Frame: Glow in the Dark/Neon Yellow/Dalmation/Matte Red
What a great throwback. The New RazorBlade didn't fair as well, but the great colors coming out of the Frogskin re-release have been exceptional. Now instead of risking a break in the classic pairs, we can look oh-so dorky in our new pairs without fear. The Glow-in-the-dark is the most impractical pair, but it's nice to see useless designs returning, since they will sell anyway. Neon Yellow is loud and great, while Dalmation brings back the odd frame prints. Best to grab these directly from Oakley since the scalpers are cashing in, and idiots are buying. Don't let them pass you by.
Frame: Grenade Fade
Lens: Black Iridium
Picked these up yesterday for a very good price. I had a original pair back in the day but sold them a few years back. These ones just caught my eye. very unique colour combo, and a better fit now I'm older? Think they will stay as a display piece though, I think the people that wear them now are a little bit sad / nostalgic / desperate?
A couple years back, I would say the Frogskins were the third ugliest frame Oakley ever made. Spring forward a couple years later (and starting with the addition of the Supreme White City and the Collector's Clear/Violet Iridium), I find I have as many Frogskins in my collection as any other Oakley frame.
First re-released as a collaboration with Supreme, the new Frogskins have found their own niche in the Oakley lineup. Bringing a wave of nostalgia, it's hard not to like something like the Frogskin with its simple design and seemly passe style. Granted, it may not have the best fit of Oakley's current lineup and it may not be the most technologically advanced, but rather than practicality there's a certain "lovability" to it that's rivaled by very few models. Having the ability to look good on anyone is definitely a plus for the Frogskin. Add in plutonite lenses and Oakley quality, and you just can't go wrong.
While Oakley is currently saturating the market with "limited" Frogskins, each one has it's own unique style. From the Blends to the Supreme to the Colette to the Collectors Editions to the Original Fake, every release is special. That's practically impossible to say about any other pair of sunglasses these days. Making the Collectors Edition a limited release of 3,000 was also a smart idea, as it allowed true lovers of the frame to find it while also creating a collectible.
Who knew a design from 20 years back would be the dominant style and collectible of 2008? I sure as hell didn't, but I'm glad they're back.
Review dated July 29, 2008
Frame: Danny Kass
Lens: Ruby Iridium
What else can be said about the frogskins? Classic design, timeless style. But this is All about the danny kass signature series. They deliver on all that you expect; but let it be known that the icon is actually closer to red than what looks to be orange.
Frame: Too Many to name.
This is one of my favorite frames and I enjoy wearing them, however they can get expensive on the secondary market espicially the limited edition ones of 100 or fewer.