Oakley Radar Sunglasses Review

Posted: Jul 30 2007, 12:00am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 9:12am CDT, in Reviews | Misc


Oakley Radar Sunglasses Review
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Features & Specifications
Oakley coated the lenses of the Radar sunglasses with a hydrophobic coating. This coating keeps water or sweat from leaving streaks and spots. The coating also allows the lenses to have a great amount of smudge resistance. The coating is also anti-static so if you are wearing them in a dusty environment they won’t attract as much dust as ordinary lenses.

The lenses are also interchangeable so you can use different colors and lens types for different situations. You can also get three different lens shapes for different amounts of coverage; the three different shapes are Radar Range, Radar Path, and Radar Pitch. My review pair had the Radar Range shape.

Having grown up riding dirt bikes I am familiar with Oakley goggles and always preferred them for their superior air flow which helped keep them from fogging. The Oakley Radar sunglasses are also made with air channels to help you keep cool. Here in Texas where its very hot and humid outdoors, but cool inside I often found that lesser sunglasses would fog up when I went from inside to outside. I never had this problem with the Oakley Radar sunglasses; they never fogged on me once no matter the extreme in temperature change.

Another great feature of the Oakley Radar is that they stay in place and don’t move. This is a huge deal if you are biking, running, riding a motor cycle or bend and move a lot. Glasses that don’t stay in place blow off or slip up and down on your head. The Oakley Radar lenses also meet all ANSI Z87.1 standards for high-mass and high-velocity impact protection. The lenses also block 100% of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays.

Oakley Radar sunglasses in Use
I have been wearing the Oakley Radar sunglasses for over a month of use now and they are simply fantastic. The shape of the Radar Range lenses in my review set covers my entire eye to the corner so no sunlight, water or debris sneaks in at the corners. The hydrophobic coating is amazing to see in action. I wore the Oakley Radar while mowing my yard once and found that when sweat dropped onto the lenses it would run down the frames and left no mark or streak, you really never knew the water had been there.

When we went on vacation to the beach I wore the shades in the hotel pool playing with my kids. It always seems to me that there is as much sun block in a hotel pool as there is water. The sun block and water mixture rolled off the lenses as easily as sweat did with no marks left behind.

Once my wife sprayed sun block on my face and got it all over the Oakley Radar shades. I used a bit of water on the lenses and the soft micro fiber cloth that acts as the bag style case Oakley sunglasses come with and the coating wiped right away.

We also took a high speed boat ride to see dolphins. We ended up hanging over the side of the boat watching the dolphins swim and jump as the boat cut through the water. I have lost more than one pair of sunglasses boating over the years, but the Oakley Radar stayed right on my face and never moved a bit.

The Oakley three point fit coupled with the lightweight materials used in the construction means that you literally forget you have the Radar shades on. Many times sunglasses become uncomfortable on me behind the ears. The Oakley Radar design doesn’t hook behind the ears making them more comfortable. The only really bad thing I can say about the Oakley Radar sunglasses is that the large frame size and the included semi-rigid case is bulky and can be hard to find a place for if you on the go a lot.




  • Attractive design
  • Hydrophobic coating eliminated streaks
  • Stays put even during heavy activity


  • Included semi-ridged case is bulky

If you are looking for an attractive pair of sunglasses that performs well for sports or other outdoor activities, the Oakley Radar are fantastic. Sweat, water and debris leave no traces on the lenses and the Radar sunglasses are light and comfortable to wear. It’s hard to find better looking and performing sunglasses than the Oakley Radar.


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The Author

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Leading our review center, Shane McGlaun (Google) knows technology inside out. His extensive experience in testing computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
Shane can be contacted directly at shane@i4u.com.




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