Ryders is a Canadian based company founded 30 years ago. Unlike many other brands in the space, Ryders has been focused on creating eyewear for bike riders since day one. Its founder, Brett Martin, launched the company after winning the first ever Canadian Mountain Bike Championships in 1986.
The Roam Fyre is Ryder’s top of the line riding specific offering. The defining feature of the glasses is the removable lower frame, which can be removed for riders who prefer a more open field of view. In our testing, we preferred the frameless setup as it improved our foreground visibility while riding, and reduced the weight of the glasses on our face. We only rode once with the lower frame before putting it back in the box forever.
The photochromatic coating is a worthwhile benefit for riders that frequently transition from full light to shade on the trail. The lenses react to light, darkening in bright sun and then becoming clear in lower light areas.
After owning a set of photochromatic glasses, it’s hard to go back to anything else. One key factor that separates Ryders Eyewear from the competition is their antiFOG coating. Over the years, we’ve tested a ridiculous number of glasses. None have ever been able to beat the performance of Ryder’s antiFOG coating.
While there are many things we love about our Fyre glasses, we do have one qualm. After month’s of testing some testers couldn’t quite get used to fit of the nose bridge. I struggled to get a secure feeling but other testers had no such issues. The nose bridge simply wasn’t wide enough for my large nose, so just verify fit to your individual face shape before purchasing. That being said, the glasses never fell off or came loose on the trail, they just felt as if they could.
Beyond that, our months of riding with the Roam Fyre glasses have been trouble free. No fogging, no rocks, bugs or sticks to the eye, just crystal clear vision. Even with the minor fit issue, these glasses have been our favorite riding shades since they arrived on our door. If you’re willing to pay, rest assured you’ll be making a sound investment in your visual experience on the trail. Just don’t leave them on the tailgate of your truck and drive off like we did.