Australian Mountain Bike
IN the sports eyewear arms race, there’s just a few features where manufacturers can differentiate themselves – they can provide an excellent range of lenses, reduce distortion, promise crystal clarity, comfort, and fight fogging. Of all of these, however, promising an end to ‘fumbling with the outdated designs of ordinary lens systems’ surely has the most emotional appeal.
Cue Oakley’s ‘SwitchLock technology’ – there’s a tiny button on the inside of one hinge that, once open, allows you to pull out the entire lens and replace it in a few seconds.
There are obvious reasons why Oakley is the world’s most recognised sports eyewear brand. Sure, they sponsor the most, most famous athletes in the world; they do the research; get the patents (575 and counting); and write the blurbs. But there is only so much ‘technology’ you can put in a pair of plastic sunglasses. So behind all the talk about revolution and claims of ‘reinventing products from scratch’, all I really care about is being able to see properly. And Oakleys really deliver all those things you want – clarity, comfort, ventilation, and so on. Most RadarLocks come with two lenses, but you can buy just about any lens you want, from clear, to to polarised or Iridium.
RadarLocks are quick to change, but also clear and with barely any distortion, something that’s essential for precision mountainbiking. Even better, on the road they leave your peripheral vision nice and clear for carspotting. This matches well with the style of the eyewear: Styled for performance and cross country riding, I’m not so sure they would look good inside a full-face helmet.
RadarLocks sit light and easy above your ears, and will grip your helmet vents, or around the back of your head if you prefer to do that when you find that, after all, you’ve put the wrong lenses in.