Peeling Back the Onion: A Rudy Project Investigative Report

Italian-based Rudy Project is the premier helmet brand in the world of triathlon. In addition to donning the heads of age groupers at thousands of events worldwide, they’ve dominated the prestigious “Kona Count” at the Ironman World Championships the past four years. Rudy Project sunglasses are known for their unique combination of innovation, sex appeal, and practical benefits to training and racing.


In this investigative report, we tapped elite athletes from a handful of US-based national teams to peel back the onion, getting to the core of what people in this crazy sport of ours love about Rudy.

Andrew Kalley: Full Throttle Endurance

Stomping Grounds: New York City


What’s your experience with Rudy Project?

I started out my triathlon career with another brand, but for the last several years I’ve only raced and trained with Rudy Project. I’m so loyal to them. I recently bought the Wing57, and it gives a little edge on the bike without a doubt. I have nothing but good things to say about the company…I like all their products that I’ve used.

What’s been your impression of the Wing57?

It’s a very cool look and the enclosure of the lens seems to create an aero effect. I don’t have any wind tunnel data or anything like that, but to me it definitely feels like a faster helmet. At Nationals (Olympic distance) I went sub 60 min with it, at Worlds had a breakthrough bike split as well, and won the Montauk sprint in September. It’s hard to quantify, but I do feel that the enclosure creates less drag.

Do you rock Rudy Project shades as well?

Rudy is all I wear. I just bought a new pair… I definitely didn’t “need” them, but I wanted them. The shades I use most are the ones that change from light to dark. Those are great. It’s nice not needing to carry two pairs on you or committing to the dark or clear ones, especially training early in the morning as the sun comes up. Those are awesome and the clarity of the lens is really sharp.

About Rudy Project

Rudy Project designs and manufactures performance-oriented helmets, sunglasses, goggles and Rx/prescription eyewear solutions by applying advanced science, cutting-edge technology and innovative aesthetics. Designed and crafted in Italy since 1985, Rudy Project has grown quickly as a premier brand throughout North America. Rudy helmets were recognized as the #1 most worn aero / time-trial brand at the IRONMAN® World Championships Presented by GoPro™ in Kona, Hawaii for the last four consecutive years, and have been designated the Official Helmet of IRONMAN® for North America. Rudy Project offers unparalleled customer service backed by a Lifetime Replacement Lens Guarantee and an industry-leading three-year frame warranty. Learn more about Rudy Project at

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