Valentino ‘The Doctor’ Rossi is first in the all time 500cc MotoGP race wins standings, with 79 victories, and second in the all time overall wins standings with 105 race wins and now he has joined forces with Oakley to create a range of sunglasses for this summer! He has inspired four styles for the new range; Frogskin, Deviation, Holbrook and Jupiter Squared. Each and any every one is injected with a little bit of Rossi’s unique style and flair.
The classic Frogskin style has had an appointment with The Doctor and come out the other side looking better than ever! The Polished Black frame is bold, yet aestetically pleasing and made of the patented Oakley OMatter plastic composite making them strong, yet incredibly flexible. Desgined to absorb impact, the frame itself should be able to withstand even the fastest motorbike crashes! With such a good frame, it would be a crime not to have an equally good lens and Oakley have not disappointed. Made to their usual dazzling standards, the Valentino Rossi Frogskins come with a Fire Iridium lens as standard, which boasts some of the best eyewear technology available today. Not only is it made to withstand the same impact as Industrial Protective Eyewear, the lens is self is completely UVA, UVB and UVC protective, meaning that even if they get scratched, your eyes will still be safe and sound.
No sunglasses collection would be really complete without an appearance from the classic Aviator style. This is portrayed with the Valentino Rossi Edition Oakley Deviation Sunglasses. The vintage look has been overhauled Rossi style with the teardrop shaped lenses curving inwards making a more rectangular lens shape. This is all on a 6-Base lens curvature (which is tech talk for the contour that angles back at the sides), this means that little or no light will be able to get in through the sides and bottom of the sunglasses and into your eyes! The Warm Grey lenses themselves are a category 3 lens; a dark lens which is perfect for driving and general usage.
The Oakley Holbrook’s are synonymous with a stone cold cool image and Rossi has continued this in his range whilst still adding a touch of his own outgoing personality. The yellow Oakley icons are accentuated perfectly by the simple black frame and Rossi’s signature VR46 symbol is emblazoned on the inside of the arms. The Polished Black frame is matched with Warm Grey lenses for increased visual contrast and improved depth perception in bright sun. Every pair of the Valentino Rossi Signature Holbrooks come with a Microfibre bag for storage and cleaning, decorated in the style of the sun and moon motif from Valentino’s helmet.
Finally, we come to the Valentino Rossi Signature Jupiter Squared sunglasses. The colourful Oakley icons and vibrant yellow strips on the earstems scream Rossi style and the Fire Iridium lens really sets them apart from the norm. With Oakley’s patented Three Point Fit, you can be sure that they will fit any head size or shape and the Unobtanium earsocks ensure that they will not fall off your head. This is because Unobtanium is the only rubber in the world which actually gets sticky when wet!
In summary, the new Valentino Rossi Signature range are a breath of fresh air in the world of classic sunglasses; the vibrant, unique styles combined with Oakley technology make them the must buy sunglasses of the summer!
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Oakley is one of the biggest sunglass companies in the world. With a history of technological innovation in the eyewear industry, they are the brand of choice for most professional and amateur sportsmen and women. Oakley sunglasses dominate the winter sports scene, extreme sports, cycling and athletics. The horizontally elongated O of their logo is a permanent fixture in active, competitive environments like the Tour de France, the Olympics (Winter and Summer) and among all adventure pursuits. But you may be surprised to know that Oakley sunglasses are also quite hip!
In the height of the fashionable Eighties, Oakley released a style of sunglasses to rival the popularity of the Ray Ban Wayfarer and Clubmaster. This directional pair of sunglasses were known as the Oakley Frogskins. The Frogskin style has a similar shape to the humble Wayfarer, but is slightly rounder and sports a far wider breadth of colour combinations and lenses. Embraced by actors and musicians in the 1980s, Oakley Frogskins became as notable as the decade itself.
Fast forward 10 years to the mid Nineties and the sale of Oakley Frogskin sunglasses was in decline. Eventually the style was discontinued, whilst Oakley concentrated their assault on the growing sports market. By the Noughties the Frogskins had become a classic style and any remaining pairs were entirely exclusive and swapping hands for hundreds of dollars. With the re-launch of their sunglasses rival the Wayfarer and the taste for all things retro a few years ago, Oakley decided it was high time their Frogskin style was spruced up and re-introduced to the gagging public! With 50 different colours and only limited runs on each model, Oakley Frogskin sunglasses have become ultra-exclusive. Loved by the likes of Kanye West, Zac Efron, Joel Madden and style sister Mary-Kate Olsen, Frogskins are the sexy, fun and very cool sunnies of choice.
Oakley has also introduced a four-legged friend into the sunglasses equation! Not content with releasing their iconic Eighties shades, it is now possible to buy Limited Edition Four-Legged Frogskins. This simply means your Oakley Frogskins will come with an extra pair of different coloured arm stems, giving the owner the opportunity to mix and match as they please!
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