Ryders Tallcan Goggle - Review

Sep 14, 2016
by AJ Barlas  
Ryders Tallcan Goggle

The new Ryders Tallcan goggle includes many of the same features that we’re accustomed to seeing in this form of eyewear; multi-layer, high-density foam, venting around the frame, and outriggers to help with helmet fit and comfort. An interesting ingredient to the Tallcan that's less common on another bike or MX goggles is the use of a double layer lens that is said to be impact resistant for added safety while also blocking out harmful UV rays (the ones that cause cataracts, skin cancer, etc.) and helping to limit fogging.

Tallcan Details:

• Intended use: all-mountain / downhill
• Fog resistant double layer lens
• MTB-specific design
• High-density, multi-layer foam
• Durable, flexible, vented frame
• Silicone strap ribbing
• MSRP: $74.99 USD
www.ryderseyewear.com / @RydersEyewear

High density multi-layer foam with soft fabric for comfort
High-density, multi-layer foam is used around the frame for increased comfort.
Goggle inner details
A double lens should help to limit fogging.

The Tallcan goggle is of the no-frills variety, with a focus more on functionality than flashy graphics. At $74.99 USD, they are in the middle of the range, and when you consider that they’re developed specifically for mountain bike use and feature a double layer lens, they actually offer more value than some others at a similar price. But what have Ryders done to make them bike specific? For the most part, they focused on how the goggle vents, noting that our goggles need to move air differently to that of an MX goggle. To do this, Ryders have designed the venting to be larger across the top and sides, but none around the underside of the nosebridge of the goggle. This is said to prevent them from fogging caused by a rider's heavy breathing but still allow for heat from the face to escape from the sides and top. Adding to this are directional air intakes (within the bottom of the outriggers) which are claimed to prevent a negative effect from our heavy breathing at slower speeds, but draw in fresh air to aid with fog prevention.

Additional to the venting, the goggle also features a double layer lens in an effort to further resist fogging. This is said to help by keeping the hot, humid air from our face away from the cooler, fresher air contacting the front, outer lens, something that we commonly see on snow goggles but for some reason not so much in those meant to be worn in the dirt. Another smaller detail is the removal of tear-off posts that make for an uninhibited view. Besides, no one likes seeing old tear-offs on the trail.

Outriggers for helmet fit include air vents


My first day out in the Tallcan goggle was during a photoshoot in the Whistler Bike Park. Conditions were perfect for testing their fog-fighting capabilities: cold, raining, and I was overdressed while lugging around an extra 30lbs of camera gear. The goggle was left on intentionally during numerous occasions as I clambered back up the hill to look at angles and while unpacking the camera, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that they didn’t fog. I also left them on for extended periods after coming to a stop, all while sweating in the damp, humid PNW conditions, and still got no fogging.

I was eventually able to get the slightest start of a fog but only after large efforts in hot conditions - those where any other goggle would have fogged right out. The combination of the double layered lens and plenty of ventilation do a great job to keep the rider's vision clear whether riding or heckling on the side of the trail. The flexible frame makes for a very comfortable fit, and the lack of tear-off posts provide a clearer view - I’ve since found goggles with posts to bug me for the first little bit riding.

A decent sized profile
The Tallcan lens has nice, wide profile but is a little shorter in height to some others.
Fully open outer for breathability
There's plenty of venting around the sides and top of the Tallcan to help prevent fogging.

While the lack of tear-off posts does remove a small distraction, it’s no doubt a downside for riders that race in wet or muddy conditions where stopping on the trail to clean the lens is not an option. Then again, how many people still use tear-offs? I’ve also found that the field of view through the Tallcan is smaller in the vertical plane than others I've worn (Spy Klutch, Magneto, and the Oakley Airbrake). The peripheral vision with the Tallcan is better than with the Spy goggles, however, which have a narrower lens wrap, but the lack of vertical plane available is something that I’ve found to make the view feel constricted, despite the wider peripheral than some others.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesI've never had a goggle that fights fog as well as these do, and that makes riding more enjoyable thanks to less mucking about while trying to clear my vision. The lack of tear-off posts is something that some might see as a negative, but if you don't use tear-offs it grants a better view. Bottom line, riders looking for a goggle that remains clear of fog in the worst of conditions should consider the Tallcan. - AJ Barlas

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  • 93 2
 I wanted to get the first fog pun in, but I mist! (Seriously love this goggle btw!)
  • 24 1
 i dew enjoy good puns
  • 6 7
 beer googles make me say, "now you're Tallcan beautiful"... next thing I know, I tear off my clothes.
  • 17 2
 @bretttippie: I'm crazy for puns. Humid my day!
  • 10 20
flag WAKIdesigns (Sep 15, 2016 at 4:31) (Below Threshold)
 It's quite clear to see through these puns...
  • 5 9
flag sewer-rat (Sep 15, 2016 at 4:58) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: eye see what you did there, you were too transparent IMO Smile
  • 8 13
flag WAKIdesigns (Sep 15, 2016 at 5:02) (Below Threshold)
 @sewer-rat: I get eye wear from reading these comments
  • 5 0
 I haven't got the foggiest idea what everybody is on about.
  • 3 0
 @icedpirate: I 100% can't see why I would need these goggles.
  • 4 16
flag WAKIdesigns (Sep 15, 2016 at 7:28) (Below Threshold)
 Someone has sand in his fogina...
  • 3 4
 @WAKIdesigns: too bad it's not a misty fogina
  • 17 2
 This is honestly so refreshing to see - a good looking, simple goggle that doesn't fog (probably) and is going to fit inside my full face helmet...
  • 2 9
flag ibishreddin (Sep 15, 2016 at 8:29) (Below Threshold)
 $75 tho?
  • 14 0
 I was confused about what anti-fog was, but this review cleared it up.
  • 6 0
 next goggle review, Please pair with a full face so we can see what they look like with the proper kit! regardless, these look very nice.
  • 3 0
 San Francisco bay area resident here... Would love to have something to cut the fog and better yet, cut through it! Very intuitive design here, and I'm surprised the goggle big dogs haven't dreamed this up yet. I've been using Hydrophobic bike finish on the inside of my lenses to help with the problems on the cheap smith lenses.
  • 2 0
 I live in SF bay area too! Been using their sunglasses for a while, which use a similar anti-fog technology, and they are sick! Also have a pair of these goggles and they don't fog up at all. Even in pacifica fog or when its raining and I'm all sweaty. Pretty dialed
  • 2 0
 @happymarmite: I've had their shore goggles for a while now and those are almost hard to fog up even in the sloppy mud and rain
  • 1 2

never had much luck with either their goggles or their glasses and anti-fog . plus both build up with moisture that can be worse than fogging up
  • 3 0
 I fog up anything. Glasses, googles, Spy, Zeal, Specialized, Tifosi. All make claims to resist fogging and they all fog up when I'm riding hard in cooler/moist conditions. I always need to take my eyewear off when I stop after a climb to avoid fogging up. This is the so manyth piece of eyewear claiming that it doesn't fog it's just... I actually believe it. I don't believe these magic coatings anymore. But here it is different. The way they have the vents laid out (without the lower vents) it should actually be better than glasses. But I want warranties. I want to give it a shot and if it doesn't perform significantly better than the regular stuff, I want to be able to return it. Would they do that? Some brands do to back up their bold claim. I wonder if Ryders has a similar policy.
  • 4 0
 They're pretty good to be honest as a brand. I don't know about returns for simply not liking them. I bought a pair of these and loved them off the bat, no fogging that I can think of, (summer conditions). However I went to clean them and the way the dual lens was put together there was an opening so I got some water in between the lens that I couldn't get out. I simply sent them an email with pictures and they sent me a new lens in like 3 days. I was pretty impressed with the customer service, and the goggles are great, i'd buy again!
  • 1 0
 i'm with you on this, never had glasses or googles that i haven't discarded after one or two runs
  • 3 0
 Never had problems with fog once I noticed that removing the foam at the top of the goggles, above the eyes, completely eliminated any fog. Even in the dampest Welsh forest, it was wet from the rain, but never foggy.
  • 2 0
 I am surprised more goggle companies don't use 'Double glazing'. In my motorbike helmet I have 'pinlock' which is effectively a removable and replaceable thin plastic second lens that acts as double glazing and it is fantastic I never have any fogging in any conditions. someone needs to make a version for goggles.
  • 2 0
 I'm the only one who cares for UV and impact protection? I found more information about UV filters in their website, but it would be useful to read more of that and what tests they do for impacts.
  • 4 0
 Do they fit over glasses?
  • 2 0
 Haven't tried and would recommend you trying before you buy (if you can) given the many different shapes glasses and faces come in. My gut says the lack of height with the frame/lens would make for a tight fit.
  • 2 0
 Call me crazy, but I've been running Dragon DX ski goggles for years while biking and they're all double layer lenses, no fog, ever.
  • 2 0
 About time dual-lens anti-fogging technology made its way into mountain biking goggles. This has been a tried and true solution for motorcycle helmet shields for years.
  • 1 0
 Anyone know the size of this compared to the 100% Accuri? I have the dual glass version of that, and the fog resistance is great, but it's a little small for my big fat face.
  • 2 0
 So if i block the lower vents and take the foam out of the top my Oakleys will be golden?
  • 1 0
 It may help, definitely for lfog from breathing, but it's really the combo of double lens with the venting that does so well with the Tallcan
  • 1 0
 @ardor: fair enough
  • 2 0
 I like that word All-mountain, always did and always will.....its more appropriate that that other 6 letter word.
  • 3 1
 Want! I'm a fog magnet. TT
  • 2 0
 It's about time a revolution in goggles arrived! Looks great!!
  • 1 0
 No tear off mounts....no good for racing? Lens doesn't last as long due to over cleaning? Better for the environment.....
  • 2 0
 They FOG-got tear-off pins
  • 1 0
 Seems pretty expensive compared to Smith Squad and Melon Optics without any huge benefit?
  • 2 0
 Best goggles I've ever owned
  • 2 0
 Ryders are the only eyewear I use. No fog issues for me.
  • 1 0
 I wonder if they'll offer different lens options down the road?
  • 1 0
 great idea, yet no replaceable lens... is this not 2016..
  • 2 0
 They have a spare Talcan lens, pretty sure it fits this goggle. $35.-
  • 1 0
 If it fogs, they refund you?
  • 1 2
 Gonna stick with my Oakley's ... Science wrapped in art.
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