Family: Arrays
Date: November 2012

Matte Carbon Fiber
VR28 Black Iridium, +Red Iridium, Black Iridium Polarized, G30 Iridium

Frame: Matte Carbon Fiber
Lens: Black Iridium Polarized/G30/+Red/VR28 Black Iridium

Since the Matte Carbon Fiber Radarlock was a recent acquisition, I felt compelled to write a quick review.

By this time, most of us are already familiar with the Radarlock and its lens interchangeability. Therefore, this review will emphasize the contents and value of the bundle.

The frame is a Matte Carbon Fiber vs the "polished" Carbon Fiber that comes standard with the previously released Radarlocks. The Icons are also silver instead of gunmetal which further differentiate this pair from its predecessor. Oakley includes Black Iridium Polarized, G30, +Red, and VR28 Black Iridium lenses for a wide range of applications. Also included in the package is a reinforced nylon carrying case and the nanoclear lens cleaner and special microbag.

The presentation is very well-done, as Oakley includes a LARGE box with nylon pull-tabs to house or even display the included items. The box is comprised of a reinforced cardboard which actually feels soft to the touch. Although I'm not entirely familiar with the materials used, I am impressed.

The downside to this bundle is the cost. For upwards of half-a-thousand dollars I need to be VERY impressed - especially considering that this is an o-matter frame and not X-Metal. If Oakley really wants to do something special, they need to think "outside the box" (literally) and come up with a frame color that is TRULY unique - not just a "matte" finish, which otherwise looks identical to their previous release. Also, they could have included a special lens that would have been available nowhere else (i.e., Jade Polarized). It just seems that Oakley marketing wanted to think of a way to make record profits while putting forth minimal effort.

In the end, you'll have to decide whether or not the bundle is worth the price. If you're looking for a pair of Radarlocks you can always pick up another pair and choose as many or as few lenses that you want for about the same price as the "bundle". And in that case, you can choose what lenses you want, without having to accept several that have already been predetermined for you. Sounds a bit like Obamacare, if you ask me...

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