The 3 Versions of Oakley Radar

Oakley Radar sunglasses have been knocking around the sports world for a decade now, and their popularity shows no signs of diminishing. Unlike other generational products that get phased out once a new version comes along, you can still purchase all three versions of the Radars on our site or Oakley’s site (as of the date of this publication) and on marketplaces such as Amazon ,Ebay, ioffer.

If you’re trying to decide which frame is best for you, this comparison will hopefully guide you in the right direction.

Just so we’re all clear right from the start, “Radar” (or Radarlock or Radar EV) is the name of the frame. Path, Pitch, Range, etc. are the names of the lens styles. These lenses are all interchangeable within their respective frame (e.g., Radarlock Pitch lenses and Radarlock Path lenses both fit the Radarlock frames).

Oakley Radar ( 2006 )

Oakley first introduced the Radars in 2006. In keeping with heritage style characteristics of the M Frames, the Radars feature hammer stem profiles, a brow that dips slightly in the center, and a single shield lens.

The stems feature round holes, which Oakley calls “surge ports,” designed to help improve airflow. The earsocks run almost to the end of the stems, and the tips of the stems flare slightly (almost imperceptibly) outward. If you run your fingers along the ends, you’ll notice the shift. In theory, these flared tips should assist with putting the sunglasses on — especially one-handed while riding a bicycle.

There are 4 Oakley lens shapes available for the Radars (8 if you count the vented versions of each). In order of smallest to largest they are:

  • Edge
  • Path
  • Pitch
  • Range

Oakley marketed the Edge within the women’s line, but there’s nothing markedly feminine about the shape. I’m not going to pitch any “Pink it and Shrink it” theories here, but needless to say, the Edge is just as unisex as the other options.

Ultimately, it comes down to which shape you like best.

Oakley Radar Xl (2006)

More or less the exact same frame as the Radar, the Radar XL features added length between the nose bridge and brow. This extra 7 mm provides more vertical coverage, which is especially helpful for cyclists riding in the attack position.

Unlike the standard Radar however, the XL version only has one lens — the Blade.

Although that was the name when first released, the lens is often marketed simply as “Radar XL.”

Oakley Radarlock (2012)

In 2012, Oakley released the Radarlock. This generation has the same look and feel as the first — similar size and the same lens shapes, but there are enough distinct differences to set it apart.

The main difference being Oakley’s patented “Switchlock” technology. Instead of a press and pop method, the left temple features a locking mechanism. When unlatched, the temple swings open, allowing for an easier lens removal/installation process.

The Radarlock XLs are the exact same frame as the Radarlocks, but with an added 7 mm between the nose bridge and top of the frame (same concept as the Radars vs the Radar XL frames).

Oakley Radar EV (2015)

A modern twist on the previous generations, the Radar EV is still easily identifiable as part of the Radar family but departs from the curving sweep of the brow to a more angular look. Instead of dipping above the nose bridge, the brow of the Radar EV is straight across the middle before angling downward into 2 sloping steps about two-thirds of the way to the temples.

Returning to what worked in the original Radar frame, Oakley ditched its Switchlock technology for the 3rd generation of the Radars, favoring instead the pressure click-in system. The hinges are pulled closer in so that the tips don’t hit the lens when folded. And the surge ports are much smaller — more rectangular and positioned closer to the hinge.

The Unobtanium earsocks cover almost the entire length of the stems, with only the flared ends and the areas around the surge ports left untouched.

But what most sets the Radar EV apart from its predecessors in terms of function has to be its lens design.

The “EV” stands for “extended vision” and for obvious reasons. The lenses feature an added 5 mm above the nose bridge, extending the upper field of view. As with the XL versions of previous generations, this taller lens keeps the brow out of sight (or nearly so) when in a head down, eyes up position (such as the aero position while cycling).

Although still available in the Path and Pitch styles, the Radar EV only comes with vented versions of these lenses.

NOTE:  There are XL subsets and straight stem versions for the Radar and Radarlock, and Asian Fit frames available in all 3 generations so there’s technically ten frames within the Radar family.

The XL frames are no longer sold by Oakley, but you can still find replacement lenses and parts on our Replica Oakley Sunglasses Site or their site and floating around the internet.

The Right Oakley Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

I love wearing and buying Cheap Oakley Sunglasses Online . I think they add personality to your look. If I had my way, I would own several pair dependent on the look I want to show off that day. Not only do you want to reflect your personality in the glasses you choose, but you want to make sure that it looks good with your complexion, hair coloring, eye color, and most importantly your face shape. You want to make sure the whole look is pulled together nicely, so that way people notice you first, your glasses second.

In order to understand what glasses look best on you, you need to know what face shape you are. The best way to do this is by looking in a mirror, close one eye, and trace the outline of your face. You will find your face is either closest to oval, heart, circle, or square shape. As a general rule, you want a pair of glasses that contrast against the shape of your face. On the other hand, coloring should compliment your coloring. Following I give two example face shape here .

—Glasses for Oval Face Shape

If you have an oval face shape you can get away with most any glasses. Often times when wearing glasses we strive to cause our faces to appear more oval in shape and less heart, round, or angular. So when you start with the perfect oval shape, you are not striving to change the appearance of your face.

Oval shapes means that your face is proportionately equal throughout. Your chin is not very narrow, but not wide either. Same with your forehead.

You will want to make sure that your Fake Oakley Sunglasses Sale do not overpower your features; therefore. the main thing you want to steer clear of is large frames. Often times a person with an oval face will have smaller features, which means they will want to have smaller glasses that do not overpower them.

Although if you do have an oval face, you will want to wear glasses that are as wide as your widest part of your face, going slightly wider will actually look fine on an oval face.

—Glasses that Fit a Heart Face Shape

Heart shape faces are much harder to find a pair that matches our features. You will have wider foreheads, narrow chin, and higher cheekbones.

The main goal in a heart shaped face is to minimize the width of the upper portion of your face, as well as offset the very narrow chin.

The styles that would most suit a heart shaped face will have cat eye frame because it will help balance out the narrow chin. Butterfly glasses and round glasses are also good choices.

The ideal glasses will be wider at the bottom than they are at the top, because it offsets your thin chin. Also, you will want to make sure that the glasses go lower, because it will offset your wide forehead. You also want to avoid glasses that are very decorative or wide at the top; while this will only emphasize your already wide forehead and thin chin.

Rimless or very dull colors will suit this face shape, because it takes away the emphasis from the upper portion of your face.

 

Well , you also can looking for what kinds of Replica Oakley Sunglasses for your hair on our other blogs .

Fake Oakley Sunglasses design and related material

Cheap Oakley Sunglasses manufacturers may retain their own staff of designers or use outside consultants to design frames. The consultants often include fashion designers, who create their own lines of eye wear that change along with trends in clothing design. The designers’ names are important in selling eyeglasses and especially in interesting fashion-conscious buyers in multiple pairs of glasses or sunglasses. There are definitely trends or fashions in eyewear including light- or dark-colored frames, thick or delicate ones, and decorative shapes or ornament-bearing styles. Specialized frames for children and half-frames for reading glasses are also designed with an eye to style.

Designs also incorporate certain standards including bridge size and eye size. The bridge size allows for different thicknesses of the upper part of the nose where the nose pads on the glass’s rest. Three eye sizes are standard for the range of dimensions of corrective lenses. Each style is typically manufactured in four different colors, so a single style will result in 12 combinations of color and dimension. Frame designers and manufacturers typically produce a new style every few months and discontinue styles if they don’t sell well.

** Plastic Frames

Plastic frames can deliver a multitude of deep and vibrant colours, shapes and detailing.
With many lightweight plastics on the market today, they are comfortable as they allow for an even weight distribution across the nose.

Whilst they can be a little heavier and easier to break than metal alternatives, plastic can offer wearers hypoallergenic benefits, wrap-around styling, unique colours and blends, not to mention beautiful detailing.

**Metal  Frames

Good quality metal frames can involve up to eighty different steps in order to produce them.  Some metals such as titanium are even more complex. A typical metal frame can take up to four months to manufacture.

In general, metal is lightweight, strong, flexible and anti-corrosive, making them ideal for frame production.

To a large extent, the degree of quality control imposed on sunglasses manufacture is a function of the type of sunglasses. Inexpensive plastic models have little concern with optical perfection; they may contain flaws which will distort the wearer’s vision. On the other hand, expensive glass lenses strive for high optical quality and are checked accordingly. There are a variety of instrumental methods used to evaluate distortion of the finished lens, but one simple test is to simply hold the glasses at arms’ length and look at a straight line in the distance. Slowly move the lenses across the line. If the lens causes the line to sway or bend, the lenses are optically imperfect. For best results, look through the outer edges of the lens as well as the center.

Oakley Sunglasses Wholesale manufacturing processes have become increasingly sophisticated in response to greater demand for high quality, stylish glasses. New coatings and colorants which deliver better protection against UV radiation continue to be developed. Improvements in the way frames are manufactured continue to be made.

 

Different Styles of Cheap Oakley Sunglasses

Oakley Outlet has sunglasses for any sport and any lighting conditions. Here we review basic Oakley information to help you zero in on the perfect pair of sunglasses.

First, when you see XL or XLJ do not think Extra Large.  Most Oakley semi-rimless frames are available with a rounded lens or a squared off lens.  The standard models come with the rounded lens.  The XL or XLJ models come with the squared off lens.  The XL lenses do have just a bit more coverage than the standard lens.  But you can put an XL lens in the regular frame and vice versa.

On our Oakley page you will see that we generally show the model with the regular cut lens right below the model with the XL or XLJ lens.  For example, the regular Flak Jacket is right below the Flak Jacket XLJ.  These two frames are exactly the same size.

-Tinted Lenses – A tint is applied to the outside of a lens. Oakley offers their tinted lenses with or without Oakley Iridium coatings.

-Polarized Lenses – Polarization is a film inside the lens that only allows light to pass straight through the lens. Scattered light, or glare, is blocked by this film. Polarized lenses are preferred by most athletes, and Ophthalmologists often prescribe polarized lenses for patients who have had a recent eye surgery, had their eyes dilated, or in general have light sensitive eyes. A polarized lens is considered a healthier lens in comparison to a standard tinted lens. Some electronic displays can be harder to read with polarized lenses, but tilting your head a bit when this happens generally solved the problem.

-Transitions Lenses – These lenses darken in the presence of UV Light, or sunlight. There are 5 transition colors from Oakley, 3 of which are Iridium transitions. These are triggered by UV Light, therefore Transitions lenses will not darken in a car.

–Iridium Lenses – This is an additional layer of contrast that is infused into lens, similar to the way a polarization coating is in the lens.  This Oakley patented technology often has a mirrored effect along with the additional layer of contrast. Iridium lenses are available with almost any lens color, polarized or not.

-Prism Lenses – These coatings are the newest Oakley innovation. Similar to the Iridium coatings, but the level of contrast is more finely tuned. For example, Prism lenses for Baseball Infield provide excellent contrast with a white ball against a brown or neutral background. Prism lenses for Outfield provide excellent contrast with a white ball against a blue or lighter colored background, like the sky.

All of these styles of Replica Oakley Sunglasses online can offer you a whole guide to choose .