Oakley has released its limited edition Tour de France range ahead of the biggest race of the year in July
Oakley has released its limited edition cycling replica sunglasses range ahead of The Tour de France that begins in July.
The glasses are a celebration of the race, which Oakley call the “ultimate human endurance challenge”, with a heritage as steep as cheap Oakley’s own in the cycling world.
The eyewear specialist has comprehensively decked out its range, including its lightweight, minimal Evzero model, its Radar range and the hugely popular Jawbreaker glasses.
All three ranges come with replica Oakley’s famous Prizm lens technology that fine tunes individual colours to enhance road details when out riding.
In particular, the lens brightens whites and enhances yellows, greens and reds so the riders can see subtle changes in road texture as well as hazards.
Prices start from the £160 for the Evzero Path Prizm replica sunglasses, while the Radar options are £175 and the Jawbreakers come in at £195.
Oakley replica sunglasses are the choice of the pro peloton really, with some of the biggest names and teams, Dimension Data, Trek-Segafredo and BMC Racing Team to name a few choosing to race in the glasses.
Did you know the color of your lenses can actually impact your performance? Sporting equipment companies make different colored lenses for nearly every outdoor activity you can imagine. Oakley launched what they call Prizm Lens Technology in October 2014, but has been building on the line ever since. The company debuted a collection of goggles for snow sports this year that fine-tunes vision specifically for winter conditions, accentuating certain colors to help you see contrast in the snow.
Oakley outlet isn’t the only brand making sport-specific shades, though. Brands like REI, Nike, and Wiley-X offer similar technology. Whether you’re a skier, golfer, runner, or biker, there’s a unique lens that will help you see more detail, depth, and definition. Read on for highlights from Oakley’s latest line of sport-specific sunglasses and goggles.
The Best Cheap Sunglasses For Road Biking
Opt for the red-tinted road lenses if you’re running or road biking this summer. The cheap Oakley Prizm Road lenses will improve your vision in both bright light and shadows. Traffic lights, yellow lines, and imperfections on the road will become more vibrant and distinguished.
“We do this by making those surfaces and that dominant black surface richer and deeper,” says Wayne Chumbley, the vision performance lab manager at Oakley outlet. “All the other colors on that black surface like tar, dirt, and paint lines become more vibrant. Black absorbs all color, making it difficult to see contrast on. By making the surface darker and richer, we are building contrast to help you see better.”
The Best Goggles For Skiing
Snow environments are dominated by white and lack any particular color. Oakley’s Prizm Inferno Line Miner Snow Goggle accentuates cyan and reds, enhancing contrast in the snow. That means no more surprise bumps or sudden sunlight blindness while shredding downhill.
You can further specialize your lens selection based on the conditions of a particular day. For overcast days, Oakley outlet makes rose-tinted goggles that make it easier for you to distinguish the grey sky from the white snow while you’re standing at the top of the mountain. For super sunny days, the Prizm Black Iridium will allow you to see shadows and rollovers on the slopes, and protect your eyes from blinding sunlight.
These goggles have another cool feature: You can combat fog with a push of a button. When your goggles begin to fog, simply press a button on the side of the goggles and uniformed heating will activate across the lens, causing the fog to evaporate. Think of it as a defroster for your face.
The Best Cheap Sunglasses For Golf
Read the greens and gauge distance more accurately with the violet-tinted Prizm Golf lenses. It improves contrast, which helps you distinguish breaks on the green and gives you more cues to gauge how far you are from the green and the grass conditions in between.
The Best Sunglasses For Water Sports
Prizm Deep Water Polarized lenses filter out the shades of blue that overwhelm your vision on open water. Whether you’re tubing, fishing, or driving your jet ski, you’ll want these lenses to better see below the surface any time you’re on the water. The added polarization cuts through the glare of the water.
Silver Prizm Shallow Water Polarized lenses are perfect for fishers. They boost green and copper hues that define hiding spots and maintain bright whites to spot the fish and flies more easily. They also help detect the fish’s shadows underwater, according to Oakley.
The Best Cheap Sunglasses For the Trails
You can bike, hike, and run knowing that you won’t wipe out while wearing the red-tinted replica Oakley Prizm Trail Lenses. These replica sunglasses are engineered to enhance the definition of reds and browns, allowing you to see and react faster to creases and patches of sand, roots, and rocks.
“Color separation is the key,” says Chumbley. “This lens allows you to identify texture and hazards, giving you the ultimate depth perception needed at the high speeds of off-road mountain biking.”
Intel signed a deal with Oakley’s parent company Luxottica back in 2014 to create the next big thing in smart performance eyewear. Fast-forward to January 2017 and three-time Ironman Hawaii champion Craig Alexander is strolling beneath the bright lights of Las Vegas’ annual Consumer Electronics Show… looking very much like he’d stepped out in 2004.
That’s because the first thing that strikes you about the Radar Pace replica sunglasses is its similarity to Oakley’s maiden effort in this visual-audio field, the Thump, 12 years ago. “So what’s the difference,” you may ask? As it transpires, plenty…
Oakley Radar Pace spec overview
While the Thump’s feature list comprised music and, well, that was it, the Radar Pace is much smarter, featuring a voice-activated real-time coaching system. So it’s goodbye physical training partner and hello to frames that are loaded with removable earphones, three microphones and numerous internal sensors. We’re talking an accelerometer, gyroscope, humidity sensor and even a barometer, all in the name of measuring and guiding your performance.
You can also pair the glasses with a myriad of further sensors including power meters, foot pods, heart rate monitor, and speed and cadence sensors via Bluetooth or ANT+ connectivity. This not only ups the data feedback but also highlights its intended use for both cycling and running.
The hub for all this data is your smartphone, via the dedicated Oakley Radar Pace app (iOS/Android). Once downloaded the app is good: easy to navigate, intuitive and, core to the Radar Pace’s USP, featuring a customisable training plan (though you can train ‘freeform’ if you so wish). Away from the session feedback, you can also take phone calls and listen to music, served wirelessly from your smartphone.
Oakley Radar Pace personalised training plans
You’re then asked how far can you bike or run and still do a workout the next day before choosing your goal event. For cycling, this includes 50- and 100-mile sportives and, rather incongruously, a 180km time-trial. You then put in the date of the event, which must be between six and 14 weeks away for the software to roll out a suitable training plan.
Now this is the impressive bit. First it gives you individual sessions based on the four performance parameters of strength, stamina, speed and technique, balancing harder workouts with recovery workouts, and harder weeks with the occasional recovery week. This information is then conveyed to the Radar Pace so that when you ask what your workout is for that day, the technology responds.
It’s here that ‘dataphiles’ will truly benefit from syncing to power meters and the like because you’re not only given real-time feedback about, for instance, current wattage, but the system adjusts training sessions and intensity as time goes on to adjust more accurately to your fitness level. Rather neatly, it’ll also tweak your training plan if you miss a session.
But, again, we question its worth to the intended audience. Competitive athletes’ training plans are pretty much honed down after years of trial and error. Are they really going to rely on a piece of software that doesn’t provide the detail and breadth of something like Training Peaks? We’d certainly like to see an update where you could use your own training sessions, though it is possible to upload workouts to Strava.
Away from the session feedback, you can also take phone calls and listen to music but this simply highlights another Achilles heel of the Radar Pace – you’re tied to your smartphone. For us, wearable technology succeeds when you’re liberated from smartphones or other devices, not reliant on it. It makes you question why simply looking at a head unit on your handlebars can’t do the same job, which doesn’t require the potential safety issue of cycling along with earbuds in.
Oakley Radar Pace price and availability
The Radar Pace will cost £400/$449 (Aussie pricing TBC), and is on sale now. It comes with a clear lens – useful for the off-season; and also comes with bag and protective case. Oh, and it weighs 56g, which is nearly double that of our usual go-to glasses, the cheap Oakley Radarlock Path.
Oakley Radar Pace vs. the competition
As we mentioned in our intro to this hands-on review, Oakley Radar Pace isn’t the only smart eyewear for cyclists. We’ve seen the Recon Jet replica glasses, which impressively pack a heads-up display, navigation and forward-facing camera. Though our reviewer felt that this could be distracting – and aren’t yet good enough that we’d recommend risking using it if you live in a left-side driving nation.
There’s also the confusingly named Sportiiii 4iiii, which is basically a heads-up displays that clips onto your existing sports replica sunglasses, giving you instant performance feedback without having to take your eyes off the road.