Since the classic Jim Jannard designed Oakley sunglasses first hit the market in the 1970’s, they have been the eyewear of choice for sportsmen and sports women from lots of different sporting disciplines. The idea was to provide the sporting world with the most desirable and practical sunglasses that could be equaled by no other manufacturer for style and performance. After the company started with an operating budget of little more than $300, it went from strength to strength and is now the owner of more than 500 patents all over the World and Oakley sunglasses are available in more than 100 countries.
After all this initial work to establish a Worldwide brand, Oakley have become the benchmark for sports sunglasses, and are usually asked for by name, such is the Oakley brand reputation. The increase in brand recognition doesn’t look like slowing down either with lots of high profile athletes endorsing the Oakley name.
The endorsement by so many of the World’s top athletes doesn’t come from peer pressure or vanity either, but from the technical features that so outperform so many other sports eyewear manufacturers. For example, the use of patented High Definition Optics (HDO) polarized lenses allows the wearer to see a much clearer sharper image in lots of different light conditions, thereby giving the athlete that wears them an advantage over the athlete that doesn’t. This patented technology has been implemented into all of the Oakley range and gives a distinct advantage for wearers that are on or near water or snow. Not only that, all of Oakley’s lenses provide protection from the harmful UV rays of the sun. The Plutonite technology that blocks UV rays is built into the lens itself, not added as a coating afterwards.
There is a coating on the lens though that helps with another issue for a lot of sporting athletes and other wearers of sports sunglasses. This coating is called a hydrophobic coating and stops the lens misting up and help repel water droplets in the form of sweat or simply from wearing them on or near a source of water. Moisture runs off the lens to keep the wearer’s vision as clear as possible.
On top of all this technology which helps the wearer to see clearly, Oakley lenses are also impact resistant, so your eyes remain safe even if you are taking part in a sport where there may be flying debris which would cause a danger to your eyes. Mountain biking would be a good example of this.
The last thing to mention with regard to Oakley sunglasses is the range of styles. There are so many styles, from the classic Eye Jacket type to the more distinctive Radar style, there is sure to be a style that suits you, whether or not you are an athlete. You may just want a pair of stylish sunglasses for the beach. Whatever your reason for buying a pair of sunglasses, your first stop really should be Oakley.