Rudy Project Gozen ReviewJuly 1, 2012
- Optics are picture perfect in a variety of light conditions.
- Lightweight wrap design keeps out the elements, including wind.
- Adjustable temples enable a more customized fit.
- Helmet compatibility is spot on.
- Interchangeable lens system is a little difficult to maneuver at first.
- It also requires the user to touch and handle the lenses, meaning they can become significantly smudged.
Rudy Project seems to have a knack for packaging up excellent optics with a lightweight frame system. With a noticeably light weight and supreme optics in a variety of light conditions, the Gozen is no exception. Features like lens interchangeability, prescription adaptability, and adjustable temples are the icing on the optical cake.
The Rudy Project Gozen is an all-around solid cycling sunglass. The full-frame wrap design boasts seamless helmet compatibility, while crisp optics, courtesy of Rudy Project’s patented RP-D-Centered Optics, provided clear vision and definition enhancement in a variety of riding conditions—even those that included highly technical trails in varying light conditions.
We tested the Ash Laser (designed for bright, sunny conditions) and Multilaser Orange (for lower light conditions) lenses, and both performed well. The Gozen does feature a snazzy interchangeable lens system in which the frame bridge pops off and lenses pop out, but we found it a little difficult to maneuver at first. The system’s design also requires the user to touch and handle the lenses a fair bit, meaning they become significantly smudged.
The Gozen’s gripping temples are truly adjustable, which means wearers can get a good custom fit even under a helmet. The temples can be shaped to the wearer’s head, and even adjusted to get the frames to sit just right on the nose. The Gozen’s nose pads, however, are not adjustable. This would have been a nice added feature, but the pads were still comfortable with minimal slip.
The wrap design of this sunglass provides good coverage from the sun and the elements. It also provides excellent wind resistance. The more substantial full-rim plastic frame can become a little toasty on the face in hot, sunny conditions, but not so much as to be a deal breaker on this feature-packed product.