HIGH DEFINITION OPTICS® (HDO®)
Proprietary geometries, high-performance materials and state-of-theart design and production techniques allow Oakley to create eyewear that maintains optical correction for refractive power, optical clarity and prismatic power. These three classifications are measured by a global standard ANSI Z87.1 for optical performance ratings. Oakley is the gold standard and best-in-class, as evident in Private Pilot magazines sunglass/ optics test results comparing all eyewear manufacturers.
The lens materials and frame geometries of Oakley eyewear provide unsurpassed protection against high-velocity and high-mass impact. For high-velocity impact testing, a quarter-inch steel shot is blasted from a pneumatic cannon at 102 mph / 164 kmh. The high-mass impact test uses a metal spike (more than a pound of weight / half a kilo) dropped from over four feet. The unique combination of wrapped, raked-back lens geometries and durable Plutonite® lens material allows Oakley eyewear to exceed the standards of these impact tests, established by the American National Standards Institute.
Oakley eyewear provides unbeatable protection against the damaging rays of ultraviolet radiation. Oakleys Plutonite® lens material inherently blocks 100% of all UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light. The protection is formulated into the lens material, as opposed to a thin surface film that can become scratched, leaving dilated pupils exposed to ultraviolet leaks. Shielding has nothing to do with the darkness or color of the lens, so even clear Oakley lenses provide full protection. The wrapped, rakedback architecture of Oakley eyewear provides further protection by blocking UV from the periphery.
Oakley HDPolarized technology surpasses industry standards for clarity, performance and durability. Common techniques of incorporating polarization films into lenses by lamination (using adhesive to sandwich the film between lens layers) and drop forming (sandwiching then heating and pressing over contoured forms) can cause haziness and optical distortion. Instead, Oakley uses an injection-molding process to infuse the lens material around the filter. This liquid fusion creates bonding at the molecular level, allowing the filter to achieve the highest possible level of performance.
Oakley lenses are available with photochromic technology to darken and lighten automatically in response to changing light. They help you adapt to changing conditions while filtering out 100% of harmful UV. Plus, the added visual quality and comfort of having lenses that arent too dark when the sun pulls a disappearing act, or too light when it knifes through the clouds.
PLUTONITE® LENS MATERIAL
Lightweight Plutonite® lens material offers superior comfort, clarity and protection against impact and ultraviolet radiation. Maintaining the proven safety characteristics of Oakley eyewear, the impact-resistant material blocks 100% of all UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light. Plutonite® is the only lens material able to achieve the performance standards required by the digital design and production technologies utilized by Oakley.
IRIDIUM® LENS COATINGS
Oakley Iridium® lens coatings allow the wearer to tune transmission for any light condition. Superheated metallic oxides are fused to the lens at the molecular level, permanently bonding to create a uniform filtering layer that optimizes contrast and minimizes glare. Tuned to transmit from 9 to 92 percent of available light, the coatings are specifically formulated for optimal balance between reflection, transmission and absorption, depending on the targeted environment for usage.
Engineering breakthroughs in structural materials allow Oakley to produce lightweight, high-performance frames that maintain superior protection and comfort. The polymers in O Matter® frames are formulated for high durability, as well as controlled flexibility for improved safety during impact. To produce the ultra-strong, ultra-lightweight chassis of Oakley wire frames, five metallic compounds are fused into a single C-5 alloy.
Both frame materials maintain resistance to ultraviolet radiation, humidity, thermal shock and chemical exposure.
Oakley frames are engineered to maintain a comfortable, secure fit. The companys patented Three-Point Fit ensures that each frame makes contact only at the bridge of the nose and behind the temples. This retains optics in perfect alignment and eliminates the discomfort of ordinary frames that hook the ears and mount with unbalanced pressure points.
Some earstems are sheathed in Unobtainium,® an Oakley innovation that actually increases grip with perspiration.
Oakley X Metal® is the only 3-D sculpted, hypoallergenic, all-metal frame on earth. Its phenomenal strength-to-weight ratio maximizes comfort and durability. Changeable nosebombs, flex couplers and temple shocks create a fully adaptable architecture that allows the wearer to tailor the frame for a perfect fit. To maintain precise optical geometries in a customizable frame, production pieces are analyzed under realtime X-ray scanning and undergo five-axis machining in computerized systems that maintain 0.0005 tolerance.
Oakleys new Switchlock Technology allows easy access for quick lens changing and lets you optimize performance in any light condition. The revolutionary design holds the lenses with a suspension system so that stresses on the frame do not affect the optics. With ordinary sunglasses, flexing of the frame can change the surface contours of the lenses, causing optical distortion. This new architecture ensures there is nothing to diminish the unbeatable clarity of High Definition Optics,® and you still get the optimized comfort and fit of a flexible frame design. Simply pivot the switch to unlock the frame and open it for easy lens changing. The quickrelease system closes with a cam that locks each lens securely in place.
OAKLEY MONO SHOCK / TWIN SHOCK HINGES
The latest Oakley breakthrough is a hinge mechanism that comes in two forms: Mono Shock and Twin Shock, developed for Rx eyewear and sunglasses. Inspired by pro racing, the structures are similar to leaf springs used for shock absorption. The Mono Shock hinge has a single tine (a slender projecting part, like the tines of a fork) that bridges the frame and the earstem. The peerless architecture of these hinges are more durable and flexible than conventional hinges and offer greater comfort and fit with a unique look.