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Oakley Jawbreaker review

Oakley jawbreakers review
24 Mar 2018
Verdict:

Polarised lenses and polarised opinions from the Oakley HQ.

Cyclist Rating: 
Price: 
£210

Mark Cavendish allegedly wins sprints because he can get much lower over the handlebars than the rest of his opponents, thus reducing his frontal area. The downside to his hyper aggressive position is that visibility is hugely reduced. Oakley has been working with Mark Cavendish and, after a mere 9600 hours of testing, has come up with the Jawbreakers, which are designed to increase a rider’s field of vision.

It comes as a relief to us as we’re pretty confident poor peripheral vision is only thing holding us back in the sprints. The side effect is a massive lens with a very distinctive look, akin to the LeMond era Eyeshades, and the style divides the office. The Jawbreakers we have come with a polarized lens but Oakley now offer them with their new Prizm lens. The Prizm road lenses are designed to increase contrast so you can spot hazards in the road quicker.

Greg Lemond Oakley Eyeshades

We’ve had hands on experience with the Prizm lenses and it’s a strange experience at first. It’s like looking through a Photoshop contrast filter – everything has more pop. With the flick of a lever you can adjust the length of the arms to suit different head shapes, and helmet straps. I think it’s a real bonus and I’ve not had any incidents of the glasses slipping off my head whilst wearing them.

Oakley Jawbreaker

Changing the lens is an experience too thanks to the hinging mechanism that splits the whole glasses apart at the nosepiece. In practice it’s nowhere near as bad as it looks however the hinging O did cause some issues. I often check over my shoulder before a big change of direction when on the bike and the O obscures my peripheral vision just enough that I have to move my head a bit further. It’s not the end of the world but it is slightly annoying. 

The shape of the lens and frame is also such that sweat collects on the top of the lens very easily and when things get really damp sweat streams down the inside of the lens. It’s something I’ve never experienced before on any glasses although other testers didn’t report the same problem so it might have also been the helmet.

All in they’re a great new pair of sunglasses – as long as you have sweat-diverting eyebrows.

Rating: 4.5/5

Contact: Oakley.com

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