 19 mile single track loop and figured this particular trail would give me the time to get a good idea of their performance. I’ve included an image of what most of this trail looks like.

The day was overcast since it was supposed to rain then turn to snow

Batsto Single-track

Batsto Single-track

Hijack Photochromic

The Hijacks were great! I never fogged up during the ride and my line of sight was perfect. I love when you can use a product, especially sport specific eyewear, and not have to think about them. I’ve tried other big name brands in the past and these sunglasses out performed them. The Hijacks certainly lived up to the description on their website.

If you are in the market for a new pair of sunglasses for running or mountain biking I would suggest you check out the Riders Eyewear line up.
Check out the Hijacks here.

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2 Responses

  1. Andy says:

    I am considering these glasses because my current Oakleys with Persimmon (orange) Photochromic lenses are too dark for very low light conditions.
    How have you found the yellows lenses of the Hijacks perform in very low light conditions?

    • Gerry says:

      Andy, they performed well but that can vary on how deep in the woods you are! I wore those until dusk. It’s been a while since I wore these glasses as I have been using the Thorn anti-fog glasses from Ryders Eyewear. Those have an orange lens that I have been using right to dusk as well.

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