When you picture the North Shore, you probably think of a thick, humid forest with a crazy trail weaving through it. Suddenly Thomas Vanderham rides into sight and shreds the living hell out of the trail. Well, Thomas Vanderham is part of the Ryders’ team and was involved in the making of the new Tallcan goggle. With a double lens, which is hydrophobic and scratch-resist-coated, and clever venting placement on the frames, these goggles have been designed to keep your vision clear in even the most humid of conditions; just like on The Shore.
Ryders Tallcan Goggle Features:
Clear, fog-resistant double lens (similar to what you’d find in snow goggles or double pane windows)
100% protection from UVA, UVB and UVC.
Premium hydrophobic and scratch-resistant coatings
Flexible frame with outriggers
Dual-layer hypoallergenic foam
The Tallcan goggles come neatly packed with a goggle bag and a sticker for your pickup truck or toolbox. The finish is great and you can’t help but notice the massive and well-protected vents all around the frame (except around the nose area to keep your breath away). The lenses looks a bit different compared to the typical MX/MTB goggles, and due to the double lens they are more rigid. The antiFOG coating gives them an unusual blue reflection (think gin under dark lights). We were a bit surprised not to find any posts for tear-offs, especially for goggles designed for damp conditions. At first they looked a bit small, but after measuring a pair of 100% Acuri and Dragon Vendettas we had lying around, we found they’re a similar size. The whole goggle looks very well executed and functional, but they aren’t exactly dripping with coolness, which is fine with us as long as they perform.
On The Trail
We tried the Tallcan in Morzine, well known for its burly tracks and slightly temperamental weather (see Crankworx 2016). They’ve been out in all sorts of conditions, from blue skies to pouring rain and on DH runs as well as enduro/all-mountain/whatever-you-name-it rides.
The goggles fit perfectly in the Troy Lee Designs D3 and A1 we used. The nose area is particularly roomy and comfortable, and the foam, although not the plushest, did a great job of keeping the sweat out of our eyes. The lens is 7-inches wide (18cm) and 1.75-inches tall (4.5cm), hence the name, which gave us a great field of vision, even if we noticed the outriggers a bit. The clear lens might be a little too clear for bright sunshine out in the open (no problem in the forest), but other than that, the Tallcan has been amazing.
On the muggiest days, fog eventually appeared on the lens when we stopped to catch our breath, but as soon as we were back on the pedals it cleared off in no time. While riding we didn’t experience any fogging at all, even when climbing. We were a bit worried that because of the dual lens we might get some unwanted reflections when exposed to direct light, but nothing like that happened. The slight blue tint of the antiFOG treatment isn’t noticeable either. The hydrophobic coating on the outside does a great job and somewhat justifies the absence of tear-off compatibility, considering the amount of used ones we found littering the trails. The rain and mud doesn’t stick and is easily wiped off without causing any scratches. Even so, for racing situations where stopping trail-side to wipe them down isn’t an option, we’d still like to see some kind of roll-off system made available for the Tallcans.
Things That Could Be Improved
Although the anti-scratch coating on the outside is tough, the inside of the lens is a lot more fragile. Make sure you let it dry when wet and be careful when you leave your goggles hanging on your handlebars. Loads of riders like their goggles to match their kit/helmet/bike, and with the limited choice of only red or black, as well as a pretty sober band, the Tallcan lacks a bit of fun in the looks department. A minor quip but a quip nonetheless. Lastly, as we mentioned above, these goggle do clear very well when riding in muddy/rainy conditions, but we’d still like to have a roll-off system of sorts that doesn’t require pulling off the trail.
Long Term Durability
We had no issues with the Tallcan during our test despite not being particularly careful with them. The lens is starting to show a few very small scratches, but considering how they’ve been treated it’s a lot better than most standard lenses.
What’s The Bottom Line?
The Tallcan are a great pair of technical goggles that we highly recommend, especially if you ride in damp or cold weather. They’re also great for enduro races and rides where you’re going to get hotter and breathe more heavily. If you are looking for loads of colors and outrageous graphics on the strap, the Tallcan goggles might not deliver. If subtle styling in a highly functional package is what matters most, the Tallcans should be at the top of your list.