Tour de France & What To Look Out For

Tour de France LogoIt’s that time of year again… The one tour that attracts the highest numbers of viewers across the globe. The one with the biggest hype…

2018 is set to be potentially the best year yet! With Sky and Movistar as two of the strongest teams at Le Tour de France battling it out throughout the stages… but how do they compare in terms of grand tour strength? Sky have six grand tour wins, but Movistar have two winners in their line up. Movistar have five riders who have finished fifth or above in a grand tour, but Sky have just one… We cannot wait to see how it all unfolds over the next few weeks. With Chris Froome cleared to ride, we’ll be keeping an eye on him for sure!

In this blog, we’ve handpicked some of our favourites bits of kit that you’re likely to see amongst the top teams.

Kit To Look Out For

We’ve handpicked some of the hottest new gear that should be out on show throughout the weekend. Keep your eyes pealed for these!

Eyewear

Oakley Jawbreaker

Jawbreaker

The Oakley Jawbreaker was inspired by professional cyclist Mark Cavendish. An extended field of vision in the upper periphery, Switchlock™ lens-changing technology, seamlessly integrated Unobtainium® components and exceptional optics as provided by Plutonite® lenses all help to make the Jawbreaker a pair of sunglasses that fits better, sees more clearly and helps you perform like no other.

Oakley Jawbreaker – starting at £131.99

Oakley Field Jacket

Field Jacket

Designed to elevate the performance of runners and cyclists, the Oakley Field Jacket sunglasses sport a streamlined design that aims to maximise field of vision so you can stay in control of the action, even at speed. Two-position Advancer nosebridge technology promotes airflow to reduce the risk of overheating and lens fogging.

Oakley Field Jacket – starting at £165.99

Oakley Flight Jacket

Flight Jacket

Oakley’s Flight Jacket sunglasses are on the leading edge of performance eyewear design. Optimised for cyclists, the brow-less shape of the Flight Jacket maximises vision in the upper periphery, making it ideal for use when in the bike saddle. Oakley’s latest two-position Advancer nose bridge technology allows for maximised ventilation to eliminate the risk of lens fogging during peak exertion.

Oakley Flight Jacket – starting at £165.99

Rudy Project Tralyx

Tralyx

Professional cyclists demand gains made with the finest of margins. Rudy Project have taken the surgeons knife to conventional frames, leaving an aerodynamically-enhanced skeleton weighing in at a single ounce. The impact-resistant shield lens complements the Tralyx by providing high-speed protection and unbeatable clarity of vision.

Rudy Project Tralyx – starting at £94.99

Adidas Zonyk Aero Pro

Adidas Zonyk Aero Pro

After the success of the adidas Zonyk Pro, introducing it’s newest cousin, the Aero pro. Combining the style and comfort of the original Zonyk, but now available in a half rim style. A large shield lens, constructed from lightweight and impact resistant polycarbonate, protects the eyes from wind and debris.

Adidas Zonyk Aero Pro – starting at £127.99

HELMETS

Giro Synthe

Giro Synthe

Giro pulled out all the stops in their development of the Synthe – the ultimate all-rounder road cycling helmet design. Whether racing on flat terrain or climbing the Synthe excels in every capacity with the strength, light weight and comfort to outperform more specialised helmets by competitors.

Giro Synthe – starting at £189.99

Oakley ARO3 Helmet

ARO3

The most punishing rides demand the most reliable equipment. Oakley designed the ARO3 to give road cyclists the edge with a fully ventilated design that not only protects but does so with comfort and style. Weighing in at just 295 grams yet brimming with premium technology, the ARO3 is optimised to eke out every last drop of performance.

Oakley ARO3 – starting at £148.99

Oakley ARO5 Helmet

ARO5

In the frenzied pace of the sprint finish even the finest margins count. Oakley has designed the ARO5 to provide that winning edge – streamlined architecture with optimal aerodynamic flow to help you maintain the relentless charge to the finish line.

Oakley ARO5 – starting at £198.99

Oakley ARO7 Helmet

ARO7

This one is likely to come out on the TT days… Inspired by the streamlined architecture of performance sports cars, Oakley have designed the ARO7 helmet to be the weapon of choice for time triallists and triathlon riders. With magnetically interchangeable visors providing unrivalled levels of clarity true to Oakley’s line of eyewear, you can command the course with razor sharp vision.

Oakley ARO7 – starting at £408.99

 

Check out our social media for regular updates and head over to the YouTube channel for product reviews and latest releases!

 

Eyewear Perfect For Wimbledon

 

Tennis season is well underway, and Wimbledon is on the horizon… So, whether you’re an avid tennis player, or someone who’d rather be sitting in Centre Court rather than playing on it, we’ve handpicked some sunglasses for you. We’ve also included a few available on our sister site Tortoise+Black.

Let’s dive straight into our pick of our favourite Tennis focused sunglasses.

Sunglasses For The Players

We’ve handpicked some of the hottest new gear that should be out on show throughout the weekend. Keep your eyes pealed for these!

Adidas Kumacross Halfrim

ADIDAS KUMACROSS HALFRIM

A tough frame with the enhanced peripheral vision of a halfrim frame, the adidas Kumacross Halfrim offers great views and optical protection in a lightweight and flexible package.

Adidas Kumacross Halfrim – starting from £67.99

Bolle Bolt (S) with Competitivision Gun

Bolle Bolt

Bolle are one of those brands that has snuck into the tennis game without many noticing. They’ve actually created a tennis specific lens called the Competivision Gun lens. What’s so special about it? It helps to enhance the yellow of the ball, making it pop against the court. Trust us, it really works!

Bolle Bolt – starting at £66.99

Bolle Bolt S

If you’re looking at Bolle for a tennis frame, the Bolt (or Bolt S for smaller faces) is a great choice. Pair that with the Competitivision Gun lens and you’re on to a winner.

Bolle Bolt S – starting at £66.99

Flak 2.0 XL

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

Oakley really hit the headlines for tennis eyewear earlier in 2018 when Hyeon Chung was spotted wearing them during his time at the Australian open.

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL – starting at £103.99

Rudy Project Agon

Rudy Project Agon

With a unique, adjustable lens vent system the Rudy Project Agon sunglasses are the perfect companion when taking part in any energetic sport. Large lenses provide excellent shielding of the optical area.

Rudy Project Agon – starting at £116.99

Dirty Dog Sport Edge – For the budget contious

Dirty Dog Sport Edge

The Dirty Dog Sport Edge provides a great wrapped frame for maximum vision but at a budget friendly price. Dirty Dog don’t skimp on quality, or technology though.

Dirty Dog Sport Edge – starting at £39.99

Smith Pivlock Asana

Pivlock Asana

The sleek, feather-light design of the Pivlock Asana is a perfect fit no matter what the activity. The graceful lines and minimalist temple design speak to the fit and performance of this piece.

Smith Pivlock Asana- starting at £126.99

 


Sunglasses Fit For Centre Court

Our sister site Tortoise+Black focues on lifestyle and fashion orientated eyewear. The collection of sunglasses includes frames from the likes of Gucci, Tom Ford, Linda Farrow and Marc Jacobs. We’ve selected some of our favourites that are perfect for any event or function, especially one where Pimms and strawberries are plentiful.

Marc Jacobs 187/S Sunglasses

A sleek traditional frame, with a soft full frame supporting the angular square lenses. This delicate design is a perfect accessory for any occasion.

Find out more – Marc Jacobs 187/S

Linda Farrow LFL 482

Luxurious Linda Farrow pilot-style sunglasses handcrafted from 18-22 carat gold plated Japanese titanium. An embossed nose bridge and top frame extend over teardrop-shaped lenses. A sophisticated choice for those with an immaculate sense of style, complementing the clean-cut aesthetic perfectly.

Find out more – Linda Farrow 

Tom Ford Leo

If a frame could sum up Tom Ford, this would be it. The luxurious masculine Leo frame showcases Tom Ford at it’s best. Hand-crafted with shiny acetate and simply features the distinctive metal ‘T’ logo ensures this frame has longevity and will never go out of style.

Find out more – Tom Ford Leo

Persol PO3105S

A full rimmed frame which is crafted from luxury durable and lightweight acetate. A unique keyhole bridge is housed between the oval shaped lenses, creating a truly classic look.

Find out more – Persol PO3105S

 

View the entire range available at Tortoise+Black

 

Check out our social media for regular updates and head over to the YouTube channel for product reviews and latest releases!

 

An Ace Of A Competition!

Sadly due to injury, Andy Murray won’t be gracing the courts this year but don’t worry Murray fans, to celebrate the start of Wimbledon we have a fantastic Murray-inspired competition.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at Bolle and Head to offer a prize that’s perfect for any budding Andy Murray or tennis fan.

So, what’s the prize? A Head Graphene Touch Radical MP tennis racket, from the collection favoured by Andy Murray himself, and a pair of Bolle Sunglasses of your choice from the collection at RxSport. If you’re an avid tennis player, the NXT Competivision Gun lens tint is a great choice, should you win! It’s Bolle’s tennis specific lens that helps enhance the colour of the ball making it even easier to spot.

Win BannerHow to enter.

Simply head on over to our Twitter page, Follow @RxSportuk and @Bolle_Eyewear, and then retweet the pinned competition post.

The competition closes at 11:59pm on Sunday 15th July 2018. The winner will be chosen at random on Monday 16th July 2018 and notified through a direct message on Twitter. Open to UK only.

Tour of Cambridgeshire 2018

We were proud to partner with the 2018 Tour of Cambridgeshire as the official Performance Eyewear Partner.

The Tour of Cambridgeshire is an event we’ve watched flourish over the last 4 years. It’s grown into a three day event with multiple rides/ races taking place across the weekend, along with the addition of a huge Cambridgeshire Bike Show for 2018.

Highlights Of 2018!

This was the first year that we’ve partnered with The Tour of Cambridgeshire and we spent the weekend at the event checking out each event…

Family Fondo

We loved the Family Fondo, I mean who doesn’t enjoy seeing cyclists young and old all riding together on a safe and secure track. It’s a great idea and allows

children of all ages to ride as fast or as slow as they like, for as many laps as they wish. Even after just one lap you could see the competitive side come out for some of the children who were racing to finish the lap first. Smiles all-round!

Chrono

The speed at which these riders can get to is really quite impressive, and who doesn’t love the noise of a full disc wheel as it cuts through the air! We also spotted one of our recent customers riding out in his Oakley ARO7 helmet, cutting several minutes off of his PB… Who doesn’t love a new PB? Shop the ARO7 online now.

Team Chrono

What’s better than one Chrono rider flying past and great speed? A team of riders! This is something you’d often only see on TV during the likes of the Tour de France…

Gran Fondo

We set up in a prime position for the start of the race gates during the Gran Fondo, that’s quite an impressive site. Watching them giving 110% right from the off.

For the sportive gates we moved a little further down the route and set up by our sponsored Flamme Rouge, roughly 1km from the start line. We saw a whole range of riders fly past, young and old, but again, nothing but happy andsmiley faces. It’s safe to say the riders looked just as happy, albeit a little tired as they flew through the 1km to go Flamme Rouge on their way to the finish line.

Get involved for 2019!

Inspired to ride in 2019? Why not visit www.TourofCambridgeshire.com now to sign up!

 

Check out our social media for regular updates and head over to the YouTube channel for product reviews and latest releases!

 

Perfect Eyewear For Cricket

The cricket season is well and truly upon us. We’re already looking forward to England v Pakistan at Lord’s on May 24th. It might be a little sad, but there’s nothing we enjoy more (apart from actually watching the match of course), then trying to spot who’s wearing what sunglasses.

There has always been a favourite frame type amongst cricketers and that’s the wraparound/ shield style. Why? Two key reasons, they provide an uninterrupted field of vision whilst offering maximum protection.

Stumped For Choice?

Here’s some of our favourite sunglasses for both the players and the fans. Look great whatever you’re doing…

Sunglasses For The Players

Radar EV Pitch

Oakley Radar EV Pitch (with Prizm Field lens)

The Oakley Radar EV Pitch sunglasses are a sport performance model designed for use in a wide range of environments. The Pitch lens shape maximises coverage of the upper face. Interchangeable, Unobtainium® coated nosepieces help to customise the fit of this lightweight and durable frame.

Oakley Radar EV Pitch – starting at £123.99

Oakley EVZero Stride

Oakley EVZero Stride (with Prizm Field lens)

The EVZero is the lightest frame in the Oakley range. The frame front was removed to not only optimise weight but maximise the peripheral views offered by the design. The Stride lens shape offers this iconic frame but in a size that is more suited to smaller faces.

Oakley Radar EVZero Stride – starting at £111.99

Smith Pivlock Arena

Smith Pivlock Arena

Smith’s Pivlock Arena Max is designed to be the ultimate in sports eyewear. Using the unique Pivlock lens replacement mechanism you can adapt to changing light and weather quickly and simply using the extra shield lens included with this frame. This variant of the Pivlock Arena has a taller lens providing maximised coverage of the eye area and upper face.

Smith Pivlock Arena – starting at £129.99

ADIDAS EVIL EYE HALFRIM PRO

adidas Evil Eye Halfrim Pro

The adidas Evil Eye Halfrim Pro takes all the great qualities of the adidas Evil Eye and adidas Evil Eye Halfrim and improves on them with a lighter, more aerodynamic SPX™ frame. There are 3 sizes available allowing for a perfect custom fit. Halfrim style sunglasses are becoming increasingly popular, and have been worn by England’s last two captains no less. They minimise weight, so they are good option for prolonged periods in the field.

adidas Evil Eye Halfrim Pro – starting at £159.99

Bolle Vortex

Bolle Vortex

The Bolle Vortex sunglasses lie in the performance range, designed with adjustable nose pads for a custom fit..

Bolle Vortex – starting at £70.99


Sunglasses For The FansOakley Frogskins

Oakley Frogskins

A rare classic, Oakley Frogskins first burst onto the scene back in the 80’s, when Run DMC ruled the charts and Terminator ruled the screens. Relive that pop culture golden era with re-vamped Oakley Frogskins!

Oakley Frogskins – starting at £67.99

Rudy Project SpinhawkRudy Project Spinhawk

The Rudy Project Spinhawk offers you a pair of lifestyle sunglasses with a sporty, technical edge. This model has been seen on the face of many sporting stars when they’re not competing, likes of Cal Crutchlow, the elite Moto GP rider is a prime example.

Rudy Project Spinhawk – starting at £51.99

Smith Lowdown

Smith Lowdown

Show ultimate style with the Smith Lowdown. The shape of the frame and lenses are classic and eye catching, and provide a superior fit due to the megol nose pads. Renewably-sourced Evolve frame material keeps the Lowdown feeling feather light, perfect for roaming the streets to wearing out on those active adventures.

Smith Lowdown – starting at £94.99

 

Check out our social media for regular updates and head over to the YouTube channel for product reviews and latest releases!

 

The F1 season is back!

It’s that time of year again… The new cars have been revealed, new technologies and rules introduced and the anticipation of who’s going to come out on top is starting to brew.

Exciting things to look for in 2018

New season, new logo…

F1 Logo New and OldThe logo was launched at the end of 2017 and has been dividing fans ever since. The new F1 logo has been met with an unsure reaction. The previous iconic design has been replaced by a new sleeker, tighter structure, that Liberty Media claim is to represent ‘the start of a new era’. We’re still unsure, but feel it will grow on us as the season progresses. We’d love to hear your thoughts!


Introducing Halo…

F1 Halo

It’s a device mounted above the cockpit designed to protect the driver’s head from impact. Clearly, something was needed but there is no denying the halo is a function of safety rather than a triumph of aesthetics. Or that it is almost-universally disliked by the fans. One big issue many are raising is in regards to visibility, not for the driver, but for the fans. How easy will it be for them to spot their drivers helmet and therefore tell them apart at speed from their team mate? Maybe the Halo’s could carry a livery similar to the drivers helmet?


Three drivers on the cusp of hitting 100 podiums

It’s innevitable that Sebastian Vettel will hit his 100th (needing only 1 more) podium in 2018, but the question is… will Fernando Alonso (only needs 3 more) or Kimi Raikkonen (needs 9 more) hit this milestone too? Only time will tell… They could all join the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher.

Fans will be watching Alonso’s Renault-powered car closely to see if it packs the power needed to be competing at the top end of the grid. With 21 races this season, the milestone is certainly achievable for all 3 drivers.


Alonso hitting 300 race starts

2018 should be the year that Fernando Alonso hits 300 race starts, making him only the fourth driver to do so. Could he join Rubens Barrichello, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button.

Will the newly Renault-powered car provide Alonso with everything he needs this season? Alonso has already admitted that during winter testing he felt the car was not ready to compete with Ferrari or Mercedes, but that it could well be in a few races time… We wait and watch with anticipation.


Could Hamilton or Vettel making it five championship titles?

By Morio - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63879369

Juan Manuel Fangio’s record of five world titles stood untouched for 45 years, that was until Michael Schumacher came along. Schumacher hit five world titles back in 2002 before raising the bar yet further in ‘03 and ‘04. Could 2018 be the year that another driver joins the duo in the exclusive ‘five titles or more club’? Both Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are only one title away and judging by Mercedes and Ferrari’s respective pre-season showing, both should be in the mix for world championship contention once again this year.


Could Mercedes win five years in a row

Mercedes have set the benchmark since F1 switched to V6 turbo hybrid engines in 2014, winning four consecutive drivers’ champions, and four constructors’ titles.. This is something three other teams have achieved previously, but if they can achieve a fifth, they join a club that currently has only one member… Ferrari.

Eyewear In F1

Oakley were one of the first brands to truly break into the F1 market and start appearing throughout the paddocks, Ray-Ban were hot to follow. Ray-Ban are one of Ferrari’s most prominent livery sponsors to this day. This being said, we stock a huge range of glasses that we feel would look perfectly at home on any race-day grid…

 

Break the winter blues!

It’s December and in the draw up to Christmas, everyone seems to let their guard and fitness down just that little bit!

Former GB Olympic Triathlon coach and TriLiving founder, Richard Hobson, has some helpful tips on how to get you through to the new year in fine fettle!

 

“Both as a Coach and athlete I find this time of the year and particularly December a challenge when it comes to training, planning training, keeping the motivation and at the same time enjoying the festive season the way it should be enjoyed.

There are many reasons December is a tough one:

  • Its cold and Dark
  • Everyone seems to get sick
  • The season is over and the next one seems a long way off
  • Routines get disrupted because of work / social events
  • But I think the biggest killer is that Athletes have had some down time and are now trying to get back into training so everything feels hard and slow!

It all sounds a bit doom and gloom which is a shame as really this is suppose to be “the season to be jolly”!

But don’t worry! Help is at hand. Here are my top tips to turning what is often a negative time into something positive.

  • Use it as a time for planning!
    1. Set your 2018 goals and race calendar
    2. Plan the best way to achieve these goals
      1. Nothing better to boost your motivation then to have some big goals on the horizon
    3. Plan your winter training camp (if you can).
      1. For me, just knowing that I am going to Lanzarote for some weeks at the worst time of the winter makes a massive difference. It makes the winter seem short, it gives light at the end of the tunnel, its only 8 weeks until I can get some sun and some great training instead of 4 months!
  • A good chance to work on and address some technical areas of weakness especially in the swim.
  • Forget about technology and just train how you feel
    1. Nothing worse than having loads of input telling you how unfit and slowly you are going! So forget heart rate, pace, power, and everything else and just go to how you feel.
      1. Think of it like this – If you are fit in December and winning all your training sessions then you will not be fit when you actually need to be! So, unless the Christmas turkey 10km is your key race be happy to be unfit.

  • Take yourself out your comfort zone!
    1. In the off season I like to ride cycle cross races, they are tough, exciting and great for bike skills but also I am rubbish at them so I have to real expectations and no pressure to perform but my improvement from race to race is significant just because its still all new.
  • Be consistent but flexible and relaxed
    1. So consistent means try to keep the training ticking over and not days without doing anything
    2. Flexible to move things around to cater for changes in plans, the weather, how you feel, unexpected work or social etc
    3. Relaxed that If you miss a session then just forget it and move on. The odd missed session in December will have no effect on your key race latter in the year. Also it is ok to stop for coffee and cake – I actually schedule this into athletes training!

Your aim for December should be to enjoy it. Then you will hit January fresh both mentally and physically but fit enough to really start to knuckle down to some good training.”

Triathlon has been part of Richard’s life for over 30 years and his passion for the sport has taken him all over the world.

As an athlete, Richard won 5 national titles and a World Championships team gold and has endured the grueling Kona triathlon on more than one occasion! Turning his passion for the sport into a career, Richard coached at Bath University and then went on to be GB Triathlon coach at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Since then, Richard and his family, who are all keen athletes, reside in France to run training camps and welcome families on holidays.

After a helpful tip-off from one of his customers, Richard came to us with various eyewear related questions! Since then, we have hit it off big time and look forward to supporting Richard and TriLiving well into 2018! Everyone knows you’ve got to look good as an athlete, so sunglasses and triathlon go hand in hand, it’s a match made in heaven!

Want to know more or fancy some Triathlon coaching? Check out their website – http://www.triliving.co.uk/

Your Sporting Weekend

Sport is always a big part of everyone’s weekend and this weekend it’s no different! With a variety of sporting events taking place across the globe, RxSport cuts to the chase about whats on!

The Premier League starts tonight, the IAAF World Athletics Championships continues in London, the USPGA Championship is taking place across the pond and the ATP Rogers Cup is in full swing; with Roger Federer looking back to his imperious best!

RxSport are here to guide you what you can see this weekend and, as always, what sunglasses might be on show!

What better place to start than the beginning of the Premier League!

Less than 12 weeks after the final weekend of the season, the best footballers in the country are back plying their trade on sunny Saturdays across the country.

For the first time in Premier League history, the season begins with a Friday night fixture. One time overachievers and everyone’s favourite underdog; Leicester City travel to London to tackle Wenger’s Arsenal.

With the beginning of the season comes football pitches across the land bathed in August sunshine and plenty of fans sporting their fresh new sunglasses that the beginning of summer has given them.

The beginning of the season has put a smile back on plenty of faces and the football shaped void in people’s summers is about to be filled! Unless, like myself, you’re a Yeovil fan in which case being in the headlines at the start of the season for all the wrong reasons wasn’t ideal..!

So, what sunnies might you in the crowd when the camera pans around to sun drenched footie fans?

Oakley Frogskins

As consistent as an in form Stoke side on a wet and windy Tuesday night, Frogskins are a classic. Throwing style back to the 80s with very little to argue about!

2017 saw Oakley refresh their iconic frames with Prizm lenses, perfect for late evening sun in the capital!

Bolle Recoil

Great quality at a budget price. You’d be almost forgiven likening the Recoil to Manchester City’s purchase of Vincent Kompany! The Recoil offers everything you would need for a good casual pair of sunglasses, quality frames, quality lenses and a great choice of frame colours; one to match even the most garish of replica kits!

2017 World Athletics Championship

The British public haven’t had too much to cheer about with the World Athletics Championships this last week or so… King Mo won us our only medal to date and the legend that is; Usain Bolt, couldn’t continue his sprinting dominance, being beaten into Bronze by two Americans.

Can GB get some more medals on home soil? Will Mo use his Quorn power to run to Gold in the 5000m? Lets hope so!

Athletics is often a sport that is overlooked by the British public; that is until the BBC airs competitions on the world stage, then we all turn to pro athletes!

Even on a wet and windy day in East London, athletes still turn up with their trusty sunglasses!

Here’s a selection of what we’ve seen on the track this week…

adidas Evil Eye Halfrim Pro

Something of a legend in the sports eyewear world! The Evil Eye Halfrim Pro is often associated with the world of cycling, not necessarily athletics! However it is the go to sunglass for a few athletes that we saw in London this week!

Ireland’s Brian Greegan showed off his patriotic green Evil Eye Halfrim Pro’s in London! 

Nike Vaporwing 

Worn by King Mo himself, the Vaporwing is the ultimate in running eyewear. The aerodynamic frame is partnered with cutting edge Zeiss optics for extraordinary optical clarity.

2 years of research and development went into perfecting these glasses and now they are available to those on the world stage and those of us in awe of the talent of professional athletes!

2017 USPGA Championship

Golf is one of our favourite sports for sunnies spotting! With golfers having some of the most lucrative sponsorships in the world of sport, it’s no coincidence the big players in eyewear budge their way in!

This week the USPGA Championship got underway at Quail Hollow in North Carolina with Jordan Spieth looking for his career grand slam! Brits Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey have started well so British success could be on the cards!

Pre-tournament favourite McIlroy is looking for a first championship win of the season after faltering in previous majors. Can he claw back to win this weekend?

We’ve written blogs before all about what sunglasses you are likely to see during a golf major, check that out here – U.S Open 2017, Who wore what?

Oakley Radarlock Path

An old favourite and potentially one of Oakley’s greatest ever frames. The Radarlock keeps it stake in the world of professional sport and is often seen being worn by Hideki Matsuyama, recently ranked #2 in the world after his impressive showing at the US Open.

The versatility offered by the Switchlock technology combined with Prizm lenses and an ultra lightweight frame makes them the go to choice for professionals. It can’t be doing Hideki too much harm either as this season has seen him win three tour titles.

Oakley Flak Draft

Bubba Watson has provided Oakley a platform on which to spread the word about these new frames. He can often be seen posing for new photoshoots with the Flak Draft in tow.

The Flak Draft use trigger release lenses which lock the lenses in place during exercise. Drawing on the success of previous Flak models, the Draft is once again the pinnacle in sports eyewear; at least for another season until Oakley bring out a new model..!

ATP Rogers Cup Tennis

We love Roger Federer here at RxSport, a true gent and a giant of his game. Being one of the most successful sportsmen ever to have graced the playing field, Roger is once again back to winning titles thanks to his Wimbledon triumph.

This week; the Rogers Cup in Montreal is hosting a prestigious tennis event. With Rafa Nadal out and Djokovic injured, a brave man would bet against Roger to win yet another title!

Tennis and sunglasses often go hand in hand but it isn’t the saturated market that you would expect! Bolle have elbowed their way in by introducing a tennis specific lens – Competivision. A lens designed to enhance the yellow ball against a variety of backgrounds.

Bolle Bolt

A truly versatile model, thanks to it’s lightweight frame and extended lens coverage. The Bolle Bolt provides a perfect frame for tennis thanks to lightweight and impact resistant B-Clear lenses available in Competivision.

adidas Kumacross Halfrim

The adidas Kumacross Halfrim offers great views and optical protection in a lightweight and flexible package. Being able to withstand an active lifestyle is crucial for a pair of tennis sunglasses and the Kumacross Halfrim does just that.

Combine the Kumacross Halfrim with adidas’ award winning Vario lens for a pair of sunglasses that can be worn in any condition. From inside and under lights to bright sunny days out on grass courts, the Kumacross Halfrim covers the ground like an in-form Andy Murray!

That’s it from us for this week, I’m sure there is plenty of sport and sunglasses to get your teeth into there! 

Remember, we’re on social media for all your pictures of weekend adventures!

 

 

 

RE Ranger Shooting Eyewear

We have been searching far and wide to find a specific brand of shooting eyewear to suit us here at RxSport.

And finally, after much deliberation, we hit the jackpot with RE Ranger..!

Developed from the world renowned Randolph Engineering company, RE Ranger glasses apply years of success and experience to the world of shooting sunglasses, and through collaboration with industry leaders and experienced professionals, the result is shooting eyewear that is the choice of champions.

So, who are Randolph Engineering?

  • This family-run, New England-based business began in the early 1990s, with help from the shooting industry’s leading optical experts.
  • Randolph Engineering pride themselves on being the only remaining metal eyewear manufacturer in the USA.
  • Their RE Ranger project converged years of research and development with their knowledge of ballistics to provide world class shooting eyewear.
  • After 3 generations Randolph remains a family-owned and operated company. Their sunglasses are now sold in more than 50 countries.

Why are their glasses so special?

Developing frames and in collaboration with some of the leading athletes in the field has it’s perks! When performing at Olympic levels, athletes need the best possible protection and quality. RE Ranger provide this through their partnership with the Zeiss Optical lab; an industry leader in the world of optics.

RE Ranger’s proprietary NexPC™ lenses can withstand a 12-gauge shotgun blast from 10 yards away. These lenses are five to six times more impact-resistant than the standard industry lens.

Randolph has been a big hitter in the world of military eyewear over the years. Their flagship model; the Aviator, has been standard-issue to U.S. military pilots since the 1980s. As you would expect, military specifications for eyewear aren’t easy to meet and Randolph took on a 20 page document to create their iconic Aviator frames.

Perhaps Randolphs crowning achievement during their illustrious time in the industry is winning a contract to make 70,000 optical inserts per year during the Gulf War. A contract that saw them working tirelessly to produce over 200,000 inserts; none of which were returned for quality issues!

Shooting sunglasses, what do I need for what?

With five different shooting-specific models to choose from you can find a frame that fits your needs perfectly. Choose from traditional designs, full shields and adaptable clip-on style models.

We offer each frame with a selection of RE Ranger’s most popular lens tint colours, meaning you’ll be able to find a lens tint and caters to your exact demands whatever your shooting discipline.

With a range of styles to choose from, you’ll find one to suit you and wherever your sport takes you. RxSport have hand picked a choice of lens tints that perfectly suits our customers and their needs. It really plugs a hole in the market for us and opens up a wide range of opportunities!

Trap Shooting

Our recommendation would be the Ranger Classic. The original RE Ranger frame, designed to push the boundaries in shooting eyewear. It’s classic shape and lightweight feel provides all day comfort whilst the large lenses give great coverage to help you pick out the clays from the trap house.

Team the Ranger Classic with a Vermillion lens for a truly brilliant frame for a variety of conditions. Vermillion lenses help to highlight the orange of the clays in front of countryside backgrounds by neutralising greens.

Sporting Clays

With the variety of positions a shooter has to stand and the variety of conditions and stances faced, Sporting Clay shooters should look for the Ranger Falcon Sport. RE Ranger’s most advanced frame yet really combines everything a shooter in this discipline would need. With a wider field of view and no distractions from a small nose piece; the Falcon Sport is the pinnacle in shooting eyewear.

The Falcon Sport is a perfect match with the CMT lens for bright conditions. Colormag Technology increases contrast between target and background, delivering up to 250% more orange colour than standard lenses.

Skeet Shooting

Skeet shooting provides a shooter with the perfect opportunity to test the waters with their eyewear. This brings the Ranger XLW into play. This model was designed from the ground up by Ranger’s team of experienced optical engineers, and is the industry’s first shooting-specific 8-base wrapped frame.

 

Use the HD Medium lens with the XLW for enhanced definition in duller light and woodland areas. The HD Medium lens gives you a crisp view of the target, perfect for Skeet Shooting with the differing speed and angles of the clays.

Hunting and Wingshooting

RE Ranger glasses have been specifically developed to be used on the range but their ballistics protection and high quality lenses make them a brilliant choice for days out in the field. The RE Ranger Edge would be a ideal for this discipline. With a wrapped frameless design giving you great protection and coverage combined with curved temple tips for comfortable prolonged wear, the Ranger Edge is the go to choice for a variety of shooting disciplines.

Partner the Edge with the Medium Yellow lens for brilliant contrast enhancement on those dull British winter days. Bring out the detail in the countryside in overcast conditions to help pick out the game birds.

Are RE Ranger Sunglasses available in prescription?

YES! We have recently added the Sporter and XLW to our prescription range! With great versatility and a variety of options, you’ll be sure to find a product that suits you and your shooting style!

Oakley Prizm Everyday – all you need to know

2017 has seen Oakley release some iconic frames and re-invent some classics with a modern twist. However their biggest release of the season is the upgraded Prizm Everyday tints, designed to optimise your experience on a day to day basis.

By fine-tuning individual wavelengths of color, PRIZM™ sharpens visual acuity to reveal nuances that would be missed by the naked eye. – Oakley

In 2014, Prizm was released to the world and since then has been a landmark in sports optics. Their 15 year engineering task hit new heights in visual clarity and performance. Originally designed for Oakley’s snow goggles, the tech was quickly transferred to some more of Oakley’s biggest sports – cycling and golf. From there, Prizm Road, Prizm Trail and Prizm Golf were born and revolutionised the world of sports performance eyewear.

A reformation in the market then started to take place. All other brands tried to match Oakley’s impressive quality but none come close! Oakley continued their domination in this field by releasing yet more tints; including polarised lenses and their now iconic Prizm Daily Polarised lens.

Prizm Everyday, how does it work?

Oakley Prizm™ lenses fine tune individual colors, making everything vivid and vibrant, enhancing detail for an optimized experience. Some of our top selling lens colors are now available with Prizm technology. Each of these Prizm lens colors are also available with HDPolarized® – Oakley

Prizm Daily enhances all colors — with the same Prizm performance technology used for sports, but is balanced to create an enhanced visual experience with vibrant colors.

Oakley spent years researching and testing light transmission and colour science to come up with their Prizm tints. It was discovered that ordinary tints contrast one colour to another, causing a compromise and dulling down certain colours. Prizm lenses changed the game forever by minimising the compromise caused by contrasting colours against each other.

Being able to measure the light spectrum in precise environments, Oakley established that there is a possibility to filter specific spectral peaks, in particular, spectral peaks that the eye is most sensitive too.

Oakley’s Prizm lenses absorb specific spectral peaks and specific colours rather than wide light spectrums, helping you pick out more detail due to the eye being able to focus on certain wavelengths of colour. The development of this science started with Prizm Snow lenses where it was understood that the eye is sensitive to a specific wavelength of light in the blue and orange spectrum, Prizm lenses therefore accentuate these wavelengths and filters other colours out in order to channel your focus to the important detail.

So, what have Oakley released this summer…

The Prizm everyday range has been given a face lift with all of Oakley’s popular lens tints getting the Prizm upgrade.

All the new lenses have the Prizm Daily tint, offering a light rose base with striking mirrors to provide that classic Oakley look.

The Prizm Refresh series is also available with Oakley’s legendary HD Polarised lenses. Combining this with their Prizm technology to offer what is widely thought as the best lens on the market.

Perhaps our favourite is the Sapphire Fade collection with the Prizm Sapphire Polarised lenses, they look awesome, check it out!

Oakley Trillbe X – Sapphire Fade / Prizm Sapphire Polarised – £119.99

Fancy going a bit more under the radar, then have a look at the Prizm Black Iridium lens!

Oakley Frogskins – Polished Black / Prizm Black Iridium – £83.99

Some lenses just go hand in hand with frame colours. Introducing the Woodgrain Collection; partnered with Prizm Daily Polarised lenses for a classy and understated style with Oakley’s flagship everyday lens.

Oakley Latch – Woodgrain Collection / Prizm Daily Polarised – £135.99

Find out more about Oakley Prizm Everyday lenses on the Oakley YouTube channel.