The Oakley Jawbreaker‘s are the latest sport sunglasses to come out of Oakley, and it’s no surprise that these are likely to be a hit among cyclists and general sports enthusiasts. The Jawbreakers are designed with bikers in mind, working with professional cyclists Mark Cavendish to develop the line for those on the road. An impressive set of features, rugged construction, mechanical moving parts that may convince you the Jawbreakers are Transformers, and the new Prizm Road lens combine to the Jawbreakers the best in class.
The Prizm Road Lens is the latest innovation from Oakley, promising to make everything clearer and better defined. The lens emphasizes colour, definition and vibrancy to ensure you see every subtle change that appears on the road. If your frame of reference is a standard set of sunglasses, I found that it adds a cool blue tint to everything – but somehow manages to make reds, browns and greens ‘pop’. Glare and reflected sun is significantly reduced as well.
The lens is also truly massive – the peripheral vision is almost entirely present on the lower half, while the upper portion is slightly reduced where the Oakley logo is present. That said, the lens offers a lot more peripheral protection than any other sunglasses that I own. The lens also features six vents to ensure your eyes get the airflow needed and reduce fogging, which I can confirm it does well.
There are two main moving parts on the Jawbreaker’s – the temple adjustments and the Switchlock technology to switch out the lens. The temple adjustments are nice, as I found the default setting was a little short. Simply pulling up the hinge (take a deep breath and pull, you won’t break them) strongly and you’ll see as it pops out of the housing. From there you can set one of three positions. After that, you can re-secure them again by pressing firmly on the hinged piece until it pops into place. The Switchlock is also incredibly easy to use – while I had no need to switch out lens’, I found that it was a very simple process that after a few attempts anyone could do easily in a matter of seconds.
The Oakley Jawbreakers are solid in construction – Mark Cavendish described them as ‘armor’, and it’s hard to argue. Everything seems designed for the (hopefully) unlikely event of an impact. The lens itself is impact resistant, and the rest of the frame and screws seem durable and protected from impacts. The Jawbreakers also include Oakley’s Unobtainium on the earsocks and nose pads, which actually grip better when you sweat preventing any movement or risk of them slipping off.
The glasses are certainly lightweight and I never had any issue with them falling off whether I was sweating, or violently head banging. I will say that the temple adjustment brackets feel sturdy and were likely tested thoroughly, however, the hinge and the locking mechanism does feel like a weak spot. Granted, you’re only adjusting that once and then it’s set so it’s a moot point.
The Jawbreaker’s look futuristic. Everything from the colours to the moving parts, to the logo’s inclusion makes me feel a little bit like I’m riding my bike in the future. The combination of the white and black make them stand out and draw eyes. That said, these sunglasses are big, very big when compared to other sport eyewear (as you can see above). While that fact probably has no effect when you’re cycling or doing other sports but as a fashion piece, it limits the wearability of the glasses. On my face, while I got used to the size, I’m not sure that they properly ‘frame’ my face for every day wear.