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Used and Abused: Sweet Protection Ronin RIG Reflect Sunglasses

Want to look fast when you’re skiing, ski touring, and during après? These sunglasses are made for you.

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You can blame it on Millenials, but mono-lens sunglasses are super cool right now. And a few of them, including an updated model from Sweet Protection, are as functional as they are stylish. The new Ronan RIG Reflect sunglasses from the Norwegian brand look rad on just about anyone’s face, and their functionality delivers superior vision while alpine touring, skiing, and driving to and from the hill.

The secret to the performance of these Sweet Protection sunnies is the lens. Built from 2.2mm-thick Toric material, then coated in oleophobic, hydrophobic, and antifog coatings, the Ronan RIG Reflects maintain clear vision during high-output (read: sweaty) activities. The lenses also include Sweet Protection’s RIG technology, which boosts contrast and minimizes color distortion. The lightweight frames are made from Polyamid plastic, which provides durability, and TPR molded rubber on the nose and arms keeps these sunglasses exactly where they need to be on your face.

I tested the Bixbite lens with the Ronin Max RIG Reflect sunglasses—a larger version of the Ronin RIG Reflects that uses the same tech—during pre-season runs and bike rides in October and November, plus I’ve worn them on numerous ski tours once the snow started to fly, including the Know the Snow SkiMo race at Purgatory Resort in Colorado. Needless to say that sweat was an issue during this testing process, but the drips from my helmets beaded off to the peripheral part of the lens, keeping my vision mostly clear.

Sweet Protection Ronin Max RIG sunglasses.
Sweet Protection Ronin Max RIG sunglasses with a Bixbite lens. Photo courtesy of Sweet Protection

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But, on very hot bike climbs, there would sometimes be a streak left behind that would dry quickly and blur my vision. It’s worth mentioning, however, that I’ve never found a pair of sunglasses that can handle a lot of sweat effectively, and the Sweet Protection Ronin RIG Reflects required less lens clearing in these situations compared to other sunglasses I’ve used.

My favorite aspect of the Ronin RIG Reflect is that these sunnies offer a minimal amount of glare in bright sunlight on snow. The Bixbite lens is made for partly cloudy conditions, but I’ve used it under Colorado’s bright sun without issue numerous times. The other thing is that these sunglasses look speedy.

Like Sweet Protection athlete Pep Fujas says, “How fast can you go while standing still?” If you’re wearing these shades, the answer is pretty darn fast. [$150; sweetprotection.com]

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