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Oakley Guide for Newbies
So you're new to Oakley and aren't sure what to first dabble in, or even whether to dabble at all.
Well look no further, as we will present to you the crowning achievements of the Oakley product line.
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Glasses are divided into several catagories. First off we have Jacket and Frogskins. The names for each
originated from the glasses which started each line. While both are plastic, the Jackets tend to be more
sophisticated with more rubber, design and a higher price tag. The frogskins usually don't have as much
rubber and come with standard designs and a lower price tag, often below $100. There are some models which
seem out of place, like Valves have no ear stem rubber, and Dartboards are frameless, but are both still
Jackets. XX's have rubber and a price similar to those in the Jacket range, but are considered Frogskins.
The next line is the Zero's. Years ago, there were Zero's and Sub Zero's. The Sub Zero's were very large and
had some of the craziest designs thought up. The Zero's came in a few different shaped, but only the 0.4 and 0.7
models are still around. A new Zero, Zero L, and Zero S are out now and are a little heavier, but are more
durable while still lacking frames around the lens.
The last plastic line are the M Frames. They have just an upper frame with a single lens hanging off them, and are
meant for sport activities. These come standard with hinging ear stems or as a Pro model that does not hinge,
but stays on better.
Oakley has used other materials for their frames, specifically three metals, Magnesium, Aluminum, and Titanium which
make up the Mag, O-luminum, and X-Metal lines respectively. These lines are very expensive, but also very durable.
Finally, there is a large Wire selection for more standard glasses designs, as well as a few oddities like the
Overthetop. We'll start with the X-Metal line on out tour of the best of Oakley...
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