RxSport Staff Summer Picks

It’s getting towards the middle of summer (apparently!). We asked the team to choose their favourite frames of this season!

Here’s what we chose!

Fil (aka Optical Man) – Office Manager:

Favourite frame – 100% Type S

The Type-S looks and feels great both on and off the bike. I really feel it bridges the gap between style and performance. It’s a classically styled frame which is packed full of technical features including their HiPER lens technology. The full-wrap design provides protection from light and reduces movement on your face, while the rubber coated nose pads and temple arms offer great fit and comfort!

100% Type-S Sunglasses
100% Type-S Sunglasses – Soft Tact Slate / Grey PeakPolar

Stacey – Sales Assistant Extraordinaire:

Favourite frameRed Bull SPECT Wing 3

I love how versatile the frame is – at first glance, they’re a really nice casual frame and you could get away with wearing them as an everyday pair. On the other hand, they are extremely lightweight yet sturdy and the Dual Temple system “wing” make them perfect for running or cycling. The ultimate sports-lifestyle frame!

Red Bull Wing 3 Sunglasses
Red Bull Wing 3 Sunglasses – Matte Black / Smoke Polarised

Johnny – Cycles a bit and writes these blogs:

Favourite frameRudy Project Spinair 59

One of the most underrated active-lifestyle frames out there! They’re so cool and I love the double bridge, it adds a bit of spice to my life! Rudy Project lenses are amazing too, the clarity is excellent and the Navy/Red combination works so well.

Rudy Project Spinair 59 Sunglasses
Rudy Project Spinair 59 Sunglasses – Matte Navy Blue / Multilaser Red

Paige – Dispatch/Marketing whizz:

Favourite frameDragon Hype

They are the perfect everyday pair of sunglasses. I have them in prescription, they are super lightweight and comfortable to wear. The clarity of the lenses is amazing! I usually suck with keeping glasses in one piece, so these are perfect as they are sturdy and fashionable!

Dragon Hype Sunglasses
Dragon Hype Sunglasses – Tortoise / Lumalens G15 Gradient

Zoe – Dispensing Optician/Problem Solver:

Favourite frameRay-Ban Erika

The Erika is a timeless style and because it is so light, I sometimes forget I’m wearing it! Perfectly compatible with prescription lenses to so it is very versatile. Ray-Ban lenses are beautiful and some of the new colour combinations are so stylish! 

Ray-Ban RB4171 Erika Sunglasses
Ray-Ban RB4171 Erika Sunglasses – Gloss Black / Light Brown w/Gold Mirror

Mark – The web guy (not spider-man):

Favourite frameOakley Flak Draft

I’m always trying to get out and about after work and at the weekends and I find the Flak Draft is the perfect frame for my activities! I use them for golf and for running and they’ve never let me down; a perfect frame for sports in my opinion!

Oakley Flak Draft Sunglasses
Oakley Flak Draft Sunglasses – Matte Black / Prizm Daily Polarised

Callum – The eyewear guru:

Favourite frameRay-Ban RB4228

Who can go wrong with Ray-Ban? They’re very lightweight so perfect for those long laid back days in the garden. Ray-Ban’s polarised lenses work a treat and in my opinion are among the best around!

Ray-Ban RB4228 Sunglasses
Ray-Ban RB4228 Sunglasses – Black / Green Polarised

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Oakley Prescription Lenses Reviewed

Grant Williams has very kindly reviewed his Oakley Prescription sunglasses. Here’s what he had to say about his prescription Oakley Field Jackets!

For more than a decade I have combined various Oakley glasses with contact lenses for cycling driving and skiing. I thought this was the optimum combination, until deciding to try a prescription lens, initially for road cycling.

 

Road Cycling
The weather called for socially distant rides!

My positive experience of Oakley eyewear prompted a desire to buy into their prescription lenses. By uploading my prescription details into RxSport’s website, I received confirmation that my prescription requirements could be achieved from an Oakley lens.

 

Oakley create prescription lenses (with various performance traits) for many of their frames designed for sport. Although I already owned frames that prescription lenses are available for, I wanted to experience new design features, which they did not include. I chose to pair my new lenses with the Oakley Field Jacket.

 

Field Jacket
Oakley Field Jacket Prescription Sunglasses

On placing an order with Rx Sport UK, an email confirmation dropped into my inbox shortly after, and my new Oakley glasses arrived within the quoted delivery period. (Rx Sport UK were really helpful in doing everything possible to achieve delivery in time for a cycling holiday).

 

The Oakley prescription lens provides me with excellent visual clarity. This performance is complemented by the stability of the Field Jacket, which remains constant over rough road surfaces, sections of which are barely paved.

 

Road cycling
Transitions lenses are ideal for brighter days too

Given the ease of use and performance of these glasses, I decided to seek out something specifically for use in lower light conditions and riding at night. On reviewing my options, and talking these through with Rx Sport UK, I chose the Oakley prescription Brown Transitions lens.

For me, the Oakley Transition lens, with a brown tint is a fantastic option to have alongside the Black Iridium (or Prizm Black) lens. The visual clarity is excellent, and the transition from brown tint to clear, makes it suitable for a broad range of light levels.

 

Having used the Transitions for several months, these are the ones I reach for when the conditions are predominantly cloudy or for riding into late evening. Given the versatility of the Transition lens, I also decided to try it whilst riding my mountain bike.

 

MTB
Contrast enhancing prescription Transitions lenses are perfectly suited for shaded woodland trails

Part of the feedback provided by RxSport UK, confirmed a feature of the brown tint is the potential to add definition to surface texture. This certainly corresponds with my experiences whilst riding, as the lens performance assists being able to counter subtle pitting in macadam surfaces, or to interpret an intricate root matrix weaving across an off-camber, narrow trail.

 

MTB Image 2
And even better when the tight trails open up!

So, would I want to completely commit to using the prescription lenses I now have, for all the riding I do? For the road, yes. However, for mountain biking, personally, I will use the Transition lens with brown tint for virtually all the off-road riding I do. When conditions are really wet and muddy, I will switch to non-prescription glasses with contact lenses. This is simply because the Transitions are vital for my road cycling, and I wish to reduce the chance of the wear and tear that harsher, off-road conditions may cause.

 

For that reason, I will add an Oakley Flight Jacket Prizm Trail to my collection…..Plus they look pretty cool too!

 

Flight Jacket
He’s not wrong, they do look pretty cool!

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Oakley Field Jacket and Flight Jacket Product Insight

Whether it is online, or in print, I love to read and research about what is new and happening in the world of cycling, especially when it comes to kit!

During 2018, I started to see images and snippets of information about the Oakley Field Jacket and Flight Jacket. The pre-release photos confirmed both forthcoming glasses were large in format and striking in appearance. This is something I really like from both an aesthetics and performance perspective. Combine this with a long-standing positive experience of Oakley glasses, and my interest was already sky high!

After a little more product research, I learned that the design of the new glasses had been influenced by Oakley’s study of rider’s eye movement. This identified a potential improvement in uninterrupted view if the upper area of the frame was moved from its usual position.

It was not long before I was trying them both for fit and checking out the features. Visually, the two are quite different, both having their own individual, contemporary style. The Field Jacket has a full frame, and the Flight Jacket has a half frame, positioned at the base of the lens.

Oakley have also incorporated a slick way ventilate the glasses. At the front of the nose bridge there is small lever or switch (Oakley call this the “Advancer”); flick this down, and the frame is drawn forward. This enables the rider to switch additional airflow on and off, to control cooling and/or ventilation.

The arms of both the Field and Flight Jacket can be adjusted in length. This is achieved by switching sections of the arm to suit your fit. These are supplied with the glasses.

I have a medium to large face, and the fit and feel of both the Field and Flight Jacket felt very good and secure, with no need for me to fine tune. The Advancer is easy to locate, and after a few attempts, locating and switching is no problem,

So which did I go for? My heart, and the more flamboyant side of me said Flight Jacket, but the pure versatility of the Field Jacket won on the day…..well at least for now!

For me, the Field Jacket is close to the Flight Jacket for uninterrupted vision, plus it has a prescription lenses option. Changing lenses is relatively quick and easy.

To purchase the Oakley Field Jacket in a prescription lenses option, I initially contacted RxSport UK by telephone, and talked through my product choice, ordering and anticipated time to delivery.

Placing an order via their website was also extremely easy, and my prescription details are now saved to make future ordering even easier (details can be updated any time, if necessary).

My glasses arrived just in time for a week-long trip of cycling in Wales. The Field Jackets with prescription lenses (Black Iridium Polarised) performed perfectly, and almost one year on, my experience remains the same.

I have recently bought another set of Field Jackets, incorporating Oakley Transition prescription lenses. It is early days, but my initial impression is, they are excellent.

In my next article, I will give a more detailed insight in to my two sets of Field Jackets, as well as deliberate whether I should add a set of Oakley Racing Jacket’s to my collection?

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Top Prescription Oakley Glasses Of 2019

2019 may not yet be over, but it’s been a great year for new Oakley Glasses. We’ve put our heads together and picked out our top frame styles from Oakley in 2019. With so many styles it was hard not to just include them all, but here’s our top picks!

Marshal (TruBridge)

Combining an in-demand lens shape with icon panels that take the look into fresh territory, Marshal’s lightweight yet durable frame comes with four sizes of TruBridge Technology nosepads matching personalized fit with uncompromised style.

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Crosslink (TruBridge)

The Crosslink TruBridge is a true crossover design with interchangeable temples that now has a deeper lens shape for a sporty lifestyle look so you can go from work to play without missing a beat.

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Tie Bar 0.5

Inspired by the design ethos that less is more, Oakley Tie Bar 0.5 melds a premium titanium material to a semi-rimless design for the perfect balance of simplicity and sophistication.

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Pitchman R

Inspired by the successful Pitchman model the Pitchman R offers a rounded lens and classic notch bridge for a traditional look. Made from lightweight, stress-resistant O Matter with ultra-light steel temples for ultimate all day comfort. If you’re looking for something even more special, you should consider the Pitchman R Carbon – made from feather-light carbon fibre it takes the Pitchman R to a whole new level.

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Metalink

Oakley Metalink takes a sport-inspired frame to the next level in style. The lightweight Nano-Matter front is combined with the strength and durability of stainless steel features for an upgraded look that can easily adapt to life on the go.

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Top Picks For Tennis

With tennis season well underway and Wimbledon fast approaching we’re sharing our favourite frames for Tennis.
If you’ve not already checked out our Tennis Sports page, you should!

Here’s our Top 5 (in alphabetical order):

Bolle Bolt (or Bolt S)

The Bolle Bolt performs excellently as a multipurpose model, containing all the features which make for top performance eyewear. Industry-leading B-Clear lenses provide unbeatable impact resistance at an incredibly light weight. Thermogrip components integrated into the B88 Nylon frame keep the fit secure through any rough and tumble.
The Bolle Bolt S has been designed for small faces. Refusing to compromise on quality Bolle packed the same excellent technology of its companion, the original Bolle Bolt, into this product.
Lens of choice: Competivision Gun – A green-blue, tennis-specific lens designed to enhance the vividness of the ball. Features a silver mirror to dampen glare. Not suitable for driving.

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Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

The Oakley Flak 2.0 XL offers a lightweight and durable standard size frame with enhanced lens coverage, perfect for tennis. Extended lens coverage in the lower periphery of the XL model versus the original model helps to block unwelcome glare and improve physical protection of the eyes.
With a wide range of lens options, there’s something for you no matter the weather conditions or court surface you play on.

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Rudy Project Tralyx

Often seen as a cycling frame, the large shield and well vented design of the Tralyx makes it perfect for tennis. Rudy Project have taken the surgeon’s 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 levels of protection and unbeatable clarity of vision.

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Smith Pivlock Reverb

A fantastic unisex frame that offers great lens coverage with its shield design. Weighing in at just 27 grams it’s one of Smith’s lightest frames. Kitted out with their PivLock technology lens changes are quick and simple. Pair this with Smith’s ChromaPop lens technology providing excellent clarity and vision whatever the conditions.

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Tifosi Intense

A budget, wallet friendly choice. The Tifosi Intense is a great and versatile halfrim sports frame. It’s lightweight and durable Grilamid material frame, makes it a great choice for those who want a pair of glasses to perform either casually or out playing sport. The option of interchangeable lenses means you can adapt to whatever the weather throws at you. All for a price that starts at just £24.99. As entry level product goes, you’ll be pushed to find anything of this quality anywhere else.

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Tifosi introduces new eyewear collection

Tifosi Optics are well known for offering sports and performance-orientated frames at a budget friendly price and this summer they’ve launched an all new collection. They’ve introduced three new models that are perfect for use on and off the bike, or almost any sport infact. They offer the perfect balance of sporty style with performance practicality.

Like Tifosi’s other models, the new frames are made of lightweight and flexible Grilamid TR-90 and are paired with soft Hydrophilic rubber nose pads. The lenses are made of shatterproof polycarbonate with 100% UV protection, and will be available with prescription options.

Swank

“Swank is retro-value for modern times, carrying the freedom of youth into the excitement and unpredictability of tomorrow. Swank’s light frame is designed for a no-slip fit and is equipped with shatterproof, scratch-resistant lenses covering a spectrum of popular colours.” – Tifosi

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Swick

“Sporting a fit made for those who take full advantage of life, Swick is vying to be your part of your adventure. Call it sweet. Call it sick. It’s Swick.” – Tifosi

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Smoove

“At the intersection of high tech and high fashion is Smoove. We’re talking rounded lenses of polycarbonate that are scratch resistant, shatterproof, and encased in an ultra-durable Grilamid TR-90 frame.” – Tifosi

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SEE CLEARLY, WHATEVER THE WEATHER

VARiO™ Lens Technology from adidas Sport eyewear

  • Superb lens clarity with VARiO™ + LST™ + mirror filter options
  • New LST™ bright VARiO purple mirror filter option, combining eye fatigue reducing LST™ technology with photochromic lens tint.

With the VARiO™ and VARiO™ Tuned lenses from adidas Sport eyewear, say good-bye to manually swapping out lenses in order to adapt to different lighting conditions. The photochromic VARiO™ lenses have the ability to automatically change from crystal clear to dark within 20 seconds. A transmission range from 0 to 92%, or category 0 to category 3, allows the VARiO™ lens to transform from fully translucent to its grey lens tint according to lighting conditions. In other words, from leisurely outdoor adventures under fair and sunny skies to heading out for the after work run in the evenings, VARiO™ lenses are always the right choice for optimum vision and performance.

The latest LST™ VARiO Tuned lenses provides optimum protection and comfort, adapting to light conditions. Light Stablizing Technology™ intensifies contrasts and harmonises light fluctuations, reducing eye fatigue and improving concentration. With the introduction of the LST™ bright VARiO™ purple mirror filter, all of these benefits combine in a single lens to deliver next-generation adaptability, versatility and clarity for ultimate confidence, whatever your sport.

Available with prescription solutions in our best-selling models, please contact us for more information.

Christmas 2018 Ideas – Staff Picks

Here at RxSport we cannot wait for Christmas, but where do you start when it comes to gift shopping?

We’ve had a few members of the RxSport team handpick their favourite kit from the current range:

Laura

Picking my favourite kit from 2018-19 is pretty easy, I love the female specific kit available at the moment.

ROXY ANGIE SRT SKI HELMET - BEET REDRoxy Angie SRT helmet – The fleece lining keeps you nice and warm on the slopes and the Fidlock buckles means you can take it on and off without having to take your gloves off. Also having the new shock response technology really gives you piece of mind knowing you are well protected

GIRO ELLA SKI GOGGLES - BLEACHED OUT / VIVID ROYAL + VIVID INFRAREDGiro Ella Ski Goggles – I love the colourful designs and fleece lining you get in this model and the fact they fit over my glasses so comfortably is a real bonus! The Vivid lenses are great for bringing out the definition in the snow and the fact they are so easy to change with their magnetic system makes them my go to pair for any condition.


Callum

OAKLEY TURBINE SUNGLASSES - MATTE BLACK / PRIZM JADE POLARISEDFor me it’s pretty easy. My go-to sunglasses are the Oakley Turbine. The lightweight and wrapped design makes for a stylish but very practical frame that can be worn all day long, with no discomfort.

KREEDOM ROVER SKI GOGGLES - WOOD SATIN / COPPER CHROME + YELLOWNew to RxSport for 2018-19 is the brand Kreedom. Their collection includes three ski goggle styles, but the standout piece to me is their Kreedom Rover Goggles. A quick change magnetic lens design for under £90 is almost unheard of.

ANON INVERT MIPS SKI HELMET - GREYHelmet wise, it’s got to be the Anon Invert MIPS. The Anon Invert MIPS helmet symbolises everything Anon does best as a brand. A sleek, low-profile design which is deceptively feature-packed!

 


Filippo

For someone who snowboards, mountain bikes, road bikes and a few other crazy sports, picking my favourite piece is tricky. So here’s just a few!

SMITH VANTAGE MIPS SKI HELMET - MATTE BLACKSmith Vantage Ski Helmet – The Smith Vantage MIPS (also available in a non-MIPS version) is Smith’s market-leading helmet. They’ve created a helmet that is extremely strong, offering maximum protection, whilst keeping it extremely lightweight. This is down to its hybrid construction combined with Aerocore and Koroyd technology.

ELECTRIC ELECTRON SKI GOGGLES - MATTE BLACK / BLUE CHROME PHOTOCHROMICElectric Electron Ski Goggles – Where do you start on this? With groundbreaking electrochromic lens technology means you’ll never have to change your lens again, no matter what the conditions. A quick press of the button and it’s adaptive LED lens will lighten or darken between three settings, adapting to your conditions. It’s really easy to operate too!

OAKLEY PITCHMAN R - CLEAROakley Pitchman R Optical Glasses – If you’re a Liverpool fan, you may have spotted Jurgen Klopp wearing these throughout this season. The Pitchman R takes inspiration from the Pitchman, but with round lenses (hence the R). Temples created from ultra-light steel make for a lightweight and comfortable frame.

SWEET BUSHWHACKER II CARBON MIPS MOUNTAIN BIKE HELMET - SATIN BLACK METALLICSweet Bushwhacker II Carbon MIPS Bike Helmet – I was a fan of the original Bushwhacker II, but this new model cranks safety and strength up a notch with its integrated carbon fibre shell elements. It’s perfect for those days on the trail!

 


Gareth

As an avid cyclist and duathlon ‘doer’ I’m all about winter training and being able to continue throughout the colder months. Therefore my top picks for winter are focused on exactly that.

First up would be Rudy Project Rydon Sunglasses, but with their Photochromic lenses. Or if you’re like me, with a slightly smaller head you can opt for the new Rudy Project Rydon Slim.

Next up would be a helmet that keeps you visible out on the road, so either the Poc Ventral Spin in Zink Orange, or the Oakley ARO5 in Retina Burn.

Finally, something that was new this year, Oakley’s Prizm Low Light lenses. These have been a gamechanger for those early morning and evening outdoor training sessions, when Prizm Road has been too dark for good visibility. Prizm Low Light really does enhance the road ahead whilst allowing plenty of light through. There’s a great article on Prizm Low Light here.


Antonio

When it comes to goggles, I’m a fan of quick and easy to change lenses, therefore I really like the surge in magnetic lens technology that’s hitting the market.

If I had to pick just two, it would be:

ANON M4 TORIC MFI SKI GOGGLES - BLACK / SONAR RED + SONAR INFRAREDAnon M4 – The Anon M4 was my first introduction to Toric Lenses. This goggle offers a new lens curvature which is optimised for ventilation, peripheral vision and helmet compatibility. Pair this with Zeiss lens technology and it’s a truly incredible goggle. After something a little smaller? Maybe try the M2.

GIRO AGENT SKI GOGGLES - RED PEAK / VIVID ONYX + VIVID INFRAREDGiro Agent – Their infinity lens design is something to behold, whilst providing unmatched peripheral vision and a seriously cool look! Also the fact they’ve got a men’s and women’s variation (women’s is the Eave). The Axis and Ella are also worth a look!

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New Video Alert – Giro Agent & Eave Goggles

We’re excited to bring you our latest video released over on our YouTube channel.

This video brings you the latest in goggle tech from Giro, both the Agent and Eave Goggles.

Both the Agent and Eave feature Giro’s new Infinity Lenses for unmatched peripheral vision and one seriously cool and sleek look. Combine this with VIVID lenses and both styles are hard to beat!

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What The Klopp… What Is Jürgen Wearing?

Just like several of our football mad members of staff, you may have mentioned Jurgen Klopp’s great choice of eyewear. But exactly what frame is he rocking?

For most of the 2018 season he’s actually donned the Oakley Pitchman R model. He’s clearly a fan as he’s been spotted in the Carbon edition, Clear edition and Satin Black edition.

You can get your hands on your very own pair from RxSport. We offer two lens options in the Pitchman R collection, you can opt for Essilor Lenses, starting at £99.99, or Authentic Oakley Lenses from £179.99.

View the full range of Oakley Pitchman R Prescription Glasses available at RxSport

Jurgen Klopp isn’t just a fan of Oakley though, before these he’s been seen in both the Ray-Ban Clubmaster Optics and the Persol PO312V Optics. Both of which are available right now over on our sister site Tortoise+Black.


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