During her recent arctic expedition, Dani got a chance to test out the Oakley crossrange sunglasses, courtesy of Oakley UK. Thanks very much to the people at Oakley for sending Dani a pair.

About Oakley

Established in 1975 and acquired in 2007, Oakley is one of the leading product design and sport performance brands in the world, chosen by world-class athletes to compete at the highest level possible. The holder of more than 850 patents, Oakley is also known for its innovative lens technologies, including Prizm™. Oakley extended its position as a sports eyewear brand into apparel and accessories, offering men’s and women’s product lines that appeal to sport performance, active and lifestyle consumers.

The Sunglasses

The Oakley crossrange comes in many different colourways and polarised lenses. The pair of sunglasses Dani was given, the Prizm Snow Sapphire Iridium, has Oakley Prizm™ technology. Oakley Prizm™ lens technology has turned eyewear into vital equipment for sports. It all comes down to enhancing details in the most precise ways to optimise your visual experience, with the result of game-changing performance.

Being out in the snow with the glare from the sun and snow reflection, a pair of sunglasses was a must. While wearing the crossrange sunglasses I found that some of my daily tasks, like controlling the dogs in a snowy environment, was made much easier. I was able to see more detail in the landscape around me, which meant I could put my full concentration on the task at hand, rather than trying to figure out the contours under my feet.

On the majority of the expedition I was wearing both a windbreaker hat and a heavy duty hood on the Fjallraven Polar Parka. These were big enough to shield the wind from the sides of my eyes whilst on the dog sled. Without these the wind would occasionally whip around the sunglasses at points where winds were much stronger, causing a little disturbance.

Fit

This pair of sunglasses comes under the mens section on the Oakley website but I found that for my face, (I’m female) the fit was great. The glasses were comfortable and covered my eyes and side of my face a little. They felt lightweight and have active silicone grips on on the bridge of your nose as well as on your temples. This was a really welcome feature as it helped keep the glasses secure on my face. I found this to be true while on the dog sled going through the alpine forests, across many bumps and dips, and the glasses stayed firmly on my face the whole time. I took these glasses up to the arctic plateau where wind speeds were high and temperatures were very low and then down into the forests and across frozen lakes, where the temperature was a little warmer. I didn’t find any issues with fogging, even when exerting myself while wrapped up multiple layers.

When opening up the packaging before the trip, I was surprised to find an extra set of arms for the glasses. The arms are fully interchangeable and the second set have a slightly different shape and less silicone grips to be more like a causal pair of sunglasses. I did not use the second set on the expedition as the original set were perfect for the job due to the extra support and grip.

Conclusion

Overall I was very impressed with the sunglasses. They are classed under the lifestyle section on Oakley’s website, but I would happily wear them both in the city and out on hikes/for sport as they worked very well for me on the arctic plateau. Oakley are definitely doing a good job of creating a product that can be used in various environments. The Prizm™ technology was really useful for the conditions, helping me to see those finer details in the snow and enhancing my sledding experience. Having this technology allowed me to make decisions easier on where best to place the sled, however I wouldn’t mind trying a more professional set of Oakley sunglasses for comparison.

The only downside was the lack of windshield on the side of the glasses. For the price of £150, (on Oakley’s website) I think this pair of sunglasses is a great asset to anyones kit, while keeping you looking stylish out on an arctic expedition!

For more info on Oakley or the crossrange sunglasses, see Oakley’s website.


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