Monday, July 13, 2009
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.
Posted by MG