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Oakley lens and frame technology prescription eyewear guide

The core of Oakley’s optical superiority is built on a true passion for enhancing performance in sports. Founder Jim Jannard first innovation was a new type of motorcycle handgrip with a unique tread and a shape that more closely fit into the rider’s closed hand. It was quickly adopted by top pros of the day for its ability to grip more with sweat.  Oakley made its next mark with the introduction of its O Frame goggle, which became a mainstay in motocross racing for almost 20 years. From there, Jim launched into Oakley Optics with “Eyeshades”, taking on the optical industry’s big power players. Focusing on sunglasses as vital equipment instead of a generic accessory was groundbreaking. It positioned Oakley as the top in optical sport performance, where it continues to stand today. Professional athletes quickly took notice and today, no matter what sport you watch, from Cricket to Mountain Biking, you’ll see its top athletes sporting Oakley performance eyewear.

Oakley Frame Material Information and Guide

What Does Oakley Offer in Frame Material?

O Matter: Created for durability and controlled flexibility this lightweight material provides superior protection, comfort, and performance.

Available Frames: Big Taco, Garage Rock, Jupiter Carbon, Offshoot, Pit Boss II, Style Switch, Two Face, Radarlock Path, Radarlock Switch, Radarlock Edge, Radarlock XL, Radarlock XL Straight, Radar Path, Radar Pitch, M Frame, Fast Jacket, Fast Jacket XL, Flak Jacket, Flak Jacket XLJ, Half Jacket 2.0, Half Jacket 2.0 XL, Racing Jacket, Split Jacket, Pit Bull, Bottle Rocket, Oakley Twenty, Straight Jacket, Monster Dog, XS Fives, Jupiter Squared, Dispatch II, Frogskins, Holbrook, Antix, Batwolf, Crankcase, Eyepatch 2, Five Squared, Fuel Cell, Gascan, Hijinx, Oil Rig, Radar Edge, Radarlock Edge, Radar Path, Commit SQ, Break Point, Disguise, Drizzle, LBD, Miss Conduct Squared, Necessity, Obsessed, Overtime, Twentysix.2, Urgency, Warm Up, Backhand, Beckon, Forehand

C-5: Oakley’s wire frames are created form five metallic compounds that are fused into a single C-5™ alloy that is not only ultra-lightweight but also incredibly strong.

Available Frames: Plaintiff Squared, Crosshair, Crosshair 2.0, Oakley Blender, Tightrope, Whisker, Deviation, Plaintiff, Caveat, Changeover, Daisy Chain, Dangerous, Oakley Dart, Oakley Discreet, Given, Oakley Remedy, Restless

Acetate: Oakley’s acetate frames are hand-made and layered allowing for the frames to come in a variety of rich colors and textures.  Acetate illuminates the frames high quality look and feel.

Available Frames: Dangerous, Oakley Discreet, News Flash, Changeover, Frogskin LX

Titanium: Oakley uses titanium in a handful of their wire frames to create its strongest, lightest, and most comfortable wire frame.  Titanium is ultra-lightweight and virtually indestructible making it one of the most comfortable lens materials for all day wear.

Available Frames: TI Crosshair,

Carbon Fiber: This ultra-lightweight material is ideal for frames as it provides superior comfort and flexibility.

Available Frames:  Carbon Plate

Aluminum: Oakley uses Aluminum in a handful of their frames.  Oakley’s Aluminum is an aerospace-grade aluminum alloy that allows the frames to be both durable and extremely lightweight.

Available Frames:

What does Oakley Offer in Frame Technology?

Frame Three Point Fit: Oakley created and patented the Three-Point Fit so that each frame only makes contact at the bridge of the nose and the temples.  This feature allows your frames to stay in perfect alignment, giving them a secure fit and eliminates any discomfort from your frame pressing on unbalanced pressure points.

Unobtainium: Oakley first launched their Unobtainium™ technology on their sports performance frames on the nosepads, earpads, and earsocks.  Unobtanium™ provides superior comfort and performance as it increases the grip as you perspire.

Switchlock: Oakley created the Switchlock™ technology to allow for easy, fast, hassle-free changing of lenses.  This technology allows athletes to quickly customize their frame to changing light conditions providing them with superior optical experience regardless of the light conditions they are performing in.

 Available in the following frames: Racing Jacket, Fast Jacket, Radarlock, Style Switch

Oakley Lens Technology Information and Guide 

What Does Oakley Offer in Lens Technology?

Oakley True Digital - Oakley True Digital™ lenses are uniquely designed for athletes and sports enthusiasts who demand the best vision possible in high-wrap frames. Oakley performs their magic by digitally joining two lens zones; mid-periphery and far-periphery. Simply put, these are the best active lifestyle lenses money can buy.

Plutonite - Oakley’s Plutonite Lens Material is lightweight and shatterproof; perfect for an active lifestyle. Oakley Plutonite stops every wavelength of ultraviolet radiation which includes UV-A, UV-B, UV-C and Blue Light. The Plutonite in Oakley’s performance sunglasses meets and exceeds the impact standards of the American National Standards Institute.  This means that as debris kicked up by a passing truck can travel up to 102mph and can be as heavy as a metal spike without chattering you lenses.

Oakley HDPolarized - Oakley HDPolarized™ sunglasses protect your eyes from harsh glare without compromising clarity. Oakley’s polarized lenses are engineered differently than most. Most companies polarize lenses by gluing addition filter layers on a plain lens. Each additional layer creates further distortion and loss of clarity. Instead of lots of layers, Oakley takes a powerful polarized filter and forms the lens around it with Plutonite, their proprietary polycarbonate. This creates a lens that is lean and powerful enough to block intense glare without compromising clarity.

Oakley’s Transitions® SOLFX™ - (also known as Photochromic) lenses darken and lighten automatically in response to changing intensity of UV light. 

Oakley High Definition Optics (HDO) – provides clearer, sharper and more accurate vision.  Oakley’s HDO technology virtually eliminates any distortion that is common with high-wrapped sunglasses.  Conventional lenses can magnify images as you look through them, the HDO lenses give you a more accurate vision across your entire field of view.

 Oakley Brown Base Lens Tints Prescription Sunglasses

Oakley Brown Base lenses: Brown based lenses are high contrast lenses which will brighten and enhance light.  Brown base lenses are a great option for sport performance as it increases contrast.  An Iridium lens on top of a brown base tint will be a better lens no matter what light condition as an Iridium coating will amplify the contrast.

Bronze and Bronze Polarized (medium light): Oakley’s Bronze lens tint is designed to perform best in medium to bright light. It is an excellent all-purpose lens with enhanced contrast for sunny conditions. Oakley HD Polarized sunglasses protect your eyes from harsh glare without compromising clarity. Oakley’s polarized lenses are engineered differently than most. Most companies polarize lenses by gluing addition filter layers on a plain lens. Each additional layer creates further distortion and loss of clarity. Instead of lots of layers, Oakley takes a powerful polarized filter and forms the lens around it with Plutonite, their proprietary polycarbonate. This creates a lens that is lean and powerful enough to block intense glare without compromising clarity

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use: fishing, mountain biking, trail running

Fire Iridium (bright light): Oakley’s Fire Iridium lens tint is designed to perform best in medium to bright light. This lens tint improves visual acuity and features an Iridium coating to further tune contrast and reduce glare.

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use: golf, mountain biking, open road running, fishing, cycling

Gold Iridium and Gold Iridium Polarized (bright light):  Oakley’s Gold Iridium lens performs excellently in extremely bright light. The gold color is a great all-purpose contrast enhancing lens color while the Iridium lens coating reduces glare to provide better visual clarity in sunny conditions. Oakley HD Polarized sunglasses protect your eyes from harsh glare without compromising clarity. Oakley’s polarized lenses are engineered differently than most. Most companies polarize lenses by gluing addition filter layers on a plain lens. Each additional layer creates further distortion and loss of clarity. Instead of lots of layers, Oakley takes a powerful polarized filter and forms the lens around it with Plutonite, their proprietary polycarbonate. This creates a lens that is lean and powerful enough to block intense glare without compromising clarity.

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use: cycling, fishing, golf, open road running

Clear to Brown Transitions (low light to bright light): Brown lens tint absorbs blue light to increase contrast and visual acuity, especially against green grass and blue skies.  Being a transitions lens these will automatically adjust their tint depending on the level of UV light. The more UV light that is present, the darker the lens becomes. In environments where less UV light is present the lens "transitions" to clear or a lighter tint. Oakley’s Gold Iridium Transitions will provide the same functionality without transitioning completely clear.  People usually select Gold Iridium Transitions for aesthetic purposes or if they want a mirror coating on their lenses.

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use: long distance running, shooting, fishing, and cycling

Gold Iridium Transitions (low light to intense sun): This lens option goes from flat, low light conditions to extremely bright light. It is a Transitions lens with gold iridium coating that darkens dependent on UV light conditions. Oakley’s Transitions® SOLFX™ (also known as Photochromic) lenses darken and lighten automatically in response to changing intensity of UV light.  Oakley’s Gold Iridium Transition lens will transition to almost clear but it will not be a completely clear lens when indoors as it will have a slight tint.

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use: the gold iridium lenses are going to increase contrast and be good for sports such as fishing and golfing.  Oakley’s gold iridium transitions are also a great lens for everyday lifestyle glasses.

Shallow Blue Iridium Polarized (sunny to medium light) - Developed specifically for fishing, Oakley’s Shallow Blue Iridium lens knocks down glare in shallow water conditions while improving depth perception and enhancing the ability to read underwater terrain. The Shallow Blue Iridium lenses are ideal for sight fishing on rivers, lakes or saltwater flats. Oakley HD Polarized sunglasses protect your eyes from harsh glare without compromising clarity. Oakley’s polarized lenses are engineered differently than most. Most companies polarize lenses by gluing addition filter layers on a plain lens. Each additional layer creates further distortion and loss of clarity. Instead of lots of layers, Oakley takes a powerful polarized filter and forms the lens around it with Plutonite, their proprietary polycarbonate. This creates a lens that is lean and powerful enough to block intense glare without compromising clarity.

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use: shallow water fishing, sight fishing, and fly-fishing

Tungsten Iridium Polarized - One of Oakley’s specific Sport Performance lens tints, the Oakley Tungsten Iridium sharpens visual acuity and improves depth perception. The Tungsten Iridium performs best in medium to bright light and features an Iridium coating which diminishes glare for better visual clarity.  Oakley HD Polarized sunglasses protect your eyes from harsh glare without compromising clarity. Oakley’s polarized lenses are engineered differently than most. Most companies polarize lenses by gluing addition filter layers on a plain lens. Each additional layer creates further distortion and loss of clarity. Instead of lots of layers, Oakley takes a powerful polarized filter and forms the lens around it with Plutonite, their proprietary polycarbonate. This creates a lens that is lean and powerful enough to block intense glare without compromising clarity.

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use: this is a versatile lens that isn’t necessarily the most optimal lens for a specific sport but can cross over from sport to sport well.  This is a good lens to consider for golfing, biking, and running.

Oakley Rose Base Lens Tints for Prescription Eyewear

Oakley Rose Base Lenses: A Rose base lens is often considered the best of both a brown and grey base lens.  Rose base lenses work well in all light conditions and are a great sport performance lens choice.  Rose lenses will reduce glare while increasing both contrast and depth perception in a wide variety of light conditions.  Rose base lenses are often the ideal lens choice for sports such as golf, trail running, and cycling.

VR28 and VR28 Polarized: One of Oakley’s specific Sport Performance lens tints, Oakley’s VR28 lens is designed to perform best in medium to bright light. This lens color reduces blinding glare while filtering blue light to increase contrast and improve depth perception in a wide variety of conditions. Oakley HD Polarized sunglasses protect your eyes from harsh glare without compromising clarity. Oakley’s polarized lenses are engineered differently than most. Most companies polarize lenses by gluing addition filter layers on a plain lens. Each additional layer creates further distortion and loss of clarity. Instead of lots of layers, Oakley takes a powerful polarized filter and forms the lens around it with Plutonite, their proprietary polycarbonate. This creates a lens that is lean and powerful enough to block intense glare without compromising clarity.

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use: trail running, golfing, mountain biking, fly fishing, outdoor shooting

G30 Iridium and G30 Iridium Polarized: One of Oakley’s specific Sport Performance lens tints, Oakley’s G30 Iridium lens is designed to perform best in flat to medium light. The Rose base color improves contrast and depth perception in blues in greens while the Iridium lens coating reduces glare to provide better visual clarity. These features make the G30 Iridium ideal for golf. Oakley HD Polarized sunglasses protect your eyes from harsh glare without compromising clarity. Oakley’s polarized lenses are engineered differently than most. Most companies polarize lenses by gluing addition filter layers on a plain lens. Each additional layer creates further distortion and loss of clarity. Instead of lots of layers, Oakley takes a powerful polarized filter and forms the lens around it with Plutonite, their proprietary polycarbonate. This creates a lens that is lean and powerful enough to block intense glare without compromising clarity.

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use: The G30 lens is highly recommended on any grass environments such as golfing, tennis, baseball, trail running, or mountain biking

VR28 Black Iridium and VR28 Black Iridium Polarized: One of Oakley’s specific Sport Performance lens tints, the Oakley VR28 Black Iridium filters blue light to increase contrast as well as improve depth perception in a wide variety of conditions. The VR28 Black Iridium performs best in medium to bright light and features an Iridium coating which diminishes glare for better visual clarity. Oakley HD Polarized sunglasses protect your eyes from harsh glare without compromising clarity. Oakley’s polarized lenses are engineered differently than most. Most companies polarize lenses by gluing addition filter layers on a plain lens. Each additional layer creates further distortion and loss of clarity. Instead of lots of layers, Oakley takes a powerful polarized filter and forms the lens around it with Plutonite, their proprietary polycarbonate. This creates a lens that is lean and powerful enough to block intense glare without compromising clarity.

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use: trail running, golfing, mountain biking, tennis, baseball

OO Black Iridium Polarized: Oakley’s Black Iridium lens is designed to perform well in extremely bright light and is an excellent all-purpose lens for sunny conditions. The OO Black Iridium is a rose base lens with a silver Iridium (also known as mirror) coating.  This is a high contrast lens with a dark mirror coating that allows you to get great contrast while still having a dark sunglass tint to protect your eyes from bright sunlight conditions. The Iridium lens coating reduces glare to provide better visual clarity. Oakley HD Polarized sunglasses protect your eyes from harsh glare without compromising clarity. Oakley’s polarized lenses are engineered differently than most. Most companies polarize lenses by gluing addition filter layers on a plain lens. Each additional layer creates further distortion and loss of clarity. Instead of lots of layers, Oakley takes a powerful polarized filter and forms the lens around it with Plutonite, their proprietary polycarbonate. This creates a lens that is lean and powerful enough to block intense glare without compromising clarity.

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use: open road running, cycling, open water fishing

OO Red Iridium Polarized: Oakley’s Red Iridium lens is designed to perform best in medium to bright light. It features a neutral lens tint with an Iridium coating to tune contrast for truer color perception.  Oakley HD Polarized sunglasses protect your eyes from harsh glare without compromising clarity. Oakley’s polarized lenses are engineered differently than most. Most companies polarize lenses by gluing addition filter layers on a plain lens. Each additional layer creates further distortion and loss of clarity. Instead of lots of layers, Oakley takes a powerful polarized filter and forms the lens around it with Plutonite, their proprietary polycarbonate. This creates a lens that is lean and powerful enough to block intense glare without compromising clarity.

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use: cycling, trail running, distance running, and mountain biking

Oakley Grey Base Lens Tints

Oakley Grey Base Lenses: Gray based lenses have a neutral base tint and will be darker lenses that dull out light.  When you couple that with iridium and/or polarized you end up with a great everyday lens.

Grey and Grey Polarized (sunny to medium light): Oakley’s Grey lens tint is designed to perform best in medium to bright light and is an excellent all-purpose lens. It is a neutral tint color which offers truer color perception in sunny conditions. Oakley’s polarized lenses are engineered differently than most. Most companies polarize lenses by gluing addition filter layers on a plain lens. Each additional layer creates further distortion and loss of clarity. Instead of lots of layers, Oakley takes a powerful polarized filter and forms the lens around it with Plutonite, their proprietary polycarbonate. This creates a lens that is lean and powerful enough to block intense glare without compromising clarity.

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use:

Black Iridium and Black Iridium Polarized (intense sun): Oakley’s Black Iridium lens is designed to perform well in extremely bright light and is an excellent all-purpose lens for sunny conditions. The black color is a neutral lens tint which offers truer color perception while the Iridium lens coating reduces glare to provide better visual clarity.  Oakley’s polarized lenses are engineered differently than most. Most companies polarize lenses by gluing addition filter layers on a plain lens. Each additional layer creates further distortion and loss of clarity. Instead of lots of layers, Oakley takes a powerful polarized filter and forms the lens around it with Plutonite, their proprietary polycarbonate. This creates a lens that is lean and powerful enough to block intense glare without compromising clarity.

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use: This is a great all-purpose lens for bright light conditions and one of Oakley’s most popular lens choices.  Oakley’s Black Iridium Polarized is going to be Oakley’s darkest lens and is a great option for anyone with sensitive eyes.

Emerald Iridium (intense sun): Oakley’s Emerald Iridium lens tint performs excellently in medium to bright light. The emerald color is a neutral lens tint which offers truer color perception while the Iridium lens coating reduces glare to provide better visual clarity.

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use: Oakley’s Emerald Iridium lens is going to be best suited for extremely sunny and bright light conditions.  This makes the Emerald Iridium lens a good lens choice for baseball, open road or desert running, open water fishing.

Ice Iridium and Ice Iridium Polarized (intense sun): Oakley’s Ice Iridium lens tint is designed to perform well in extremely bright light. The black color is a neutral lens tint which offers truer color perception while the Iridium lens coating reduces glare to provide better visual clarity.  Oakley HD Polarized sunglasses protect your eyes from harsh glare without compromising clarity. Oakley’s polarized lenses are engineered differently than most. Most companies polarize lenses by gluing addition filter layers on a plain lens. Each additional layer creates further distortion and loss of clarity. Instead of lots of layers, Oakley takes a powerful polarized filter and forms the lens around it with Plutonite, their proprietary polycarbonate. This creates a lens that is lean and powerful enough to block intense glare without compromising clarity.

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use:  This is an all-purpose lens for bright light conditions and good lens choice for everyday use in bright environments.

Deep Blue Iridium Polarized (intense sun): Developed specifically for fishing, Oakley’s Deep Blue Iridium lens is engineered to cut out harsh glare in a dominantly blue environment. The Deep Blue Iridium lens performs best in bright and sunny conditions on the open water. The Iridium lens coating reduces glare even more to provide better visual clarity. Oakley HD Polarized sunglasses protect your eyes from harsh glare without compromising clarity. Oakley’s polarized lenses are engineered differently than most. Most companies polarize lenses by gluing addition filter layers on a plain lens. Each additional layer creates further distortion and loss of clarity. Instead of lots of layers, Oakley takes a powerful polarized filter and forms the lens around it with Plutonite, their proprietary polycarbonate. This creates a lens that is lean and powerful enough to block intense glare without compromising clarity.

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use: open water fishing

Black Iridium Transitions (low light to sunny): This lens option goes from flat to low light conditions to extremely bright light. It is a Transitions lens with black iridium coating that darkens dependent on UV light conditions.  Oakley’s Transitions® SOLFX™ (also known as Photochromic) lenses darken and lighten automatically in response to changing intensity of UV light. 

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use: This is a great all-purpose lens for bright light conditions and transitions to almost clear when indoors or in low light environments.  Oakley’s Black Iridium Transitions are a great lens option for everyday wear or for sports such as long distance running where you will be starting a run in bright light conditions and ending after the sun has gone down or vice versa.

Emerald Iridium2 Transitions (low light to sunny): This lens option goes from flat, low light conditions to extremely bright light. It is a Transitions lens with emerald iridium coating that darkens dependent on UV light conditions.  The emerald color is a neutral lens tint which offers truer color perception while the Iridium lens coating reduces glare to provide better visual clarity.  Oakley’s Emerald Iridium2 Transition lens will transition to almost clear but it will not be a completely clear lens when indoors as it will have a slight tint.

SaltCityOptics Recommended Use: This is a great all-purpose lens for bright light conditions and transitions to almost clear when indoors or in low light environments.  Oakley’s Emerald2 Iridium Transitions are a great lens option for everyday wear or for sports such as long distance running where you will be starting a run in bright light conditions and ending after the sun has gone down or vice versa.