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You may notice a few changes around here. We've spent the last couple of months working on tweaking the forum code and appearance, and the final result is faster, more streamlined, more professional, and altogether a more appropriate home for this great crew.
Hats off to Dann, who put it all together. Longshot provided hosting for the site, kingphilbert and a couple others helped us make final tweaks, and all I did was pester Dann about features and recommend some design changes.
Enjoy! As always, we're glad you're here.
Crosshair & Whisker in the UK
For all UK members.
The Crosshair is available now and the Whisker is available to pre order before its release date of 7th march.
All colour combos are ready to order/pre order
Here is the new Razrwire!
Full article below image...
Motorola has cemented its partnership with Oakley (see earlier story) by announcing a new line of premium Bluetooth sunglasses called RAZRWire.
Available in three frame colors RAZRWire the glasses will be aimed at cyclists, skateboarders, rock climbers, golfers and according to the press release anyone who is active outdoors
The unique features of RAZRWire include Oakley’s comfortable, lightweight frame made of O-Luminum, a durable alloy that is 40 percent lighter than pure titanium. RAZRWire includes patented XYZ Optics, an innovation that maintains razor-sharp clarity at all angles of vision. Customers also get the impact protection and 100% UV filtering synonymous with Oakley performance eyewear.
The product is expected to be available in the second half of 2005 – no doubt in time for summer.
Australian Thump Release in March
Oakley South Pacific will be releasing the Oakley Thump via the JB HI-FI retail group on or around the 1st of March 2005.
JB HI-FI has 40 stores throughout Australia.
Pricing will be:
Thump 128mb - from $549AU
Thump 256mb - up to $749.95AU
Dependent on model and style
Also the Romeo 2 is slated for an Australian release sometime in February/March 2005 with a projected price between $599-$689.95AU
Oakley / Motorola Collaboration
3 mentions of Oakley / Motorola venture:
Motorola, Oakley Form Joint Venture
Friday January 14, 7:01 am ET
Motorola, Oakley Form Joint Venture to Develop Wearable Wireless Devices
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Motorola Inc., the world's second-largest cell phone maker, said Friday it formed a joint venture with sunglasses designer Oakley Inc. to develop Bluetooth-enabled wearable wireless communications devices.
The companies plan to unveil details and designs of the hands-free electronic devices by the middle of this year.
Bluetooth is a technology standard that allows any sort of electronic equipment, such as computers, cell phones or headphones, to connect to each other without wires, cables or direct action from a user.
Motorola, Oakley making wearable wireless devices
Fri Jan 14, 2005 03:30 AM ET
NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Motorola Inc. on Friday announced a joint venture with eyewear maker Oakley Inc. to develop new Bluetooth-enabled wearable wireless communications devices.
Motorola said it is working with Oakley to combine its Bluetooth technology, which allows devices to communicate with each other without a physical wire connection, with Oakley's eyewear concepts.
It said details and designs will be unveiled by the middle of the year.
Motorola and Oakley Join Forces on Product Development for Communication Devices
Friday January 14, 3:01 am ET
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. and FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., Jan. 14
/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Motorola, Inc. and Oakley, Inc. today announced a joint venture to introduce new and exciting Bluetooth(TM)-enabled wearable wireless communications devices.
Motorola is collaborating with Oakley -- the leader in eyewear design, technology and innovation -- to fuse Motorola's latest Bluetooth technology with Oakley's advanced eyewear concepts. Details and designs are set to be unveiled by mid-2005. Company executives said their mutual objective is to deliver evolutionary and innovative products for consumers who want hands- free, untethered operation of their electronic devices.
"Motorola's continuing leadership in Bluetooth technology has opened up unique relationship opportunities with key lifestyle brands such as Oakley," said Bruce Hawver, Companion Products Group vice president and general manager, Motorola. "That's the power of our joint venture -- it allows us to reach out to new and different types of users of the technology -- enabling seamlessly mobile wireless communications anywhere and everywhere consumers want to be."
"By teaming with Motorola, we're dramatically expanding the possibilities for our new electronics category," said Cos Lykos, Vice President of Business Development. "Oakley's engineering team now has an expanded technology arsenal to develop new and innovative electronic products."
Romeo 2 Price comparison
The oakley UK price curse is at work again with the release of the Romeo
You in the US have it bad with a 100 buck price increase but I assure you, the UK have it far worse.
Romeo 2 X Metal Black Iridium Polarized
USA price =$435
Romeo 2 X Metal Black Iridium Polarized
UK price =£330 (Equivalent to $633)
Romeo 2 Polished Titanium Iridium USA price =$385
Romeo 2 Polished Titanium Iridium UK price =£300 (Equivalent to $576)
Romeo 2 Plasma Gold Iridium & Carbon Black Iridium USA price =$375
Romeo 2 Plasma Gold Iridium & Carbon Black Iridium UK price =£290 (Equivalent to $556)
As you can see in the price comparisons above the Romeo 2 will be a very substantial Purchase for any UK Oakley Fan who will be buying a pair.
AP Athlete of the Year 2004
Oakley Sponsored Athletes Lance Armstrong and Annika Sorenstam, were recently named as the Associated Press Male and Female Athletes of the Year for 2004.
Lance Armstrong joined Michael Jordan, a former Oakley board member and NBA legend, as the only athletes ever selected by sports writers and broadcasters three straight times since the honor was first awarded in 1931.
The full story can be viewed here:
A new article is up for those of you Oakley newbies. It goes through the different families of Oakley glasses, frame materials, and lens types. Check it out in the articles section, or right here:
Again thanks to Obsession for pointing this out. Oakley.com has updated it's website with many of the item's we've been seeing. The Hachet is officially out, the Thump have been added with an Amber/Gold iridium option (no picture though), and several older models are now on a limited quantities page. So you can pick up a pair of Scars, Mag Fours, Eye Jacket 3.0s, or Why1,2's if you missed them.
Fall 2004 Apparel and footwear is out. Highlights include many more dress shirts and a new Tall Assault Boot for women.
I've added the footwear to the reviews and I'm slowly adding the apparel.
There's also a Hardshell Backpack in the bags section too.
I've been postponing opening an articles section because I've had nothing to put in it. But recently in the forum, we've been formulating fictional Signature models and they can now be shared with everyone else. So take a look at the articles section. More will be posted in time.
Go directly there: http://www.o-review.com/article001.asp
For current members, I've put in a messaging system if you want to contact another member.
The gallery is now user specific. You can still post anonymous pictures which will show up in front, or if you're logged in, your pictures will create your own gallery and be posted there.
Collection items can now have comments if you'd like.
A Growing Community
Today The Oakley Review membership has hit the 50 members mark!!! Welcome all. Now let's shoot for 100!
Some images of prototypes for the Bob Head and Medusa are up in the Misc. section thanks to EastCoast. There's some interesting looks at how a few items began as humble sculptures.
I found some interesting new apparel on a Japanese Oakley site, that I hope comes to this half of the world soon. There's a few bandanas, with floral camo patterns for the ladies, and what I can only call Logo Camo for the guys.
There's a new Bogey hat for all you golfers complete with Oakleyized golf tees, and also quite a few trucker hats. All can be found in the Apparel sections.
I've added a logout feature too, which will clear all traces of your login from the computer in case your on a public computer or need to share. Most traces were dropped when you closed your browser, but your User ID was kept to 'quick logon' later or post a review. The Sign Out button on the menu and members page will clear that.
Many thanks to Obsession for digging this new model up. The Hatchet is Oakley's newest model, and also part of their newest frame type O-luminum, an Aluminum alloy. Four models can be found on apairofshades.com, and a picture along with prices can be found in the glasses section.
He also posted an interesting variant to the Half Jacket called "Thump", but you'll have to head over to the forum via the members section to see what that is.
The forum is now up for everyone to use. You must have an account in order to post.
In other site news, you can upload your picture to your account, and an Icon. I promise to have some more stock icons up, there's only a few stupid ones for now. You can upload your own though.
Accessories have been updated with some new offerings from Oakley. The new Ichiro Juliet is also online, and it looks pretty nice. Actually we've had a bootlegged UK image up, but Oakley finally released a high res version.
A new Leather Icon backpack has been released which looks very nice. It comes in Khaki and Black leather. A bit pricey at $225, but I imagine it would last a lifetime.
I added a picture addition to the movie reference section, so you can see examples of the Oakley products. I've only done images for Blade II so far. More to come.
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Members section is up and running. If you create an account, you will be able to edit your reviews from this point on as long as you're logged in. Accounts are not mandatory, but if you post while not logged in, or don't have an account, your review is set in stone.
Also, you can post your Oakley collection for the world to see, and consequently get bragging rights, so head on over and join. A mailing list will be created at some point, which you can sign up for, where we will let you know about all the latest Oakley products and site happenings. Some cool things should be happening soon.