Monday, July 13, 2009

Oakley Square Whisker -- Big Style, Svelte Package...


One of the defining components of summer is a great pair of sunglasses. That's why I'm so excited about the new sunglasses I've been kickin' around in the past couple of weeks -- Oakley's new Square Whisker. Thanks to Rob Versteegth at Oakley for giving me the opportunity to try them out.

They're part of Oakley's "Active" collection, which means that while they can be used for activities like running and cycling, they're not made exclusively for that stuff. They're more for active lifestyles, let's say... That said, I used them this weekend on the bike, and they worked really well. The only particular downside is the lack of easy lens interchangeability, which compared to their sporting glasses (like the Jawbone, Radar or Flak Jacket) is definitely a negative. Otherwise, they looked, fit and performed really well on the bike.

The frames are built from Oakley's C-5 metal alloy, which the company says makes them comfortable and durable. I just can't believe how thin the earstems are while remaining durable enough to function... Amazing. Plus, Oakley's superb Three-Point Fit and UNOBTANIUM coated earstems combine to keep the Square Whiskers exactly where you place them on your face, regardless of the conditions, moisture or heat.

High Definition Optics crafted from Oakley's durable Plutonite lens material meets ANSI Z80.3 impact protection and optical performance standards, and its clarity extends the entire lens surface. The patented XYZ optics are exclusive to Oakley and provide a noticeably clearer, sharper sight picture at all angles of vision, especially when you're looking off to the side. Plutonite lens material also filters out 100 percent of UV-A, UV-B and UV-C rays, as well as harmful blue light up to 400nM.

The best part is that the Oakley Square Whisker is available in a variety of frame color and lens tint options, starting at just $135 MSRP. That's a great deal for an awesome quality pair of sunglasses! Polarized models start at $200. There's even a Polarized Titanium model (you have to ask how much?). Check out the Square Whisker options page to learn more about colors, lenses and pricing.

13 comments:

Steve Fuller said...

Stylin shades and damn nice looking 'stache.

MG said...

Thanks Steve! It's gettin' too hot out to rock the full beard, so the 'stache is where it's at, this time of year.

Hope to see you this weekend down at Joe Fox's ride.

Cheers,
MG

Steve Fuller said...

No seein' me this weekend MG. I'll be up in NE Iowa riding with GT. Sucks that two great events have to be on the same weekend. I guess that's better for us than not having any events to go to at all

MG said...

Oh yeah... Totally forgot about the GTDRI. I wasn't able to do that due to a conflict with an event on Sunday (and the need to be able to get back home Saturday night instead of camping), so it kind of flew out of my head... Too many great events going on concurrently. I'll see Guitar Ted next weekend up in Minnesota.

MG said...

Have fun and please tell everybody in Iowa hello for me, Steve!!

Cheers,
MG

len said...

perfect 'stash for swinging by the high school and offering mustache rides

MG said...

LOL... Oh Lenny. When are you going to realize -- even though we do share some similarities, there are some things we'll never have in-common? But it seems we should be concerned for you... Or the teens in your local area? I'm not sure which. ;-)

Guitar Ted said...

Sweet shades my friend. Kind of a modern take on the Fausto Coppi look!

Missed ya this weekend. But yeah....this Fargo Adventure on Friday is going to rock. Hope I'm recovered by then!

MG said...

Hey Guitar Ted,

Yeah, it's a bummer I missed the GTDRI this past weekend. I had a super full weekend of pedaling though and I'm lookin' forward to an awesome weekend coming up with you and Gnat. It's gonna' be a great one!! See you soon, my brother.

Thanks for checkin' in.

Cheers,
MG

len said...

i know there are a lot of things we don't have in common, but its comforting to know we'll always share a love of providing free mustache rides to young ladies

jb* said...

free rides? ...you guys are so generous.

David said...

Hello, I'm thinking about ordering a pair of these. Can you comment on the way the frames and lenses wrap around the face and cover peripheral vision? Thanks!

MG said...

Hey David -- The Square Whiskers don't have a massive amount of wrap, but since they fit very close to the face, you get clear, distortion-free vision in your peripheral vision. That said, they feel a bit more airy and 'open' than some of Oakley's more sports-oriented designs, such as the Jawbone. You get a little more side light spill-in with these glasses as a result, but they're still really comfortable, distortion-free and very high-performance optics.