Oakley Cycling Sunglasses: Each and every model you should know

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.

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  1. Very good collection. You were very informative as well. Thank you for all the description’s. To be able to get interchangeable lenses for various situations is awesome. It is really cool that you can listen to music or answer the phone with the Radar Pace.

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