Rudy Project Defender sunglasses review

With its performance fit and refined design cues, the Rudy Project Defender is still one the best-looking cycling eye-protection options in the segment

Rudy Project Defender
(Image: © Aaron Borrill)

Cyclingnews Verdict

No-frills performance-focused cycling sunglasses

Pros

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    Lens clarity

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    Tailorable and secure fit

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    Field of view

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    Ventilation

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    Refined aesthetics

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    Value for money

Cons

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    Despite losing its crown to the new Cutline model as the brand's best cycling glasses, the Rudy Project Defender sunglasses are still a popular choice among competitive cyclists. As the official eyewear supplier to the then Bahrain-Merida WorldTour team, the Defender model was popularised by riders such as Vincenzo Nibali, Domenico Pozzovivo and Rohan Dennis.

    The Defender sunglasses will still be used by Bahrain McLaren for the duration of the season and beyond where they will form part of a two-prong product offering together with the Cutline.

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