One of the thing about PressCamp that makes it worthwhile to attend each year is the fact that there are always a few products that completely surprise me. Case in point: new eyeweard from Vancouver’s Ryders eyewear. Think about all the features that you might want in a pair of glasses. Your list might be a lot like mine. I’d want amazing clarity, photochromic lenses, an anti-fog coating, sharpened color to aid contrast and frames that don’t impede my vision.
They’ve delivered all that along with 70-percent polarization, to increase contrast and cut glare without causing the rocks to shine.
Durability is a common issue with high-end eyewear. Amazingly, the staff from Ryders yanked on the frame of this pair of glasses like they were trying to break a turkey’s wishbone. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Traditionally, Ryders has been better known as a maker price point glasses. However, because their parent company owns more than 3000 different patents pertaining to eyewear and optics, they have access to an incredible array of technology. I wore them on my first ride here, an exploration of some of Deer Valley’s fire roads (plus a bit of singletrack). The lens is rose-colored and shifts to purple in bright sunlight. The change from light to dark and dark to light is quick. They’re $240, but impressed me enough to make me think they were worth it.
Thule was on-hand to show off a number of their products.
Thule also showed off a new hitch rack that can accommodate everything from road bikes to fat bikes. Raising and lowering the rack is easier now and the cradles have been opened up to hold bigger tires more securely.
Camelbak showed off a few new products, beginning with these new collapsible bottles. They hold 17 ounces of fluid; the unit on the left goes for $20, while the unit on the right, which is insulated, goes for $28. They use a bite valve, meaning you can squeeze the fluid out as well as suck it to make sure you get every drop. Once it’s empty, just roll it up and shove it in your jersey pocket.
They also introduced a new bladder, the Crux, a 3.0 liter bladder that will speed water delivery and closes with a foolproof new top and includes an easier-to-grip handle for filling. It comes in two versions, depending on the type of pack you have.