Recent Industry Survey Reveals the Most Highly Rated Helmets and Sunglasses in Triathlon

Paratriathlete Grace Norman - Photo Credit Joe Kusumoto

Paratriathlete Grace Norman

Rudy Project North America, exclusive distributors of Italian-made endurance sports gear, released recent findings from a USA Triathlon member survey to be published in full this fall that showed Rudy Project helmets as the number one top-rated helmet in terms of quality by athletes who actively race and train in the product. More than 90% of survey takers wearing, training and racing in Rudy Project helmets rated them a 4 or 5 (Very Good, Excellent).  The findings underscore the Italian brand’s reputation as the #1 Helmet at Kona for the past 6 years running. Rudy Project’s performance sunglasses came in a close second with 83 percent of respondents rating the quality of Rudy Project’s sunglasses a 4 or above out of 5.

“It goes to show that endurance athletes, no matter what distance they enjoy, really respond to quality, top notch Italian design, cutting edge technologies and industry leading warranties,” said Paul Craig, President and Co-Founder of Rudy Project North America. “Our helmets are aerodynamically engineered, race-tested by tens of thousands of athletes all over the world, and that produces a product that we’re incredibly proud of. It’s a humbling endorsement to be rated that highly and to be #1, edging out well-known industry giants.”

Rudy Project helmets were rated a 4 or above out of 5 by more than 90% of respondents who currently own and wear Rudy Project helmets during training or racing. This meant that among the survey’s 14,786 respondents, Rudy Project received the highest rating overall out of 20 helmet brands. The nearest competitor lagged 15 percentage points behind, with only 75% of wearers rating it 4 or above. Out of athletes who wear the product, 62% rated Rudy Project as a 5, ten percentage points higher than the next highest competitor’s ratings, and Rudy Project was rated as the #1 helmet brand respondents intended to buy in the next twelve months.

USA Triathlon, the national governing body for the sport, will publish full results and findings from its member survey in the fall. The survey seeks feedback from members on race formats, events they attend, and equipment they use. Member responses were anonymous, and rated everything from bikes to apparel brands, and the last membership survey was conducted in 2009.

“This year’s survey results reflect the extent to which Rudy Project has gone to ensure their products are of the highest quality for endurance athletes, and reflects the time and dedication that they have put into the sport as a whole,” said Chuck Menke, USA Triathlon’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We’re proud to have Rudy Project as our official helmet and sunglass partner for 2017 and beyond.”

Most Worn Helmets in Kona

The popularity of Rudy Project’s helmets extends beyond USA Triathlon and its membership – Rudy Project has been the #1 Most Worn Helmet at the IRONMAN World Championship™ for the past 6 years running. That means over the past 6 years, more than 3,000 of the world’s top athletes have trusted Rudy Project aero/TT and road helmets to keep them cool and protected on the Queen K Highway on the bike leg of this grueling race where the world’s best compete.  Rudy Project stands behind their helmets as well with an industry-leading 6 Year Crash Replacement Guarantee – athletes that crash in their helmets can get a replacement for 55% off for up to 6 years after purchase. “It’s our way of making sure that athletes are racing in top notch gear, and not trying to make a damaged helmet limp through another ride,” said Craig. “Safety and performance are always uppermost in our minds.”

The USA Triathlon survey also questioned athletes about brand of sunglasses that they wore and would rate highly – Rudy Project sunglasses came in a close second with 83% of respondents who wear Rudy Project rating their sunglasses a 4 or above – more than half of which rated the product at a 5. More than 10% of respondents also indicated that they intended to buy Rudy Project in the next 12 months for racing and training – rating it the second most popular brand on the entire survey.

Rudy Project’s award-winning sunglasses come in a variety of configurations with proprietary ImpactX-2 unbreakable photochromic lenses, photochromic polarized, and RP Multilaser Optics for that eye-catching race day look and provide 100% UV protection. Rudy Project sunglasses all come with a Lifetime Replacement Lens Guarantee where athletes can replace any scratched or damaged lenses for a nominal S/H charge.

Rudy Project also offers a vast array of sport prescription solutions, including the brand new Optical Dock for the increasingly popular Fotonyk sunglass and Optical Inserts for Rudy’s most popular shield-style sunglass, the Tralyx, Tralyx SX and Tralyx XL.  All Rudy Project sunglasses are designed and produced in Northern Italy for over 30 years.  Athletes can find the latest in helmets and sunglasses from Rudy Project at Authorized Rudy Project Dealers or take advantage of free overnight shipping on orders over $100 at www.e-rudy.com.

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