When we think Oakley, we think high performance eyewear. Their frames are geared typical towards athletes in the field. The materials used to put them together are meant to withstand the rigors of their sport, while the lenses protect and enhance their field of vision resulting in better contrast and visibility. But what of life off the field? It’s fair to say that daily life isn’t as rigorous and the demands on our eyesight aren’t as strenuous but you still need a pair that can keep up with your day-to-day. Oakley has taken the same approach to their lifestyle eyewear and they have also designed them to look fashionable as well. Their Pinchman R and the Stringer are our favourite from their latest collection.
The Pinchman R is one of Oakley’s most contemporary and fashion forward eyewear silhouettes because of its design and eclectic use of materials. The use of their O Matter, a plastic like material that is lighter and more durable than acetate, reduces the weight on the front of the frame. While the stainless steel temples with their Hollowpoint hinges and Unobtainium stems ensure stability and durability.
For an undeniably classic look, Oakley’s Stringer frames are rounded frames that feature a body completely made from their lightweight O Matter. It was designed to fit comfortably, while providing the classy styling of thick black frames. You can opt to have them as prescription eyewear or have them fitted with Oakley’s Plutonite lens that provides 100% protection against the sun.
We’ve had the opportunity to live with these frames for a few weeks and we can attest to its comfortability. At first, the Pinchman R’s stainless steel temples felt too rigged but as they sat upon our ears, it quickly became an after thought. When it came to sporting the Stringer, the all O Matter body made us feel like we weren’t wearing glasses at all, minus the slight pressure on the nose but it sat comfortably all day.