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Rudy Project Defender Sunglasses Review

Rudy Project Defender Sunglasses

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  • Full frame glasses
  • Ultralight at 28g
  • Many vents for anti-fogging
  • Adjustable anti-slip nose pads and anti-slip temple tips
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • Unbreakable lenses
  • Sharp looking
  • Very comfortable and they stay in place
  • 100% UV Protection (UV400)


  • None

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Rudy Project really hit a home run with the Defender cycling glasses. There are so many great features I almost don’t know where to start.

To start with, the Defender are ultralight cycling sunglasses that come in at only 28g. That is lower than any other sunglasses I’ve reviewed including semi-framed ones.

The frames have an adjustable nose piece and arms so that you can really dial them in. They are hydrophilic rubber so that they’ll grip like you won’t believe while they repel water and sweat.

The lens contains tons of vents and moves so much air these glasses won’t fog up.

Rudy Project Defender Sunglasses Front View



The lenses in the Rudy Project Defender are shatterproof and unbreakable. According to Rudy Project no matter what happens they’ll stay in tact and not damage your eyes. Not many other manufacturers go as far as saying unbreakable so that tells you something about how well these are made.

The lens is also easy to change out with a different color. They are easy to change out which is a real plus.

Rudy Project Defender Sunglasses Side View

Rudy Project Defender is a top contender when you’re talking about the best cycling glasses you can get. They look great, work amazing, and really are a pleasure to wear. In fact, when you’re wearing them they’re light enough you really forget you’re even wearing them.

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Tony K

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Tony K is a technical editor at He has a focus on downhill bike riding but still loves xc bikes too.

With more than ten years of mountain biking experience and more than 5 years testing mountain bikes, Tony has ridden and tested hundreds of different bikes and products, everything from XC to enduro bikes. Tony regularly competes in mountain bike races while seeing how long those compontents can hold up which gives me a lot of insight.

When he isn't shredding down a mountain or camping out, he is writing reviews for Mountain Bike Experience.

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