Summer PressCamp 2016, Part I

Summer PressCamp 2016, Part I

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.


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  1. rick

    impressed me enough not to make me think they were worth it……..Are you sure this is what you meant to write ?

  2. Les.B.

    Since they make potato chip packaging that one can’t tear open with bare hands, it doesn’t surprise me that they can make sunglasses that you can’t break apart.
    What’s the range on these? Do they get light enough for low light conditions?

  3. Bruce

    Ordered from Ryder and I screwed up the 10% off and free delivery. Contacted them right away and the fixed my screw up. If their sunglasses are half as good as their customer service, I’m a customer for life!!

    1. Andrew

      I can see the draw; carry extra water. Bulky at first but pack-down when empty.
      On day-long, remote mtb rides in the past I’ve repurposed an empty soda (soft-drink) plastic bottle to carry extra water and used these to refill my bottles/hydration bladder. When empty they weigh very little and can be scrunched down inside my hydration pack to make it less bulky. Very cheap and easy to source, and should it become cracked/punctured no real loss and recyclable.
      What I don’t get though is how you’d use a collapsible bottle. Sure, when full they’re all bottle-shaped and might fit in a bidon cage well enough to be secure but once you’ve taken the first slurp and the shape begins deforming(as designed), what then?
      It almost seems they’re exclusively a pocket item in a jersey/backpack from full to when empty. They’d possibly be less uncomfortable against your back in a jersey pocket than a normal bottle. However pocket use would make them somewhat trickier to reach around on the move to access and particularly to replace.
      I’m sure they must have done their research before bringing this product all the way through design and production to market, but just what segment of the riding population might want/need these collapsible bottles? That smaller (hip-mounted?) hydration packs and/or stopping for a moment to transfer water from a spare reservoir bottle/bag aren’t sufficient. (So it’s obviously not me.)

    2. Author

      These don’t fill in a way that makes them fully bottle shaped, so you’re not going to be putting them in a bottle cage. They’ll be in your pocket from start to finish.

    3. Author

      To be sure, these aren’t going to be much of a solution for a great many people. There are those places, though, where the ride will take you places where getting more water isn’t going to be easy, maybe not even possible. I’m doing an event Saturday where there won’t be many options for refueling and I expect these will really come in handy. But some riders will never be more than four or five miles from more water, and for them, these won’t be too impressive.

  4. Robert

    having just taken 5 stitches in my brow from a crash I’d advise everyone to look at their eyewear and perhaps not wear frames that have sharp edges to them….that exposed edge on the Ryders looks cool but will definitely dig deep if you should land askew.

  5. G Scott

    Did Ryder give you a date on when they are going to be available? I don’t see that particular model anywhere on the web.

  6. Rick Brown

    Padraig: I was intrigued by your review of the Ryders glasses. But in viewing the company website, I can’t figure out what glasses are photochromatic, polarized, and anti-fog. I see velopolar with anti-fog, but the description of velopolar doesn’t say anything about photochromatic. What model did you use? Thanks.

    1. Author

      I tried the Invert with veloPolar lens with antifog treatment. I hope to wear them more soon. They’d be handy here in Sonoma County.

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