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Oakley Jawbone Sport Sunglasses Review: Vented, Polarized, Photochromic

Updated on January 12, 2015

Oakley Jawbone

Oakley Jawbone sunglasses may incorporate traditional in appearance lenses – especially when compared with the advanced Polaric Ellipsoid of Radar – but they compensate by introducing a complex, high-concept frame.

This frame can actually unhinge, whereby the wearer may insert a new pair of optics, and essentially transform, and redirect his or her eyewear from one purpose to another. Three main lines include Vented, Polarized, and Photochromic.

The technology is twofold: the Switchlock system allows to open the lower half of the frame (dubbed by Oakley “lower jaw,” and lending th collection its title), and remove&insert lenses. A special suspension system then hold the lenses in place and simultaneously guards them from stress and shocks.

This elaborate configuration achieves the same structural integrity as the brand's semi-rimless sunglasses, but the benefits of pure mechanical durability are notably more pronounced: the lens is completely encompassed, and can't get knocked from below.

Oakley Jawbone Sunglasses
Oakley Jawbone Sunglasses

This quality will particularly matter to extreme sports athletes that expect sudden hits and leaps. In such cases, the spectacles might dislodge despite the trademark “Three-Point Fit,” and if so, can be picked up immediately, unharmed, and allow the athlete to continue competing.


The range of designs accommodates several indispensable professional Oakley specs: High Definition Optics (HDO), polarized lenses, hydrophobic coating that repels water and oil, 100% UV blocking, and “XYZ Optics” – a utility that expands peripheral vision. This line is clearly one of the brand's most loaded technologically.

Frame architecture absorbs stress, circumscribing the face and the lenses in such a way as to release them from pressure, and channel it towards the O Matter template.


Jawbone frames come in two types of coloration: neutral black and white, and extra bright red, orange and green; the lenses will usually display iridium tones (less radiant in dark shades).

Visual variety, as well as the ability to customize a the sunglasses (a feature available in Radar as well) give customers the option to create their own unique pair of Oakleys.


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