Forget what you know about sunglasses and sunglass brands. At least we had to, as soon as it was abundantly clear that eyewear impressions formed during summer bike shop gigs many years ago are outdated and irrelevant.

In our Press Camp meeting with Ryders Eyewear, one big takeaway was that sunglass technology has changed quite a bit over the years. In learning about some of the eyewear innovations, our chat with Ryders during the 2016 Press Camp was perhaps the most intriguing and informative of all the tech-related meetings. Learn about some of the latest eyewear technology from Ryders in the pages below:

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Patience Burns with Fyre

The bad news? The glasses we’re most excited about for cyclocross, and had the opportunity to test in Deer Valley, are the Fyre models ($220 and up) that aren’t expected to arrive until January 2017.

One pair of shades and lenses for all cyclocross conditions and time of day? Ryders Eyewear thinks its Fyre lenses are up to the challenge. Press Camp 2016. © Cyclocross Magazine

One pair of shades and lenses for all cyclocross conditions and time of day? Ryders Eyewear thinks its Fyre lenses are up to the challenge. Press Camp 2016. © Cyclocross Magazine

These lenses, with NXT material, Colour Boost, Varia photochromic technology, antiFOG and a slight mirror finish, were impressive on dark trails and bright sunny chair lifts. They’d be high up on our list of eyewear to use when we start training in the dark, riding in the rain, and racing midday—basically the entire cyclocross season.

For something that we already had the pleasure of testing, January seems a long way off. Are we there yet?

More info: www.ryderseyewear.com

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