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Oakley Cycling Sunglasses: Each and every model you should know

oakley cycling sunglasses

We’re going to discuss Oakley cycling sunglasses. When you finish reading this, you’ll be well informed about exactly what kind of Oakley eyewear you should get.

The brand, with its more than distinctive “O”, has always been associated with sports and sports eyewear, but in the case of cycling, it has gone beyond just being eyewear.

Oakley ranks as a company that offers some of the most athletic sponsorships in regards to the optical market.

Oakley sponsored Greg Lemond, who was the very first American rider to win the Tour de France. Without a doubt, that’s a pretty good reputation.

Since then, it hasn’t stopped being involved with teams and athletes on the international level.
For all their accomplishments, they deserve a special shout-out on our blog.

In this article, you’re going to learn…

-A quick history of Oakley and its cycling sunglasses.
-The most popular models of eyewear
-Some of the athletes sponsored by Oakley.
-Features and recommendations on how to choose the Oakley sports sunglasses for you.

A little of history

Greg Lemond was wearing the mythical Oakley EyeShades over his face when he wore yellow for the first time on Champs-Elysées. Half of his squad wore them, then they followed up by wearing the Razor Blades.

A great model that became an instant classic.

oakley cycling sunglasses

After these two hits, the competition got creative by darkening their brand a bit.

By the mid 90’s, Oakley decided to get back out there again and create the M-Frame, a model that seemed to reinvent the old EyeShades. Oakley managed to put them on the face of a very famous American cyclist: Lance Armstrong. Ever heard of him?

He and the entire Motorola team wore them and took it a step further creating a new generation of cycling eyewear.

At the beginning of the new millennium, Oakley put out a bizarre model called Over the Top. No doubt, this model was considered “over the top.” It even appeared in Blade II.

oakley cycling sunglasses
Over the top

These glasses were followed by the Racing Jacket, which was made fashionable by George Hincapie. When the “Chief Commander” came back, after recovering from cancer, the Oakley Radar signified a new milestone in cycling eyewear.

The Oakley Radar is considered to be modern cycling eyewear, so we’ll end Oakley’s history here, for now.

The most popular models

There’s no logical order, but we are going to try to group the most popular Oakley models by family. What I mean to say is that the eyewear has names or similar forms. Just as the Jacket or the Radar.

We’re not going to discuss the two near mythical models, EyeShades and RazorBlades, because even if (and that’s a big if) they can be found on the internet, they certainly are not functional today.

Ready?

We are going to be making a brief analysis of each pair of Oakley’s by talking about the following bullets:

  • Description and a brief history
  • Remarkable features
  • Measurements and variations
  • Lenses
  • Recommended use
  • Approximate price

If you’re interested in any pair in particular, here you will find a list of all the Oakley eyewear we have mentioned. You can click the one you like the most to go directly to its section in this article.

M Frame

Racing Jacket/ Jawbone

Split Jacket

Radar/RadarLock

Radar EV 

Half Jacket

Flak Jacket

Flak 2.0

Fast Jacket

Jawbreaker

Radar Pace

EVZero

Let’s begin with our first pair…

Cycling sunglasses Oakley M-Frame

Description and brief history

Supposedly, a re-launch, the public did not like this pair, as opposed to later models. Oakley set again as an emergent star in America like Lance Armstrong was.

Either way, the M Frame had moderate success and is still around.

Remarkable features

Has ultra thin glass.

Maintains the original retro design, with aggressive corners in the frame.

The temples are flat and horizontal, with the O of Oakley imprinted on them.

Measurement:

Face width: 170 mm

Temples: 121 mm

Lenses

There are 4 different models of lenses:

Sweep, Strike, Hybrid, and Heater.

It obviously has interchangeable lenses.

Oakley has its exclusive model, Prizm. They exist both ventilated and non-ventilated.

They’re also ventilated and standard, from polarized to photochromic.

Recommended for:

It adapts well to any kind of face.

Cycling.

Variations

The M2 Frame and the M2 Frame XL.

Has a similar aspect, but you can see the differences on the following pictures.

 

oakley cycling sunglasses
Oakley M2 Frame

 

 

Oakley M Frame Sweep
Oakley M Frame Sweep

 

 

Approximate price

You can find the M Frame for €100 in eyewear specialist stores, and the M2 on Oakley’s Official website for €129.

 

We follow Hincapie’s favourites.

Oakley Racing Jacket/ Oakley Jawbone

Description and brief history

This model was developed during the change of century and its first designs are far different than what they are today.

The Oakley Jawbone are sisters, almost twins, to the current Racing Jacket.

You can say that Oakley quit making the original RJs, developed the Jawbone, and later remade the Racing Jacket with an almost identical design to the later models.

What came first, the chicken or the egg?

oakley jawbone vented replacement lenses

 

Remarkable Features

It has enveloping glass that is really close to the face. This is a great advantage for some. But it’s also inconvenient for others since it fogs up easily after a bit of sweat.

There is a solution to the fogging issue that we’ll get back to in a moment.

Measurements and Variations

The Racing Jacket measures at 124 mm, which includes a bridge of 18mm between each ring.

Temples measure at 126 mm.

Rings height is at 40mm.

If you want to know all the differences between this and the Jawbone, visit this article.

Lenses

The lenses are interchangeable through a curious system that we’ll show you in this video.

 

 

Oakley has PRIZM Lenses for this model as well.

Matching exists from polarized to photochromic, ventilated and standard.

Recommended for

Round, medium sized.

These sunglasses are used by professional cyclists as well. The most famous of which is George Hincapie.

However, its higher market share and success has actually been with runners.

Approximate price

Oakley doesn’t have the Jawbone available in its official catalogue, but the Racing Jacket has a price starting from €229.  You can find them in other online stores ranging from approximately €140.

Oakley Split Jacket

Description and brief history

The Split Jacket is a variation of the Racing Jacket and the Jawbone.

 

oakley split jacket replacement lenses

 

Remarkable Features

It has a lens release system identical to the two mentioned models. It has very similar glass but is slightly smaller, with rougher angles.

Measurements and Variations

No variations

Lenses

Interchangeable, there are polarized lenses, photochromic, ventilated and non-ventilated.

Recommended for

Small faces.

All kinds of sports because of its great comfort and adaptability.

Approximate price

It’s discontinued.

Ready for more?

Oakley Radar/Radarlock

With this special pair, we are going to discuss it a bit out-of-the-box, bullet by bullet. Because it has so many things to talk about and it would get pretty repetitive explaining everything.

Description and brief history

Without a doubt, this is one of Oakley’s “Golden Eggs.”

The Oakley Radar, with its different variants such as the RadarPath, RadarlockPath, Radarlock Pitch, Radarlock Edge, is a huge success.

Without a doubt, the original Radar was a revolutionary pair of eyewear because of its lightweight frame, robustness, high range of vision, all with the possibility of exchanging lenses to boot.

Oakley was smart by sponsoring Armstrong again. The rest of the cyclists took notice and got a pair for themselves.

The Oakley Radar Path were the first ones.

 

Replacement Lenses for Oakley Radar Path

 

A revolutionary pair of glasses, these were extremely lightweight for its time, brewed with hypoallergenic materials, comfortable, and tough. Including a magnificent range of vision, it had it all. Well… almost.

Although the lenses were interchangeable, it wasn’t an easy task. In the first models, the notches for loosening the screen weren’t well developed and proved puzzling for the first users.

But, the model evolved and the later versions made everything easier.

You can watch the process in this video.


As humans are in a state of constant evolution, this cycling eyewear evolves as well.

The Radarlock were born.

The revolutionary Switchlock system ensures that the lenses are exchanged with ease.. They simply added a removable part in the elbow of the frame (if you don’t remember what the elbow of the glasses look like, check out this article).

 

 

oakley cycling sunglasses
Switchlock System

 

Lifting SwitchLock easily removes the lenses.

Since this innovation, it has created a huge variety of exchangeable crystals for the Radarlock.

Many shapes of lenses also came up, that could focus on the different types of faces that could exist among the users.

The Radarlock Path had a curve on the bottom of the lenses, in order to avoid sticking to the cyclist’s cheekbones, preventing contact to the face.

Fogging of lenses and annoying rubbing against the glasses were avoided this way.

oakley cycling sunglasses
Path Model

 

Also, there is the Radarlock Pitch.

It is a lens with greater height and length coming from the upper part to the bottom. These are clearly designed for larger faces.

On the other side of the spectrum, there is the Radarlock Edge. This is the opposite of the Pitch as it has a more refined design and is curved in its external part.

These are mainly designed for small faces and are very popular among women cyclists.

It must be mentioned that the Radar just shares the same design as the Path, while the Radarlock has the two other features mentioned earlier.

Lenses

The lenses for all of these models, are obviously interchangeable and there are several types available; polarized models, photochromic, ventilated, PRIZM, etc.

Measurements and Variations

The Radarlock width is at 138mm.

The rod’s length is at 131mm.

For the Path Model, the lenses height is at 44mm.

Approximated prices

The Radar Path is no longer on the market.

The Radarlock Path go from €120.

The Radarlock Pitch go from €169.

The Radarlock Edge: Oakley has discontinued this model. You have to find them in alternative marketplaces.

Recommended for

Cycling as well as any other sport, from beach volleyball to golf, or even water sports.

Let’s jump ahead a few years and talk about another Radar.

 The Radar EV.

Description and brief history

These sunglasses went public not too long ago and the Oakley marketing department, managed to put them on the little face of yet another yellow maillot.

Chris Froome began to popularize them among his great crew.

Remarkable Features

Following the RadarLock, the EV has two forms.

Radar EV Path: with the same curve design in the bottom.

Radar EV Pitch: big lenses.

Is a natural evolution of the Radarlock, because of the lightness of the components, and improved range of vision.

This particular Oakley model has had a hard struggle for its domain on the market because many competitors make their brand so similar to this model. There’s a strong back and forth between Oakley and its competitors to make this model best suitable for cyclists, as well as other athletes.

Oakley cycling sunglasses
Oakley cycling eyewear Radar EV

Measures y Variations

The glasses have a total width of 138 mm.

The temples measure at 128 mm.

Just like we said, there’s the Radar EV Pitch and Radar EV Path.

Lenses

Exchangeable, ventilated, and non-ventilated. Oakley has the Prizm. Photochromic, and polarized.

Pitch and Path Models.

Recommended for

All types of faces because of its adaptability and its varied lens sizes.

Any kind of sport since its extremely comfortable and lightweight.

Approximate price

On Oakley’s official website, they have them starting at €169.

Now, hop in the Delorean and we’re going to go back in time like we’re Marty McFly.

Oakley Half Jacket

Description and brief history

This Oakley model is a classic. One reason is because it has two independent lenses instead of a screen.

Typically when you think of cycling eyewear, you think “sporty glasses with a screen covering the whole face.” Well…not these.

Remarkable Features

The Half Jacket, in this case, is a model that has the advantage of being sports eyewear as well as street sunglasses.

The rubber finishing of the rods are spectacular, and of course, the lenses are interchangeable.

oakley half jacket 2.0 xl replacement lenses

Measurements and Variations

The goggles have a total width of 124 mm, with a bridge of 15 mm.

The temples measure at 133 mm.

Asian Fit.

Half Jacket: height of 36 mm.

Half Jacket XL: bridge height of 42 mm.

Lenses

Interchangeable lenses through pressure.

Polarized, photochromic, and Prizm.

There are no ventilated lenses.

Two sizes: Standard and XL.

Recommended for

The Asian Fit version is specially designed for Asian faces and for arguably smaller faces.

The other versions are recommended for large faces.

Approximate price

The standard Half Jacket 2.0 has a base price on the Oakley website of €119

This next pair is the first cousin…

Flak Jacket

Description and a brief history

The Flak Jacket is sporty eyewear similar to the Half Jacket. It is a little bit wider, allowing it to form naturally around more rounded faces.

Remarkable Features

The design is not as good as the Half, and currently, there is eyewear out there that is much more ergonomic. Even so, it’s a good option if you’re looking for a sturdy pair of glasses as it is resistant to falls and fairly tough.

The temples open “automatically” when they extend to a certain degree.

 

oakley flak jacket replacement lenses

 

Measurements and Variations

The glasses have a width of 116 mm, with an included bridge of 22mm.

The rods measure at 133mm.

Alternatives are the Flak Jacket 2.0 model as well as the 2.0 XLJ.

Lenses

Interchangeable through pressure.

Polarized, photochromic, but there’s no ventilated alternative.

Standard Lenses and XLJ.

 

 

Recommended for

Small faces.

They’re ideal for cycling and running.

This pair can be perfectly used as street glasses.

Approximate price

On the Oakley website, they go from €149.

Oakley cycling sunglasses Flak 2.0

Description and brief history

It’s difficult to distinguish between all these similar glasses. And in this article, we’re trying to highlight the differences a bit better.

The Flak 2.0 isn’t the same as the Flak Jacket, even if they look alike. The Flak 2.0 is the natural evolution from the Flak Jacket.

Remarkable Features

They differentiate from the Flak Jacket because of the rods as the Flak 2.0 rods are slightly curvier.

It has a more revolutionary design and much more ergonomic finishes. It has a more sportier look than the Flak Jacket. Is this an advantage or just inconvenient?

It’s slightly wider than its predecessor and according to experts, slightly more comfortable.

Also has two lens sizes, standard, and XL.

Remember that we always talk about two crystal sizes for the same glasses, the difference is in the vertical measurements.

Measurements and Variations

Even though it itself is a variant, we have to mention that it has the Asian Fit variant.

The width measures at 128 mm, with rods at 133mm.

Lenses

The lenses are interchangeable by applying pressure, it has the original Prizm lens, and there are polarized and photochromic ones, as well.

This model has no ventilated lenses.

It is important that you have clear Flak 2.0 lenses or else they won’t fit in the Flack Jacket.

Recommended for

Since they are wider, they’re recommended for bigger and more round faces.

All kinds of sports.

Approximate price

These go from €149 on the official site, but you could find them cheaper at some online stores.

We finish with the Flak…

Oakley Fast Jacket

Description and a brief history

We’re going to talk about these glasses even though the model has been discontinued.

Remarkable Features

This is a peculiar model. You’ll just have to see it to believe it.

Oakley Fast Jacket replacement lenses

Those two little holes in the upper and external part are locked in the frame. It has a lock and release system similar to the SwitchLock.

Not surprisingly, this Oakley model was not loved among the public and as such, it has been discontinued.

Measurements and Variations

These glasses have a considerable width of 142 mm, with a bridge of 9 mm.

The temples measure at 124 mm.

Lenses

The lenses are interchangeable through a similar system to Switchlock.

Currently, only the polarized lenses exist.

Recommended for

Wide faces.

Cycling.

Approximate price

These are discontinued, so you can only find it in second-hand markets.

One of the all-star models is the…

Oakley Jawbreaker cycling sunglasses

Description and brief history

Few eyewear has had such a resounding success as the Jawbreaker.

This model was developed by Oakley along with Mark Cavendish, who started a whole revolution within sports eyewear.

After the British sprinter, practically half of the international squad wore them.

Remarkable Features

It was the first cycling sunglasses that had a unique screen, but a complete frame.

As in, the lenses are not mounted, they sit exclusively on the upper part of the frame. This allows it to have a greater height above any other.

By being so big, these lenses allow having a range of vision even wider than the other models.

Measurements and Variations

These have a total width of 131 mm and the temples measure 121 mm.

The total height of the lens is no more than 53 mm.

Lenses

As this is one of Oakley’s pride and joys, it has all the lenses that you can imagine: Prizm, polarized, photochromic…

They are interchangeable, but it’s not the simplest thing in the world to learn. On this video, we will show you how to use it.

Recommended for

Large, round faces.

Any sport. We even use them as ski goggles.

Approximate price

radar-pace

On Oakley’s official website, you can find them starting from 189€.

There is a last variation of Radar, but this one deserves its own space.

Oakley Radar Pace

Description and brief history

The Radar Pace was created to apply the latest technology onto a pair of Oakley’s.

Remarkable Features

The Radar Pace incorporates rods, auricular connectors, and even a microphone.

So it’s kind of like Google Glass applied to sports.

It can synchronize with your mobile device and with an app that acts as a personal trainer.

It measures distance, calories burned, etc.

Just like Google Glass, you can “talk to Google” and ask it to start or stop training.

You can even use it as a music player and a phone.

oakley cycling sunglasses
Picture from Youtube

Measurements and Variations

The measurements are identical to the Radar EV.

Lenses

It has interchangeable Prizm and Polarized lenses.

Recommended for

Small faces.

Running and cycling.

And, more importantly, for fans who like it when technology is applied to sports.

Approximate price

It costs €439 on Oakley’s website.

In this video, the glasses are shown in great detail.

 

Oakley cycling sunglasses EVZero

Description and brief history

oakley cycling sunglasses

This eyewear is a recent release and Oakley released them in an attempt to offer a type of frame whose lenses can’t be exchanged. Meaning that if the glasses you bought get scratched, you have to buy a whole new pair.

“Purito” Rodriguez was the first elite cyclist that wore these glasses.

Phil Dalhauser, the mythical American beach volleyball player, also used them in the past Rio Olympic Games.

Remarkable Features

Oakley was the first company who created sports eyewear with exchangeable lenses, and these glasses offer an entirely different concept.

Its main virtue is that these glasses are extremely lightweight.

Measurements and Alternatives

These glasses have up to 5 alternative models.

EVZero Stride: comes in a small and large model.

EVZero Swift: recommended for women.

EVZero Pitch: slimmer profile lens and more suitable for small faces.

EVZero Range: comes with a large lens with many edges. This model has some of the best ventilation.

EVZero Path: the name “Path” indicates a bottom edge cut so it doesn’t touch the cheekbones.

Lenses

The lenses aren’t interchangeable but exist in almost all types: Prizm, photochromic, and polarized. There are no ventilated lenses, however.

Recommended for

With a great variety of sizes and forms, they’re recommended for all facial types.

In regards to sports, cycling is the star of the show.

Dalhauser used them in his volleyball matches, but the lens suffers too much contact with the abrasive sand. And remember, you can’t exchange the screens on this pair.

Approximate price

It costs €149 on Oakley’s website.

Did you like our collection of information about Oakley cycling eyewear?

There are other models that can be considered Oakley cycling sunglasses, such as the Bottle Rocket, the Turbine, the Crossrange, or the Tombstone.

But we didn’t include them because they don’t belong in our “pure and tough” criteria of cycling eyewear. If you disagree, or if you believe that we’re missing another model that we didn’t mention in here, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Please check our website in order to know more about our Oakley replacement lenses.

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The Best Olympic Sunglasses in Rio 2016

Olympic Sunglasses

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are already history.

We have lived great moments as the three medals of Usain Bolt, the great Michel Phelps withdrawal, or the Brasilian Futbol Team´s gold Medal.

At Sunglasses Restorer, we have been very attentive to the sunglasses of many Olympic athletes, and we have written an article talking about of some of them.

Therefore we’ve created this post

The best Olympic Sunglasses of Rio 2016

These are not all that there are, but are all those that matter. Here are our individual gold medals for Olympic sunglasses.

We have included several athletes by medal colour because three medals wouldn’t be enough.

Let´s Start

Olympic sunglasses – Bronze

We will begin with a “new” sport

Justin Rose and his Adidas Eyewear

Golf was premiered in Rio as an Olympic sport and this Brit has become the first winner in this competition.

Olimpic Sunglasses
Picture from Skysports

He was wearing a casual style of Adidas Eyewear, far away from a sports sunglasses.

We need to say that he got a hole in one. Do you think that the sunglasses helped him?

Congratulations indeed.

 

Marcus Cooper Walz and his Oakley Radar EV

This Spaniard from a British father and German mother gave the surprise in the K1 1000 canoeing race in calm waters.

He got the gold against all odds, making a memorable comeback.

Olympic Sunglasses
Picture from El economista

He was shielding his eyes with the Oakley Radar EV, and pay attention to these sunglasses because we will come back to talk about them in this article.

 

Kerri Walsh and April Ross

The mythical beach volleyball player Kerri Lee Walsh, with three Olympic gold medals behind her, came to Rio with a new partner after the retirement of Misty May-Treanor.

April Ross is her new partner, and together they got the bronze medal, a good position considering the veteran Kerri (38 years she served in the same tournament) and the competitiveness in the current women’s beach volleyball.

olympic sunglasses

 

Walsh has been wearing the new Oakley EVzero Path during the Olympics, with a very striking pink lens. Ross has opted instead for the famous Jawbreaker, more suitable for cycling.

It was a pleasure to see them compete on the sands of Copacabana.

We now go to the silver medals

 

Olympic Sunglasses – Silver

Smallest ones are the biggest.

Saul Craviotto and his Siroko.

His pal, Cristian Toro, should perhaps be included, too.

olympic sunglasses

The Spanish canoeist won two medals in Rio, one gold in the K2 1000 and a bronze in the K1 200. These two gold medals plus the ones achieved in Beijing and London 2012, make him a great canoeist.

Siroko eyewear brand has undoubtedly successfully sponsored them, designing an exclusive goggle for these Olympics.

Quite a coup without a doubt. Congratulations

 

Greg Van Avermaet

The Belgian cyclist won the gold medal against all odds in the men’s cycling course.

While certainly he was seen to benefit from the falls of Nibali and Henao, he was capable of reaching Majka with Jakob Fuglsang and in the sprint did not yield option.

 

The Oakley Jawbreaker he wore in the race is already very accustomed to victory.

Congratulations

Next silver medal.

 

British Olympic rowing team

Peter Reed, Scott Durant …. and all other members of this team have taken out a big thorn that had stuck in the British Isles, from Sydney 2000.

Rowing in Britain is almost a religion, it could not be too soon to climb to the top of the podium at the Olympics.

So this large group of rowers created joy throughout their country with victory in the “men’s eight” race.

Most members of the team wore Oakley, including RadarEV, Radarlock, and EvZero.

Our most sincere congratulations because certainly, they deserved it.

Next one is one of our favourites

olympic sunglasses

Nino Schurter

The Swiss biker was one of the favourites to win the MTB race and did not fail.

olympic glassses mtb

 

The new EVZero Path with a transparent lens undoubtedly helped in the task, on a coppery day with a lack of sunlight

Congratulations to all participants, because the race was really hard.

And now we turn to gold medals.

Olympic Sunglasses – Gold

 

Kira Walkenhorst

The German women’s beach volleyball player and her partner Laura Ludwig picked up the gold against all expectations.

The players are among the best in the world, but there were other favourites such as the aforementioned Ross/Walsh or Bednarczuk and B. Seixas Brazilian whom they defeated in the final.

Olympic Sunglasses
Picture from Newsday.com

Kira wore Radar EV, but we didn’t see her partner Ludwig wearing any glasses.

Congratulations to both of them.

We are sticking with the Beach Volleyball, and now it´s necessary to speak of Brazilians

 

Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt

These Cariocas have become national heroes, winning in the sport they say they invented, although there will be many Americans who think differently.

It was certainly an excellent tournament, soundly defeating none other than Lucena and Dalhausser in the quarterfinals.

And on their faces they wore the sports sunglasses that will be prevalent in the coming years: The Oakley Radar EV on Cerruti and EVZero on Schmidt.

 

And now we move into the last Olympic gold sunglasses, sharing two incredible athletes.

 

Ruth Beitia, Britney Reese and their spectacular new Nike Wing Precisions.

No doubt the goggle is awesome, but let’s face it, a bit quirky.

The two jumpers, one in high jumping and the other in long jumping, have worn this brand new and exclusive model of Nike, designed for these Olympic Games.

Olympic Sunglasses

As far as we were able to find, only Beitia, Reese and the Norwegian Henrik Ingebrigtsen have worn this exclusive model, valued at no more and no less than 1,200 dollars.

Olympic Sunglasses

These are such a marvel of technology where optics are concerned, a real treat that the magnitude of the event deserved.

You can obtain more information about these glasses in this article

The Spanish jumper was the most veteran Olympic athlete to win gold in the high jump.

The American Reese has not been able to regain the Olympic title in long jump achieved in London 2012 and has had to settle for silver.

However, both have the gold medal for the most spectacular Olympic sunglasses

And here we are.

As we have said before, sure there are more sports sunglasses not included in this article, so we ask you to leave us a comment with which you believe may be worth mentioning.

Thank you and we hope you liked it.

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Cycling sunglasses: The most popular in Tour de France[2016]

Cycling Sunglasses

Yes, the 2016 Tour de France is over, but I know you have been looking at the cycling sunglasses in the race. We are, too, so we have created this article:

 The most popular sunglasses models in this 2016 Tour de France.

Let’s talk about differents brands, models and the cyclists who wear them. Oakley, Rudy Project, Bollé, Lazer and relatively new brand called POC, with a model that has not been to a sporting spectacle, at all. To do this, you will have to read the article to the end.

Ready?

We will start with a modern classic of all sports sunglasses

Cycling Sunglasses Oakley Jawbreaker

This model developed in collaboration with Mark Cavendish and was the dominator of cycling glasses last year and this year it’s going down the same road. Cavendish, himself, and many of the squad are using them, including the great Peter Sagan.

cycling sunglasses tour de france

 

In the picture you can see the two greatest sprinters in this Tour, sharing laughs and sunglasses.

Do you want to win today, or shall I, Mark?

That could be one of their conversations.

Let´s go

Oakley Radar EV

This goggle is the direct competitor to the Jawbreaker.

I would not dare say which of the two is used the most, but it´s a fact that this new Oakley model has already surpassed the mythical Radarlock.

The key is the ergonomic design of the lens and the shape of the frame that offers a wider field of vision.

If the three times Tour de France´s champion, Chris Froome, is using them, the glasses should be good, right?

Cycgling sunglasses
Pictures by LeTour

 

As you can see in the picture, they are personalized with the colors of the yellow jersey.

But the maximum customization is found in the following model.

Lazer SS1

Thomas De Gendt offers the best example of this cycling sunglass, but his entire team also uses them, including André Greipel.

Last year Lazer was already a supplier of material for the Lotto-Soudal team and have repeated that this year.

But look at the next picture.

cycling sunglasses tour de france
Picture by LeTour

De Gendt´s sunglasses are customized with red spots as the Mountain´s leader. They are awesome.

And they are the subject of many comments and photos.

It´s a success from Lazer Marketing.

But we have more.

Adidas EyeWear Zonyk

This Cycling Sunglasses has not yet been released for sale to the general public.

Adidas has decided to create a small collection for the most visible faces of the bunch, they promote it in this 2016 Tour.

cycling sunglasses tour de france
Picture by LeTour

No doubt Alejandro Valverde is a face the new Zonyk fit well and look great on. All the Movistar team except for Quintana use them.

And what glasses is Nairo Quintana wearing?

We will see later.

Rudy Project Tralix

Or rather:

Rudy Project Ettix-Quick Step Tralix.

cycling sunglasses tour de france
Pictures by Ettix-QS Team

As you can see in the picture, Tony Martin is wearing this model developed exclusively by the Italian firm, for Ettix-Quick Step team.

It’s a lightweight design with great ventilation in the frame itself, and with interchangeable lenses.

No doubt it helped the German, Marcel Kittel, to get his victory in stage 4 of the 2016 Tour

Ekoi

This model used almost exclusively by Alexander Kristoff, follows the example of the Adidas Zonyk.

They are not yet on sale like the Ekoi AK Kristoff, already used by the Katusha rider in the past.

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We do not know the exact name of these glasses, but we sure will soon.

Furthermore, these glasses have a slight resemblance to the next.

Oakley EVZero Range

“Purito” Rodriguez has left behind the Radarlock, and is the top representative of this new model of Oakley.

They are sunglasses without a frame, they do not have a frame around the lenses.

It consists of two lateral temples and a big lens (shade) on the front.

This makes them the lightest cycling sunglasses in the market, at 22 grams for the Path model, and 25 grams for the Range model,which is the one we see in the next picture.

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New cycling sunglasses for Purito, before his departure at the end of the year.

We will miss him and his sunglasses.

Come up with another brand

Bollè Vortex

These cycling googles are the top model of the French brand, quite popular in the bunch.

AG2R and Orica cyclists use them.

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Vuillermoz and Mathew Alexander Michaels are some of the riders who opt for this model of the great French cycling goggles brand.

There are still 4 but they have a lot to offer, don’t miss them.

Oakley Radarlock

There’s not much more to say about these glasses, which have lost the predominance in international cycling racing they had a few years ago.

We have seen them on Alberto Contador’s face, but not every day, because he also uses the more modern Radar EV.

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This photo could have symbolism

  • Contador says goodbye to the 2016 Tour de France
  • He says goodbye to Tinkoff
  • Could he also say goodbye to Radarlock?

We will see in the next races.

The following are legendary sunglasses.

Oakley Racing Jacket

Or it could be also a Jawbone, because as we told you in this article, they are almost identical.

Sky cyclist, Luke Rowe, is wearing them in this picture.

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However, it seems that these once popular sunglasses are gradually disappearing in the international bunch

Hold on tight for the next

Require POC

This recently created brand of sunglasses is slowly growing.

The company also manufactures bicycle helmets, like other brands such as Rudy Project and Lazer.

This certainly is helping its growth, and they offer complete kits throwing in glasses and helmets, which havebeen widely accepted by the public for good value for the money.

Their flagship model is called DO, but in this Tour, they’ve decided to give prominence to their Require model.

Look at this picture

Cycling Sunglasses
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Hands up; who believes that this is a pair of cycling or sports glasses?

I guess nobody raised their hand.

All Cannodale Team cyclists are using them in this 2016 Tour.

What do you think?

Is it a brand strategy to popularize their casual glasses?

Do you think that the Cannodale cyclists are comfortable with them?

Or perhaps they were partying and go to the race as if they were on After Hours?

Leave us a comment with your impressions.

We will now finish with Nairo Quintana

Cycling sunglasses Adidas Eyewear….¿?

We’ve searched to find the name of the model being used by the Colombian rider in this Tour, but we have not discovered the name.

We believe that is a variation of the Zonyk used by the rest of Movistar Team, but we can’t say for sure.

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Picture by LeTour

We’re asking for your help.

 

Leave us a comment if you know the name of the model of sunglasses that Nairo Quintana is wearing in this 2016 Tour

And that’s all.

We have finished this article about the most popular sunglasses in 2016 Tour de France.

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Oakley Vented Lenses: maximum comfort in eyewear

Oakley Vented Lenses

In this article we are going to talk about the purpose that Oakley vented lenses have. The difference between using vented lenses and regular lenses.

Before talking about Oakley Vented lenses, we will dig in another issue.

Sports material technology advances very quickly. There has been a boom in the fitness world during the last years. Hundreds, thousands of people go outside to do sport, be it running, cycling or paddle tennis, for example.

People have become runners and MTB riders. There is a whole culture around physical exercise from which companies have seen an opportunity in the market and promoted it.

It is difficult for a runner not to wear a bracelet to attach his or her mobile phone with the app that will indicate the trajectory. A biker must have the last kilometer counter available. And a paddle tennis player has to use the most efficient racket for his or her game style.

This is good, very good because it introduces the great public to products that before were exclusively for elite sportspeople.

vented lenses

Let’s talk about our field. Sunglasses have evolved very quickly during the last 10 years. Before we could count the number of people who used polarized lenses with our fingers, and today it is weird not to find this type of sunglasses.

Likewise, there is innovation in materials, looking for greater lightness and comfort. This way, the durability of glasses is also being scarified. We can’t fight against that, since we are in the throwaway era.

 

Regarding sports sunglasses, the evolution hasn’t been so plausible. Since the beginning of the 80s, Oakley has been innovating in this field. The article where we talked about Greg Lemond and the Oakley History mentions innovation from the first moment of this great brand. The Razor Blades became an entire revolution in sports glasses and cycling glasses more specifically.

Since that model which the legendary Lemond made well known, until the recent Jawbreaker that were developed with the collaboration of Mark Cavendish 3 decades of research and development of new models have passed. But we can’t go beyond what’s possible, the human face is the limit. We have two ears and one nose, and it is difficult to fight against that.

It seems a truism, but glasses models try to find ergonomics that gets better every time, and our physical characteristics sometimes limit that advancement.

However, 5 years ago approximately, vented lenses were developed for the first time. In our opinion, they marked a real advance in sunglasses ergonomics and functionality.

Oakley Vented Lenses

 

Oakley vented lenses, just as their name indicates, allow the pass of certain quantity of air through the wholes of the borders. This is ideal because this way it gives more oxygen to the face, thus avoiding that some sweat gathers around the eyes. This is very annoying because it can produce discomfort in sports people who wear sunglasses to practice their activity.

Likewise, it favors the reduction of mist in the lenses because of that air entrance. It is an effect that is similar to the one that happens in the interior of a vehicle when there is a difference in temperature which is sensitive between the exterior and the interior. What do we do in that case? We open the windows to balance that difference, right?. In this type of glasses, a similar phenomenon to “opening windows” takes place.

Thus, some simple holes at the extremes of the lenses make these important functions possible. But, even though the seem simple, these holes are very well designed and their location is very sell studied. This design has been analyzed for several years to get the most appropriate form for the lens.

That’s why vented lenses are the best type of lenses for you if you practice a sport where you use glasses and the sweat is accumulated around the eyebrows, like running, paddle tennis, cycling or any of their modalities.

There are several models of Oakley lenses which incorporate this type of ventilated lenses: Jawbone, Racing Jacket, Radarlock Vented or Radar Path, among others.

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Oakley Sunglasses History: birth and amazing growth

Oakley Sunglasses History: James Jannard

Everyone knows the brand, but few know its origins and how it became what it is today: an icon in the sunglasses world. If you want to know more about the Oakley Sunglasses History, as well as the origin of the name Oakley, you should keep reading this article until the end.

 

Oakley Sunglasses History: Birth

Just as many US companies did, Oakley was born in a garage. This is one of the aspects that make it so romantic.

James Jannard, Oakley founderJames Jannard laid the foundations of Oakley with three hundred dollars. His first invention was a motorcycle handle, and it was way back in 1975 when this handle that he produced in his garage became popular. Made with a hydrophilic rubber patented by Jannard, which he called “Unobtanium”, quickly became famous for having more grip than the rest, even in high humidity conditions.

The best thing is that this component is still used in the manufacture of frames of Oakley glasses.

He reinvested the money he earned with these handles and created more that he applied to bicycles, specifically to the legendary brand BMX. This movement linked Jannard with cycling.

Between 1975 and 1980 he devoted himself to produce handles, gloves, fasteners, and similar appliances for bikes and cross bikes.

It was in 1980 when he launched his first goggle. The O-frame, which were protective goggles at first.

It wasn’t until 1983 when the first ski goggles were developed. From there, Oakley and the sports world went hand-to-hand

Greg Lemond and Tour de France

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Greg lemon in 1987, Tour the France winner.

The turning point was in 1985, when Jannard himself decided to sponsor the already known American cyclist Greg Lemond.

 

Lemond used the mythical Eyeshades during the 1985 and 1986 tours, which turned out to be a complete success for Oakley: the cyclist got the second position in 1985 after a fierce battle with the legendary Bernard Hinault; 1986 was the year of his recognition, since he won the French round ahead of Hinault himself. He was a milestone for the American cycling, becoming the first “yankee” to win the world’s most important cycling race. And what glasses was he wearing when this historic event occurred?

The eyeshades were more like a ski goggle than anything else. But they became the final takeoff of Oakley in the field of sports glasses, and more specifically in cycling eyewear.

Lemond had a hunting accident in 1987 which left him out of the competition for a while.

During this time, the design of Oakley cycling glasses evolved significantly, and in 1988 Oakley Blades emerged, and then the Razor Blades

A much lighter, innovative and with the fundamental characteristic of having an interchangeable lenses design. This was a novelty, because one could wear “new glasses” every day with the same mount.

Lemond won the Tour in 1989 again, and everyone remembers the legendary race against the clock between Versailles and Paris, in which the Californian rider defeated the French cycling legend Laurent Fignon by only 8 seconds.

Oakley sunglasses were back on the face of the Tour winner: a priceless publicity.

Since then, other brands mimicked the Oakley Razor blades design, but Jannard had the honor of being the pioneer.

Oakley sunglasses History – Great public

Oakley launched a series of models for the public in the early 90s, always with a sporty design. The Oakley glasses highlighted impact, comfort and colored lenses.

It was the time of the great competition between the two glasses giants in North America and the rest of the world: Ray-Ban and Oakley.

It was the time of Balorama against Juliet. To make a comparison, you could either support Ray-Ban or Oakley, just like one can only be a Magic Jhonson or Larry Bird fan.

We could say that Ray-ban won, but Oakley was always true to its essence and kept its loyal audience.

Oakley began selling shares to the public in 1995 and reached a sales figure of 230 million dollars. At that time, he had a dispute with its main distributor in Europe, Luxxotica, and this made it lose great benefits.

Since then, Jannard disassociated himself a little from the company to start his other great emporium, the RED film cameras.

The arrival of Oakley Holbrook

Replacement Lenses for Oakley HolbrookThe now legendary Oakley Holbrook was launched around 2005. And as it could be guessed, its success was related to sport. Plus, it was Valentino Rossi who made it famous, and after the great Italian rider, many other outstanding athletes, including Fernando Alonso, used the Holbrook.

This goggle, despite maintaining the sporty lines and striking colors of Oakley, has a less aggressive design than traditional models of Oakley.

Since then, based on its success, the company opted for models which were more “casual” for their glasses addressed to the public.

Therefore, Oakley remains faithful to its spirit and its cycling and sports sunglasses line, like Radalrock. It also uses the mass market to launch more conventional models like Holbrook or its predecessors, Frogskins.

 

Origin of the name Oakley

There is a theory that the name of Oakley has its origin in the two cities where Jannard moved: Oakland and Berkeley. But there is another related to Jannard’s dog name back in 1975. Perhaps he named his dog after these two cities, right?

 

Oakley is definitely a company of sunglasses with which people identify. As I mentioned before, wearing Oakley means something sentimental, as it happens with soccer.

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