May 2016 Product Picks: Easton, Edco, Gore Bike Wear, Rudy Project, Just Enough Tools, and Ass Savers

by James Huang

May 5, 2016

It’s back! After a one-year hiatus, we’ve resurrected our monthly product showcase where we highlight gear that has landed on our doorstep, providing firsthand impressions of their performance — good or bad. This month, we’re featuring some parts and accessories from our new U.S. office in Boulder, Colorado.


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Easton E100 handlebar
Edco Monoblock cassette
Gore Bike Wear One Gore-Tex Active Bike Jacket
Rudy Project Tralyx sunglasses
Just Enough Tools JET Roll III tool roll
Ass Savers Fendor Bendor fender


Rudy Project Tralyx sunglasses

by James Huang

Rudy Project’s new Tralyx faithfully continues the company’s unabashedly ‘Euro’ aesthetic, but with a healthier dose of function than in years past. In particular, the new lens follows current trends with a larger shape for extra coverage, plus plenty of venting to help keep fogging at bay. Malleable metal inserts inside the non-slip nosepiece and temples make for a customizable fit, and with six frame colors to choose from, you can go as bold or subtle as you like.

Style is, of course, subjective but from a functional standpoint, the Rudy Project Tralyx sunglasses are quite good.

Style is, of course, subjective, but from a functional standpoint, the Rudy Project Tralyx sunglasses are quite good.

Our Take:

The bendable contact points on the Tralyx make for a nicely customizable fit that stays put, and the oversized lens offers an excellent field of view with a frame that’s only visible when you’re making a concerted effort to do so. Sunglasses with lots of coverage often perform poorly in terms of fogging, but the Tralyx is a pleasant exception. Fogging was rarely an issue, even on climbing-intensive days in humid air.

Metal inserts inside the nosepiece and temples allow for a tunable fit. I could have done with a more neutral hue on the nosepiece, however, as the bright shade was occasionally distracting.

Metal inserts inside the nosepiece and temples allow for a tunable fit. I could have done with a more neutral hue on the nosepiece, however, as the bright shade was occasionally distracting.

I personally like the bright Red Fluo color option that Rudy Project supplied for testing, but could have done without the correspondingly bright nosepiece. While the frame is essentially out of the field of view, I found the nosepiece to be occasionally distracting. Likewise, I was mostly happy with the lens performance, with its negligible distortion and excellent clarity, but could have done without the variable tint, which starts with a neutral grey base up top but gradually progresses to a higher-contrast brown at the bottom.

Price: US$250 / AU$315 / £108
www.rudyproject.com


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