Oakley M Frames Pass More than Lab Tests — They Pass Pavement Tests


Oakley M-Frame Saves Eye

Erik's injuries while serious could have been worse. Oakley M-Frames saved his right eye. (Image from Oakley.com)

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.

Oakley M Frame Sunglasses: The Choice of Pros

Oakley M-Frame Lens Scratches From Pavement

Oakley M-Frame lenses scratched from impact with pavement. (Image from Oakley.com)

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.

Customized Oakleys: Build Your Perfect Pair!

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!

8 Safety Tips for Running in the Winter

Winter Jogging

Oakley Sunglasses will help protect your eyes from excessive glare and UV radiation while running this winter.

Remember a few months ago when you headed out for a run, you simply stripped down to almost nothing, threw on your shoes and MP3 player, and off you went?   Yup, there’s no doubt about it: running in the winter takes more thought and preparation than those carefree days of summer.  But whether winter affords you the luxury of running in the scarce daylight hours, or the only time you have is during the dark early morning or evening hours, there are several important challenges you must overcome to run safely in the wintertime.

Running During the Day
If you can, running in daylight is always safer, but if you live in the land of ice and snow, the sun’s glare can make your run uncomfortable and potentially unsafe.  When the sun’s blinding reflection makes it difficult for you to see potential hazards in your path, you need a lightweight pair of sunglasses that won’t slip down your nose when you perspire.  In this case, nothing beats Oakley’s Half Jacket Sunglasses.  PLUTONITE® lenses filter out 100% of all UV light and adapt to any light condition.  Additionally, the Half Jacket’s open-edge design allows excellent peripheral vision, while XYX OPTICS provide unmatched clarity.  With a light index of 3 for extremely bright sunlight, Oakley‘s Iridium coating provides maximum glare reduction and true-color perception.  With Oakley Half Jacket, you’ll be ready for safe running in any light.

Good traction is another issue runners face in snowy climates.  When fears of slips and falls threaten to destroy good form, Yaktrax are the newest and most user-friendly ice traction devices for your running shoes.  They’re lightweight, compact, and fit nearly all brands.  The coil design gives you 360 degrees of traction with hundreds of biting edges, allowing you to run with a more natural gait over packed snow and ice.

Still feeling the bite of frozen fingertips even when your core is dripping sweat?  Youngstown Glove Company’s Safety Orange Waterproof Winter Gloves won’t let your fingers get nippy.  Through extensive testing, proven patterns, innovative materials, and meticulous quality control, Youngstown’s gloves are # 1 in durability.  These gloves are not only waterproof, but windproof, and highly visible.  Featuring triple layer waterproof technology, an insulating micro-fleece liner, a breathable membrane, and 3M Scotchlite™ reflective tape on the knuckles and wrist, they’re ideal for running in cold, wet conditions.  And best of all, their terry cloth thumb virtually screams, “Go ahead.  Wipe your nose on me.”

Running in the Dark
Running in the evening or early morning darkness makes visibility your most important safety concern.  Once daylight savings time ends, the sun sets before most of us even get out of work, and that’s when several important pieces of safety gear become critical before heading out for a run.  The following guidelines will help you achieve the safest workout after sundown:

  • Wear reflective clothing to be as visible as possible.  Radians Reflective Safety Vests will get you noticed and visible even in the most miserable and poorly lit winter conditions.  They’re available in several configurations and feature exceptional durability, so you’ll get years of use.
  • Choose well-lit running routes.  Regardless of whether they’re your favorite,  routes with the most streetlights, businesses or residential lights are your safest choices.  Oncoming cars will have a better chance of seeing you, and you’ll be able to avoid potential hazards, such as potholes, icy patches, road debris, etc.
  • Run against traffic.  It’s easier to avoid cars if you can see them coming.  Try  running along less-busy roads with shoulders, bike paths, or sidewalks.
  • Vary your routes and times.  Potential attackers can study a runner’s routines and wait in dark recesses.  Don’t make yourself an easy target.
  • Run with a partner.  There’s safety in numbers, so if possible, never run alone.   But if you must, let someone know the route you’re running and approximately when you should be back.
  • Carry a cell phone.  You’ll be able to call police immediately if something goes wrong, or if you notice anything suspicious.
  • Always wear identification.  Zip your driver’s license in your pocket or wear an ID tag on your shoe or wrist.

With these few special pieces winter gear, runners can enjoy their sport year-round, confident that their health and safety are protected while doing their bodies good.

Cheap Sunglasses End Up Costing You More in the Long Run

Couple Wearing Sunglasses

Wearing quality sunglasses that block 99.9% of harmful UV radiation is key to long term eye health.

Did you know that spending $5 for cheap, trendy sunglasses may ultimately cost you more in the long run than going without sunglasses at all? According to ophthalmologists, sunglasses that don’t provide adequate protection from the two most harmful types of ultraviolet (UV) light — UVA and UVB — actually cause more harm to your eyes than if you are simply forced to squint. While all sunglasses offer some relief from visible light, the exposure to UVA and UVB from sunglasses that don’t block 98% to 100% of UV rays is detrimental to your eye health in both the short-term and long-term.

Dr. Bizer, a spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, explains: “Let’s suppose you put on a pair of very dark, inexpensive sunglasses. Your pupils open up dramatically, changing in size from half a millimeter to 5 or 6 millimeters. It’s an enormous increase, and now you’re allowing much more harmful light into your eyes than if you didn’t have on any sunglasses at all. Sunglasses without UVA and UVB protection simply filter out the ambient light and glare. They don’t do anything to protect your eyes.” The additional UVA and UVB exposure increases your risk for cataracts, macular degeneration, and even ocular melanoma — a rare type of cancer of the eye.

Unfortunately, the non-prescription sunglasses industry is weakly regulated, and claims made in advertisements, such as “UV absorbing”, may mean absolutely nothing. “There’s no government regulating power for the classification of sunglasses,” says Donald D’Amico, chair of ophthalmology at New York Presbyterian Hospital. “As a result, some companies misrepresent how much protection their sunglasses offer.” What little authority the FDA does have in regulating UV protection is in its ability to uphold truth in labeling. Unscrupulous companies skirt these FDA regulations, however, by using non-quantifiable terms, such as “blocks most UV light”.

D’Amico, whose organization regularly issues statements about sunglasses and eye safety, recommends sticking with reputable, high quality brands. These would be names such as Oakley, Revo and Wiley-X, which are industry leaders and inarguably truthful in their advertising and labeling. When they state that their sunglasses block 99.99% to 100% of UVA and UVB light, they mean exactly that.

If you’d like to check the UV protection of your sunglasses, take them to your eye doctor who has the proper equipment to test them. Or better yet, purchase brands you can trust to begin with.  In fact, all of the brands of safety glasses and sunglasses sold by by SafetyGlassesUSA.com offer 99.9%-100% UVA, UVB, and UVC protection — far exceeding their cheaper counterparts — and many styles offer lenses with added protective coatings, such as anti-fog and scratch resistance coatings. All of these benefits combine to result in exceptional eyewear for healthier eyes.

It stands to reason that cheap sunglasses which don’t offer any of these benefits are easily damaged and will ultimately end up costing you more to continually replace them. Even a small scratch creates undue stress on your already overworked eyes. Sunglasses that are not fog and scratch resistant result in eye strain and fatigue as well, because even when these scratches and streaks are imperceptible to the naked eye, they’re present on the lenses of virtually every pair of inexpensive sunglasses. Additionally, each time you wipe them clean, the fibers from the cloth leave even more scratches and streaks. You may not see them because your eyes strain to correct for the imperfections, but this continuous refocusing unnecessarily tires your eyes.

In the end, high quality, reputable eyewear is healthier, and in most cases ends up saving you money in the long run, considering how many pairs of cheap sunglasses you’ll need to replace due to poor workmanship, streaks, scratches, and discomfort. While the initial investment might make you think twice, consider that a pair of durable, high quality sunglasses are unlikely to need replacing nearly as often as their inexpensive counterparts. They’ll outlive inferior products because you’ll know they’re worth more, you’ll look after them better, you’ll be less likely to lose them, and you’ll become so attached, you’ll never go back to drugstore sunglasses again.