How can you improve on an almost perfect pair of sports specific sunglasses? This is a question Oakley must have been thinking long and hard about as they have managed the almost impossible and updated the Oakley Radarlock Sunglasses to make them that little bit better! The new Oakley Radarlock XL Sunglasses and Oakley Radarlock XL Straight Sunglasses have been designed specifically for use by cyclists and we think that you will be seeing a lot of them in and around cycling events next year. New innovations are combined with original Oakley technology to create an almost unsurpassable set of sunglasses. In this blog we will be focusing on what makes them so different to the original Oakley Radarlock Sunglasses and more importantly how they go above and beyond the call of sports sunglass duty.
Say what you see. The new Oakley Radarlock XL Sunglasses are just that…XL. Oakley have added a larger lens to the Radarlocks to aid the classic cycling stance of being hunched right over your handlebars. It is a common problem for cyclists that adopt this aerodynamic approach as sunlight has been known to creep in above the lens and distort your vision, which can be a very real issue for competitive sports men and women. Whilst travelling at upwards of 20mph, being blinded for a matter of seconds can have catastrophic consequences and it is no surprise that Oakley have heeded the calls of cyclists the world over. The new taller lens completely covers the top of your eyes, stopping any sunlight from weaning it’s way in. Of course, they still come with all of Oakley’s technology as standard including the game changing switchlock innovation which has seen the Oakley Radarlocks take off to sunglass stardom.
I’m sure a lot of you will have been following the Tour de France this year as British cyclist Bradley Wiggins stormed to victory, with Chris Froome putting in a valiant effort for second place! To these amazing athletes comfortable eyewear is essential for a good race and with the Tour covering a massive 3,497 kilometres, the Oakley Radarlock Sunglasses were the natural choice. But now, Oakley have taken comfort to a new level introducing the Oakley Radarlock XL Straight Sunglasses. The new straight arms fit snugly underneath an aero helmet and will not cause any unwanted discomfort and they also boast the XL lens for perfect coverage making them the obvious choice for any competitive cyclist. As with all Oakley sports sunglasses, they come with unobtanium earsocks; Oakley’s patented rubber which grips to your head when wet and will not pull on your hair, along with the unrivaled clarity and protection of High Definition Optics® (HDO®) for taking performance beyond the limits of reason.
If you cycle to cycle to any sort of standard you will find the new Oakley Radarlock XL Sunglasses and Oakley Radarlock XL Straight Sunglasses to be an absolute revolution in comfort, style and more importantly practicality. Both styles are due for release in October and are available to pre-order right here at Shade Station today!
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First staged in 1903 and approximately covering 2000 miles over a three week period the Tour de France is one of the most prolific bicycle races in the racing calendar. Being one of the three main “grand tours” riders compete for various accomplishments including king of the mountains; the best rider over the mountain stages and the yellow jersey; the fastest rider over the whole tour. After each stage the fastest man at that time wears the yellow jersey into the next stage. This can be a mental advantage over other riders and lets them know this is the guy to beat.
Riders work in teams to take the pressure off the main riders. If you are British the team to watch this year would be Sky. The Sky team consist of mainly British riders including the two big names in British cycling; Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. Bradley Wiggins is the current yellow jersey holder and has held it for the past week and a half. He mainly has Chris Froome to thank for this for his fast pace setting and dedication to Bradley. Chris and Bradley managed to keep on the wheel of the only other main rival of this years tour Vincenzo Nibali. As long as they keep on his wheel for the next few days Bradley should keep the yellow Jersey until Paris which is obviously Sky’s plan.
If you have ever seen the Tour de France it is very hard to spot a rider who is not wearing Oakley Sunglasses. Oakley is massive at the Tour de France and most riders choose something from the Radar selection. Many of the riders this year including Bradley Wiggins have chosen to wear the new Oakley Radarlock sunglasses. Radarlock offer easy lens changeability and a wide lens which offers a wide peripheral vision. Wiggin’s teammate Chris Froome is one of the only riders wearing the Oakley Racing Jackets. All new Oakley Racing Jackets are the new and updated Jawbones. They are quite small compared to the Radar selections although they still offer easy lens changeability and a wide selection of lenses to choose from. Chris Froome this year has chosen a polished white frame with a violet iridium lens.
Other sunglasses which will be spotted next year are the Oakley Radarlock XL which is a must with most cyclists. The lens is stretched higher than the normal Radar selection so when you have your head down and are pushing for the win you are not looking at the top bar of the frame. The arms on the Oakley Radarlock XL Straight are designed to be as straight as possible and are a perfect fit under most Aero helmets. The Radarlock XL selection will be available with Shade Station in October so sit tight and you can have a pair soon.
Oakley are the best in the business for cycling and anyone interested in and competing in this sport needs a pair.
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It seems like the entire world is in waiting for the Olympics in London this year and Oakley have ensured that their sunglasses will appear on the faces of over 600 athletes throughout the games. With the release of new sports performance styles such as Oakley Radarlock, Oakley Racing Jacket, Oakley Team GB Flak Jacket and Oakley Team GB Radar Path they have exceeded their own already impeccable standards once again. The ‘Beyond Reason’ campaign for the Olymics is designed to pay tribute to all athletes, whether they are competing in the Olympics or not, who are tirelessly driven by the impulse and passion to go beyond reason. This enthusiasm to succeed in all aspects of sports performance is what has got Oakley to where they are today; and in this post, we aim to look at the new breed of sunglasses that are going to propel Oakley over the finish line in the competition to exceed expectations this summer.
Let’s start with the newest masterpiece to come from Oakley HQ in the Foothills Ranch, California. The Radarlock is dripping with new Oakley technology, designed to make life for the user quick, easy and comfortable. Oakley’s new Switchlock system allows the user to change their lenses quickly and easily to adapt to any light or weather condition at any time. The benefit of having the full array of Oakley’s performance lenses at your disposable is nearly an unfair advantage surely! Not to mention the 8-base lens curvature which wraps around the eyes and head providing you with full periferal coverage from any harmful UV rays and sunlight, meaning that they are a safe choice too. This is also prevolent in the impact testing that Oakley have for their sunglasses. They are made to withstand the impact tests designed for Industrial Strength Eyewear and stand head and shoulders over their closest competitors.
With the recent discontinuation of the Oakley Jawbone Sunglasses, Oakley had to replace them with an equally popular sports performance sunglass, which could meet the uncomprimising demands of world class athletes. The Racing Jacket was the answer. A sunglass that allows you to use your Jawbone lenses in the frame, a sunglass with split frame to allow for easy lens changes, a sunglass with a removable retaining head strap for added stability. The list could go on forever, but it is really the headstrap that draws attention to the Racing Jackets. Designed to keep the sunglasses on your face in high G forces, this will surely be a popular choice for cyclists the world over. Made from Oakley’s patented O Matter composite frame material, they are flexible, strong and yet extremely comfortable and lightweight; perfect for all day usage and durability.
Along with the standard Sports Performance range, Oakley have released a Team GB range, specifically made for the London Olympics this summer. The first of which is the Team GB Flak Jacket XLJ sunglasses which boasts a striking blue and white colourscheme and an advanced Grey Polarised XLJ lens. The HD Optics in the lens provide complete protection and clarity for the user and are fully UVA, UVB and UVC protective, which means that even if the lenses become scratched or chipped, your eyes will still be covered from the harmful sunlight. Also, the XYZ optic technology in the lenses mean that your eyesight will always be razor sharp, right up to the edge of your peripheral vision.
Finally, the Oakley Team GB Radar Path Sunglasses really show the innovation from Oakley. Athletes have won more championships and medals with Oakley sunglasses than with any other product on earth and this heritage continues into the Radar. A real groundbreaker in performance technology. The single blade lens gives you an over 180° field of vision without light getting in through the edges and the micro-fibre bag for storage ensures that the lens stays in tip top condition. You can also choose the nosepiece that gives you the best fit. Two nosepieces are included with the sunglasses; one smaller and one larger so that you can customise your Oakleys to fit your specific nose shape. All of these features show exactly why Oakley has gained so much popularity in the world of sport; although it is one particular feature that really sets this pair apart from other models. Oakley have included surge ports in the sunglasses for increased air flow to stop the sunglasses fogging up during exercise; an invaluable piece of technology which all athletes would back.
To conclude, it is easy to see why Oakley sunglasses will adorn the faces of hundreds of athletes this summer and provide unrivalled quality to those in the know.
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