Introducing Oakley’s NEW Prizm™ Lens Technology


Oakley’s NEW Standard Issue Prizm™ Lenses for its shooting and tactical line of glasses provides peak performance that starts with razor-sharp focus. This new lens enhances the ability of the human eye to adapt and to see with sharpness while providing protection and comfort for wearers.

Specifically designed with the needs of marksmen in mind, the NEW Prizm™ Lens provides optimal vision in a variety of field conditions. By strategically blocking wavelengths along the color spectrum, the lens maximizes contrast between colors, resulting in enhanced vision and reduced eye fatigue.

Prizm™ Lens Features

Because Oakley’s Prizm™ lenses are color-tuned specifically for shooting, they boost a shooter’s recognition of targets by blocking background distractions such as dirt, trees and sky. These lenses will also improve a wearer’s ability to see reticle patterns through a scope more clearly.  This allows shooters to better determine scale or position when honing in on targets.

The Prizm™ currently comes in two lens types, the TR45 and the TR 22. The TR 45 Prizm™ Lens is a lighter-shaded lens and offers 45% VLT (visible light transmission), perfect for overcast days or low-light conditions. The TR22 Prizm™ Lens is a darker shade and allows for 22% VLT, better for bright, sunny days.

All Oakley lenses are made from Plutonite, Oakley’s high purity optical grade polycarbonate to protect wearers from fragments that could damage eyes. All lenses also block 100% of UVA, UVB, UVC & harmful violet-blue light up to 400nm.

Also standard are a smudge-free lens coating, a secure fit even in wet conditions via hydrophilic Unobtainium nose pads, an advanced backside anti-fog coating, and a front-side hard coating for scratch resistance.

Prizm™ Lens Frame Options

The new CE Prizm™ Lenses come in several frame options.

The SI Ballistic M Frame 3.0 is compatible with helmet-mounted night vision devices & MICH, ACH, CVC, PASGT & Crye helmets. This frame is also compatible with over-ear hearing protection/comms, has a quick, tool-free lens change, and is chemical and impact resistant as well as ultra lightweight. And, of course, the SI Ballistic M Frame 3.0 meets all ballistic and tactical standards for military use.

Not only does the SI Ballistic M Frame 3.0 protect soldiers from the smallest, mission-ending fragment, it also provides the optical clarity that helps soldiers avoid adding danger to an already dangerous situation. With uncompromising comfort, soldiers can concentrate and stay focused in a way that maximizes their efficiency.

Rounding out Oakley’s new Prizm™ lens offerings for ballistic and tactical wear is the Oakley Tactical SI M-Frame Helo Gasket for Ballistic 2.0 and 3.0 . The Helo Gasket is a lightweight and soft rubberized gasket that blocks wind and dust and is ideal for airborne and rotary wing operations.

Both Prizm™ lenses also come in the Oakley SI Radar Range frame. This frame is lightweight, stress-resistant and comfortable. It comes with multiple interchangeable nose pad options for a customizable and secure fit.

For individuals needing both lens types, the Oakley SI Radar Range CE Array and the Oakley SI Ballistic M Frame 3.0 CE Array both provide interchangeable lens options that include the TR22 and the TR45.Oakley SI Prizm Array

Another frame option, the Oakley SI Flak Jacket with Prizm™ Lens is currently in production stages and will soon be available.

All Oakley Prizm™ glasses meet or exceed ANSI standards.

Yaktrax Product Review for Runners & Walkers

Are you an avid runner or walker who wants to continue your sport outdoors even in the winter months? Do snow and ice-covered roads either send you indoors or slow you down as you struggle to keep from slipping and falling? Perhaps training stops all together when snow and ice Yaktrax Footwear Tractionhits.

If this is you, consider using Yaktrax Pro Footwear Traction or Yaktrax Walker Footwear Traction.

At $27 for the Yaktrax Pro and $17 for the Yaktrax Walker, Yaktrax provide an inexpensive option for anyone wanting to continue walking or running outdoors during the winter months when roads often become covered with ice and snow.

What are Yaktrax?

Yaktrax winter traction devices slip on shoes to allow for walking and running outdoors when roads are ice and/or snow covered. They provide 360 degrees of winter traction that allows natural movement on snow and ice.

The biting coils on Yaktrax grip snow and ice and allow continued enjoyment of outdoor activities such as walking and running without having to change how the activity is done.

What are the benefits of Yaktrax?

In addition to better traction on icy and/or snowy roads, benefits of Yaktrax include increased:

  • Confidence to run or walk on packed snow without fear of slipping.
  • Opportunity for year-round training.
  • Stability that allows for normal completion of activity.

Anyone from leisure walkers to serious and intermediate runners will appreciate these benefits.

Are they easy to use?

In addition to the many benefits of wearing Yaktrax, putting them on is very easy. After putting on shoes, simply hook Yaktrax over the toe of the shoe, and then stretch Yaktrax to cover the entire bottom of the shoe. Then, securely fasten the heel tab to the back heel of shoe.

After putting on Yaktrax, make sure they are securely in place around the perimeter before pulling the performance strap over the foot and looping its end under the guide loop in the front.  Finally, bring the strap over top of shoe and fasten velcro securely.

Yaktrax come with picture directions that are easy to follow and that also provide maintenance instructions, which include periodically pinching coils to help maintain original shape and angle.

What do users have to say about Yaktrax?

Runners of varying distances extol the usability of Yaktrax because they provide solid grip and traction even on long runs. They also note the clear difference in stability among those wearing Yaktrax and those wearing only their athletic shoes.

Avid runners also say they would not recommend Yaktrax for long distance runs or walks on roads not covered with snow or ice. Many heavily-traveled roads clear more quickly than others, and running on these bare roads in Yaktrax for long distances does not work well and can damage the Yaktrax.

However, even on clear roads, there is often room on the side of the road to run where there still is ice and/or snow for the Yaktrax to grip.

What else do I need to know about Yaktrax?

Lightweight and compact, Yaktrax fit over almost every type of shoe. They are also highly durable to -41 degrees, abrasion resistant and coated with zinc for rust prevention. Finally, Yaktrax are also spikeless for safety.

Yaktrax are not for indoor use, and wearers should avoid surfaces like marble and other flooring that could get scratched by the coils.

At only $27 for Yaktrax Pro and $17 for the Yaktrax Walker, Yaktrax provide a simple and inexpensive solution for those wanting to walk and/or run outside during the winter months.

STAY Safe in Extreme Cold

Those living in certain places of the world like the upper Midwest United States, Canada and Russia expect cold and snow as part of their normal yearly weather cycle. But a Polar Vortex has individuals living in these places and many others experiencing frigid temperatures thatCold Weather present even the most seasoned cold-weather dwellers with a need to plan more than usual for safety in extreme cold.

To help create the proper mindset, keep the word “stay” in mind for managing life in extreme cold temperatures (anything near or below freezing).

STAY Aware

  • Regularly watch local weather reports, especially paying attention to windchill temperatures and storm warnings.
  • Know the warning signs of hypothermia and frostbite and be educated on what to do should either occur.
  • Keep road conditions in mind at all times, and adjust driving speed accordingly since getting stranded in extreme cold is especially dangerous.
  • Check the condition of water pipes, doing what you can to keep them from freezing and breaking.
  • Know when going outside is a bad idea, and stay inside as much as possible.
  • Realize that cold affects the elderly and the very young more quickly and more severely, so make sure they stay out of extreme cold and check in on them often.
  • Don’t forget that extreme cold is dangerous for pets too.
  • Help road crews out, and avoid travel immediately after heavy snowfalls.

STAY Prepared

  • Have a week’s worth of food and water should weather conditions prevent a trip to the store.
  • Have a well-stocked Winter Home Emergency Supply Kit at home and a Winter Emergency Car Kit in trunks of all vehicles, and check them regularly to make sure they stay well-supplied.
  • Insulate pipes if freezing is a concern, and know what to do if pipes freeze .
  • Make sure all vehicles are properly winterized with gas tanks kept always at least half full.
  • Keep sunglasses handy when driving, especially when clouds clear and the sun starts reflecting off the snow.
  • Always travel with a fully-charged cell phone should you become stranded and need to call for help.
  • Let others know your specific travel plans (route, timing, etc.), so you can get help as soon as possible should your vehicle break down or get stuck in the snow.

STAY Warm & Dry

  • If you need to go outside, remember that the chances of hypothermia increase when clothing is wet.
  • Wear several loose-fitting layers, including water-repellent gear.
  • Keep in mind that sweating dampens clothes, and that wet clothing can lower body temperature and contribute to hypothermia.
  • Remove wet clothing as soon as possible, having spares available when you know you’ll be outside.
  • Remember to keep extremities covered as they are more susceptible to frostbite.
  • Don’t forget to cover your mouth also, since extreme cold can hurt the lungs.
  • Especially in extreme temperatures caused by windchill, cover every part of skin since frostbite can occur in a matter of minutes.
  • Be sure to dress in layers, which traps warm air that acts as insulation.
  • Wear a hat since 40% of body heat can escape through the head.
  • Keep hands warm and functional at the same time by choosing the proper gloves for use in extreme cold.
  • Make sure heating sources are adequately fueled and maintained at all times.

Prevention still remains the best solution for surviving extreme cold temperatures no matter where you live. When frigid arctic air decides to stick around for any length of time, STAY healthy and safe by preventing emergencies whenever possible and by knowing the best course of action when they do happen.