Sporty-designed Oakley eyewear (sunglasses and optical glasses), sports apparel, flashy but durable watches, goggles and other time pieces, jackets, bags and backpacks have debuted in Manila in a fashion show extravaganza at WhiteSpace in Makati recently.
This amidst a growing competition in the Philippine fashion and sports fashion arenas now dominated by foreign brands and dwarfing local brands that have proved themselves durable in quality and image for decades in the local market.
The fashion show had a backdrop of active and busy streets of Oakley outlet in California, similar to the hustle and bustle of Metropolitan Manila at daytime.
Oakley Inc., based in Lake Forest, California is a subsidiary of Italian company Luxottica, that designs, develops and manufactures sports performance equipment and lifestyle pieces including replica sunglasses, sports visors, ski/snowboard goggles, watches, apparel, backpacks, shoes, optical frames, and other accessories.
Most items are designed in-house at the head office, but, in some countries, Oakley has exclusive designs relevant to the market. It currently holds more than 600 patents for eyewear, materials, and performance gear.
Chris Tzambazis, sales and business development manager of cheap Oakley for Southeast Asia, India and Korea, said Oakley has been operating as a top brand for the past two decades and by end of 2016 it had a total of 20 franchise stores, making it the top franchise globally of the brand.
In Manila, its reseller, Meera Enterprises, carries over 150 optical doors nationwide and lifestyle retailers of over 32 shops and more than 15 kiosks nationwide.
“Each year we continue to grow the business and it is an amazing ride full of surprises as Oakley sale continues its supremacy in eyewear and optics technologys,” said Meera Enterprise President, Ramesh Dargani.
Oakley’s first store opened in SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, where it unveiled the latest eyewear, apparel, shoes, bags and backpacks, goggles and sunglasses, watches and more.
THEY look like a pair of sunnies someone who loves punching Winnie Blues would buy from the servo and that’s half the appeal.
Of course, the other appeal is they are “smart” glasses, which offer a real-time voice activated coaching system, unique training program and performance tracking.
The product in question is Oakley’s Radar Pace glasses outlet — a partnership between the replica sunglasses manufacturer and the tech wizards at Intel.
The glasses have been fitted with internal accelerometer, gyroscope, pressure, humidity, and proximity sensors to help with the performance tracking.
The wearable is also paired to your smartphone via Bluetooth, which acts as the GPS for tracking and feeds analytics to the Radar Pace app.
Additionally, Radar Pace can connect to a number of external sensors used to measure heart rate, power, speed and other metrics you usually track.
The whole system is brought together by three microphones and detachable micro USB ear buds, which allow the user to communicate with the computer coach.
After entering age, height, weight, fitness level, overall goal and other key metrics into the app, the user is given a customised training program they will be coached through in real-time.
Once started, the technology learns from each workout and completes adjustments accordingly.
Alternatively, you can wear the cheap Oakley sunglasses while on a free run and still use the real-time tracking.
While I looked at the program, I mostly opted to use the product for the free run experience.
Similar to what you would expect from a human coach, Radar Pace aims to keep the athlete on track by analysing the performance and offering feedback.
This mostly comes through the sunglasses’ natural voice interaction, which can be heard over music playing in the background.
Users can communicate with the glasses by asking a series of questions related to training — pace, power, heart rate, power and most other analytics you would be curious to know.
To ask the question during your run it’s as simple as saying “OK Radar” to get the computer’s attention.
OK Radar, what’s my current pace?
> You’re current pace is 4 minutes 45 seconds per kilometre, which is just right.
In addition to responding to requests, Radar will give you updates from time to time.
Your current stride rate is 84, you need to get this up to 89. Try talking smaller, quicker steps to keep your pace.
> Why is stride rate important
A low stride rate makes running harder. Increasing stride rate puts less load on your legs, and helps you feel less tired.
It’s all very helpful, although I must admit the microphone does not always respond to commands.
This is frustrating, especially when coupled with the fact you are running down a busy street repeating “OK Radar, OK Radar, OK Radar”, with each attempt to summon the coach met with more anger and profanities mumbled under your breath.
I will admit to feeling like an absolute wanker one more than one occasion, when people stared at me while I spoke to my sunnies.
It’s also mindful to remember that the glasses are always on, so if you get into your music while running and decide to sing along, you might active the coach.
Still rock my khakis with a cuff and a crease, still got love for the streets, repping 213
> Sorry I didn’t quite understand that.
Having mostly used MapMyRun, I will admit the plethora of real-time analytics available from Radar’s voice command is impressive and helps keep you motivated.
However, the product isn’t without its flaws.
I found it hard to keep the headphone buds snug in my ear, with the product frequently slipping.
Not only did this affect the sound quality, but it made it annoying having to push them back in — especially when this paused the playback entirely.
And while the glasses do come with an interchange clear lens, I find it hard to believe anyone would wear them at night or inside on the treadmill.
The plus side is the product has a four hour battery life or up to six if not listening to music throughout the workout.
All things considered, I had a lot of fun testing out the fake Oakley sunglasses and was impressed by the tech.
The problem is it doesn’t come cheap, with the glasses costing $589.95.
Sadly, I would want some of the design and functionality improved before I would pay that price for this product.
I have to admit, I’m on gadget overload these days. Everything needs to be plugged in after a ride for charging, so I didn’t relish the idea of having to plug in my sunglasses. But I’m glad I did: Oakley’s Radar Pace glasses click the puzzle pieces in the right places by replacing the imperfect (and somewhat dangerous) head’s-up display idea and sticking it in your ear — literally.
These glasses offer real-time coaching via a noise-canceling earpiece (or two, if you’re bold enough to ride with your hearing blocked to the outside world, which I am not). That means you can get all the data you need on your ride without having your vision compromised by heads-up displays, head units on your stem, or anything else visually distracting.
But your hearing will be compromised, so be careful. Even when the in-ear coaching voice isn’t talking to you, the earpiece cuts out most of the background noise around you, so you won’t hear that car if you have both earpieces in. The coaching voice is a bit fainter with just one earpiece, especially at high speeds when the wind is rushing past, but it was a concession I was willing to make for peace of mind.
So, about that voice: What’s it saying to you? Among other things, it gives periodic updates about vital ride info, like your speed, cadence, and power. It also tells you if you need to adjust your cadence to maintain your peak performance. If you’re prepared, you can set a training program in the Oakley outlet app, and the voice will give you notifications when it’s time to pick up the pace, slow down, or make other adjustments. Built-in gyroscopes, accelerometers, and gauges for pressure and humidity all help offer realtime data. The unit can pair to your external sensors too.
You’re not limited to waiting for the voice to cycle through the information, either. If you want to know your current speed, for example, you can say, “Okay Radar,” and follow it up with your request (for example, “Okay Radar, what’s my current speed?”). The voice will then give you the info you request. There are several useful commands that you’ll get used to shouting at your sunglasses to get info, even if you do sound like a crazy person to your riding buddies.
It doesn’t always work seamlessly — I had trouble getting the glasses to recognize my voice at high speeds with the wind rushing past, or when I was really gassed and breathing hard — but it was reliable enough that I got the info I wanted within a reasonable timeframe. There were only one or two moments when I felt like I was on one of those automated phone calls, trying to reach a real live operator. (What’s worse than shouting at your replica sunglasses? Repeatedly shouting at your sunglasses.) In my completely un-scientific estimation, I’d say the voice recognition was 90 percent reliable, which is pretty high.
In conjunction with the app — which is quite good, with a logical, clean layout — the Radar glasses will customize your future rides based on what you’ve already accomplished, so you get a tailored training plan. It will even adjust your plans if you miss a training session.
If you’re sick of listening to the voice or the wind rushing past on your rides, you can sync the glasses to your phone and listen to music. There’s a touch pad on the left arm of the glasses to control volume and pause/play the music, which also worked most of the time. If you’re wearing full-finger gloves you’ll have a bit more trouble with reliability, but I had no problems with bare fingertips. A forward swipe turns the volume up, a backward swipe turns it down, a tap pauses or plays. Easy as pie.
The hardware is typical Oakley: comfortable, good coverage, and Prizm lenses that offer increased contrast for clearer vision on the road. These glasses are definitely heavier (56 grams with both earpieces) than your typical shades due to the electronics in the arms, but they weren’t so heavy as to become cumbersome. Usually, with heavy glasses, I feel it on the bridge of my nose by the end of the ride. And I certainly did feel it with these, but I also rode several hours before I noticed any extra weight. For training rides, that’s about what you can expect from any smart glasses, and these actually felt lighter than most of the heads-up display units I’ve tested.
One downside: The periodic updates definitely got repetitive and sort of maddening over the course of longer rides. Without fail, at some point during all my training rides, I got to a point when I wanted to pull the earpiece out. I imagine that’s what pros feel like when they pull their earpieces out and go for that breakaway stage win. Luckily, it’s easy enough to pull out the earpiece and stow it in your jersey pocket, though I never quite reached that level of irritation. The information is useful, after all.
I like the Radar Pace as a training tool, and as a wearable that adds valuable data without obscuring my vision. If Oakley can find a way to add Strava Live Segments, I can imagine leaving my Garmin at home. You’re limited, of course, to cheap Oakley glasses, so if you’re not familiar with the fit and feel of Oakley frames and lenses, be sure to try these on first. Bottom line, these are the first smart sunglasses I’ve been consistently excited to wear.
The new addition to Oakley Customize Program – Latch and Jawbreaker.
There are so many options for sunglasses out there, but it can still be hard to find exactly what you’re looking for. If you want to create a pair of sunglasses personalized just for you, come by cheap Oakley stores for a fully customized experience.
The store has a special customization wall that allows you to choose the color of the frames, the lenses, and even their signature Oakley “O” on either side. The options are endless. There are over 15 types of frames to choose from and an infinite amount of color combinations. The best part is the wait (or lack thereof)! They have all the resources to create your custom sunglasses right in the store. The whole process takes only fifteen minutes, and you walk out with a brand new pair created just for you.
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Oakley and Intel’s Radar Pace training sunglasses, which were introduced at CES last year, are now available to buy. The sunglasses come with built-in earbuds that allow the replica sunglasses to respond to voice commands. You can ask how far you’ve traveled and your pace, and your voice assistant “coach” will respond along with encouragement to keep going. The sunglasses are also outfitted with a bunch of sensors, including an accelerometer and gyroscope. They can also apparently detect pressure, humidity, and proximity. The gradient on the sunglasses’ lens is called “Prizm Road.” I enjoy it. It reminds me of Word art or PowerPoint slides.
The sunglasses pair with your phone through Bluetooth and can be controlled through the Radar Pace’s companion Android / iOS app. If you don’t feel like using voice controls or the app, there’s also a touch pad on the cheap oakley sunglasses where you can skip songs, take phone calls, and adjust the volume. Will we all wear talking gradients on our faces in the future? The Radar Pace costs $29.
Oakley launched the Radar Pace this week. The “smart” eyewear tracks speed, pace, and a lot more, and gives you realtime feedback with digital “coaching.” We put it to the test.
I’m gliding along the Kona coast on a road bike, paralleling the Pacific ocean. Pushing the pedals, I sweat as the hot tropical sun beats down upon my back.
Suddenly my coach reprimands me. “You’ve been coasting throughout this ride. Pedal continuously and control your speed through cadence or braking.”
My “coach” in this case, is the new replica Oakley Radar Pace. It’s “smart” eyewear that cheap Oakley just launched in partnership with Intel. It uses Intel’s Real Speech technology to communicate with the user.
We spent several days putting the Radar Pace through the paces (cough, cough) at a press launch coinciding with the Kona Ironman Triathlon World Championship.
Oakley Radar Pace: Smart Eyewear
The Radar Pace tracks power, speed, heart rate, cadence, distance, and time. The eyewear pairs with your phone via Bluetooth, and various external sensors.
Metrics are then tracked and recorded via the free Oakley Radar Pace app, available for both iOS and Android. Data is analyzed as you ride. The Pace’s digital coach then makes real-time suggestions to improve your performance.
It is USB rechageable and ships with a clear lens for low-light conditions. It can run for four to six hours on a single charge.
Beyond simply presenting “the numbers,” the virtual coaching creates real, actionable training programs and structured workouts to help you plan solid performance and attain future goals.
Over two years in the making, the Radar Pace marries Oakley’s top-shelf Prizm lens with Bluetooth earbuds and a touch pad on the temple. It allows you to send and receive texts, calls and listen to music. It’s all hands-free, no futzing with your wristwatch or handlebar-mounted jackery. The Intel Real Speech technology voice-activated interaction is really cool – some James Bond-level stuff.
Paired with a variety of sensors – our test bikes had Powertap pedals and I wore a chest strap to monitor heart rate — I could ask my “coach” questions.
“How’s my cadence?” or “What’s my heartrate?”
A chipper woman’s voice then let me know if I was within an acceptable, efficient cadence, or if my wheezing indicated I needed to get my act together.
Review: Oakley Radar Pace
During the test on the island, there were several Bluetooth connectivity problems, attributed to the recent iOS 10 updates made by Apple. This made for some hiccups in our user experience.
On a two-hour solo ride, I climbed the steep road known as “The Wall” leading away from our hotel into the surrounding neighborhood. Steady progress reports told me my cadence and elevation gains.
I climbed 1,000 feet in just under 10 miles before pointing back down the coast. My phone ran the current iOS 10.0.2. On the return, the Radar Pace app continued recording my data. However the device itself repeatedly lost connection with the Bluetooth signal, resulting in no feedback from the “coach.”
The next day, on a 45-mile ride when paired with a different phone still running iOS 9, I had constant feedback regarding my cadence, speed, and heart rate. Ultimately, it led to a more efficient ride with no Bluetooth problems.
Reportedly, there have been issues with the latest iOS updates in other technologies, as well.
Both the Oakley outlet and Intel engineers on hand at the launch were understandably frustrated by the situation. Ongoing firmware updates are in progress and should address the problem soon.
Oakley Radar Pace: Conclusions
At $49 MSRP, it has to be stated that the Radar Pace are extremely pricey sunglasses. But factor in the technology and a pair of Bluetooth earbuds, plus what an actual coach or personal trainer might cost. Then lump on the fact that a pair of the standard Oakley Radar glasses with a second lens (and no coaching) costs around $30.
With that, the Radar Pace doesn’t seem so outlandish.
Way back in January at CES, Oakley teamed up with Intel to unveil Radar Pace, a set of smart sunglasses designed to help improve your workouts. Now the company is finally set to release the gadget, which launches on October 1 for $49.
The Pace Radar looks like a pretty standard pair of high-end sporty replica sunglasses with one key difference. Oakley replica includes a detachable earbud, which grips onto to the sunglasses using a bendable arm. It also features three built-in microphones so you can ask for feedback throughout your workout and respond to questions.
The design is sweat-resistant and packs a battery that lasts 4 hours if you listen to music (6 hours without music). There’s also a built-in touchpad for quickly skipping between tracks.
Pace Radar can also track your distance and even incorporate your heart rate into its analysis, but it doesn’t pack any of the sensors to actually take those measurements. Instead, it connects to your smartphone for GPS data. It can also sync with an attached smartwatch or fitness tracker.
Once you’re ready to run (or jog or bike) cheap Oakley sunglasses will act as a virtual workout coach. The Pace system will offer updates on your speed and stride, along with ways to improve. You can also ask for information directly. When you’re ready to stop just say that you’re finished, and if you haven’t completed the planned workout the cheap sunglasses will urge you to keep going.
If you’re a die-hard runner or biker looking for some extra encouragement this could be a fun option. The price seems a little high considering that it still relies on other connected gadgets to actually gather your data, but it’s possible that future versions of Pace Radar could bring costs down, add extra sensors or both.
Smith’s PivLock has been around for some time now and through various iterations has revolved around the ‘PivLock’ lens changing system.
Instead of relying on the arms snapping on with a hooked structure on the lens, like most other frameless replica sunglasses, Smith uses a small egg-shaped nub that goes through a hole in the lens and allows the arms to pivot down and lock on. Utilizing this this two-structure system for swapping lenses not only means less pressure is put on the lens, but also less wear on the arms from being continually snapped on and off.
The latest-edition Arena Max V2’s lens is quite big, measuring 48mm tall – that’s 2mm smaller than cheap Oakley’s Radar EV – and is totally frameless. But they still weigh in at a feathery 29g. With no frame to get in the way, the lens extends far past your field of vision both up and down, meaning that when tucked in an aero time trial position, you’re not peering over the top of the lens.
Smith has printed the logo on the upper left corner of the PivLock lenses for some time now and we’d previously complained you could see it. From this tester’s persepctive at least, it seems Smith has rectified this issue with the bigger lens – the logo was nowhere to be seen during the test period.
The large curved lens provides for distortion free vision, and in fact is one of the clearest we’ve used. Smith includes three lenses in the package: Red Sol-X Mirror, Ignitor and clear. The Red Sol-X Mirror is quite dark, only allowing for 11% visible light transmission, and was my go-to for just about every road ride. It kept my eyes comfortable in full sun, while also performing surprisingly well when the light got flat.
With considerably more visible light transmission than the Red Mirror lens, we found the Ignitor lens at 32% VTL best suited to the varied light conditions of mountain biking.
If you’ve ever spent any time around a ski slope on a cloudy day, you’ll hear people in the lift line talking about their lens choice and lamenting that they didn’t wear a ‘rose’ lens. This is because for years, ski coaches have told their athletes that a rose lens helps to bring out contrast and some depth perception when the light is flat – something that my experience through years of running gates proved true.
The Ignitor is a rose base lens with silver reflective coating. I found that, like a rose goggle lens, in the trees I didn’t need to strain my eyes to pick out roots, rocks and other obstacles in the shadows, or when the contrast was lacking. It also provided enough tint to keep my eyes comfortable in full sun.
Though it’s not something I used a whole lot, the clear lens was reserved for riding in darkness. It’s not an essential piece of kit, but I was glad it was included.
All three lenses get hydrophobic coating front and back, meaning rain will bead off the outside and sweat will also bead and run off the inside of the lens. This coating also helps repel oil (like from fingerprints) allowing it to be wiped off rather than smudging on the lens.
Like most other performance Oakley sunglasses with long straight arms, the tips do overlap with some helmet retention systems. As this is commonplace it’s not a major cause for complaint – but when the helmet moves, so will your sunglasses. Similarly to the PivLock V2 Max, the arms also sit quite high and will make contact with some helmets as a result of riding-related jiggles, which can cause the glasses to slowly work their way down your nose.
That said, the nose pads and temple tips are made from tacky rubber, which helps keep them planted on your face.
Unique to the PivLocks is the adjustable nose piece – though it’s not adjustable in the sense you might expect. Instead of the actual nose pads moving in or out individually, the rubber pads slide up and down bringing the pads together or pushing the apart respectively.
It’s only a few millimetres but it does make a difference in where the lens sits on your face. I found the lower position was most comfortable, allowing the replica glasses to accommodate this tester’s front facing aerofoil (aka sizeable nose).
When you purchase the PivLock Arena Max, Smith givess you three lenses, a hard case and microfibre bag. Considering the Smith lenses are some of the clearest we’ve used, we reckon the PivLocks demonstrate fantastic value, especially considering a pair of basic Radar EVs costs almost the same and you don’t even get a spare lens. Oh, and they’re pretty good looking too.
— Take a backward look at the eyewear that defined an era
The M Frame was when Oakley got serious. Five years earlier its groundbreaking cycling eyewear, the Factory Pilot Eyeshades, had looked cool, crazy, kooky, geeky even.
It had taken a maverick like Greg LeMond to bring them to the conservative pro peloton of 1985. Oakley was a small, Californian startup at the time. The following year virtually every rider in the peloton was begging replica Oakley founder Jim Jannard for a pair. So when Oakley introduced the M Frame in 1990 it meant business.
It could be because the M Frame is inextricably linked with Lance Armstrong, or because Oakley’s European rivals went for a completely different style of replica sunglasses, but from 1990 until 2006 — the year after Armstrong retired (the first time) — the M Frame was the inscrutable, menacing face of cycling.
Perhaps the best-loved illustration of the cheap Oakley M Frame’s putative power over its bug-eyed Euro competitors was when Armstrong issued ‘the Look’ from behind his blue iridium lenses directly into the white Rudy Project Tayos of Jan Ullrich at the foot of Alpe d’Huez in 2001.
It didn’t matter that we couldn’t see the eyes of the two riders — the expressions their respective eyewear lent them told the whole story. The robot had mercilessly crushed the irritating bug and was now on the rampage, destroying everything in its path.
Magic and mystery
The M Frame was originally called ‘Mumbo’ in 1989 but all but the first letter of the name was deleted after clothing company Mambo objected. Simply being known as ‘M’ was far more effective as it turned out.
Consumers wondered whether ‘M’ referred to the shape of the frame, whether it had something to do with the fictional head of MI6 in the Bond films or simply accepted it as the call sign of the most desirable fake glasses in cycling.
Oakley had hit upon a winning and timeless formula: a minimal but tough and flexible strip that sat at eyebrow level so as not to obscure vision, into which snapped an equally tough polycarbonate lens with high optical quality that could be swapped in a matter of seconds.
Oakley’s rubbery Unobtainium material was used for the ‘earsocks’ and nose bridge. The M Frame was flawless.
In 2007 Oakley outlet finally unveiled the successor to the M Frame: the Radar. For many its over-engineered appearance was a backward step. However, Oakley replica had a large enough following that the Radar was accepted.
What’s for certain is that a look from behind a pair of Radars, or even the latest retro-looking Jawbreakers, will never equal a look from M Frames.
While best and the brighest athletes from around the world are in the spotlight at the Olympics to get their shine on, they’ve found shade in the form of special glasses made by Oakley.
The Green Fade replica sunglasses utilize Oaklely’s Prizm lens technology, which fine-tunes the individual wavelengths of color to sharpen vision and reveals subtle detail that would otherwise be unseen. It’s handy for the average person, but especially useful for an athlete who has to pay close attention to their surroundings.
The lenses essentially create an artificial color spectrum—a version of the world where everything is just a little clearer—that is designed to improve performance. For example, beach volleyball players may be able to better spot the white of the ball against the light blue sky so they can ensure they are in position for the next hit.
The effect is acheived by modifying the wavelengths as they pass through the lenses. Specific dyes are used in the polycarbonate lenses to create tints that make it possible to change the transparency and opacity of each wavelength.
While the concept behind the fake sunglasses make sense, and a similar version of the lens used in ski and snowboard goggles created a frenzy at that 2014 Winter Olympics, there’s not a ton of scientific evidence to suggest typical tinted shades create an improvement in performance.
One study conducted by the Pacific University College of Optometry found some lenses to offer improvements in vision and that athletes prefer the tinted shades to clear lenses. But other studies, including one from researchers at the University of Ballarat’s Human Movement and Sports Science, found no actual improvement in performance in athletes wearing tinted glasses.
Of course, none of the lenses tested in the studies were the super specialized Green Fade glasses. It’s possible Oakley’s attention to detail in the replica glasses produce better results. And there’s something to be said for the placebo effect of making athletes feel more comfortable with the glasses on.
The shades aren’t just for Olympians, either; while the specialized version of the lenses can cost over $10, you can get your hands on glasses utilizing Prizm technology if you have $20 to spend. Just don’t expect to get Olympic-level performance during whatever task you wear them for.