Oakley shades

Are they worth the price ?

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21/03/2011 at 19:35

I'm looking to replace a battered old pair of shades, and I tried on a rather smart pair of Oakleys today.

At £105 they are a lot more than I would normally pay for a pair of running glasses, but my dear mum was with me, and offered to put a considerable sum towards the cost for my forthcoming birthday, if I liked them.

Any experiences, good or bad, that might be enlightening , and help me to decide whether to accept mum's offer to her favourite son?

Thanks in anticipation.

21/03/2011 at 19:46
You get what you pay for...still using my Oakleys i bought seven years ago...so money well spent i reckon.
21/03/2011 at 19:46

I've got 2 pairs of Mumbos that are probably 20 years old, and still worn today as they're still damned good glasses

One pair (yellow 'Heater' lens - the deeper ones) saved my eyes when I hit the back of a parked car & went through the glass, ending up on the back-seat

I bear scars on my face to this day, but I can still see them in the mirror

'Lesser' brands may not be  as strong??? - but in America, Oakleys are accepted (or were) for 'Machine Shop' use, as they were strong enough for using with lathes/angle-grinders etc.....

One advertising campaign even showed them, after being 'peppered' with the cartridge from a 12-guage. They had some indents, but none had penetrated (no idea on the range of the shot though??)

A bit like this( better with sound down!)


Edited: 21/03/2011 at 19:54
21/03/2011 at 20:11

Thanks for your responses gents.

I usually share that 'you get what you pay for' philosophy, FF, but it's good to have the recommendation of someone who has owned a pair.

That You Tube video was interesting too, Richard, thanks. Not as impressive as your personal testimony though. Sounds like a ridiculous understatment, but that must have been an awful experience. Were your eyes totally undamaged then ?

21/03/2011 at 20:28

I've got a pair of these bad boys - Livestrong Radar Paths. I bought them from New Yor when I was over there 2 years ago. They are one of my best purchases todate, They never steam up and they look as good as new!

21/03/2011 at 20:36

Just to add to the good testimonies from others, the other benefit of Oakleys is the first-class customer service.  I have a pair of metal framed Oakley Whiskers that got bent out of shape & one of the lenses had popped out - sent off to Oakley and returned within a week - perfectly straight and the lense refitted.

Definitely worth it if you can justify the initial outlay.

Edited: 21/03/2011 at 20:36
21/03/2011 at 20:38
I had a pair for my 40th birthday so they will be 9 years old this summer.  When an arm broke my optician sent them back for me and they were sorted out for about £14.
21/03/2011 at 21:14
I have a pair of Carbon Fibre custom Oakley half jackets... can not speak highly enough about them
21/03/2011 at 21:28
I have some flak jackets, they give me headache.
Bought them from a place called Inteligent Armour, they supply the military and police apparently. Anyway they were quite a bit cheaper than anywhere else.
21/03/2011 at 21:31
XL-man wrote (see)

Richard, thanks. Not as impressive as your personal testimony though. Sounds like a ridiculous understatment, but that must have been an awful experience.

Were your eyes totally undamaged then ?

Yes they were.

Obviously once I'd limped home, as the bike was unrideable, I went to the local A&E department (Hospital where I now work, & wife did at the time), they checked out okay.

I was dribbling snot & blood out of the side of my nose for a couple of weeks afterwards till scar-tissue formed

it was partly my fault though... I was riding home from work one night (circa 23;20), along a stretch of national speed-limit road (A61 'Leeds-Wakefield Road', between Wood Lane & Sharp Lane, for any one reading this in the Leeds/Wakefield area)

I was heading from Leeds towards Wakefield

It's a undulating road (mining subsidence?), & I was dazzled by opposing traffic.

All of a sudden there was an unlit car in front of me, I tried to brake, but too late.

I hit the back, momentum carried me through the screen, & ended up hanging half into the backseat.

The next day when the Police came to speak to me, as I'd phoned them to report it (personal injury in RTA's are followed up), it turned out that the car was of an 'Unregistered Keeper'

It would appear that someone had bought it (a wreck of an old Metro) not V5'd it,

Then, when it packed in left it where it broke down (1997, before the days of ANPR)

The Mumbos that I wore that day are the pair shown in the 'Cyclo-Cross'picture in my initial (Flaming Photography) image, & I stll wear them for the days that I ride to work

Damned fine glasses


On the 'business' front, they sponsored Lance Armstrong, before his Cancer diagnosis

When he told them he had Cancer, they could have renegotiated, or indeed 'pulled the plug', but.... they stuck with him & even contributed towards his medical bills (when it was realised that due to negatiations with cycling teams left him insurance free)

So, their integrity is another reason for choosing Oakleys for me (that's whether you love, or loathe Armstrong)

The aftermath (old prints that were scanned at some point)

1. The frame in the cellar of our old house (it still hangs in the garage, as a reminder not to do it again!!!)


2. I've got a bit less hair now, but as stated, still have my eyesight!!


21/03/2011 at 21:47

Blimey!  A lucky escape for you there, Richard.

Sincere thanks once again folks for all your responses. I reckon that's my birthday present from Mum sorted out then.

cougie    pirate
22/03/2011 at 10:35

Definitely worth getting a pair if you look after things. I bought my wife a very nice pair and she lost hers within a week.

I've got 4 pairs - if you look after them = they'll last a hell of a long time. Great value for money.

23/03/2011 at 15:12
I love how RA Thackeray puts a pic of himself in almost every post he makes
23/03/2011 at 16:00

I have a pair of Oakley Eye Jackets still going strong from 1998.  I am going to treat myself to a new pair of straight jackets this summer.

My wife has a pair of half jackets she uses for running, and loves them.  

I got hers from james and james sunglasses, and they were cheaper than retail stores.

23/03/2011 at 21:57
Devoted2Distance wrote (see)
I love how RA Thackeray puts a pic of himself in almost every post he makes

Egotistical little sod isn't he

 Seriously though, in this instance; the 'cyclo-cross' pic was to try & illustrate the Mumbos I was enthusing about, the other 2 were in response to 'XL-Mans' questions

23/03/2011 at 22:05
Devoted2Distance wrote (see)
I love how RA Thackeray puts a pic of himself in almost every post he makes

    You're only upset because you've missed a trick
23/03/2011 at 22:07

Ooooo...nice one Lirish

23/03/2011 at 22:12
Devoted2Distance wrote (see)
I love how RA Thackeray puts a pic of himself in almost every post he makes

Would you mind please clarifying for mewhether you're sticking your tongue out at me, or drooling longingly over me

(even if only in a sarcastic manner)

Edited: 23/03/2011 at 22:13
24/03/2011 at 10:38

Of course the latter, Richard!

Ironholgs    pirate
24/03/2011 at 12:21

I have a pair of Oakley Jawbones that I use on the bike, got them just before Christmas, not run in them yet but intend to.
They are the best glasses I've ever worn when biking.

Mind you I've also had a pair of Nike sunglasses for the past 6 years and they've been brilliant as well.

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