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Shady Rays

Shady Rays

Shady Rays

Shady Rays

Shady Rays

When we’re spending time in the sun, our family knows we’ll have to be moving. They feed us, keep an eye on us, and when it’s time to go, we get a shady ray. The way I see it, these are the perfect solution to our problem. What are your thoughts, gentle readers?

Help

Although not every Shady Rays customer will catch air on a wakeboard, land an inverted aerial or conquer an alpine slope, they all have one thing in common: They enable Feeding America to supply much-needed food to people facing hunger. That is because Shady Rays helps provide 11 meals to Feeding America every time a customer places an order.

“After analyzing several highly rated nonprofit organizations,” said Chris, “we felt our customers’ concerns fit well with Feeding America’s work to help end hunger. And the impact of $1 = 10 meals* is not only tangible but substantial.” He continued, “Our partnership with Feeding America is a big motivator to our team. For us, helping provide meals to people struggling with hunger is always top of mind. It gives purpose to our work.” (Source: www.feedingamerica.org)

Chris and other members of the Shady Rays team have helped alleviate hunger in their local communities as well by working with a local soup kitchen and participating in volunteer events and food drives for Feeding America food banks, including Dare to Care in Louisville, Kentucky. (Source: www.feedingamerica.org)

The Grey lenses we tested have a hint of blue when looking through them, which helps retain their color contrast. Things appear pretty true to color when wearing these. They're also easy to clean and simple to wear. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

The Classic Timber comes in two different sizes. The pair we tested were the Standard size, meant for medium-to-large heads, and they do a great job fitting as advertised. They're on the wider side among the models we tested, fitting snuggly without feeling tight, with wide bows and a fairly flexible frame that help to keep them from squeezing. They have medium-sized lenses in their wayfarer frames that may touch eyebrows and cheeks a little bit, but not in an invasive way that any of our testers disliked. The Small size wasn't a part of our official testing but has been happily worn by our lead tester for many years now. They have slightly smaller dimensions all over and are great for folks with smaller or narrower faces. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

The woodgrain patterning on these frames somehow manages to feel both smooth and very slightly matte textured at the same time. This combination texture makes them comfortable to put on and wear while adding just a hint of staying power on sweaty faces. They weigh 27 grams, putting them about in the middle among the women's sunglasses we tested. They have excellent balance though, which, if anything, is skewed slightly toward the bows, helping them to feel light on the face. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

If you're after a pair of performance shades to stay stuck to your head on trail runs, these aren't necessarily the best option. They lack any wrap or rubber padding to really grip tight when you're pouring sweat. On the other hand, they stay put better than average wayfarers. Something is challenging to define about their texture: it feels smooth, yet somehow, perhaps microscopically, slightly matte, which adds a bit of grip that we don't find in glossy smooth glasses. The bow-centric balance also adds to their staying power, helping them not slide down the nose as easily. They may not be the ideal choice for intense activities, but they're far from the worst options we've tested. We enjoy wearing them during midsummer backpacking trips, hot afternoon paddle adventures, and sunny summer vacations. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

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Although not every Shady Rays customer will catch air on a wakeboard, land an inverted aerial or conquer an alpine slope, they all have one thing in common: They enable Feeding America to supply much-needed food to people facing hunger. That is because Shady Rays helps provide 11 meals to Feeding America every time a customer places an order.

Giving back has always been a focus for Shady Rays — a small, independent company specializing in polarized sunglasses for active lifestyles. But honing in on domestic hunger was a direct result of customer feedback. Chris, the founder of Shady Rays commented, “Our customers and team were passionate about addressing a core need — specifically here in the United States — which resulted in our partnership with Feeding America. They spoke loud and clear; they wanted donations to stay right here at home. Feeding America is the perfect match for our company’s desire to have local impact and make sure that every order that goes out the door makes a difference.” (Source: www.feedingamerica.org)

Shady Rays’ motto of “Live Hard. We Got You.” applies not only to their products and customer service but also to the company’s impact on people struggling with hunger. To date, Shady Rays has donated the equivalent of more than 3.1 million meals to Feeding America and looks to continue their efforts to provide 1 million meals annually. Through continued dedication to the cause, even more meals will reach people in need — including families, children, and seniors — giving them the nutrition they need to work hard and thrive. (Source: www.feedingamerica.org)

The Shady Rays Classic Timber are simple, straightforward shades that are easy to wear and feel great on the head. They offer solid, polarized protection to keep your eyes comfortable. The classic woodgrain patterning and timeless wayfarer style may not be the pair to turn heads but it still looks great on pretty much everyone. These shades come with just a simple microfiber bag for a case but are backed up by a warranty program that we've come to appreciate over several years of wearing these shades. They're inexpensive, fairly lightweight, and full of reasons to love their simplicity, functionality, and style. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

www.outdoorgearlab.com)Though we tested the Shady Rays with Grey lenses, our lead female tester has been wearing them with Amber lenses for years and loves them. The Grey lenses are polarized, which we always appreciate, as it cuts down on a lot of stray light reflecting off surfaces like pavement, buildings, and water. They are reasonably protective for bright light situations and our testing team generally describes them as "pretty solid". (Source:

In a unique twist, Shady Rays offers what they call a "Live Hard Warranty". This warranty policy covers not only the typical manufacturer's defects but also lost or broken shades, which they promise to replace for just the cost of processing (under $10). We don't typically like to mention policies (or anything) we haven't tested, but we have tested this policy numerous times in the past several years. Our lead tester has gotten replacements for her Shady Rays twice: once when she lost them kayaking a river, and once when a 2+-year-old pair started losing its woodgrain pattern. Both times, the process was simple and painless and she got replacement sunglasses in her hands quickly. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

If you've ever owned a pair of classic wayfarers before, you've got a pretty good idea of what to expect when it comes to coverage. The Shady Rays are exactly that, with medium-trending-large lenses that provide a good area of coverage with wider(ish) frames that tack on a little extra. They're fairly flat across the front, which of course leaves some gaps around the edges. With mostly straight bows, these glasses can be worn however you find them the most comfortable — which, for some of our testers, means a little farther from the face, allowing sunlight to creep over the top as well. On the other hand, wearing them close to your face offers great coverage, as they can connect with both your eyebrows and your cheeks, leaving just the sides open. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

The Shady Rays Classic Timber are a solid pair of sunglasses that offer good quality protection for your eyes and a level of comfort that makes them easy to wear all day. With an upgraded woodgrain twist on the classic wayfarer style, it's easy to love these simple shades on pretty much every face and with every style. They're a high-value pair of sunglasses with a low cost and above-average performance. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

Order

Although not every Shady Rays customer will catch air on a wakeboard, land an inverted aerial or conquer an alpine slope, they all have one thing in common: They enable Feeding America to supply much-needed food to people facing hunger. That is because Shady Rays helps provide 11 meals to Feeding America every time a customer places an order.

Giving back has always been a focus for Shady Rays — a small, independent company specializing in polarized sunglasses for active lifestyles. But honing in on domestic hunger was a direct result of customer feedback. Chris, the founder of Shady Rays commented, “Our customers and team were passionate about addressing a core need — specifically here in the United States — which resulted in our partnership with Feeding America. They spoke loud and clear; they wanted donations to stay right here at home. Feeding America is the perfect match for our company’s desire to have local impact and make sure that every order that goes out the door makes a difference.” (Source: www.feedingamerica.org)

Frame

The Classic Timber comes in two different sizes. The pair we tested were the Standard size, meant for medium-to-large heads, and they do a great job fitting as advertised. They're on the wider side among the models we tested, fitting snuggly without feeling tight, with wide bows and a fairly flexible frame that help to keep them from squeezing. They have medium-sized lenses in their wayfarer frames that may touch eyebrows and cheeks a little bit, but not in an invasive way that any of our testers disliked. The Small size wasn't a part of our official testing but has been happily worn by our lead tester for many years now. They have slightly smaller dimensions all over and are great for folks with smaller or narrower faces.

It's hard to go wrong with a well-done classic wayfarer frame, which is exactly what these are. They're the right size and shape for mass appeal, while the woodgrain patterning adds a touch of added style without the cost or maintenance of actual wood frames. Not all wayfarers hit quite the right balance of shape, size, and proportion, but these Shady Rays really do. They look great on a wide range of head shapes and sizes. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

If you've ever owned a pair of classic wayfarers before, you've got a pretty good idea of what to expect when it comes to coverage. The Shady Rays are exactly that, with medium-trending-large lenses that provide a good area of coverage with wider(ish) frames that tack on a little extra. They're fairly flat across the front, which of course leaves some gaps around the edges. With mostly straight bows, these glasses can be worn however you find them the most comfortable — which, for some of our testers, means a little farther from the face, allowing sunlight to creep over the top as well. On the other hand, wearing them close to your face offers great coverage, as they can connect with both your eyebrows and your cheeks, leaving just the sides open. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

Shady Rays is set to open its first retail store this fall, Louisville Business First reports.The Simpsonville, Kentucky-based retailer was one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. last year through e-commerce sales of its sunglasses and its lost and broken replacement policy. Now, it intends to further fuel that growth by establishing a physical retail presence.Shady Rays will open its first store at The Summit at Fritz Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, later this fall. The 1,000-square-foot storefront, which will create about 10 jobs, will showcase all frame and lens options from the brand’s collection of lifestyle and performance sunglasses, along with seasonal availability of snow goggles and other outdoor wearables.Lexington is the first retail market, but it won't be the last, Ratterman continued. The company anticipates learning from the Lexington store to determine the right size, right inventory and right layout for its future flagship brick-and-mortar retail space.Read more about the store, company and its new strategy from Louisville Business First. (Source: www.wlky.com)

Shady Rays will open its first store at The Summit at Fritz Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, later this fall. The 1,000-square-foot storefront, which will create about 10 jobs, will showcase all frame and lens options from the brand’s collection of lifestyle and performance sunglasses, along with seasonal availability of snow goggles and other outdoor wearables. (Source: www.wlky.com)

Shady

Although not every Shady Rays customer will catch air on a wakeboard, land an inverted aerial or conquer an alpine slope, they all have one thing in common: They enable Feeding America to supply much-needed food to people facing hunger. That is because Shady Rays helps provide 11 meals to Feeding America every time a customer places an order.

Giving back has always been a focus for Shady Rays — a small, independent company specializing in polarized sunglasses for active lifestyles. But honing in on domestic hunger was a direct result of customer feedback. Chris, the founder of Shady Rays commented, “Our customers and team were passionate about addressing a core need — specifically here in the United States — which resulted in our partnership with Feeding America. They spoke loud and clear; they wanted donations to stay right here at home. Feeding America is the perfect match for our company’s desire to have local impact and make sure that every order that goes out the door makes a difference.” (Source: www.feedingamerica.org)

Shady Rays’ motto of “Live Hard. We Got You.” applies not only to their products and customer service but also to the company’s impact on people struggling with hunger. To date, Shady Rays has donated the equivalent of more than 3.1 million meals to Feeding America and looks to continue their efforts to provide 1 million meals annually. Through continued dedication to the cause, even more meals will reach people in need — including families, children, and seniors — giving them the nutrition they need to work hard and thrive. (Source: www.feedingamerica.org)

The Shady Rays Classic Timber are simple, straightforward shades that are easy to wear and feel great on the head. They offer solid, polarized protection to keep your eyes comfortable. The classic woodgrain patterning and timeless wayfarer style may not be the pair to turn heads but it still looks great on pretty much everyone. These shades come with just a simple microfiber bag for a case but are backed up by a warranty program that we've come to appreciate over several years of wearing these shades. They're inexpensive, fairly lightweight, and full of reasons to love their simplicity, functionality, and style. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

It's hard to go wrong with a well-done classic wayfarer frame, which is exactly what these are. They're the right size and shape for mass appeal, while the woodgrain patterning adds a touch of added style without the cost or maintenance of actual wood frames. Not all wayfarers hit quite the right balance of shape, size, and proportion, but these Shady Rays really do. They look great on a wide range of head shapes and sizes. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

If you've ever owned a pair of classic wayfarers before, you've got a pretty good idea of what to expect when it comes to coverage. The Shady Rays are exactly that, with medium-trending-large lenses that provide a good area of coverage with wider(ish) frames that tack on a little extra. They're fairly flat across the front, which of course leaves some gaps around the edges. With mostly straight bows, these glasses can be worn however you find them the most comfortable — which, for some of our testers, means a little farther from the face, allowing sunlight to creep over the top as well. On the other hand, wearing them close to your face offers great coverage, as they can connect with both your eyebrows and your cheeks, leaving just the sides open. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

The Shady Rays Classic Timber are a solid pair of sunglasses that offer good quality protection for your eyes and a level of comfort that makes them easy to wear all day. With an upgraded woodgrain twist on the classic wayfarer style, it's easy to love these simple shades on pretty much every face and with every style. They're a high-value pair of sunglasses with a low cost and above-average performance. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

At The Sunglass Fix we know how important great optics are in a pair of Shady Rays sunglasses. That is why we have developed precision Polyamide lenses with the optical clarity of glass. You can rest assured they are as good if not better than your original Shady Rays lenses. You have taken the time to find a pair of Shady Rays sunglasses you love. We are here to make sure they look as good as the day you bought them. (Source: www.thesunglassfix.com)

Shady Ray

Although not every Shady Rays customer will catch air on a wakeboard, land an inverted aerial or conquer an alpine slope, they all have one thing in common: They enable Feeding America to supply much-needed food to people facing hunger. That is because Shady Rays helps provide 11 meals to Feeding America every time a customer places an order.

Giving back has always been a focus for Shady Rays — a small, independent company specializing in polarized sunglasses for active lifestyles. But honing in on domestic hunger was a direct result of customer feedback. Chris, the founder of Shady Rays commented, “Our customers and team were passionate about addressing a core need — specifically here in the United States — which resulted in our partnership with Feeding America. They spoke loud and clear; they wanted donations to stay right here at home. Feeding America is the perfect match for our company’s desire to have local impact and make sure that every order that goes out the door makes a difference.” (Source: www.feedingamerica.org)

The Shady Rays Classic Timber are simple, straightforward shades that are easy to wear and feel great on the head. They offer solid, polarized protection to keep your eyes comfortable. The classic woodgrain patterning and timeless wayfarer style may not be the pair to turn heads but it still looks great on pretty much everyone. These shades come with just a simple microfiber bag for a case but are backed up by a warranty program that we've come to appreciate over several years of wearing these shades. They're inexpensive, fairly lightweight, and full of reasons to love their simplicity, functionality, and style. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

Though we tested the Shady Rays with Grey lenses, our lead female tester has been wearing them with Amber lenses for years and loves them. The Grey lenses are polarized, which we always appreciate, as it cuts down on a lot of stray light reflecting off surfaces like pavement, buildings, and water. They are reasonably protective for bright light situations and our testing team generally describes them as "pretty solid". (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

It's hard to go wrong with a well-done classic wayfarer frame, which is exactly what these are. They're the right size and shape for mass appeal, while the woodgrain patterning adds a touch of added style without the cost or maintenance of actual wood frames. Not all wayfarers hit quite the right balance of shape, size, and proportion, but these Shady Rays really do. They look great on a wide range of head shapes and sizes. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

In a unique twist, Shady Rays offers what they call a "Live Hard Warranty". This warranty policy covers not only the typical manufacturer's defects but also lost or broken shades, which they promise to replace for just the cost of processing (under $10). We don't typically like to mention policies (or anything) we haven't tested, but we have tested this policy numerous times in the past several years. Our lead tester has gotten replacements for her Shady Rays twice: once when she lost them kayaking a river, and once when a 2+-year-old pair started losing its woodgrain pattern. Both times, the process was simple and painless and she got replacement sunglasses in her hands quickly. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

If you've ever owned a pair of classic wayfarers before, you've got a pretty good idea of what to expect when it comes to coverage. The Shady Rays are exactly that, with medium-trending-large lenses that provide a good area of coverage with wider(ish) frames that tack on a little extra. They're fairly flat across the front, which of course leaves some gaps around the edges. With mostly straight bows, these glasses can be worn however you find them the most comfortable — which, for some of our testers, means a little farther from the face, allowing sunlight to creep over the top as well. On the other hand, wearing them close to your face offers great coverage, as they can connect with both your eyebrows and your cheeks, leaving just the sides open. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

Retailing on the low end of the spectrum of prices for women's sunglasses, these already have our attention. The Shady Rays offer well-above-average performance for a far below-average cost. Even before factoring in their impressive Live Hard Warranty, they're a great value pair of sunglasses. (Source: www.outdoorgearlab.com)

 

 

 

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