They look fantasticly cool – and they are used by world class elite athletes, in sports that require the best equipment tailored the athletes’ demands for quality, fit and functionality. Top athletes leave nothing to chance. Including the selection of sunglasses they use. How does it feel to use a pair of sunglasses that are preferred by Norwegian national team of triathletes? I contacted Provista, the sole dealer of Rudy Project sports sunglasses to borrow a pair of sunglasses that thay helped me pick out from their wide range, to see (!) if they could be used even on competition level in tennis.
For my own part, I wanted to test Rudy Project sunglasses primarily in regards to the outdoor season in tennis. Many tennis players use caps when they play outside, to shade for the sun. I’ve tried this, but it does not work so good for me. I feel that the contrast from “dark” to “sudden sun” in a serve-situation is big for me. I am easily blinded by the sunlight. Nor am I comfortable wearing caps in competition, as I feel it impairs side-vision. It´s kind of unfamiliar, as I feel I lose a bit of the 3D vision and balance not being able to see “full width”. I was curious to test these sunglasses, and share my opinion with you here on the blog.
Provista, I know from work context, as they are located in the building next to the Presis 360 where I worked as a project manager. Provista is a market leader in Norway of assistive technology products and medical devices within visual optics and visual rehabilitation. Provista is sole distributor in Norway of Rudy Project, an Italian company and brand that since 1985 has specialised in engineering sports sunglasses and helmets, which are currently used by many of the world’s best athletes. The brand´s aim is to develop the most technologically advanced sports spectacles in the world.
I had basically the following criteria to the sunglasses that I wanted to test, considering that I would use them in tennis training and tennis matches outdoors:
- They must sit extremely well on the face! I have a pretty small head, many sunglasses are too big for me. In a competition situation it is important that they don´t fall down as I sweat. I might as well not use sunglasses then, instead of them impairing my vision or bothering me. They must sit so I can not feel that I’m wearing sunglasses.
- They must allow venting to the lens without the wind blowing in your eyes.
- They must not vapor on the lens! During a match your face gets warm, you sweat, this must not interfere with your vision.
- The lens should not be too dark so that I find it hard to see the ball.
- Glasses and lens must be of good quality, because a lot of tennis equipment as rackets, shoes, clothes, dry clothes, wet clothes, snacks, tennis balls and sports equipment such as rubber band and jump rope, can be assembled in one and the same tennis bag.
- If they are cool looking, is a big plus, but it was not a criteria in the test I made to see whether the model is suitable for tennis games.
After tour of the showroom in Arendal and the various sporting spectacles, I chose the model Noyz Pink Fluo Multi Laser Blue lens. I was immediately attracted to this model because of the bright pink color of the eyeglass frame combined with a super fresh shade of blue on the lens. They fitted my face really well. I also knew that particular model is used by Norwegian triathletes. This spoke to me of quality and functionality of the glasses, as these elite sport athletes like to spend a lot of time and resources on choosing equipment, and leave nothing to chance.
Firstly I had a little photo shoot with the glasses on while my boyfriend took pictures. I sprinted intervals, got really warm. I ran with the sun in the race direction, I ran in the woods. Then I went on a 4km run, with embedded intervals and sprints. Start-and-stop situations which mimic movements and exertion during a tennis match, in sunny-, but also shifting sun conditions.
The fit on Noyz Pink Fluo is for me perfect. They sit extremely well on the face. Actually they sat extremely well even in the showroom of Provista. But before I tested the glasses on a run, I adjusted a little the nose clip so that the lenses come further out from the eye. This was to ensure extra ventilation from below and above of the lenses.
The eyeglass lens Multi Laser Blue fit very well in the changing sunlight conditions which were that day. Even when it was cloudy it was not too dark to see through the sunglasses. I could look directly into the sun without this being disruptive or I had to squint, while I saw clear contours and contrasts when I ran into the woods. The shades of blue made the colors a bit “vintage” when the sun rose in the sky, everything was a little greener, without this being a negative for me.
What I liked even better with the lens is the cut shape on the sides, ensuring that it comes enough ventilation between the eye and the lens, even if you do not adjust the nose bridge. The shape I think also makes glasses sit better on the face, without the lens touching the cheek on the sides, you can smile, laugh, without the cheek coming in contact with the lens.
Functionality is the most important thing for me. Can this model be used in tennis? It sits well despite the sweat, but is the sight impaired when the face gets warm? The sunglasses sat as glued to my face during the runs. I was sweating in the face, but did not have to adjust the glasses. I was sweating in the face, but it did not come dew on the lenses for that reason. The glasses are so light and sit so well, that I did not even have to think about them, even though it was the only thing I focused on during the test 🙂
It was simply crude and a new experience to use them in an exercise! Kanon Good I think they are, on the basis of the criteria I had in advance and the conditions I tested them under.
They look fierce and fresh, the bright colors are of course a bonus.
If I put all these things together, I conclude that Noyz Pink Fluo Multi Laser Blue lens suits very well for me in tennis context, both in terms of fit, functionality and design.
A few other important elements that are highly relevant in the context of tennis, which were not tested this time are how the lenses works on gravel surfaces and against a yellow tennis ball. Is there a lens that fits even better to these conditions? It remains for me to see.
What I think could be improved? The price. NOK 1 699 is maybe a little stiff ? But in the context of what you get on your purchase (quality and functionality), and the fact that of course you can use the glasses also in everyday life and in training context, this may be value for money. It is up to you to decide.
Fun fact: There are the several tennis players in the world who have sunglass use as their signature, including Sam Stosur and Janko Tipsarevic!