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Oak
Twenty Fifty
Dec 30, 2018 4:25 PM
Giant Jawbreaker Display

I love the below Jawbreaker display. It was originally used in O Stores as a window display. During their regular purging of display material to make room for new ones, I just had to grab it.

The small Jawbreaker in front is a real pair just to show the enormity of the display. I guess I like it because it functions as a real sunglass, since the “lens” portion is transparent plastic. Typically large displays like this are made out of full plastic or cardboard so it’s not a true representation of a sunglass. It also has a portion of the earstem represented. Wonderful, weird stuff:

Oak
Twenty Fifty
Dec 30, 2018 6:40 PM
Taka Sudo Dispatch 2

I don’t typically go for the one-off, hand-painted stuff, but I really like the Taka Sudo Dispatch 2. My affinity for it is a combination of liking the artist (he’s a Western Canadian artist I’ve followed for years), the medium he uses (newspaper as the canvas), and the fact that it was available at an Oakley-sponsored event in my city (which rarely gets any official events).

Dann posted details of the event here:
http://www.o-review.com/forum_detail.php?ID=14025

The short of it is Oakley held an charity event called the “Unseen Art Collective” on September 8, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta. For the event, Oakley commissioned 10 Western Canadian artists to paint a Frogskin or Dispatch 2 (it was suppose to be 11 but one artist had to drop out).

I wasn’t able to attend the event because of family business in another city, but I met up with the field tech rep a few days later. There were three pairs that weren’t bid on, one of which was the Taka pair. I picked up all three and passed one to a local collector. The Taka pair remains a favourite of mine:



Although the above is a personal favourite, the best out of the bunch is undoubtedly the Corey Sheppard pair, which is outrageously cool and owned by a fellow OR member:


Oak
Twenty Fifty
Dec 31, 2018 1:04 AM
Strip Lenses

Unless you have a really small head, the M Frame with Strip lenses are functionally useless. They are, however, very cool looking futuristic glasses that display well and is difficult to find in good condition.

Here are mine:



Regarding the pair with the Blue Iridium Strip lens, I took it out of the box to inspect it when I purchased it, then I put it back and haven’t opened it up since. That’s why only the box is shown and not the actual pair.

One mystery with the Strip lenses is the location of the box sticker. Strip lenses come with the sticker placement at the normal box location (in the middle of the “M”) and also right after the “F” at the top of the box. No one’s been able to solve why this variation exists.
Oak
Twenty Fifty
Dec 31, 2018 12:27 PM
Slit Lenses

Like the Strip lens, the Slit lenses are made for smaller heads. And also like the Strip lens, they are very cool looking glasses that display well. I am still trying to find the perfect Razor Blade frame for the grey Slit lens, but the Orange and Violet lenses are at home in their frame:



Some quick stories by Scott Bowers: “One story in particular surrounds a surfer named Tommy Carroll. Back in the day we originally launched the Blade as a "lifestyle" design targeting the surf industry. Tommy was one of our top surfers along with Gary Elkerton, Richie Collins. Tommy was a really small guy with a small face. We really wanted him to not wear Frogskins and switch to Blades. Unfortunately the lens wouldn't clear his cheeks. We had the idea to cut the lens down (narrow the depth) just for Tommy so they would fit him. The lens looked so good Jim decided to add it to the line and Razor Blades were born. Adding Triggers really made them come alive. Later we added the even smaller lens "Slit", but it never sold well.

Another athlete story surrounds Kenny Souza. Kenny was a flashy, flamboyant duathlete at a time when the sport was super hot. Kenny was the rockstar and not afraid to wear anything. During the Blade/Rzr era he wore the Slit lens. He liked the smaller lenses and it made him feel faster (see pic attached) He was also one to stand out so it wouldn't surprise me if he did try to customize his lenses. I remember him racing a couple of times in the Strip. One day Kenny crashed his bike badly. High speed turn and he hit a freshly painted center line, lost his front wheel and went down hard on his face. Luckily he was using the Heater lens that day as the doctor said the size of the fully protected his eye and orbital.
Wavecloud
UKPaddlesports
Dec 31, 2018 12:40 PM
Strip Lenses

Unless you have a really small head, the M Frame with Strip lenses are functionally useless. They are, however, very cool looking futuristic glasses that display well and is difficult to find in good condition.

Here are mine:



Regarding the pair with the Blue Iridium Strip lens, I took it out of the box to inspect it when I purchased it, then I put it back and haven’t opened it up since. That’s why only the box is shown and not the actual pair.

One mystery with the Strip lenses is the location of the box sticker. Strip lenses come with the sticker placement at the normal box location (in the middle of the “M”) and also right after the “F” at the top of the box. No one’s been able to solve why this variation exists. - Oak


I'm salivating! :D
yelkao
Dan
Dec 31, 2018 5:55 PM
Oak, this is amazing stuff. I love the info you provide as well! Thanks for sharing. Oh and if you ever need to purge your collection let me know and I'll gladly stop by to help. HA!
rich5150
Rich "MPH" Barrios
Dec 31, 2018 7:15 PM
What a resource to have here! Thanks for sharing Oak.
Dann
Dann Thombs
Dec 31, 2018 11:04 PM
Still wish I had confirmation a pit 5he athlete who ground his lens on the pavement, to create the first prototype.
Oak
Twenty Fifty
Jan 1, 2019 12:41 AM
Stuff with Snakeskin Print

Oakley loves their snakeskin. They put it on many items back in the day including on the below Blade and soft Vault:



I was told by another member that the Blade was made for athletes, but that is second hand info so take that with a grain of salt.

All other info for the previous items in this thread are first hand and have full documentation.
Wavecloud
UKPaddlesports
Jan 1, 2019 9:36 AM
I heard they were done for a famous Archer..?

So nice!

Inspiration indeed. I have a whole load of Snake Skin ready for wrapping
Oak
Twenty Fifty
Jan 2, 2019 5:24 AM
The SI Assault Boot Rep Case

While the SI Assault Boot isn’t the most inherently collectible item to most collectors, it certainly is one of the coolest and one of the most enduring products in Oakley’s lineup. It started out its life right with the below Pelican rep case:



yelkao
Dan
Jan 2, 2019 3:28 PM
Very cool Oak. Gotta LOVE that case!
JP
John Schafhauser
Jan 2, 2019 10:18 PM
The SI Assault Boot Rep Case

While the SI Assault Boot isn’t the most inherently collectible item to most collectors, it certainly is one of the coolest and one of the most enduring products in Oakley’s lineup. It started out its life right with the below Pelican rep case:



- Oak

I would LOVE to have that in my collection:)
Oak
Twenty Fifty
Jan 3, 2019 5:28 AM
Pins

Oakley has put out tons of pins. Below are some of my favourites, at least the ones I can find at the moment.

My favourite pins of all time are the Oakley Masks. I love the design and the “vintage-ness” of them. I am sure there are other colours (blue?) out there and look forward to adding them to this collection:



For the zinc alloy versions, some of my favourites are the Half Pint and the Baseball Skull ones:



Thanks to a good friend and fellow OR member, I received these pins that I really like:

Oak
Twenty Fifty
Jan 29, 2019 6:56 AM
MJ Golf Vault

A Vault engraved for one of Michael Jordan’s early celebrity invitational tournaments. Or so I’m told. One of the handful few items I don’t have direct background information for. If anyone has background info, please let me know:

Oak
Twenty Fifty
Jan 30, 2019 5:12 AM
Miura Golf Wedge

Since I’m on golf, Oakley teamed up with Miura in 2013 for the NorCal Shootout tournament and a contest that preceded it. They produced 51, 53, 55 and 59 degree wedges. Here is mine:



Here are pics of the other versions plus a pic of a wedge in development:



Oak
Twenty Fifty
Jan 30, 2019 9:32 PM
Olympic Athlete Goggle

Prior to 2016, brand logos featured on Olympic athletes had to be 20 squared centimetres or less (it is now 30 squared centimetres), which meant Oakley goggles had to be fitted with straps that adhered to the branding size criteria. Here is my goggle with such a strap:



Compared to a strap with a regular sized logo:



HED4JC
Kenny "HED" Wu
Jan 30, 2019 11:51 PM
Awesome stuff Oak!
loup
Lou P
Jan 31, 2019 12:07 AM
The wedges look awesome!Thanks for sharing.
Oak
Twenty Fifty
Jan 31, 2019 11:55 AM
Misc X-metals

Some misc X-metals I find interesting.

#22 of the SL55 AMG Juliet. Oakley didn’t do a lot of these types of LE etchings back in the day, which is why I find this one interesting:


Joker Racing R2. I like the etching. Plus, anything with Joker reminds me of the Batman villain, and you guys all know how I feel about comic book characters (it’s also why I took an interest in the Hijinx when its working name was “Joker”):


Ice Mars. I like the Mars. I like Ice Iridium. I never understood why Oakley didn’t release this as a stock colourway rather than just selling the replacement lenses:


Test coating “THICK T15”. A testing of a Plasma coating:

yelkao
Dan
Jan 31, 2019 3:25 PM
Very nice Oak!
Oak
Twenty Fifty
Feb 13, 2019 5:37 AM
Coins, Medallions and Other Round Things

Below are some of my favourite coins, or at least the ones I can find quickly. I don’t have anything interesting to say about them, but I’ve like Oakley coins since they first came with the X-metal boxes. The zinc alloy coins are the coolest, of course, because of the amount of detailing on them:

yelkao
Dan
Feb 13, 2019 3:27 PM
Nice COOLection Oak!
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