Oakley Holbrook and Frogskin Summit Review
It was truly serendipitous timing to receive two pairs of Oakleys for an Oakley Holbrook Review and Oakley Frogskin Summit Review sunglasses at this point of time.
My poor old Oakley Andy Irons Hijinx are battered from being used as “gardening” glasses. Perhaps it's a tribute to the longevity and robustness of Oakleys that they are still with us, yes?
(I've dropped them, ran over them on the mower, dropped them again, and ran over them again. Remarkable.)
It's always good to have some casual Oakleys for travel, podium finishes or whatever. Kate tells me it is most uncool to wear Radar or Racing Jackets in a casual setting, so it makes sense to have a set of these lying around.
Oakley Holbrook Review – Heaven Series
My brother turned (well he didn't just turn up from 1800km away, it was pre-arranged) up to our place a few months ago wearing a pair of polarized Holbrooks and my word they looked boss. He's a carpenter and wears them on site. That's how much he loves them.
Since then I've wanted a pair of these.
After wearing a pair of Holbrooks around for a few weeks, I'm happy to report these are just tremendous.
They're super light, comfy with good peripheral vision. They have thicker lens frames than I am used to – which took a but of getting used to, but I became accustomed to them quickly.
Can't fault these. They're just so nice I don't want to wear them! Plus I feel as cool as Cippo. In black socks. In the zebra kit.
Back when I was in high school, all the cool kids (whose parents had money) were rocking Frogskins. You know the ones. Clear frame, purple iridium lenses.
Man I wanted some. Bad. I used to spend time copying the Oakley logo onto my folders and binders and hunted high and low for Oakley Thermonuclear Protection car stickers.
(Until I discovered M Frames, which as a very serious golfer, were perfect.)
In the intervening period until today, I've had one pair of M Frames, some Eye Jackets, and a fleeting dalliance with Arnettes, and here we are, back amongst a Frogskin renaissance. (Boy, Oakleys last a lonnnnng time.)
This time though, Oakley has turned the outrageous up to a Spinal Tap “I-leven” and dropped a special range of Frogskins called the Summit series.
You might remember Frogskins from such excellent podium appearances as: “Here I go again” by Joaquin Rodriguez (Vuelta a Espagna, 2012).
Kate was giddy with glee upon spying these – “Oh no my Timmy, these don't suit you, they'll suit me much better, thankyouverymuch!”
I did manage to try these on – wow. Light, compact and just simple. Kate reports similar levels of optical joy. I don't need to go into the optical specs of these specs – the Oakley website has the salient info.
The old school Oakley logos of course adorn the Summits.
The colours of the Summits ostensibly pay homage to the colours of the Rocky Mountains (I'm intrigued to know where this inspiration came from!). I'll be damned though if these colours don't reflect the colours of cycling…
The lush green of the French Pyrenees, yellow of the sunflowers, blue for the glistening Mediterranean, Mesa Orange reminds me of the ridiculous swagger and braggadocio of Cipollini and the muted red for the lovely Spanish Sangria.
One thing that I noted was that the arms are detachable, so if a careless friend sits on them the arms won't break. Even if your friend has a massive melon-sized head, your glasses won't come off second best.
You and I both know that optically Oakley sunnies are awesome. They block out 100% of UVA/UVB/UVC & harmful blue light up to 400nm.
You only get one set of eyes as far as I know, so don't muck around with cheap sunnies.
Both these sunnies are perfect for the casual times in a cyclist's life: in transit on route to Europe, collecting that $40 B grade first place prize (coffees are on you!) or when you're down at the bowls club.
Where to get Oakleys
You can get Oakleys at all the usual outlets plus these online outlets below.
Evans Cycles has just about the whole range of Holbrooks, Frogskins and Frogskin Summits – so definitely check Evans out!
Wiggle, Chain Reaction and ProBikeKit have a wide variety of Oakleys but might not have Holbrooks or Frogskins.
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