Safety Glasses USA has always been a huge fan of Oakley eyewear, and we do our best to spread the word about the amazing quality and protection offered by Oakley. However, unlike cyclist Eric Koff, we stop sort of sacrificing our own bodies to make the point of just how fantastic Oakley products really are. So Erik, we owe you our most sincere thanks and gratitude for putting your personal pair of Oakley M Frames to the ultimate, real-world test, and sacrificing your pretty face in the process.
Here’s what poor Erik endured for the educational benefit of the rest of us a few weeks ago on his bike ride through Southern California: “We were going about twenty to twenty-five miles an hour when multiple spokes broke on my front wheel, locking the wheel,” he says. “When that happened I went head-first over the handlebars, literally driving the right side of my face into the ground.” Read the full story here.
After being diagnosed with a concussion, a broken nose, sinus fractures, a shattered cheekbone, and major damage to the orbital bone of his right eye, what Eric didn’t suffer was a fractured skull or severe corneal or retinal lacerations — in fact, he sustained no eye damage at all. “I am truly thankful for two pieces of equipment: my helmet and my Oakley M Frames,” Eric says. “Lesser lenses could have broken, possibly injuring my eye. But these lenses took the full force of the pavement and stayed intact, protecting my eye. Prior to my accident I was well aware that Oakley had impact protection, but I had no idea that they would have held up to a 25 mph impact.”
We salute you Eric, and wish you fast healing for the part you played in proving that the time and engineering Oakley invests in the impact protection of every pair of lenses is justified and more than worthwhile. Oakley’s commitment to high-mass, high-speed impact testing ensures their lenses hold up exactly as designed in precisely the kind of real-world scenario Eric Koff experienced.
While some may continue to believe that you’re really only paying for the name, the rest of us let the facts speak for themselves: Oakley is unmatched within the industry for their research, technology, and quality. While only the Industrial M-Frame and SI M-Frame boast the Z87.1 stamp for safety compliance, all Oakley models are tested to exceed the most stringent high velocity impact tests of the American National Standards Institute. In addition, all Oakley lenses block 100% of harmful UVA,UVB, and UVC rays. Professional athletes and sports enthusiasts of all stripes know that these design details — including Oakley’s precision aligned, pure Plutonite® lenses and their perfectly balanced 3-point frames — provide the best optical clarity and protection money can buy.
And in the highly competitive world of athletics, where visual distortion can dramatically impact performance, the pros don’t take chances. Oakley M Frames deliver their unsurpassed clarity using High Definition Optics (HDO) and precision lens geometry in all five interchangeable shapes. The hinged frame offers the comfort of their perfect three-point fit, and their selection of accessories are vital in the competitive arena.
If your favorite sport is of the let’s-get-down-and-dirty variety that requires streak-free vision, certain Oakley lenses offer special Hydrophobic™ and oleophobic coatings designed to repel dust, mud, water, oils, fingerprints, and lotions. Many lenses are also polarized for the ultimate comfort and protection in bright sunlight.
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Don’t see the combination of features you need in the style you’re looking for? Tell us! We’ll get them for you! We can help you build a pair of custom Oakley sunglasses from a wide variety of styles, with the features you want, in your favorite colors, and even engrave your lenses for the perfect personalized touch. Our friendly, expert staff is here to help Monday-Friday, 8AM-7PM EST at 800-870-6189.
So lastly, again, from all of us here at Safety Glasses USA, happy healing Eric Koff! Hope to see you back out on your bike wearing a new pair of Oakley M Frames real soon!