Four-Eyes Fever

Lose the contacts and get visionary with the first prescription sunglasses designed for a multisport lifestyle

Jan 5, 2004
Outside Magazine
prescription sunglasses

   Photo: John Clark

prescription sunglasses

Oakleyfied Colors: Clockwise from top left, Swap-out lenses in Black Iridium, Yellow, Persimmon, and G30.

Glasses-wearing adventurers have never gotten much love from their shades. For starters, adding prescription tinted lenses to standard frames can more than double the cost. And in recent years, while 20/20 athletes have switched to lightweight frames that use a vast spectrum of swap-out lenses engineered for snowfields, singletrack, and everything in between, the squinty set has been stuck toting around multiple pairs of sport- and light-specific shades. Sweet relief has finally arrived from optical giant Oakley, which now offers interchangeable prescription lenses for its venerable Half Jacket wraparound frames. You can choose lenses in two shapes and a whopping 19 colors, seven of which are polarized. Just match tint with activity and environment, and go. ($294 and up for frames, case, and one pair of lenses; $194–$300 for each additional lens set; 877-619-0312,

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