Rudy Project Defender Sunglasses review

Pricey performance shades

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £210.00 RRP | USD $225.00
Rudy Project Defender Sunglasses

Our review

As performance sunglasses go the Defender’s are tough to beat, but the performance comes at a price
Pros: Superb quality and performance
Cons: That price is pretty hard to swallow
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Rudy Project’s Defender is a big glass, with the one-piece shield lens 50mm at its deepest.

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The quality of the optics is about the best you’ll find though, with the Impact2 lens’s rapid transition time from clear to smoked.

The clarity is excellent as well and the venting across the brow and the vented arms mean these glasses suffer little from fogging.

The frame design with its boxy shape makes them rigid and tight fitting, so they don’t bounce even on gravel excursions. Combine that with grippy temple tips and an adjustable nose-bridge and these are seriously great performers.

Lens switching is easy too, simply squeeze the nose-bridge and pull back, and the shield lens pops out.

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Overall, the Defender’s are some of the best shades we’ve ever tested, but that price tag makes them a serious investment over similar performing shades.

Product Specifications


Price br_price, 5, 3, Price, GBP £210.00USD $225.00
Weight br_weight, 5, 6, Weight, 34.3g, Array, g
Brand br_brand, 5, 10, Brand, Rudy project


Features br_Features, 11, 0, Features, Lens: ImpactX Photochromic 2 Laser black
Extras: hard case, soft cleaning bag, cleaning cloth
Prescription option: RX Optical insert