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Oakley Kato Sunglasses

Channel Your Inner Superpower

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Is it a coincidenc­e that the Oakley Kato bears more than a passing resemblanc­e in name and look to the disguise of the Green Hornet’s sidekick?

Oakley’s radical sunglasses with a mask like aesthetic is designed to shatter the boundaries of sport performanc­e, and against the backdrop of the world’s biggest sporting stage, over 1,000 athletes at the Tokyo Olympics are set to debut the Kato to the world.

Born from the fantastica­l concept of fabric cloaking the face and getting as close as possible without contact, a single seamless wraparound lens provides maximum field of view and is moulded to cover both eyes and nose. Frameless, the curved upper edge of the lens provides structural rigidity and a close contoured fit for a mask-like feel. Paired with Oakley’s famed optics, the Kato removes limitation­s and empowers the wearer with confidence to be at their best, unlocking their inner superpower.

The Kato sits a few millimetre­s off the face, since the closer the lens, the wider the field of view without lens distortion. Elite athletes were involved in the developmen­t, testing the durability and performanc­e attributes, and the final design features an adjustable rake system and multiple nose pads for a customised, seamless fit.

To avoid steam trapping, three different nose pads snap onto holders moulded right into the lens, and the unique rake adjustment built into the stems unlock to tilt the entire lens for a better fit. This design combinatio­n accommodat­es the majority of face shape and sizes ranging from the small end of medium to XL.

Further performanc­e attributes include the Lightweigh­t O Mattertm stems for durability, and Unobtainiu­m® earsocks for all-day comfort with a noslip grip. The Kato is also available with Prizmtm lenses designed to enhance colour and contrast to see more detail.

Oakley has built a legacy on disruptive design, from the Eyeshade in 1984, to the avant-garde Over The Top debuted in Sydney in 2000, to Jawbreaker in 2015. Oakley Kato is the next step on this journey, engineered to push the boundaries of form, fit and function to revolution­ise eyewear design.

“Our pursuit for the new and unimagined has taken on many forms throughout the brand’s history, and the latest is Oakley Kato - a redefiniti­on of aesthetics to usher in a new age of optics for the sports industry. It is a moment to remind ourselves that anything is possible, that superheroe­s are not just found in comic books, but in real life, and we can all aspire to be better than we ever imagined.” CAIO AMATO, OAKLEY GLOBAL BRAND DIRECTOR

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