Rudy Project Keyblade Photochromic Glasses – Multipurpose frames for many light levels.

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Launched today are the latest 2020 products from Rudy Project, including these new Rudy Project Keyblade frames with photochromic lenses, which we picked up at a preview at Impact Sun Valley, Idaho earlier this summer.

Rudy Project has a background in road and triathlon, though they produce glasses for a whole array of specific purposes – even golf! However the Keyblade is designed for multi-use applications rather than being activity specific.

Rudy Project Keyblade
Near clear in low light conditions.

Rudy Project Keyblade key features:

  • Interchangeable Lenses
  • Vent Controller System
  • Adjustable Anti Slip Nosepads
  • Fully Adjustable Anti Slip Temples
  • RP D Centered Optics
  • RX options
Rudy Project Keyblade
Hannah modelling them on their arrival, in bright sunlight. She’s still learning to smile.

The Rudy Project Keyblade comes in a range of frame colours, with eight lens options. We have the ‘ImpactX Photochromic’ lens, in ‘2Black’ colour. ImpactX is a lens which has the photochromic properties built into the lens, rather than as a coating, which is reputed to give clearer optics. The material was originally developed with military applications in mind, so you can bend and hit the lenses – with stones, say, or in a crash – and they won’t shatter. In fact, they’re guaranteed to be unbreakable!

The Clear 2Black option offers light transmission from 9% to 74%, which is the darkest offering available in the photochromic range.

The Keyblade frame is designed to be highly ventilated for air flow and anti fog properties, while also including plenty of fit adjustment, and the ‘RX’ allows you to include a prescription lens behind the main lens.

Rudy Project Keyblade
Tester Charles adopting the ‘gaze afar’ pose.

That’s the tech, how are they out on the trail? We got local rider and racer Charles to put them to the test.

On the trail

Charles says…

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Hannah picked these glasses up at Impact Sun Valley, Idaho, where her travel and expenses were covered by Crank Tank.

Review Info

Brand:Rudy Project
Tested:by Charles Gray for 6 weeks

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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