Ryders Shore Goggle Review

Feb 3, 2011
by Tyler Wilkes  
We've had plenty of time with the new Shore goggles to see how they perform in B.C.'s infamously wet and cold Fall riding conditions - any eyewear's worst nightmare.

Eye protection is something many riders don’t take seriously enough, but good goggles or glasses should be in everyone's riding kit. On top of doing the more obvious job of keeping your vision clear, goggles also protect your eyes from damage. An eye injury from riding, or anything for that matter, can leave you worse off than a broken femur and torn ACL, not to mention that those injuries could be the direct result of not being able to see clearly. Having functional, adequate, and even stylish protection should be important to every rider out there.

Ryders Eyewear is a local Canadian company based out of North Vancouver, B.C., so you can be sure that these guys know a thing or two about making eye wear for riding in nasty conditions. They also work with riders such as Shaums March, Ryan Leech, Jay Hoots, and the Norco Factory Team to further dial things in. The Shore's are one of two goggle options from Ryders designed specifically for downhill and free ride mountain biking and are designed for fit inside full-face helmets.

The Shore goggle from Ryders is a brand new offering for 2011

Ryders Shore goggle features:

- Flexible, impact resistant frame
- Wide range hinged strap allowing the goggles to fit in any helmet
- MTB specific air intakes that allow fresh air in without allowing breathe vapor from entering the vents from below
- Hypoallergenic foam for soft face contact
- Adjustable strap with anti-slip silicone
- Black/white or black/black colors available, red coming soon
- MSRP $49.99 CAD (clear), $69.99 CAD (polarized)

Ryders Shore lens details:

- Shatterproof double lens
- Integrated tear-off posts
- 100% UV protection
- Fog and scratch resistant coating
- Clear: 96% visible light transmission (VLT), Polarized: 43% VLT
- Polarized only: Horizontal Glare Reflective (HLR) filter inside the lens reflects 99% of glare from rocks, water, pavement and other reflective surfaces

I tested the Shore goggles in many different conditions and in many different places in B.C. On the classic wet and foggy days that the North Shore is famous for, the goggles were right at home and performed quite well. Typically in the past, I have had non-stop fogging issues with any goggles or glasses that I’ve tried to wear in these conditions; however, the Shore surprised me in this regard - they fogged up less than any others that I've ever used. Both lens types only fogged slightly when we stopped for a breather, but as soon as you got moving with a bit of air flow through the vents, the lenses cleared right up. Again, on a cool, crisp Fall morning in Lillooet where I was bundled up in full armor to keep warm for some late season riding, the Shore goggles stayed crystal clear all day. In the dampest and coldest conditions that I’m willing to suffer through for a ride, the Ryders Shore goggles have performed above and beyond expectations.

I tried them out in a few different helmets - Bell, Giro, Specialized, and Fox - and they fit well in each. I even rode with them quite a bit on my Fox Flux all-mountain helmet with great results

I used the Shore goggles with both the clear and polarized lenses. At first, I questioned why a goggle called “the Shore” would come with a polarized lens due to the lack of light on most North Shore trails, but surprisingly, the polarized lens were great for about 90% of our light conditions. The polarized lens cut down the glare in bright conditions, but do not over-darken the light in darker conditions. On a sunny day in dense trees, the polarized lenses were awesome for avoiding getting blinded by blotchy sunshine making its way through the trees. I found this especially useful at Whistler, where riders are constantly led in and out of the trees at high speeds. If you plan to use your goggles primarily for dark and wet conditions, then the clear lens is right for you. And if you can’t make your mind up, you can pick up a spare clear lens which you can interchange with the polarized lens before any ride.

Strap detail on the Shore goggles. The names on the strap are of some of the classic and most loved trails on the North Shore

Overall, we were very impressed by the Shore goggles by Ryders Eyewear - they fit all of the helmets tested well and were very resistant to fogging. It’s important to remember that goggles are not just there to look good - every rider, from pro downhill racers to weekend warriors, should consider having eye protection in some form or another. The Shore goggles are a great option for anyone who wants a durable goggle that won’t fog up and are usable in a wide range of light conditions. The impressive retail price also makes them a winner in our books.

Watch this video from Ryders Eyewear to learn more:

Check out the Ryders' website for more information.

Author Info:
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Member since May 6, 2002
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Every pair of goggles I own, with the exception of these, has given me the same breathing restriction problems that you mention. As one of the designers who worked on these goggles, I made sure that there was plenty of room around the nose bridge and that the height of the lens above the nose was much shorter than what is traditionally found on other goggles. This prevents the goggle from excessively impacting the brow of the helmet forcing the goggle down on the nose.

To answer your lens questions, yes the double lens offers a very significant advantage in a number of situations. Fogging can occur on a single lens whenever the outside of the lens is cooler than the inside. It doesn't have to be a huge difference in temperature. When you consider how hot your face can get when you're riding and that when downhilling or freeriding you're often starting at a higher (usually cooler) elevation, it's easy to see how this can be a problem. It's especially an issue when you hit a slow, technical section when freeriding because you're breathing heavily and the airflow is low. Cooler, wetter climates do provide more challenges but the double lens is always better than a single lens.

Polarized lenses contain a filter that blocks the glare that reflects horizontal surfaces. In bright conditions, they can really help to boost details that otherwise would have been washed out by glare. It's a surprising difference if you haven't used them before. If you're riding in forest however, I wouldn't recommend polarized lenses because they'll be too dark. Clear is better for medium or low light conditions. If you ride in the alpine or any other bright, open space, polarized is the way to go.

I hope this helps.
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 How much are replacement lenses for the Shore?
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 I got an email back from Ryders and they said $13.99. But I think they were mixed up and that's the price for the tear aways. I'll get back to you ASAP!
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 $20 dollars for a full set of clear lenses from Ryders.
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 How many in a full set? Or is that just one?
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 full set = 1 complete lens. sorry that was unclear
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 I used these goggles on the Shore mtn biking and snowboarding, too, actually. They rocked. Great vis, fit my helmet well, and were really hard to fog up. Great goggle.
  • 3 2
 Ever tried the oakley mayhems tippie?, once you go phat, you never go back
  • 2 0
 oakley has a pretty big monopol on this stuff i had ryders mtb googles loved them lost them now i have oakleys Razz but would love to get a new set of ryders...
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 Oakley is way to exspensive for what they give. I bought a pair of mayhems and giro stations at the same time.. end up giving the oakleys the shelf.. These though look intriguing though, as their sunglasses are amazing, so I'll defiantly give these a go.
  • 1 0
 these are sick goggles. i have a pair, and their awesome.
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 I find that my current goggles push down on my nose which is a bit uncomfortable and restricts breathing so the lower profile and carved away nose area of these Shore goggles are really compelling features for me.

Couple of questions about the lens options:
1. Does the double-layer lens option confer a significant advantage for MTB use or is that more to deal with the temperature extremes of snow sports (or perhaps if you ride somewhere really cold)?
2. Is it worth going polarized? I confess I don't really know what effect it has.
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 Breathability is the only issue I've had with other goggles I've tried. If this goggle have solved that problem and don't have any major downsides, well then I'm sold.
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 I'm gonna check these out for sure, their price point is great, and with all of the modifications made mtb specific. How could you go wrong?
  • 1 0
 i tried these in Whister and they were great, I use Dragons myself, but cannot wait until I get my hands on a a set of these. Comfy and stylish....and in red! Im sold!
  • 1 0
 what about those who are looking for a OTG goggle that actually works and fits properly.
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 Ummm contacts are available...
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 OTG is a tough one to find and prior to going contacts for the majority of my riding I would cut the sides of my goggle foam for better fit. I also had Oakley L frames when I was younger for winter sports and they are Glasses specific fit.
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 It's just that I HATE contacts. I've got two pairs of OTG goggles. One does a great job but the lens is tinted red--for winter sports-- The other is a moto OTG goggle and doesnt fit right.
  • 2 0
 the annoying guy at the end almost convinced me to buy them...
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 ^ me too ^
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 Hey, Im that guy...I dont want to annoy anyone, in fact I did not even want to be in the video...no big deal, I love the goggles, and thought Id show those guys at Ryders how easy it is to have a simple vid to share stuff.
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it was a good type of annoying Wink
  • 2 0
 My spy alloys serve me well Smile although they scratch the a bitch!
  • 1 0
 Same here bro. I love my spys alloys and you can find replacement lenses for them just about anywhere.
  • 1 0
 nice name.... i like it
  • 1 0
 That sucks you can get these in the UK. Costs more to post from US than the price of the google.
  • 1 0
 where can u buy these? ive never seen them before
  • 1 1
 talk more through your helmet buddy :/
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 thats right
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 Oakly is over priced !!!
  • 4 4
 ill stick with my Oakley Mayhems
  • 4 0
 You do that mtb1stdegree, maybe try finding a pressure suit that actually fits, just like your goggles.
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 i want them, too bad I dont have a job, therefor i dont have any money to spend on them Wink
  • 1 1
 ya it hard to find that these days, eh buhgina

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