Dirty Dog Competition – Treasure Hunt!

If you’ve been keeping an eye on our social media platforms over the last week or so you may have noticed that we have teamed up with Dirty Dog for an epic competition.

We’ve taken inspiration from a well known cycling magazine and hidden a Dirty Dog sunglasses case on a popular road cycling route in the Northamptonshire countryside!

To be in with your chance of winning, find the case, call us or drop in to RxSport HQ with the code and send us your winners grin on social media.

We’ve liaised with Dirty Dog to create an RxSport cycling jersey and also thrown in a Dirty Dog Helmet, a Dirty Dog cap and some Polarised sunglasses; a prize package worth nearly £200!

So, time for your first clue…

Not ringing any bells? How about this..?

Come on, you must have it by now! No? Ok, here’s another clue…

Good luck to all and may the odds ever be in your favour!

 

 

 

 

 

Sunglasses for the Petrolhead

The British Motorsport Showpiece is upon us, the British Grand Prix.

After a week of ups and downs; Lewis Hamilton not turning up to a drivers event and Silverstone calling it quits on their time hosting the F1. The British public are now hoping for Lewis Hamilton’s fortunes to change this weekend.

Sponsorship is the name of the game with motorsport and currently nothing is more prominent in F1 than Ray-Ban’s partnership with Ferrari.

Vettel and Raikkonen can often be seen strolling the paddock in their Ray-Ban’s.

This partnership comes after Oakley had broken the ice for eyewear companies in the glamour and glitz of F1 and produced some of the most iconic sunglasses ever.

Although now discontinued, the Carbon Blade paved the way for the use of Carbon Fibre as a frame material; strong, lightweight and durable.

The Sliver is one of Oakley’s favourite casual frames. With a squared lens shape and a keyhole bridge, it proves very popular! The colour combination of Black and Red resonates with Ferrari fans.

Inspired by the world famous X Metal’s collection, the Badman shows what is possible when designers are allowed a free reign of what to create. It is a masterpiece in itself, combining 21st century tech with a retro X Metal style.

Find out more about how Oakley created their legendary Ferrari Collection

Perhaps one of the biggest names in F1 still rocking his Oakley’s is Fernando Alonso. The two time World Champion hasn’t had the easiest of years but at least his sunglasses don’t give up on him, unlike his engines!

Moto GP is also a big hitter in the world of sunglasses and sponsorships. The biggest names in the sport are supported by the biggest names in the eyewear world. From Valentino Rossi and his Oakley collection to Cal Crutchlow wearing Rudy Project glasses.

Again, Oakley are paving the way this season. After sponsoring the Mugello GP and having three of their sponsored riders; Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez finishing in the top 10, it was a good weekend for the eyewear powerhouse!

Oakley have used Valentino Rossi as one of their greatest ever marketing assets across all of their social media platforms; he even has his own signature VR46 range, check it out below!

The Oakley Latch is one of 2017’s most popular frames and can be seen on professional athletes all across the globe; this special edition model features a classy paint job and the VR46 etching on the lens.

2017 has also seen the addition of the Sliver R, Moto GP edition with Oakley. Combining the specially etched lens with their revolutionary new Prizm lifestyle tints, the Sliver R is a perfect ally for racers and fans alike.

Rudy Project has always had a presence in the Moto GP world; starting with Cal Crutchlow bringing the Spinhawk to prominence to the new crop of riders such as Jack Miller and Jonas Folger. Rudy Project now has 5 ambassadors on the Moto GP starting grid; the ideal place to showcase their latest models.

Jack Miller partnered Cal Crutchlow at the beginning of his promising Moto GP career, perhaps explaining his link with Rudy Project!

Miller is a promising rider in the field and claimed his first Moto GP victory in Assen back in 2016. At the age of 22, that’s not too bad! Miller has established himself as being a regular top 10 finisher this season so it won’t be long until he is snapped up by one of the bigger teams.

Are you heading to Silverstone this weekend? Share you pictures with us on our social media!

 

 

 

 

Cricket Sunglasses in 2017

England got off to a flyer in the first test at Lord’s and started Joe Root’s tenure in charge with a convincing victory against South Africa.

With the start of a summer of test cricket in the UK and the sun finally shining, brands get to showcase their latest sunglasses and the big names all take centre stage; adidas, Oakley, Rudy Project and many more.

If you keep a close eye on a cricket field over summer, you’ll notice more and more players wearing Oakley’s, they are taking over! From Ben Stokes in his Racing Jacket’s to Faf Du Plessis sporting the casual Latch; Oakley is hitting the cricket market for six, and with good reason!

A lot like the England Cricket team, the Oakley Racing Jacket has had a resurgence this year, with some brand new colours released and flying off the shelves. Partially helped by exposure from high profile athletes such as Ben Stokes and cycling royalty, Geraint Thomas but mainly due to their legendary style and quality.

Oakley’s frames really cut it out on the cricket field; versatile, lightweight, durable, quality and most of all, stylish! One of the most popular frames out there at the moment is the is the ever popular and timeless Radarlock, worn by players such as Joe Root, Jimmy Anderson, JP Duminy and Faf Du Plessis.

The EVZero sunglasses are a popular option with cricketers due to their extremely lightweight frame construction. Morne Morkel and Jason Roy can be seen sporting Oakley’s lightest ever sports frame. Complete with a full shield style for a truly unobstructed view, perfect for picking out all that goes on during a day’s play. The addition of Oakley’s Unobtainium® earsocks and nosepieces keeps the glasses in place and adds extra comfort. Coming from someone who has worn these glasses, after about 5 minutes of wearing them, you completely forget you have them on!

Yes, that picture above isn’t Jimmy Anderson in his Oakley’s, but England’s most prolific wicket taker used to don the adidas Evil Eye Evo sunglasses. Sunglasses that were spotted at the home of cricket being worn by both Liam Dawson and Stuart Broad.

Adidas have established themselves as one of the best in the business, chancing their arm against the Oakley powerhouse and matching them! The Evil Eye Evo Pro and Evil Eye Halfrim Pro have hit the ground running and have really proved themselves as a front runner in the world of sports specific sunglasses. The adjustable temples and nosepads found in the Evil Eye series gives them an edge over their competitors and their lenses are brilliant, perfect for long sunny days out on the cricket field. More importantly, they look very smart in both the halfrim and fullrim style.

Liam Dawson made quite the impression with the ball in his first test on home soil, taking 2-34 in the second innings, including the dangerous wicket of Hashim Amla. It didn’t go as well with the bat, with Dawson falling for a duck in both innings.

Some of you more eagle eyed viewers out there would have spotted a lot of the South Africans wearing Rudy Project sunglasses. Not something often associated with cricket but a great option for something slightly different!

From temporary skipper Dean Elgar in his custom Agon’s to Temba Bavuma in a pair of Tralyx glasses, Rudy Project offer everything needed for a pair of world class sports sunglasses. Lightweight and well ventilated frames combine with incredibly clear optics and almost unbreakable lenses to create a pair of glasses more than at home on the world stage.

Cricket isn’t something often associated with Rudy Project and it has surprised us somewhat! Usually Rudy Project is focused on their two wheeled exploits, with plenty of Tour de France riders wearing their legendary sunglasses. Rudy Project has been a big supplier for South African cricketers for years and it stems from their domestic 20/20 league where Rudy Project made their big breakthrough and they have gone on since then. Despite the much more popular Oakley and adidas sunglasses being in their way, Rudy Project still manage to push through onto the world stage, getting the likes of Hashim Amla, one of the worlds best batsmen on board as they go.

So there you have it, a comprehensive round up of what you might have seen at the Home of Cricket over the weekend!

The second test starts on Friday at Trent Bridge, Nottingham with Joe Root’s men looking to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.

Heading to the cricket over the summer? Send us in your pictures! Like this one from sunny Lord’s!

 

 

 

RxSport’s 2017 Festival Guide

Festival Season is upon us and we are here to guide you through the perfect sunnies for a weekend in a field!

After the scorching temperatures at the end of May for Radio 1’s Big Weekend in sunny Hull; It’s looking like we might have a hot Glasto this year after the recent heatwave, a good start to the year of festivals!

Sunglasses are a must have festival accessory. For some, it’s all in the image and completes the UK festival goer’s look and for others it is a crucial barrier to the pollen ridden fields commonly encountered at this time of year!

From the Isle of Wight to Leeds, here’s our line up of the best glasses you’ll see up and down the country this summer…

Ray-Ban Blaze Clubmaster

Just look at them, aren’t they beautiful?! Ray-Ban’s Blaze collection has laid down a marker in 2017 for style. The innovative flat lenses are fused with the iconic style of the Clubmaster, a Ray-Ban favourite to create this masterpiece. The vivid mirrored lenses will add even more colour to festivals across the world this summer!

I almost feel like we don’t need to go any further, this is the look for summer ’17 and it has gone down very well with the RxSport team! However, if you are otherwise inclined, then here are some other great options!

Oakley Gauge 8

New into Oakley’s arsenal, the Gauge 8 features the iconic double bridge for true 2017 styling. Starring Oakley Prizm lenses, the Gauge 8 is sure to be seen around the camping grounds in 2017.

Tifosi Highwire

Tifosi have branched out from their expertise in Sports glasses to bring you some great new styles, perfect for summer! The Highwire is no exception, a hybrid metal and Grilamid frame gives a high end feel and keeps the glasses sturdy. Versatility is the name of the game too, with interchangeable temples; one for a sporty feel and one for casual days.

Maui Jim Red Sands

Summer perfection from Maui Jim.The Red Sands are brand new and sport the Blue Hawaii lens, ideal for shielding the morning hangover eyes after a nights camping! Red Sands are lightweight and thanks to the MauiPure lenses, offer great impact protection and scratch resistance, just what you need on a long weekend away.

Dirty Dog Goat

Polarised lenses as standard and a pair of glasses that really keeps costs down. Perfect for a pair of sunglasses to be part of the struggle that is weekend camping and big crowds! The hybrid metal frame keeps the Goat nice and sturdy and the squared frame style gives it a fresh and modern look. Need something last minute? The Goat is the way to go!

adidas Matic

An oversized frame gives the Matic a cool look, perfect for summer! Rubber temple components keep the frame in place even during the most vigorous of performances, the last thing you want during Kasabian at Reading is your glasses to fall off in the middle of Fire!

Who can forget all the classics! Last year we brought you the best of 2016 and they are still going strong, from Oakley offering the Latch and the Frogskins to the Bolle 527 and the Zeal Ace, timeless classics and all among the top picks for 2017!

 

 

Get your sunnies on, wellies at the ready and don’t forget your suncream and make the most of another great line up of British music festivals!

 

 

 

 

U.S Open 2017, who wore what?

Erin Hills, Wisconsin hosted the hustle and bustle of the U.S Open last weekend and the English were kept interested by Tommy Fleetwood who just missed out on winning his first career major.

Now, if you’re anything like us, as soon as you see someone wearing a pair of sunglasses on TV you have to figure out what they were. RxSport are on hand to guide you through what sunnies were on show stateside at the weekend!

Hideki Matsuyama – Oakley Radarlock Path

During the 2017 U.S Open, Matsuyama wore the Oakley Radarlock Path sunglasses. A firm favourite in the Oakley range due to it’s Switchlock lens changing technology and lightweight frame design. Combine this with Oakley’s Prizm lenses and you’re on to a winner! – Oakley Radarlock Path Sunglasses

Justin Rose – adidas Whipstart

adidas have had something of a resurgence in sports eyewear in recent years. Their addition of frames such as the Zonyk Aero Pro and the Evil Eye Evo Pro has thrown adidas straight to the top of the pile and they have picked up awards along the way! – adidas Red Dot awards 2017 

The adidas Whipstart is a great hybrid frame, one that fills a void between a real hardcore sports frame and a true casual frame. Definitely a winner in 2017! – adidas Whipstart Sunglasses

Bubba Watson – Oakley Flak Draft

Bubba Watson is Oakley’s marketing masterpiece. The unconventional style of the two times masters champion keeps people guessing. His partnership with Oakley has proved a force in the sports eyewear world, utilising his profile to spread word about the incredible Prizm Golf lens. Designed with golf in mind, the Prizm Golf lens boosts contrast and allows more detail on the course to be picked out, giving you a better chance of reading different cuts of grass and distances. – Oakley Flak Draft / Prizm Golf 

A huge range of golfing sunglasses are available, with a style and price to match anyone. Here are a few more options we sometimes see out on the course.

Bolle Bolt – Ryder Cup Edition

A frame worn by a couple of the caddies and Gregory Bourdy at the U.S Open. The Bolle Bolt with the Modulator V3 Golf is a great golfing companion. The Photochromic lens gives you great variation and is one of very few golf specific photochromic lenses out there; giving you a wider range of conditions that they cover you for. The lenses are constantly adapting to the course’s environment, so contrast and subtleties are always optimized, helping you pick out more detail in a variety of conditions.

Dirty Dog Sport Sly

Dirty Dog offer a golf specific option with a contrast enhancing Brown lens. The Sport Sly is a great option for an entry level sunglass with a flexible frame and halfrim wraparound style proving a popular choice with golfers. At just £35.99, it is a great choice for beginners looking to progress their game.

Maui Jim Backswing

Towards the other end of the pricing spectrum come Maui Jim. The Backswing is designed with golf in mind. A lightweight hybrid metal frame based around Maui Jim’s legendary SuperThin Glass lenses provide the ultimate optical clarity, perfect for judging distances and colours.

With polarised lenses as standard helping you cut through the glare to really see what matters, the Backswing is ideal for those looking to progress their game to the next level.

 

Getting out on the golf course? Send us your pictures on social media so we can see what you get up to!

 

 

 

Zeal Optics 2017, All you need to know!

Around this time of year, brands get busy releasing new models and treating us to new tech and cool styles.

Zeal are no exception and after last week’s blog about Maui Jim; Zeal’s sister company, why not follow up with what Zeal have been up to!

Zeal are a brand who like to keep things simple and quality. They like to aim their products to the more adventurous of us, with lenses being polarised as standard they offer great protection in a wide range of conditions.

The option of a Polarised Photochromic lens is something that really makes Zeal stand out from the crowd.

Not many companies offer this tech and Zeal offer it as a non-prescription product on models such as the Big Timber and Decoy; frames perfectly suited to long days battling mother nature. A contrast enhancing yellow base tint is coupled with Zeal’s photochromic technology and a Polarised filter helps to protect against reflected glare to help focus your vision on what matters. This covers you for pretty much everything for a long day outside.

Zeal Big Timber – Matte Black / Automatic Polarised Photochromic – £139.99

Perhaps Zeal’s best party piece is their Ellume lens. Made from plant based materials for higher purity.

Zeal are certainly a company who love the outdoors. From the revolutionary Zeal Ace which has a frame made entirely from cotton, making it bio-degradable to their Ellume Polarised lenses, they are certainly taking care of our friend Mr. Polar Bear and his ice cap!

“While other lenses use a petroleum-based polymer, ellume is constructed of plant-based materials allowing for higher purity. This results in a lighter finished lens for comfort and all day performance.” – Zeal Optics

For 2017, RxSport offers a wider range of Zeal sunglasses in prescription than ever before. The addition of 8 new models gives the range a total refresh and provides an option for whatever or wherever your adventures will take you.

Here’s a few of our picks from the new collection

Capitol

Decoy

Isabelle

With a wide array of styles, Zeal offers a frame for any occasion. Check out the full range of Zeal prescription sunglasses here.

 

With Fathers Day coming up, treat him to a new pair of sunnies and 10% off all Zeal & Maui Jim prescription and non-prescription products by using coupon code ‘alohadad’.

Code available for all Maui Jim & Zeal Prescription and Non-Prescription products until 19/6/17.

2017 Maui Jim Release

Maui Jim are one of our favourite brands here at RxSport. We love the versatility and styling of the frames, not to mention the amazing quality of the lenses!

For 2017, Maui Jim have released a great range of new frames with some awesome new tech in both prescription and non prescription form!

One of the most eagerly awaited developments with Maui Jim is their addition to their lenses.

The big one is their release of the Maui Brilliant Lens.

Maui Jim’s most advanced lens material that features optics nearly as clear as glass with just one third of the weight. A perfect choice for prolonged use around areas where optical clarity is a must. The Maui Brilliant lenses now allow compromise to be eradicated with wonderful clarity coupled with the bonus of a lightweight lens, something that causes some drawbacks with a glass lens.

The Maui Brilliant lens is also available in prescription in selected models and to top this off, it is available with Maui Jim’s awesome Blue Hawaii Tint, A high-contrast grey lens is applied with a flash blue mirror for a balance of sharp vision and premium comfort. The blue mirror really progresses and modernises the Maui Jim prescription collection, a great option for a new generation!

The Maui Jim Baby Beach, Cliff House, Ho’okipa, Mavericks, Peahi, Red Sands, Tail Slide and Wiki Wiki are the models available with the Blue Hawaii tint and Maui Brilliant lens in prescription.

It’s not only lens tech that Maui Jim have been developing.

The Kumu is a new product that pushes the boundaries of development by introducing a hingeless design into the Maui range.

“Inspired by the excellence of Maui Jim’s most advanced prescription lens material, MauiBrilliant, Kumu is the flexible frame that any active consumer needs. Best complementing medium sized faces, Kumu’s superior lightweight frame allows for extreme comfort and superior lens coverage for all day wear.” – Maui Jim

This new tech on the Kumu makes it one of the most versatile frames around and is so flexible that it can be your ideal companion for any adventure. Not to mention the Kumu keeps styling simple and effective with Maui Jim’s signature frameless design, a firm favourite among Maui’s lifelong customers!

The Kumu is groundbreaking and also includes Maui Brilliant lenses, a truly fantastic new product available in prescription and non-prescription form.

Aimed towards a younger generation, Red Sands is a new model that has really hit the ground running.

Inspired by the iconic Red Sands beach at Kaihalulu Bay, these glasses combine legendary Maui Jim quality with modern styling to bring a new wave of customers into the Maui Jim tractor beam. Incredibly lightweight and hugely comfortable gives Red Sands a new swing on things for Maui Jim, providing the ultimate pair of summer sunglasses for 2017.

Landing straight on the fairway, Maui Jim have also released a product for golf enthusiasts everywhere.

Maui Jim Backswing is a new model that sports Maui’s party piece, SuperThin Glass lenses, which provide ultimate optical quality when out on the golf course. Combined with contrast enhancing lenses and PolarizedPlus2® technology as standard, the Backswing will be the first thing you pack in your golf bag!

Inspired by the most important movement in golf, Backswing shows that it is what happens before contact with the ball that is most important. Being able to cut through glare and see clearly is vital when golfing and Backswing certainly ticks the boxes in this regard.

Backswing is available in prescription too, so no more squinting when looking at the scorecard!

Find out more about what Maui Jim lens is best for you by clicking on the image below!

 

Keep it coming Maui Jim, we like your new glasses!

With Fathers Day coming up, treat him to a new pair of sunnies and 10% off all Maui Jim prescription and non-prescription products by using coupon code ‘alohadad’. 

Code available for all Maui Jim & Zeal Prescription and Non-Prescription products until 19/6/17.

 

Customer Review – Oakley Prizm Cricket Lenses

Oakley were fairly under the radar when they released the Prizm Cricket lenses around 12 months ago. We haven’t heard much about them and it is always helpful to have some first hand reviews of products to help you guys out!

Across the pond Oakley are huge hit with their Prizm Field lenses for Baseball but how does the Prizm Cricket lens compare this side of the Atlantic?

Oakley Radar EV Pitch – Polished White / Prizm Cricket – £123.99

We get a lot of people asking after the Prizm Cricket lenses and how well they perform, so we took the opportunity to ask a couple of guys who had the lenses to test them out for us and do a bit of a write up!

Jake from Vitas Cricket took the lenses out for a spin and this is what he had to say.

“I’ve worn them in 5 games of cricket now, in varying weather/light conditions, our predictably mixed start to the Summer has ensured they’ve received a thorough workout!

I was a little skeptical when I saw the Prizm range launch, with lenses to suit some very specific conditions including baseball infield and baseball outfield?! Equally I have been after something suited to cricket for a long time, I had settled on Jade Iridium as my lens of choice for the past few years and these have served me well, but curiosity got the better of me and I tried on some Prizm baseball lenses at the Oakley store during a visit to London, ever since I have been hoping for a cricket Prizm lens.

From the first time I tried them on and saw the instantly brighter array of deep pinks, reds and reddish browns I knew these would be fantastic. The usual quality you would expect from Oakley in terms of blocking glare and making it easy on your eye to operate in difficult sporting conditions was there by default as expected, but what is awesome is the way the lens really enhances/brightens the red of a cricket ball, they are a pleasure to wear. It does take a bit of getting used to on certain pitches that are quite dark red/brown as the pitch itself almost appears to be glowing, but this does not distract my concentration on the ball and after 5 games i barely notice this ‘issue’.

I was surprised at how effective these have been even in diminishing light in evening games, the enhancement of the red remains effective right up to the point where it is almost too dark to be playing full stop.

I would prefer to have vented lenses (which are an option on other frame types in the Prizm cricket range) to try and stay fog free for as long as possible, but as i do also fog up my vented jade iridium lenses i think it is probably my issue and not the glasses/lenses!

It is still early days but these are easily the best sunglasses I’ve ever worn for cricket. Very happy with them, I have made a number of recommendations to friends/teammates already.”

So there you have it, a good innings for the Prizm Cricket lenses. Now Oakley, over to you to produce them in some more frames for us this side of the pond and our odd sunny summers day!

Fancy some more inspiration about what options you have on the cricket field? Check out our specialist cricket page for some of the RxSport team’s recommendations.

RxSport’s Cricket Sunglasses

 

Oakley Youth Fit – Everything you need to know to kit out the kids

There has always been something of a gap in the market with Oakley and their limitations on small frames, until now!

2017 has seen a brand new range of frames designed for those of us with smaller faces and for the kids.

The Quarter Jacket has long been a firm favourite among kids and adults but now there’s some new contenders!

Oakley Turbine XS

“Engineered for performance that would make a sport frame jealous, a coveted lifestyle design has been specially sized for youth, and its clean lines of lightweight O Matter™ are matched with Unobtainium® components and interchangeable icons.” – Oakley

This sleek new frame takes its inspiration from one of Oakley’s best sellers, the Turbine. A truly versatile frame that takes anything in its stride, perfect for the kids!

The size of the frame has been specially engineered to fit smaller faces while still maintaining the classic Oakley quality. The Turbine XS comes in a variety of lens tints and also includes Prizm and Polarised options, great for use around water! The variety of lens tints that the Turbine XS comes with makes it perfect for any summer activity, from Fishing to Cricket, it covers it all!

The beauty of the Turbine XS and Oakley’s youth fit range is that they aren’t specifically for kids, they also fit those of us with a smaller face. How do we know? Well look no further…

RxSport’s resident model, Freddie has been waiting for this moment since he got here so here! After trying on anything and everything under the sun, we have finally found a range that fit Freddie!

Oakley Radar EV XS Path

“A milestone in the heritage of performance is now available for youth, with sizing that brings all the breakthroughs of a revolutionary design to young athletes who need the benefits of protection and an extended field of vision in their upward view.” – Oakley

A true Oakley icon can now be found in a youth fit! Still the same quality and style, just scaled down. The Radar EV XS brings the technological excellence of the best-selling Radar EV Path and scales it down to a size suitable for youth faces. A perfect choice for young athletes including runners, cyclists and golfers.

The Radar EV XS Path is a fantastic alternative to the classic Radar EV and those who may find the shield design a bit big on their face. Be careful though, they look exactly the same, so make sure you get the right one!

Oakley have included their iconic Prizm sports lenses with the Radar EV XS, including Prizm Road, Prizm Golf and Prizm Field. Making them an ideal companion for your up and coming sports stars!

This model comes with the Path lens variant. A slightly shallower lens with a contour to follow the shape of the cheek and sit comfortably on the face, Oakley’s most popular lens shape!

Again, Freddie took this opportunity to test out the Radar EV XS, they fit pretty well and just look how happy he is!

Oakley Quarter Jacket

“Specially engineered for youth faces, Quarter Jacket™ blends the convenience of an interchangeable lens design with the clarity and protection of High Definition Optics® so the new generation of athletes can take advantage of Oakley innovation.” – Oakley

The Quarter Jacket is something of a staple in the Oakley Youth Fit collection. Featuring styling that closely resembles the best selling Flak Jacket series, the Quarter Jacket is a scaled down version of one of Oakley’s masterpieces.

The Quarter Jacket has proven popular with kids and adults alike for us here, especially in prescription! We find it a great alternative to the often larger and bulkier frames of the Flak 2.0. So if you’ve got a slightly smaller face then this might be the frame for you!

Ideal for sports and also a good looking casual frame, the Quarter Jacket provides the ultimate in versatility. A great option for your young guns on their quest for sporting excellence or just as a great quality pair of glasses for every day use!

Back to our model, the Quarter Jacket was one of the first Eureka moments we had with Freddie trying frames on! We thought it was going to be the only frame that actually fit and now Oakley bring out more, the world is his oyster!

Enjoying the early summer sun in your Oakley’s? Send us in your pics, we love seeing where in the world our sunnies go!

 

 

 

May Madness – Alternative Activities for the May Bank Holiday

It has been a long 5 months since the turn of the year so we are certainly due a long weekend. RxSport are here to guide you through the weird and wacky events that may be taking place near you this Bank Holiday.

So, let’s dive straight into it with one of our favourites!

Cheese Rolling – Cooper’s Hill, Gloucestershire

At 12pm on the Spring Bank Holiday on a very steep hill just outside of Cheltenham, a wheel of cheese is thrown and people chase after it…. Crazy right! I mean, who in the right mind would do this… (I actually did it, it’s steep!).

Anyway, Cheese Rolling is one of those age old events that draws crowds in their thousands! And for good reason, there’s something quite exhilarating about watching people chase some dairy down a steep gradient!

Potentially the most common question you come across in relation to Cheese Rolling is; How Steep is the hill

No images can do the hill justice, it is menacing! It drops to a 45 degree gradient at points and is littered with bumps and holes. Hardly designed for running down!

This doesn’t stop cheese enthusiasts from taking part every year and since 2011 the event has been solely run and organised by individuals who are obsessed with the tradition. It was cancelled in 2010 after concerns about insurance and health and safety, funny that! But since then it has got bigger and better, with an estimated crowd of around 4000 people trekking through the South West countryside to reach the summit of this famous descent.

The winner of each race is presented with the 3.5 KG Double Gloucester cheese that they have successfully chased to the bottom of the hill, where a local rugby team are on hand to get some off-season practice in on those big hits!

We can’t talk about this event and not mention Cheese Rolling royalty Chris Anderson. Chris has got his hands on 17 cheeses in his 12 year stint on the hill, with more to come for sure!

Injuries are part and parcel of Cheese Rolling but the odd broken collarbone and sprained ankle isn’t quite as bad as you would expect upon seeing what happens!

There’s not much else you can say about this, it is a great day out and well worth a watch! If you can’t make it this year, maybe this video will have to suffice!

Phew, enough of that for now I think. Back on Terra Firma and welcome to the Horseboarding UK National Championships, yes, it’s a thing!

This bank holiday weekend Horseboarding returns to Burghley Park however this year our very own Fil won’t be taking part, his time in the hotseat has come to an end!

What is Horseboarding, I hear you ask? Well it’s a combination between Skateboarding, mountain boarding, horse riding and water skiing… Basically, you strap yourself to a mountain board and get dragged along behind a horse, sounds fun!

This crazy sport was devised by stuntman Daniel Fowler-Prime and has quickly developed into an adrenaline junkie’s paradise! It was only back in 2006 that after messing about on a farm that the event took off and now there is a 9 round National Championship, not bad!

Burghley Park plays host to the event this weekend during the Living Heritage Game and Country Show, something for everyone this weekend, from shooting to falconry it is sure to be a great day out! – Burghley Park Events

Seriously though, how fun does this look?!

Tough acts to follow, but I raise your Cheese Rolling and Horseboarding and invite you to witness the Tetbury Woolsack Race.

A lot like Ronseal, this event does exactly what it says on the tin. Grown adults run up a hill carrying a sack of wool.

The event started back in the 17th century in a town that is well known for it’s production of wool and to this day the tradition continues.

25kg woolsacks are lugged up a 1 in 4 gradient 240 yard long course between two pubs, doesn’t sound like the best way to spend a Bank Holiday Monday in my eyes. (Apart from the bit about the pub, we like that).

The race is the focal point of a day long celebration and street fair to raise money for the local area. For 30 years now it has been held as an official event with entries into the Guinness World Records and providing families with a fantastic day out.

The event is open to anyone for a mere £5 and don’t worry, the lovely people at the British Wool Foundation supply you with a sack!

If you’re in the local area and fancy giving it a go then check out the website for more information! – Tetbury Woolsack Race 

What next? British Lawn Mower Racing of course!

Welcome to Grass Roots motor sport at it’s finest, see what I did there?

A lot like many of these events, alcohol has been involved at some point in the development of it. After a few pints down in a pub in Sussex, someone must have thought that this was a good idea and how correct they were! The sport began back in 1973 and since then has become a professionally run event with 32 rounds and a World Championship! Maybe this will be the next thing Oakley will sponsor?

The event this weekend takes place at the Selwood Vintage Rally near Trowbridge, Somerset. Seriously, what is it with all of these events being down in the South West, it must be like there is nothing else to do but mess around in a field!

Lawn mower racing is a haven for amateur mechanics, providing people with a way in to motorsport when F1 seems a bit too far away! After building your racing mower, it has to go through some strict Scrutineering processes before being able to race, the BLMRA are all for fairness!

Check out their calendar to find out when a race might be held near you! – British Lawn Mower Racing Association

I think that is about enough May Madness for this year! If you happen to find yourself at one of these crazy events then share your images with us on Social Media!