Frame: Olive Ink, Gray Ink, Black Ink
Lens: Tungsten Iridium Polar, Black Polar, Fire Iridium Polar
They're made of Nano Matter, which is lighter than O Matter and has a cool matte finish.
They're super thin, the frames are slimmer than the non folding sliver.
They have spring loaded arms that fold in the middle so they fit in your pockets and into the custom fitted magnetic case, which is, honestly, one of the coolest features of the pair. While I wear a non folding Sliver as my everyday pair, the Sliver F has the same look, lighter frame and cooler case (that only fit Sliver F).
They were probably overlooked in their time like a lot of Oakley frames, but hold their own with many of the more popular models that sell better today. A really cool frame/case bundle to have in your collection.
Frame: Matte Sepia, Matte Black
Lens: Prizm Daily, Violet, Prizm Tungstan Polar, Ruby Iridium Polar
Latch Square is a medium sized square lens with slim arms that is really light, comfy and understated. To me, its a little more upscale than my everyday go-to, the Sliver.
Its main feature is the latch that opens when the arm is closed about half way and allows you to (kind of) attach them to the collar of your shirt. I hardly every actually use it for that purpose, I don't usually like my shades stretching out my collar, but it was a neat design idea.
For a frame with no socks or nose pads, it stays in place pretty well. I wouldn't go out and skate with them on but I have worn them in weddings, to work, and other places where I want to look a little more pulled together than my usual out-there kind of skater/Oakley look. Basically, anytime I want to look good but not stand out.
Frames: Persimmon, Algae, Crystal Black
Lenses: Persimmon, Gold Iridium, Black Iridium
Even though my Fives collection is old and fragile, they're still probably my favorite shape of the active line. Ive been lucky enough to scoop several Fives at pretty decent prices on the Bay and really enjoy wearing them (some more than others)
The full Persimmon pair is probably my favorite of the few that I've found just because of how weird and different they are. Every time I wear them, people compliment them and ask if they can wear them. It happens more with those than any other pair in my collection. They're just badass.
All four of the original Fives in my collection are on the brittle side. So far, it seems like Crystal Black is holding up a little better, although they all have small cracks in the orbitals. I try not to wear the Algae frame as much as I can but the Gold Iri. lens is still in good shape so its hard not to rock them.
I love them and wish there was a modern version with the new O Matter. (and no, I don't mean the Fives Squared)
Frame: Matte Black
Lens: Prizm Jade Polar
Coldfuse is cold. Like "damn, those are cold!"
As a part of the Iris collection, theres more going on than it may seem upon first glance. The main components of the frame are held together in the Os on the temples. There are several pieces held together in that circle that with no other fasteners. The crossbar gives the frame rigidity and a modern look that fits with todays style.
Made of lightweight metal and O Matter, they're tough and flexible so wearing them all day isn't a problem.
The lenses aren' huge, fitting well on men and women.
Of the Iris collection, I think Coldfuse has the best look. I would really love to add the Prizm Peach version to my collection one of these days. We'll see.
Frame: Matte Black
Lens: Prizm Black Polar
The Forager is different. Like most things Oakley, different is good.
The lenses are huge. They're double torqued. They provide total field of view without frame intrusion. This frame utilizes ONLY Prizm lenses. From Low Light to Black Polar, theres a lens option for any situation.
The well placed nose pads hold these large lenses off of your face, making them comfortable and less likely to get dunked up by facial oil.
The straight arms don't have Unobtainium socks. They have horizontal indentations which help grip your head, and they work surprisingly well. Paired with the large Unobtainium nose pads, the frame stays in place firmly.
The vent in the center of the frame helps the large lenses to defog and keep your brow and nose cool when you're hauling ass on your bike.
They look different because they are. The Sutro is more popular but the Forager is better. Like many Oakley products, you won't know how good they are until you try them out.
Lens: Prizm Daily
The Catalyst is, in my opinion, an active version of the Holbrook/Garagerock style of large, square frames. With Unobtanium earsocks and straight arms that fit well under or over a hat, the Catalyst has a more secure fit than other frames with no socks. The lens covers a lot so I never had an issue with the frame being in my field of view. However, the frame is not contoured which lets light come in thru the sides slightly.
The Catalyst is a good choice for everyday wear; not too heavy, not too fragile and a cool modern look. If socks were still available in stores, I'd wear them a lot more.
Frame: Crystal Black
This was the first pair of Oakleys I ever purchased. I got them new in 2006 at a local SGH and was very happy with the them (as a 16 year old, any Oakley is a good Oakley).
A medium sized frame with a pretty good wrap, the Fives 3.0 were a solid modern looking update to the Fives family. Being constructed of the newer blend of O Matter made the frames very light and durable. I was always the envy of my friends who loved the sleek look and HDO optics built into the lenses. They were perfect for driving, snowboarding that one time I went, wearing to the beach and working outside.
Unfortunately my pair came to an untimely end when I left them on a table at a party. They weren’t stolen; even worse. Someone bent the frames inside out and held them in that position for long enough to basically flatten them. Kids can be dicks.
I was lucky to find the same pair about 12 years later! I helped a lady pick out a new pair of shades and she gifted me her old pair. I purchased a new Five Squared and popped the new BIP lens into the old frame and can happily say that they’re back in my collection.
A great frame for everyday use, the Five 3.0 is a great choice for your intro to the Obsession.
Frame: matte black
Lens: Prizm Daily
The top tier of Oakley wire frames at this time, the Carbon Blade frame is light weight, strong and flexible. With replaceable Air Tech nose pads and the Three Point Fit, the frame is very comfortable and can be worn all day with little discomfort.
The main area for damage that I’ve seen is in the outer corner of the lens where it attaches to the frame via a small screw. With excessive force, the lens can sheer away from the frame, leaving the lens basically unusable. For the price and with no replacement parts available, you might want to wear them sparingly.
I wouldn’t recommend these for everyday use and abuse. If you’re like me, you might break them out every once in a while to make your friends jealous, then put them back safely in the case to wait for the next special occasion.
Frame: Crystal Black
I’ll start by saying that they’re probably too big for my face. They’re big. The orbitals are larger than the modern Cohort (a sporty ladies frame). On my medium sized face, they sit on my cheeks when I smile or talk.
Even with the size issue, (a personal problem) I really like the look of the frame. They’re pretty much a bigger version of the Fives, which are one of my favorite shapes and fit me like a glove.
I picked up my CB pair in 2020, nearly 15 years after the frames were discontinued. At this age, there is some fine cracking in the top and bottoms of the orbitals. When compared to some older Fives, they aren’t quite as brittle as the old O Matter so they can still be worn... just with some care when taking them off and cleaning lenses.
Since they’re a little big on my face, they’ll probably hang out in my case.
they’re solid. find a sturdy tree.
Matte Black & Matte Black
Prizm 24k Gold Polarized Iridium & Prizm snow Black
I agree with Dullisc, the frame is quite reminiscent of Subzero/Zero series. It’s a comfortable build with the blinders attached, which for my preferences I’ll be leaving attached, fortunately if you do want to remove them, then snap out, and in respectively. I may attach the leash that comes with the frame.
It’s worth noting that the 24k is also polarized too, and at 11% VLT this make for good use in numerous conditions. Lux/Oakley were very creative with the Clifden. Additionally the blinders themselves are made from unobtanium.
It is worth noting and being mindful that the lenses can fog up while you have the blinders attached, if this happens I recommend not wearing the frame flush against one’s face and space it out a millimeter or two out. Or one could remove the unobtanium bridge blocker the wraps around the back of the nose bridge, to allow for some ventilation; though it’s worth noting that with the removal of the blocker, it will allow for light/sunlight in.
At 6% vlt, which designates the snow black as class 4 uv protection lenses.
Prizm Snow Black Iridium
Funky and functional. Great fit and amazing coverage. The lens shape reminds me of the Zero 0.1 only bigger. The blinders are snug fit to the face which they should be and keep wind and light from entering. Having the pieces removable too is a great feature that allows you to change the look of the glasses.
Definitely a piece to take seriously if you're out hiking or on the snow. Even with the dark lens because of the prizm technology everything just pops out to you.
Light weight and breathable. I use these for Mountain Bike riding and they have done a remarkable job keeping my hands dry to grip the bar. Very comfortable and easy to use my phone while they are on. Great for everyday use highly recomended
Oakley has discontinued production of all watches. In the South Pacific, we have a sole watchmaker authorized to/able to MAYBE obtain parts for watches still owned by customers. Unfortunately, I believe since production has ceased, he has been run dry of near all parts & can now only offer servicing & battery swaps. Message me if you happen to be in the south pacific (AU/NZ) and I can put you in touch, otherwise I think its an uphill battle and its outside my area I have the contacts for.
I simply love these sunglasses! Mine are the polarized black chrome style and I paid only $50 for them off Craigslist. I wear these whenever I go flying and they are perfectly comfortable and sturdy because of the metal construction. Plus, these are actually real Oakleys, not modern day cheap Luxoticca crap.
Frame: Cinder Red / Crystal Black / Matte Black
Lens: Black Iridium / Black Iridium / Ruby Iridium
Great looking frames, aggressive lines, stands out as an Iconic frame from Oakley. Light weight perfect fit for large to medium heads.
Great coverage and the fit of the frames are perfect even without the unobtainium.
Radically opposite the original Thump, the ST has a smooth and conservative style.
The orbitals are "just right" sized, between "too small" Gascan and "too big" Fuel Cell.
Sound quality is fine, even with 128kb files, so 512mb gives you plenty of music.
The removeable earpieces are a nice touch.
The icon controls are stealthy, but lack of tactile feedback makes them frustrating in use.
Idk what possessed me to get these, as I'm used to the standard ear wrap glasses. I saw them when getting new glasses, tried them on, and after 15 minutes of looking and feeling them on my face, decided to get them.
Boy was that a mistake, as soon into the week of getting my new glasses, I started getting headaches, and after tweaking the temples way out of their factory bow shape and almost straight, they are still giving me mild headaches. This is month 4 of having them, and they are so damn expensive, so It's not like I can just go get a new pair and be done with it, though that's what I might do, as having a headache 4x/hr isn't very great when you drive for 12hrs a day.
Have just chanced on a frame for the O3's SKU 11-624 with no lenses, earsocks or nosepads, sold as Why 3's.
Bought them as I had another pair of Why 3's and thought I would make a good pair out of the two....
Reallised they were totally different when I got them both side by side to sort out what I could use.
Managed to get lenses made, earsocks and nosepads, had to do some work on shortening the screws and find some little clear plastic washers so that they would go together nice and tight but have them sorted now!
These are my favourites of my collection, have never known a pair of shades so light or comfortable, been looking for more ever since, does anyone else have these? Can't find another pair anywhere?!
Its 2019 and I still wear my brushed chrome/ dark bronze Probation shades. The folks at the Oakley store always say something about them when I have them on me. Even when they were new I always got questions about them at different sun glass stores. They really wrap around the face and give complete coverage. They are a bit heavy, but still comfortable. Near impossible to find now. I would love another pair.