Oakley Is Now Making Mountain Bike Helmets and Apparel

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If it works once, do it again. That seems to be Oakley’s cycling product-launch philosophy. Last year at the Eurobike trade show in Germany, the company launched its new cycling helmets and apparel, and the internet pretty much freaked out with excitement.

This year (as in right now!), the company launched its new mountain bike helmet, the $200 DRT 5, and a small line of mountain bike apparel. There’s also a new high-tech (it’s Oakley, of course it’s high tech) jersey.

To help show off the helmet, Oakley enlisted three-time world champion downhiller Greg Minnaar. The South African has won more World Cup races than any other DH rider—21. That’s also the number of years Minnaar has been sponsored by Oakley. But this was the first time he had significant influence on a product design. As he held the battleship gray—Oakley calls it Minnaar gray—helmet in front of a crowd assembled to see it for the time, he smiled with pride as he pointed out his favorite features.

The new helmet is not a full-face; it’s for trail and all-mountain riding and looks from a distance like some of the more popular models in that category—Giro’s Montaro and Poc’s Tectral. But get closer and the features start to pop. On the outside, toward the rear are two clips that point up like mouse ears. Oakley calls them the Eyewear Landing Zone. They’re there to hold your glasses to the helmet so you no longer have to shimmy ear pieces through the vents, which is a common but not super effective way to secure your shades on mountain bike rides.

With the clips up, you can snug your arms into them and rest your glasses on the top of your helmet. If you’re going to descend, or go rumbling through techy sketchy trails, you can close the clips, locking your arms in place. It’s a nice way to keep your sunglasses secure to your helmet before and after a ride, too.

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The Eyewear Landing Zone keeps your glasses locked in place.

Inside, the helmet has a BOA dial fit system, which make adjustments easy. There’s also the MIPS protective liner, which can reduce the forces on your head in a crash. To keep sweat running down your face and sunglasses, Oakley added a silicone gutter across the brow to divert sweat away from your eyes. Designers also removed the front pad, which they felt only collected sweat. Inside the helmet, you’ll see just one minimal pad that sits on top of the head.

“We’ve all had pretty bad experiences with helmet pads, “ said Chad McKonly, Oakley’s helmet team leader. “They work for a while then fill up with sweat and at some point just let go, usually all over your glasses.”

On the exterior, Oakley carefully shaped the profile, especially around the ears to not interfere with sunglass earpieces. The hinged visor pivots high to fit goggles below it and it fits almost seamlessly with the helmet. It’s the one detail Minnaar obsessed over to get right.

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It’s a great-looking helmet, with features that could make it more enjoyable to ride in than some others. The Landing Zone and sweat guard should keep your glasses secure and free of sweat while the Boa fit system and MIPS protective insert can help deliver a better fit and potentially reduce injuries. The $200 helmet will be available March 1.

Oakley’s latest cycling replica sunglasses promise to cut down on the fog

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When a cyclist works up a sweat during a long climb or fast sprint, it is not uncommon for the heat and perspiration to get trapped behind their lens, causing them to fog over. This can lead to impaired vision, which is especially troubling when you’re screaming down the opposite side of the hill at 30-plus mph and can’t see the road in front of you. But with its latest line of cycling-focused eyewear Oakley has addressed this concern by creating a unique venting system designed to eliminate the fog altogether, helping riders to see more clearly at all times.

With just one look, it is easy to see that a lot of thought has gone into the design of the new cheap Oakley Flight Jacket and Field Jacket sunglasses. For starters, both are equipped with the company’s Prizm lens, which have been fine-tuned to offer the best possible clarity and contrast while riding. Oakley’s engineers have achieved this by fine-tuning the way individual waves of light pass through the lenses, which in turn allows cyclists to see more details of the world around them. This makes it much easier to identify obstacles in the road or pick a safer line to ride for instance.

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Oakley has also developed what it believes is a new breakthrough in airflow technology that it calls “The Advancer.” Located in the bridge of the nose on the replica sunglasses, The Advancer gives riders the ability to improve ventilation at the touch of a toggle switch. When the switch is moved into place it not only opens a small vent in the nose of the glasses, it also causes the nose piece to slide slightly away from the frame. This has the added effect of moving the sunglasses ever so slightly away from the face, creating more airflow in the process. This should, in theory, help to keep fog from developing on the inside of the lenses.

The Flight Jacket and Field Jacket have also been designed to be extremely aerodynamic, while also offering 100 percent UV protection, too. The two models differ in some important ways, however, including the fact that the Flight Jacket features an open-edged brow for an improved field of view. That model also comes with interchangeable temple lengths to improve compatibility with a wide variety of bike helmets. Meanwhile, the Field Jacket is a dual-lens model with a more traditional-looking frame that has been built to accommodate prescription lenses.

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Both the Flight Jacket and Field Jacket are available now on Oakley’s website.

What’s The Story With Those Ski & Snowboard Goggles That Are All Over The Olympics?

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Chloe Kim, in her Oakley goggles, celebrating her gold medal after the Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe final event in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Most Olympic athletes from around the world have a favorite – or sponsored – brand for clothing and equipment. But if you’ve been watching the skiing and snowboarding events, it seems as though a certain very distinctive pair of goggles – half orange, half yellow – has been showing up on just about everyone. The snow goggles and replica sunglasses are a great example of product placement, and are part of Oakley’s new, limited edition Harmony Fade collection.

Oakley was founded in a California garage in 1975 by now-billionaire Jim Jannard, and the company was named after his English setter, Oakley Anne. It went public in 1995 and was sold to multi-brand Italian optical giant Luxottica in 2007. One of the leading product design and sport performance brands in the world, Oakley now has clothing lines and other gear, but is still best known for its lens technologies, on which it holds more than 800 patents.

The Harmony Fade collection was “developed to celebrate the journey and commitment that athletes make to reach the world stage of competition, Harmony Fade honors the path of greatness, while inspiring athletes of all levels to chase the journey of possibility,” according to company literature. The orange and yellow incorporated throughout the Harmony Fade collection of goggles and sunglasses are inspired by the colors on Oakley’s Prizm lenses. Orange represents “the fire that burns inside each and every competitor” while yellow is “for the sun that lights the path of athletes brave enough to pursue their dreams.” The Harmony Fade collection is made up of seven types of goggles and five styles of cheap sunglasses for a variety of sports.

The Prizm lens technology is found in Oakley’s snow, sport and everyday lines. In the snow line, the technology claims to dramatically enhance contrast and visibility over a wide range of light conditions, and was engineered to offer this versatility and reduce the need to switch lenses as lighting conditions change. If you watched the Men’s Halfpipe final, you saw how half of the pipe was in sun and the other in shade, a perfect example of the conditions athletes need to adjust to.

Team USA snowboarder and crowd favorite Chloe Kim was wearing her Harmony Fade goggles when she won a gold medal – by a huge margin – in the Ladies’ Halfpipe this week. Now 17, she was unable to compete in the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi because the rules deemed her too young, even though she was likely good enough. At the 2016 US Grand Prix in Park City, UT, she became the first women snowboarder ever to land back-to-back 1080s in competition. That same run scored a 100, and she remains the only female snowboarder to achieve this perfect score – though she came quite close in her winning Olympic run.

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Mikaela Shiffrin competing in the Women’s Slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Another high-profile woman Oakley athlete sporting the ubiquitous goggles is U.S. alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin, who at age 18 became the youngest alpine skier, male or female, to win gold in the slalom at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Shiffrin failed to defend her title this week, coming in fourth, but did get another gold in giant slalom.

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Staale Sandbech of Norway competes during the Men’s Slopestyle qualification on day one of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

It’s not just Americans – the goggles are everywhere. Norwegian snowboarder and Oakley athlete Staale Sandbech wore them when he competed in the Men’s Slopestyle, coming in fourth place, and will also wear a pair for the Men’s Big Air next week. Though he’s now 24, he too found athletic accomplishment at an early age; in 2010, at age 16, he became the youngest male Norwegian athlete to compete in the winter Olympics.

I recently wrote about the big splash that the fringed, Western-style leather gloves worn by Team USA in the Opening Ceremonies made, lighting up social media during the festivities. The Harmony Fade has picked up the mantle, and will likely be a mainstay on the slopes long after the 2018 Winter Olympic Games have come and gone.

Cheap Oakley Aro3 MIPS helmet Sunglasses

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Oakley’s Aro3 quickly sorts us all into two camps: the camp that embraces new and out-of-the-ordinary aesthetics, and the camp that prefers traditional styles and shapes. While both tribes are likely to enjoy the exceptional fit, venting, and featheriness of the Aro3, only the stylistically adventurous will truly love this lid.

It’s got a bit of a hairnet-meets-90s-mushroom-helmet look and if we’re being honest, it shares a lot of style cues with POC’s Octal — yet it’s sleek and modern, too. That’s part form and part function: large front vents allow plenty of air movement over the head and out the back. The MIPS liner does cut down some of the venting, but there’s enough air moving over and through the helmet to keep it plenty cool. If you’re heading out for a long, hot climb, this is the cheap Oakley offering to reach for.

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Perhaps the best feature of the Aro3 is one that it shares with the Aro5: the Boa FS1-1 fit system. It adjusts quickly and easily via the rear Boa dial, so you can dial in your snugness in tiny increments. And the TX1 braided textile lace Oakley replica uses is so low-profile that it barely registers on your head. Oakley says it lays flat against the rider’s head, but it’s really so thin that it’s hard to tell if this is true or not. Or if it matters. Regardless, the FS1-1 fit system doesn’t interfere with your replica sunglasses at all, which is the most significant benefit.

Make no mistake, this is an excellent helmet. But it isn’t without its shortcomings. The straps are thin and comfortable against the skin, but the buckle doesn’t hold that thin strap in position strongly enough. That means the strap can loosen over time. The ear junctions are also not adjustable, which isn’t a problem if they line up where you like them. But if you’re a fidgeter, you might find yourself yearning for some sort of adjustment system here.

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The onus on Oakley outlet, upon entering a crowded helmet market, was not just to be good; it had to be among the best. The Aro3, and its more aerodynamic sibling the Aro5, both prove cheap Oakley has more than met that criteria. Smart touches like the integrated cheap sunglasses dock make it an easy helmet to reach for, and the venting makes it worthy of hot, long days in the mountains.

Oakley’s smart Radar Pace sunnies with earphones in are your UV-defeating soundtrack to the Tour de France

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With the world’s greatest cycling competition/pharmaceutical experiment in full swing, high-end eyewear maker Oakley has released a limited-edition Tour de France version of its Radar Pace replica sunglasses to celebrate the history and legacy of the iconic competition.

Radar Pace, the firm’s smart sports sunglasses incorporate in-ear headphones for music and a real-time, voice-activated coaching system, which can be adjusted to help you train harder and for longer while out on two wheels.

The Tour de France edition includes an exclusive PRIZM Road Lens that’s been etched with the Tour de France logo and detailed with a unique iridium coating “inspired by the regions of France”.

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These highly technical, IPX5 water resistant glasses have a touch pad at the temples to control volume and take/end calls with a tap or swipe.

As well as your mobile, the system can pair to external sensors to track power output, heart rate, speed, cadence, distance, time and more.

Each pack includes two ear booms, a clear lens for low light conditions, a unique iridium PRIZM Road Lens, a case and Tour de France microbag, two replacement nose pads and – yes! – a micro USB cable.

The Oakley limited edition Tour De France Radar Pace replica sunglasses are available now with a price tag of £40.

Oakley Wind Jacket 2.0 replica sunglasses, with PRIZM lens

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Skiing in cheap sunglasses on a perfect spring/summer day is one of the best feelings ever… until your eyes begin watering like crazy and said sunglasses fly off your head into a snowy abyss. The answer: the Wind Jacket 2.0, a big-lensed, snug-fitting pair of shades with heaps of retro flair, to boot. These puppies come with a removable strap and PRIZM lenses that enhance color and contrast. I’ve been sporting these while skiing, hiking, biking, paragliding, rollerblading, river-rafting, boating, you name it. They’ve remained squarely in place through all of these activities, blocked wind and generally enhanced my experiences via the remarkable clarity and contrast offered by PRIZM.

More on the PRIZM front: These replica sunglasses are catchy, no doubt about it. Everywhere I roam folks inquire, “What are those?!” I often go so far as to take ’em off of my head and welcome strangers to try them out, and I explain the benefit and the magic of PRIZM. People dig the look, that’s obvious, and they’re almost always sold on these puppies when they see the world through the PRIZM lens. The next question they’ll ask is, “Hey, wait a minute, do you work for Oakley outlet?!” “No,” I reply. “I’m just that big of a m’f#ckin’ fan.”

Jacket up, folks.

Note: The Wind Jacket 2.0 comes in six colorways. I dig the Neon Retina frame with PRIZM Snow Black Iridium lens for its funky-fun look, but I feel compelled to say that the PRIZM Snow Torch Iridium lens that comes standard with the 80s Green and Neon Orange/Red frames is just the best; it brightens and warms up your experiences in a way that I guarantee you’ll appreciate. Catch a sneak peek at those colorways, below, and click on the nifty button here for all the deets.

Popular replica sunglasses store Oakley coming to Eastview Mall

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The popular eyewear and clothing company Oakley will open its first Rochester-area store this fall.

Victor, N.Y. (WHAM) – The popular eyewear and clothing company Oakley will open its first Rochester-area store this fall.

The Oakley outlet store will be located in Eastview Mall next to the Apple Store.

The 2,100-square-foot store will have replica sunglasses, sports visors, ski/snowboard goggles, watches and other accessories.

More store announcements are expected in the coming months, according to Eastview Mall developers.

Cheap Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm Road sunglasses review

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Cheap Oakley’s Jawbreaker Prizm Road sunglasses are, for the most part, an excellent pair of shades for road cycling. The optics are crystal clear with no distortion and the Prizm tint clarifies road surface as well as provide the basic UV protection and shade for your eyes. The adjustable fit is comfortable and, thanks to Oakley’s so-called Unobtainum rubber bits, quite sturdy.

Yes, the look is polarizing (forgive the pun), but I’ll focus here on what you see from the inside out, not how the glasses themselves look. That’s for you to judge.

The 53mm tall lens works well for riding in the drops. The extended upper piece lets you see up the road when your head is tilted down.

The 131mm width wraps around the face considerably, with scalloped lower sections making room for your cheekbones.

My own gripe with the construction design is how the Oakley logo protrudes on both sides into your peripheral vision.

There are tradeoffs regarding the merits of frameless replica sunglasses versus something like the Jawbreaker with a full frame. Frameless offers excellent, unobstructed vision, but, if you drop ’em, you scratch ’em. The Jawbreaker frame isn’t really visible (save those annoying logos), unless you’re really rolling your eyes, and it has saved me more than a few times when accidentally dropping the glasses.

The nosepiece is adjustable for width and the earpieces for length. Both feature a tacky rubber that replica Oakley, in true Oakley fashion, calls ‘Unobtanium’. Whatever the silly name, the stuff works quite well. When rattling across lousy road surfaces or even the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix, the fake sunglasses stay perfectly in place, no matter how much sweat is pouring off your face.

Speaking of pouring sweat, discount Oakley has an excellent water-deflecting treatment that it puts on the outside of the lenses. For my money, I’d like to see it on the inside, too, as sweat smears are annoying.

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The hydrophilic treatment on the lens works well — I just wish Oakley would add it to the inside, too

The vents on the lens do their job. I have yet to notice the lenses fogging up, despite slow, laborious climbing in a full range of temperatures.

Opening the Jawbreakers to change or clean the lens is a tidy mechanical process. You flip up the nosepiece on a pivot, slide open a little metal latch and the upper and lower frame pieces then pivot open like a jaw.

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Once the nosepiece cam is opened up, the entire lower frame pivots downward, releasing the lens

The channels that hold the lens have little rubber bumpers too for a quiet and secure fit.

The Jawbreakers aren’t the lightest things in the world, but at 34g they aren’t a nuisance on your face.

The Jawbreakers come in a variety of frame colors and special edition models.

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Instead of using snap-together plastic parts to secure the lens as with the Jawbone, the Jawbreaker uses a proper cam mechanism that’s partially made of metal and built into the nosepiece

The Best Cheap Oakley Sunglasses For Every Sport

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Did you know the color of your lenses can actually impact your performance? Sporting equipment companies make different colored lenses for nearly every outdoor activity you can imagine. Oakley launched what they call Prizm Lens Technology in October 2014, but has been building on the line ever since. The company debuted a collection of goggles for snow sports this year that fine-tunes vision specifically for winter conditions, accentuating certain colors to help you see contrast in the snow.

Oakley isn’t the only brand making sport-specific shades, though. Brands like REI, Nike, and Wiley-X offer similar technology. Whether you’re a skier, golfer, runner, or biker, there’s a unique lens that will help you see more detail, depth, and definition. Read on for highlights from Oakley’s latest line of sport-specific replica sunglasses and goggles.

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The Best Sunglasses For Road Biking

Opt for the red-tinted road lenses if you’re running or road biking this summer. The Oakley Prizm Road lenses will improve your vision in both bright light and shadows. Traffic lights, yellow lines, and imperfections on the road will become more vibrant and distinguished.

“We do this by making those surfaces and that dominant black surface richer and deeper,” says Wayne Chumbley, the vision performance lab manager at Oakley outlet. “All the other colors on that black surface like tar, dirt, and paint lines become more vibrant. Black absorbs all color, making it difficult to see contrast on. By making the surface darker and richer, we are building contrast to help you see better. ”

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The Best Goggles For Skiing

Snow environments are dominated by white and lack any particular color. Oakley’s Prizm Inferno Line Miner Snow Goggle accentuates cyan and reds, enhancing contrast in the snow. That means no more surprise bumps or sudden sunlight blindness while shredding downhill.

You can further specialize your lens selection based on the conditions of a particular day. For overcast days, Oakley makes rose-tinted goggles that make it easier for you to distinguish the grey sky from the white snow while you’re standing at the top of the mountain. For super sunny days, the Prizm Black Iridium will allow you to see shadows and rollovers on the slopes, and protect your eyes from blinding sunlight.

These goggles have another cool feature: You can combat fog with a push of a button. When your goggles begin to fog, simply press a button on the side of the goggles and uniformed heating will activate across the lens, causing the fog to evaporate. Think of it as a defroster for your face.

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The Best Sunglasses For Golf

Read the greens and gauge distance more accurately with the violet-tinted Prizm Golf lenses. It improves contrast, which helps you distinguish breaks on the green and gives you more cues to gauge how far you are from the green and the grass conditions in between.

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The Best Sunglasses For Water Sports

Prizm Deep Water Polarized lenses filter out the shades of blue that overwhelm your vision on open water. Whether you’re tubing, fishing, or driving your jet ski, you’ll want these lenses to better see below the surface any time you’re on the water. The added polarization cuts through the glare of the water.

Silver Prizm Shallow Water Polarized lenses are perfect for fishers. They boost green and copper hues that define hiding spots and maintain bright whites to spot the fish and flies more easily. They also help detect the fish’s shadows underwater, according to replica Oakley.

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The Best Sunglasses For the Trails

You can bike, hike, and run knowing that you won’t wipe out while wearing the red-tinted Oakley Prizm Trail Lenses. These replica sunglasses are engineered to enhance the definition of reds and browns, allowing you to see and react faster to creases and patches of sand, roots, and rocks.

“Color separation is the key,” says Chumbley. “This lens allows you to identify texture and hazards, giving you the ultimate depth perception needed at the high speeds of off-road mountain biking.”

Cheap SEAL Cerakote Recon Oakley Sunglasses

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Deep in the woods, just outside of Idyllwild California, I was shooting a piece on how to do a “Clover Leaf Recon.”

I had intended to produce that piece and only include short blurbs about the gear I had chosen to use, but when I started to research the glasses I had with me I found the coating on them so interesting that I thought I should share it with you all.

As a Sniper Instructor, grey had become my favorite color. It’s easy to darken or lighten, but its best attribute is its ability to smoothly blend into shadows and of course, when you’re hiding, there are always shadows.

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For this reason I had brought out a grey pair of Oakley’s new Fuel Cell Cerakote glasses. As expected I was pleased with the fit, weight, and lenses but I was especially happy to see that after hours of crawling through bushes, and shoving the glasses in and out of my pockets, that they weren’t destroyed.

I knew they had a Cerakote finish on them, but to be honest, and I’m embarrassed to say this, I really didn’t know anything about Cerakote until I started doing the research for my original article.

Here’s what grabbed my attention about what Oakley is using to coat their replica glasses.

What you need to know about Cerakote

Cerakote is a ceramic based finish often used to protect and reduce the signature of high-end weapon systems as well as critical plastics, polymers, woods or metals that are expected to last and perform in a variety of conditions. Say like getting thrusted in and out of branches, leaves and dirt filled pockets.

Not just another paint job

It wasn’t the fact that Cerakote protects things from harsh elements that really caught my attention. It was how much better it protected things than other coatings that I found meaningful.

Solvents

You can dip something painted with Cerakote into gnarly solvents like gun and brake cleaners, WD-40, Lacquer Thinner and even Acetone and Paint stripper with no effect on the coating.

Should you be putting your face into those things? Not unless you’re sniffing them out of a brown paper bag, but it’s not uncommon to be working with and around such things and having them get all over your hands and gear.

Don’t sniff anything inside of a brown paper bag unless your Momma put a day-old mayonnaise sandwich in it on a hot day. Only then do I recommend a “Sniff Check.” I’m not saying not to eat it. I’m just saying know what you’re getting yourself into.

Corrosives

Expose a Cerakote treated item to harsh salt spray and it will resist corrosion 575 times longer than stainless steel or blueing. Game changer.

Abrasion

There’s a test called “Taber Abrasion” that is used to determine the wear resistance of coatings. Cerakote’s closest competitor wore out after 600 cycles of the test while Cerakote continued to resist until it hit 8000 cycles.

That’s a crazy increase in abrasion resistance and that explains why they did so well when I had them in the field.

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I wish I had Cerakote coated “Tough Skin” jeans back when I was a kid so that I didn’t have to roll to school with those funky patches my mom used to sew to my knees. Red hair, freckles and holes in my jeans – come on Mom!

Flexibility and durability

Cerakote can also handle 32% elongation as well as a 160 pound impact with no coating loss either.

Basically, the coating is earning one of my all time favorite Military descriptions: “Bomb Proof”

I almost don’t want you to click this link

Oakley has a particular pair of Cerakote glasses that I’ll be a doing a story about in the upcoming weeks and I just noticed that they’re already available in the Cerakote section of their site.

These puppies are actually individually airbrushed, have a killer story about where the design came from (which I’ll be telling later) and are the first and only “Cammie” styled glasses I’ve ever been excited about or would consider wearing on a regular basis.

You’ll know which ones I’m talking about when you see them…

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