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Oakley Fives Sunglasses Review

Jun 9 2009, 12:00am CDT | by , in Reviews | Misc

Oakley Fives Sunglasses Review
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Benchmarks

Features & Specifications
Oakley makes a huge number of sunglasses for men and women. Some of the offerings are a bit over the top for my tastes. I prefer a simple looking set of sunglasses that still look cool and offer protection from the hot and bright Texas sun. The new Oakley Fives are available with both polarized and non-polarized lenses. The Fives come in black with black iridium lenses, silver with fire iridium lenses, and brown sugar with bronze lenses. My review Fives were the black with iridium lenses.

In Use
The glasses are rather low profile with thin earpieces and a thin frame design with oval shaped lenses. The design of the Fives is very cool and they feel great on the face. I often have problems with sunglasses in the nose and ear area.

Many of the sunglasses that I have used over the years are too narrow across the face making them too tight and uncomfortable on my temples. The Fives are wide enough in the temple area for all day comfort. Some of the Oakley shades and other sunglasses I have tried over the years were uncomfortable over the tops of the ears.

Sunglasses that are too tight in this area can cut into the top of the ear and become uncomfortable quickly. The earpieces of the Fives are rounded and smooth with no sharp edges making them very comfortable for extended wear. The earpieces are also tight enough that the glasses don’t slip around on the face when you bend or move around while wearing them. At the same time, the earpieces aren’t so tight that they become uncomfortable or leave indentions on your skin.

The lenses have a good amount of wrap and rake as Oakley calls it. The wrap is the amount of side-to-side curvature and the rake is the up and down curvature of the lenses. On some sunglasses, the lenses are too flat limiting your field of view and allowing sunlight and wind in from the side of the glasses. I have also worn some glasses that have too much of this creating an almost sealed environment where my eyes get dry and the lenses actually fog up from the lack of air flow.

The Fives offer a great compromise between too much wrap and rake and too little. The lenses are large enough so that they intrude only slightly on your peripheral vision and I only see the top and bottom of the frames minimally. The lenses wrap around enough that I can wear them in my convertible without having an issue with sunlight coming in from behind the glasses if the sun is behind me. The same can be said for the ability to block the wind. Enough airflow gets in that the glasses don’t fog, but enough is blocked so that your eyes are protected from any dirt or debris that the wind carries. The Fives retail for $70 in with standard lenses or $135 with polarized lenses. The only thing I can say bad about the Fives is that they don’t come with a hard case; they only ship with a soft bag for protection.

Verdict

Conclusion

Pros

  • Good looks
  • Good fit
  • Subtle design

Cons

  • No hard case for protection

Verdict
The Oakley Fives are a great set of sunglasses with an attractive design that are comfortable for all day wear. If you think many Oakley sunglasses are too over the top for your tastes, check out the Fives.

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