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With the focus today on being fit, a great many of us will choose to do some kind of activity to feel and look better. With this comes a whole range of sports or fitness regimes we can choose from and if you are like me, the first accessory I grab when going outdoors are my sunglasses! Keep reading to find out more about Oakley interchangeable lenses.

Now not only can we choose the brand but we can look for ones that have interchangeable lenses. Why?  The answer is simple: different sports or activities require different lenses because of the weather conditions or environments we place ourselves in. Sunglass lenses for skiing in the winter require a different color lens to that when going out for a game of golf.

In general, most brands will give you the option of purchasing more than one type of lens, one for bright days and days when it is overcast or the light is dull. Personally, I like to check that one set of lenses is mirrored as they are great in reducing glare. However there are so many other characteristics we need to consider; do they come with a prescription option and do they allow us to vary the nose pads so they sit better on our face and won’t fall off during intensive activity.

So with so many models to choose from let’s look at Oakley’s range in this highly competitive market that have Oakley interchangeable lenses. They currently have 2 models that I believe are some of the best out there; these are the Flak Jacket 2.0 XL and the Radarlock Path.

Both glasses come with the HDO or High Definition Optics technology that has been tested to surpass the American National Standard and include Oakley interchangeable lenses. The Radarlock Path incorporate the Switchlock Technology that allows for easy lens interchange. This is a major reason why it is the number one choice for professional cyclists where worrying about your vision is the last thing they need to worry about.

The Flak Jacket 2.0 XL is another wrap around style that is designed for men. Like the Radarlock Path they are made from O Matter, which is a light weight patented material that is superior to other brands with its level of durability.

The attention to small detail by Oakley is never more evident than their incorporating of ventilation in the temple and lens areas that reduces fogging. Both glasses have 100% UVA, UVB and UVC protection that ensures that getting “fit” doesn’t mean developing eye damage. Oakley gives you a choice between the Fire and Black Iridium lens colors among others, with options of a mirrored coating and polarizing characteristics.

They both have the 3 point fit technology, that give a great snug fit without the soreness that can develop after long term wearing.

So why choose the above over the other competitors?  Let me tell you that Oakley have been around since 1975 when James Jannard spent $300 bucks to set up shop. In that time they continue to develop their technology to stay in front of the opposition even though they could easily rest on their “laurels”. You can read more about the history of Oakley here.

I am of mature age and have owned around 10 pairs of Oakleys over the years, simply because after a few beers I lose or sit on them :0 They get my thumbs up!

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By Stacy Allison

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What’s the big hype about polarized lenses?  They always seem to be sold at a premium when compared to the non-polarized choice.  Is this additional cost worth it? 

Well, after personally wearing a variety of lenses throughout my life, both polarized and non, I’ve noticed a subtle difference between the two.  At first, I always chose the non-polarized option thinking that they were all I needed.  It wasn’t until I stumbled upon a pair of black polarized Flak Jackets that caught my eye until I gave them a test drive, literally. 

When looking at the polarized and non-polarized lenses I noticed that they were almost identical.  The Oakley polarized lenses did inscribe “Polarized” in the bottom corner of one of the lenses.  “There’s got to be more then this, right?”, I thought.  It wasn’t until later that day that I wore them while driving to the grocery store that I began to see subtle differences. 

First, while driving on a sunny day the glare on the road was less with the polarized lenses.  This is because they eliminated the sunlight that reflects off the street and travels back up horizontally that will eventually hit your eyes and cause eye fatigue.  This was huge!  I had always had issues with my eyes being strained and really didn’t think twice about it until now!  Read more on the importance of wearing sunglasses.

Second, it felt like my vision had more clarity.  It was like the first time I had experienced viewing a high-definition television while watching a golf tournament.  I could see the blades of grass swaying in the wind and it was vivid green.  I was viewing the world in a whole new set of eyes! View our selection of sunglasses with golf lenses.

To this day I continue to wear Oakley polarized lenses.  The premium in cost is well worth it for the benefits received!

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Who are Shady Rays Sunglasses?

  • Shady Rays is an up and coming manufacturer of lifestyle sunglasses. Their motto “Live Hard. We Got You” is seen all throughout the way they do business as shown in this article.
  • In 2012, owner Chris Ratterman started Shady Rays in his basement and has since expanded to a centralized warehouse located in Lexington, KY.

How is Shady Rays Different than other Sunglasses Manufacturers?

  • Shady Rays sets itself apart from the competition since it is a smaller company innovating next-generation eyewear.  
  • The very foundation of this eyewear company is shown through their acts of good-will.  A donation of 11 meals are given to hungry Americans for every pair that is ordered through the nonprofit project “Feeding America”.
  • The warranty/replacement program is one of the best programs I’ve seen out there! If you lose or break your shades they will provide you with a new pair after paying the nominal shipping charge of $8.89 if you live within the United States. As always, they also warranty all sunglasses from manufacturing defects.

How is the Quality of Shady Rays Sunglasses?

  • Each pair of sunglasses include high-quality shatter-resistant lenses that have 100% UV protection.
  • Polarized lenses are included for a majority of the styles and are affordably priced.
  • When holding the pair in your hands you’ll notice the quality craftsmanship of the frame including the sturdy metal hinges.

Popular Styles

  • Shady Rays has released only a few styles of shades which allows them to focus on designing the best possible sunglass possible.
  • Among the most popular styles are the Signature Series, X-Series, and Aviator.
  • Each style comes in either a black or ice frame. The lens selection includes black, glacier, royal, purple sunset, infrared, and emerald to name a few.

Shady Rays Signature Series

  • The Signature Series resembles the iconic Wayfarer style sunglasses which are the most recognized style in the history of sunglasses. Below is the Black Infrared Polarized Signature Series.
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    Shady Rays X-Series

  • The X-Series is a sports frame designed for the active person. The wrap-around frame is sure to stay in place while running, biking, or playing ball. Below is the Blackout Polarized X-Series.
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    Shady Rays Aviator Elite

     


     

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    Why replace your Oakley ear socks and nose pads?

    • The original ones are worn out looking and dirty. All those years of use and abuse are sure to show on the Oakley earsocks. Bring life back to your Oakleys by purchasing  replacement earsocks and nosepads instead of purchasing a new pair.

     

    • Customize your look! Have a favorite sports team? Change the Oakley earsocks and nosepads to match the color of your favorite sports team.  There’s no better way to show your team spirit

     

    • Give some personality to your Oakley sunglasses. Replacing your Oakley ear rubbers can give you the ability to show your personality through your sunglasses.  Turn that standard looking off the shelf piece of eyewear into an extension of yourself.

     

    A majority of the direct contact that the Flak Jacket or Half Jacket have with you are through the earsocks and nosepads. Oakley calls this the Oakley 3-Point fit. The 3 points are the bridge of the nose and the 2 temples.  These rubber pieces are made of Oakleys patented Unobtainium which is a material that increases grip preventing them from slipping when contact is made with your sweat.

     

    What you'll need to replace the earsocks

    Soapy water, towel, and patience!

     

    Removing old earsocks and nosepads

    For all Oakley sunglasses that have rubber pieces on the upper part of the arm next to the hinge such as on the flak jacket you will need to remove the arm from the frame.  From personal experience this is not as easy as all of the other reviews online seem to indicate. It takes great patience and persistence. Remember that Oakley frames are made of O Matter which is very durable when put under stress.

    The key in removing the arm is to twist it out. Do not pull on it. The arm is held in by 2 knobs.  One on the top and one on the bottom as shown below.

    The removal of the worn out earsocks and nosepads is next. The ear socks should slide right off and if not dip the end in the soapy water. The nosepads should slide off relatively easy.

     

     

    Installing new earsocks

    Before installing the new replacement Oakley socks make sure that they are in the correct orientation. If needed, put the piece up next to the frame to confirm it is correct as shown below.

     When installing the earsocks you'll need to dip the ends in soapy water. This will help glide the new sock on. You can also use hand sanitizer but I would not recommend soap directly. You'll have to push the earsock down the arm stem and over the bulb at the end.

     Sliding the rubber piece on the other end of the arm is pretty simple as shown below.

     

     

     

    Installing new nosepads.

    The frame has a hook-like feature that locks inside the nosepad. Once sliding one of the prongs of the hook in the nosepad then you'll need to push the nosepad so the other hook slides in. It will slide in relatively pretty easy.

     

    That's it!!! Your old Oakley sunglasses have been brought back to life. Check out our selection of Oakley replacement earsocks and nosepads by clicking here.

     Here is the amazing transformation!

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    Do you fish off-shore? A darker lens with a very heavy mirror is important for off-shore fishing because the light reflecting off the open ocean can be extremely intense. While a gray base with a blue mirror is synonymous across many brands of fishing sunglasses, you can’t go wrong with the Oakley deep blue iridium polarized lenses. Not only will the lens color provide ample protection, superior contrast and eliminate glare better than you’d except, but these are also extremely durable in the harsh conditions off shore. 

    See our selection of Prizm Deep Water Polarized Oakley Sunglasses.

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    There’s nothing more beautiful than being active outdoors on a sunny day with bright blue skies and that gorgeous feeling of the rays on your skin, toasty, warm and delicious.  It is however vital that we wear sunglasses, all year round, to protect our eyes from the harmful rays of the sun, reduce the glare, prevent sunburn and of course look and feel good.


    We also want to see more, not less, and to see clearly. This is when Oakley Prizm Lenses come into play. Oakleys have a fantastic range of sunglasses for men and women, designed for leisure wear and sport, that use the most cutting edge technology.  It is this technology that has placed Oakley Prizm as the most desirable lenses for sportsmen and women, for people who are active, and for people who look after their eyes and want to look good.  Read more about the importance of wearing sunglasses.


    What are Oakley Prizm lenses


    Oakley Prizm lens technology is extraordinary in that it offers the wearer full protection while being able to see their surroundings sharply and clearly. Often sunglasses look good and block out the sun, but also block out clarity.  How often do you see someone wearing sunglasses but struggling to see clearly? The answer is often. The technology used behind the Oakley Prizm Lenses means the wearer can see in more detail, with more depth and better definition, while also blocking out the sun.  The technology used means that the individual wavelengths of color are finely tuned, sharpening nuances that would be missed in day to day life and things become sharper and clearer with Oakley Prizm Lenses, while your eyes are well looked after.


    Oakley Prizm Lenses use the best technology for sport


    If you are a sports fan then you will know that most of your favorite sports stars wear Oakley Sunglasses.  The Oakley lenses are optimized for sports and because each sport has its own specialty, so do the sunglasses.  Each Oakley Prizm Lens is designed for a specific activity - golf, cycling, skiing, surfing, fishing and snowboarding to name a few.  The lenses are custom engineered for that specific activity and will ultimately increases contrast and reduce glare. Read more about Oakley interchangeable lenses.


    Choose Prizm Lenses, Polarized Lenses, or a combination of the two.


    The Oakley Prizm HD polarized lenses are designed to ensure that none of the sun’s harmful rays reach your eyes.  Wearing a pair of Oakley sunglasses means you will not be prone to sun related eye disease or injury.  Oakley Prizm lenses give you that extra clarity, perfect visuals, vision, safety, and improvement in contrast and greater visual detail to your specific environment.


    The Oakley technology used is cutting edge, precise and innovative. Part of the manufacturing strategy is not to use glue which is often the cause of a diminished or distorted vision. Oakley is way ahead of their competition when it comes to manufacturing lenses.  By not using glue their lenses are superior. No glue means clarity, definition, depth and detail and that is what Oakley lenses give you. One lens means - clarity.  


    With Oakley lenses you can decide if you want to go Prizm vs Polarized, or have both, because Oakley sunglasses give you the option. Read more about Oakley polarized lenses.


    It is also important to note that the lenses in any one pair of Oakley sunglasses are made to align perfectly.  Each lens is identical and this is another reason why sports stars choose Oakley. Their vision is not compromised in any way, it is in fact enhanced.


    DIFFERENT CATEGORIES FOR OAKLEY PRIZM LENSES


    Depending on your environment, your lifestyle or your sport of choice, you can choose the Oakley Prizm Lenses that are the right match for you. Each design can be customized specially for you, with individual colors that include daily, black, sapphire, jade, tungsten and ruby.  You can wear a pair of Oakley Prizms to protect your eyes from the sun, to look super cool and to have the extra edge during athletic performance.  Remember, the Prizm lenses are custom designed, NO glue is used, each lens in a pair of sunglasses is identical (which is often not the case with other glasses), and the quality is one step ahead of the sunglass competitors.  Actually, it’s a whole lot of steps ahead as a whole new technology is used, and this is the Oakley technology.


    Every Day Oakley Prizm Lenses


    These are the sunglasses that you will wear when you go for a walk, meet your friends for a coffee, run the dog, do yoga in the park, go shopping or do any general outdoor activity.  They are stylish, athletic and look good with anything. Your eyes will be well protected from the sun, your sunglasses will last for years and always be on trend. You will also be astonished at how clear everything is.  Depth of vision is something that is often lost when wearing sunglasses, and sometimes it can be hard to distinguish sun and shade. Not with the Oakley Prizm glasses because the lenses are PRIZM,  polarized or both.


    Sport Oakley Prizm Lenses


    There are several categories for the Sport Oakley Prizm Lenses.  


    1. Golf Prizm: These glasses, and remember you can choose your style and color, will help you gauge distance.  Your vision will be super clear allowing you to see every aspect of the game clearly, including the grass, ball, density and even ball speed.  Take a look at the Golf - Flak 2.0, Flak Draft, Radar EV Path


    1. Road Prizm: These are excellent for running and fast walking as you can see light and shadow easily, spot changes in the road surface quickly, and react fast too.  Clarity, depth and definition are all excellent. Take a look at the Road - Flak 2.0 XL, Radar EV Path, M2 Frame XL

    1. Trail Prizm: If you are in the wilderness, walking, running or cycling, the Trail Prizm Oakley sunglasses are designed so you can easily tell the difference between sand and rocks, dirt or tar and the outdoor red and brown colors.  Again, clarity, definition and depth are all brilliant. Take a look at the Trail - Flak 2.0 XL, Radar EV Path


    1. Field Prizm: If you ever wanted the perfect pair of sunglasses while you play baseball, softball or any other field sport, the Field Prizm Oakley Sunglasses will reduce the glare and most importantly, ensure that the color of the ball is enhanced against the sky, grass or dirt. Take a look at the Field - Baseball - Flak 2.0 XL
    1. Deep Water Prizm: These incredible Oakley Sunglasses filter out the various shades of blue that can be overwhelming when out on the water.  These glasses are particularly used by yachtsmen, sailors, divers and surfers, especially when needing a better view of what is going on.  Superb for ocean clarity. Take a look at the Deep Water - HolbrookFives Squared
    1. Shallow Water Prizm: These are especially popular with fisherman and are specially engineered to enhance contrast and clarity when fishing in shallow waters.  The Prizm Lens Technology fine tunes the color of the water allowing for perfect vision.

    Take a look at the Shallow Water - Radar EV Path


    Snow Oakley Prizm lenses


    If you are into skiing or any snow sport, you know all about glare.  You also know how important it is to have the best possible vision, visibility and light.  You do not want to be disturbed when you go from sun to shade, by shadows or by snow blindness.  The Snow Oakley Prizm Lenses use extreme and precise technology to ensure the best possible clarity, to maximize contrasting conditions and to enhance your visibility.


    Oakley Lenses meet and exceed the testing standards of the American National Standards Institute, which are the yardstick of performance for the eyewear industry.  


    The Oakley High Definition Optics have a brilliant range of sunglasses.  They are the right lenses for you!

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    Sunglasses can be worn for various reasons. Some wear them for fun while others wear due to health issues. Sunglasses are important gadgets for most people and they can become an extension of us. They are the best accessory for sports people due to the following reasons.

    Protect your eyes from rugged terrain

    One of the advantages of wearing sunglasses is its power to protect the eyes. Most sports sunglasses are made to protect your eyes from damage. In most cases, different outdoor sports are played in different land terrains which may affect your eyes. But with the best sunglasses at hand, you're the assurance of your eye safety. Most sunglasses are designed to take care of all vision problems and leave you safe and protected.

    Protection from harmful sun rays

    The next big advantage of wearing sunglasses is to protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Most of the best sunglasses in the market are made with anti-glare and offer interchangeable lenses. The interchangeable lenses will let you switch out different lenses depending on the light condition and the activity at hand. You all understand that sports people need to have excellent vision at all times so that defeat can be avoided. Check out our blog here about interchangeable lenses and the important value they add.

    Staying in the sun for long periods of time may lead to eye problems and to avoid this, you need the best sunglasses. For instance, if you like golfing and surfing, sunglasses are the best for you.

    Preventing dust

    Apart from the sun, your eyes are also exposed to a great deal of dust. Sunglasses that include wrap-around lenses will offer protection to your side peripheral vision which reduces the chance of irritation. If you like basking at the beach, you will notice that your eye cornea will become irritated if you go without sunglasses due to the reflection off the white sands and crystal-clear water. Thus, it is vital to wear sunglasses while at the beach.

    Which are the best sports sunglasses?

    Having seen some of the advantages of sunglasses, it is good to look at the best sunglasses and the most recommended ones. The leading of all is Oakley. They are tailor-made for the sports industry and the material, craftsmanship, and technology behind them are industry leading.  Read more about the interesting start of Oakley and the release of their popular styles throughout the years.

    They are made with amazing features

    When Oakley glasses are produced, every safety detail is kept in mind. For instance, if you buy the M2 Frame, Half Jacket, and Flak Jacket, you will be sure that you own the leading sunglass models in the market. The use of polarized lenses makes these sunglasses one of the best in the market. Its lenses are strong and are tested against high-mass and high-velocity impact.

    They are made with perfect fitting

    Apart from protecting your eyes, these Oakley sunglasses are made to fit you well. They are made with the best material that ensures that the whole structure is comfortable to wear. The end product that is produced is protective and light in weight thus good for all types of players in the industry.

    Conclusion

    The advantages of wearing sunglasses are endless. Oakley sunglasses are some of the best on the market. Its compact nature, comfort, and cutting-edge design make these sunglasses the best match for any sportsperson who is ready to protect their eyes. Wearing a pair of these shades will give you that confidence to perform at your best!

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    Written by Stacy McNiel

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    A little history. Did you know that Oakley was started by Jim Jannard in 1975 by selling motorcycle grips out of the back of his car trunk. Hard to believe that he didn’t start by selling sunglasses.  

    The first eyewear created by Oakley was in 1980 and was the Goggle. These rainbow strapped googles were for moto-cross (MX) use.  The first sunglasses were sold in 1984 and were called the “Lights”.  The popular M-Frames were released in 1990 and are still sold today!

    The widely sold jacket line was released in 1994 with the Eye Jacket.  These had a raised icon on the frame which became the standard for most sunglasses now.

    In 2007 Oakley was bought out by Italian company Luxottica for a whopping $2.1 billion. Luxottica knew that adding Oakley to their portfolio would be a great addition so they actually paid more than what the company was worth.

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