A new frame sport sunglasses by the Italian makers, Rudy Project.
|The new Rudy Project Firebolt - Lime Gloss Photoclear. Profile View|
When I got my hands on this pair of sunnies, I couldn't be more excited to try them on. Hey, I'm a guy who love his sunglasses on every outdoor activity. Anybody who saw my previous sunnies could vouch how battered and seasoned it is. And who wouldn't be swooned over by such Italian craftsmanship, class and fashionably chic! But most importantly, it's the functionality that counts.
So let's get right into the unboxing of the Rudy Project Firebolt.
|What's in the box.|
The Firebolt is incredibly ultralight; weighting at only 9 ounces (26 grams).
|Firebolt with Microfiber casing.|
|Side by side comparison with Firebolt's brother - The Stratofly|
For Rudy Project users and fans, this model may look similar to a current existing model. That is because it's actually the brother/companion of the Stratofly series. The key difference are between a full frame (Firebolt) and half frame (Stratofly) AND also a different cut to the lenses.
Generally I like them both but from past experiences, I'm much better off with full frame eyewear. I lost count on how many half frame sunnies I've dropped and broke the lens.
So now let's look at the close ups.
|Lense close up - With air vents.|
|Adjustable Ergo IV Nosepiece and inserts for RX Optical Inserts.|
This model comes with Rudy's Photoclear lens which reacts to UV lighting. The lens would gradually darkened accordingly to the outdoor conditions without affecting the wearer's vision. This feature works well for me as I often go in and out of trails with very different lighting conditions. Previously I have to repeatedly
put on or remove my glasses according to the conditions. Well, not anymore! I even wore it at night and I could still see what is in front of me. Brilliant!
|Removable Quickchange lenses.|
So far I've tested out the Firebolt on 2 races; both Xterra Trail Championships and Deuter Trail Run. I've also used them in my daily runs. I must say I'm impressed with it and being the "rough user" that I am known to be; it handled well and suited to my activities. Despite the minor accident of dropping it and the accidental scratch (someone banged into my poor glasses at Deuter during the slide obstacle), it took the beating quite well despite owning it for less than 2 weeks!
The Rudy Project Firebolt is now currently available at all participating dealers and this model is retailing at RSP RM760.
A big thanks you to Rudy Project Malaysia Brunei for letting me review this lovely masterpiece.
For full specs of the Firebolt, do click here.
For more photos and views of the Firebolt, click here.