Why good quality sunglasses are a MUST for the outdoors

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Think that pair of cheapies you bought on the side of the road will do just fine? Think again. Just because they’re dark doesn’t mean they’ll protect your eyes. In fact, too many people don’t realise just how important it is to protect their eyes, especially if, like us, they’re outdoor fanatics. Whether you’re a hardcore hunter, a hiker heading out or more of a peaceful, nature-loving camper, you only get one pair of eyes – make sure you protect them properly. Here’s why taking care of your eyes with a pair of good-quality sunnies should be a non-negotiable:


  1. You’ll avoid a whole host of diseases and conditions

Skin cancer, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, growths on the eye, photokeratitis… the list goes on. It’s really not worth playing with your eye health. About 10% of skin cancers are found around the eyes because this skin is extremely sensitive to the sun. Wearing a good pair of wraparound sunglasses can protect not only your eyes, but also the skin around your eyes. Cataracts are often associated with older individuals, but constant and repeated exposure to the sun’s UV rays can increase your risk of developing cataracts and glaucoma, and worsen symptoms in those with either condition. Macular degeneration, the deterioration of a small area in the retina called the macula, is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans – more than cataracts and glaucoma combined. Photokeratitis is a temporary but painful sunburn of the eye’s surface.


  1. You’ll weather the elements

Sun, sand, wind and dust can all wreak havoc on eyesight – the absolute last thing you want if you’re heading out to go hunting. Sand can result in corneal abrasions and scratches if it gets into your eyes. Wraparound sunglasses – like Rudy Project’s Airblasts – are the ideal solution, since they fit snugly right around the eye area. Dust and wind easily irritate the eyes, making them sensitive and causing damage.


  1. Prevent further damage and promote healing

More and more people are getting LASIK to correct their vision. But the after-care is as important as the surgery itself, and many people forget that they need to continue to look after their eyes well after the surgery is done. Proper sunglasses will help your eyes heal by protecting them from all the damaging effects of the outdoors. All of Rudy Project’s lenses neutralise ultraviolet radiation completely – they have 100% (400nm) protection.





  1. It’s like switching from SD to HD

Apart from the fact that they protect your eyes, a good pair of sunnies can actually enhance your outdoor experience. For example, the RP Optics lenses in Racing Red, which come with the Airblast, will dramatically improve your vision in areas like the bush, where clarity is of the utmost importance. Red-tinted lenses increase contrast and brighten vision in cloudy, hazy conditions, making them ideally suited to hunting. The lenses are also easily interchangeable though, so if conditions change, you can simply slip the red lenses out and replace them with the Airblast RP Optics Transparent lenses. There’s less glare, and colour perception is improved without actually distorting colours.




You’ll avoid headaches and migraines

Bright sunlight and reflected light can trigger a migraine or headache. Studies show that up to 60% of migraine attacks are triggered by bright light or glare, so having a pair of sunglasses that filter out glare is essential to an enjoyable outdoor experience. You’ll suffer less from eyestrain and fatigue, meaning your experience will be far more comfortable.


Why Rudy Project is the best quality on the market

All our sunglasses are entirely conceived, designed, engineered and made in Italy using advanced materials and innovative manufacturing processes. Since 1985.

Rudy Project sunglasses protect the eyes from the damaging and unpleasant effects of UVA and UVB sun rays and all come under optical class 1. Rudy Project sunglasses fulfill the basic safety requirements laid down by European Directive 89/686/EEC and subsequent amendments and comply with the standard EN ISO 12312-1. Rudy Project sunglasses moreover comply with and pass the American standard ANSI Z80.3-2010, general requirements for optical quality and impact resistance, and also the Australian standard AS/NZS 1067:2003/Amdt 1:2009.





You’re a hunter? You’ve gotta get yourself a pair of Rudy’s…

Iron will, strong nerve, concentration and perfect sight. The shooter is an athlete of patience, because haste is the enemy of every good shot. So are the light, wind, dust and insects, which may adversely affect the vital concentration of the athlete.

This is why Rudy Project offers a series of specific shooting sunglasses and prescription shooting glasses.

The shooting glasses and on the fly shooting glasses offer:

• Perfect fit on the face thanks to the Total Comfort System with adjustable terminals and nosepiece.

• Clear vision thanks to the decentered optics system of the lenses, which have different thicknesses in order to avoid any deformation.

• Optimum vision in any environment thanks to the interchangeable lens system, Quick Change™.

• Super lightweight, thanks to the use of innovative materials such as Kynetium™, Grilamid®, carbon and titanium, and the open frame design

• Protection from wind, dust and shocks due to the ImpactX™ technology lenses, guaranteed unbreakable for life.

• Rudy Project provides customized optical solutions for those who have sight defects and has developed specific prescription shooting glasses.


Take a look at our hunting-specific product offering here.