Don Stout
May 7, 2010 5:20 AM
I have a pair of thump 1, 256's. I love em. The fit is great, they are loud enough when I'm walking the dog etc. The flip up lens come in handy.
Paul Court
May 7, 2010 4:03 PM
Well, I almost got my 'grubby mitts' on a pair of Tribal Thumps but was just beaten. Still don't own a pair but I have my sights set on a pair of Tribals, and, oh yes, they will be mine, oh yes they willlllllllll be MINE...!
Twenty Fifty
Oct 15, 2014 7:22 PM
I'm topping this theard just for nostalgia sake. The original Thump is nearly 10 years old. Can you believe it? 10 years already. It was around this time 10 years ago that I started absorbing any material I could on the Thump, whether on o.com or magazine articles.

What a great innovation. A pure Oakley product that should please any fan, a product that combined a collector's desire for aesthetic innovation with the business' desire for functional innovation (which is where the gap lies between Oakley and it's collectors today). It's a shame the line didn't have more success.

Here's to the Original Thump, the best Oakley product that no one wore.
Chris J.
Oct 15, 2014 7:37 PM
I say it was too ahead of its time. I got the O-rokr and in the beginning nobody had bluetooth but now, EVERYTHING has it, Imagine if the Bluetooth enabled Music Playn eyewear came out today...
Dann Thombs
Oct 15, 2014 8:30 PM
One of the premiere threads too (#6)

I remember splitting the cost of the Lil Jon Red Camo version with my brother for the full retail of $550. Then having him mad at me for bringing it to work the day it arrived since I was no longer living at home and wouldn't be back until after the weekend. He ended up keeping it when I got the shells and a working 2.0. I never ended up getting the Split and Pro, but the high prices didn't help when there was so much else to buy.
Type O Positive
Spencer Dean
Oct 16, 2014 12:56 PM
On a trip to Myrtle Beach in 2009, I found on Craigslist a woman who had closed her surf shop selling off her remaining inventory. I bought the Split Thumps NIB for $100. One of the best purchases I've made.
Twenty Fifty
Oct 16, 2014 5:49 PM
A $100 (or even $250) Thump would be a very attractive price point for the general public. Had Oakley been able to bring it down to that price range in the initial offering, I suspect the product would still be a well-known commodity and Oakley known as a household name for wearable electronics.
Dann Thombs
Oct 16, 2014 7:23 PM
Out of curiosity, does anyone still use theirs, and how have they held up.
Michael Elfstrom
Oct 16, 2014 8:03 PM
I have a thump pro. They work flawlessly.
Twenty Fifty
Oct 16, 2014 8:17 PM
I use one of the original Thumps and Thump 2 for casual music listening every so often. They are holding up fine but obviously the battery life is slowly decreasing and takes longer to fully charge (though the battery in Thump 1 has always taken long to charge).

The clear Thump 1 and Thump Pro gets a full charge every so often but I don't use them other than short tests to see if they're still functional.
Bob Russell
Oct 16, 2014 9:11 PM
I'm impressed the batteries still hold enough charge to play a song!
Type O Positive
Spencer Dean
Oct 17, 2014 7:15 PM
I use it all the time, whether it is the occassional run, or mowing the lawn. No issues with battery life on a charge either....
Twenty Fifty
Sep 9, 2016 4:05 PM
LOL. The Thump makes Time’s “25 Weirdest Gadgets of All Time” list:


The world’s first (and last?) “digital music eyewear,” Oakley Thump was originally released at the height of MP3-mania in 2004, starting at $395 for a 128MB model. (Perspective: Apple was selling 40GB iPods for $399 at that time.) In fairness to Oakley, which makes extremely high-quality lenses, introducing eyesores that also plugged into your ears was surprisingly successful. The original Thumps gave way to the more comfortable Thump 2 model in 2005, the higher-capacity Thump Pro in 2006, and the more subtle Split Thump in 2007.

But subtlety was never a hallmark of Oakley, which giddily branded everything that came with this device, right down to the USB-cable. Given that today Apple is poised to kill the headphone jack on its iPhones, Oakley’s claim that these goggles meant the end of wires was actually ahead of its time. But it also offered models in white camo, and there’s likely no age when that color scheme will be in style.

Some of this stuff are real blasts from the past for me. Nintendo Super Scope, Nintendo Virtual Boy, Power Pad,
Nik Gutscher
Sep 9, 2016 5:13 PM
Well said Oak! As always.

I don't use them but still covet my Tribal Thumps.

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