The Oakley Experience

The Oakley Experience: Customize your Sunglasses

If you are looking for a pair of new sunglasses, you’ve got to check out The Oakley Design It Yourself Experience.

I was in the market for some new sunglasses, so I decided to visit the Oakley Store at the Florida Mall in Orlando. I’d been seeing lots of Oakley’s on professional golfers like Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson. I’d also been hearing about all the new Oakley Gear designed for golfers, so it was time for me to see it first hand and find out what it was all about.

When I walked into the store, I was expecting a normal sunglass store with a display case on each wall full of different style glasses and frames, where you hunted for a frame with a lens that suited your style. If the frame/lens combination you wanted wasn’t available, it was too bad. Your options were to find something on the shelf, wait for a special order item to be shipped or go elsewhere and start all over again.

What I saw however was much different! Chad, the store manager, welcomed me and he could see from the expression on my face that I was somewhat overtaken by the enormity of his store. Shirts, pants, shorts, bathing suits, shoes, belts and golf gear were all I could see. Finally I saw two small sunglass display cases. Was this it? Weren’t there more sunglasses than this available?

I asked Chad about finding a pair of sunglasses specific for golf. I wanted a pair that fit down on my face and provided me with enhanced vision. I asked him if he had more in stock because I didn’t think I would be able to find what I was looking for in the display cases I saw. He assured me it would be no problem to find exactly what I was looking for. I had my doubts, but he asked me to follow him over to the Oakley Custom Sunglasses Design It Yourself Counter.

Our first task was to pick a frame and a lens style that would suit my face and my requirements. He suggested the Fast Jacket with an XL lens. He found a sample frame and lens, had me try it on and all I could do was agree, this is IT! I loved them, the fit was great and the lens design was exactly what I was looking for.

Now the fun part began…time to design them exactly the way I wanted them. Chad made a couple of selections on a touch screen display and there was my frame waiting for me to customize the look.

With a simple touch of a button I was able to:

  • Select a frame (all of the frames are right there for you to try out too)
  • Select a frame color.
  • Select the accent colors of the frame
  • Select the ear sock colors for the frame
  • Select lens colors (can be a pair of lens or multiple pairs of lens)
  • Select lens sizes

With each touch of the button, right there on the display in front of my eyes, my sunglasses were customized and created to my exact specifications.

oakley fast jacketWhen you finally have it just the way you want it with colors and accents to match, you click the Print Button. A bar code label will be printed and the Oakley associate will build the glasses for you in about ten minutes. This all sounds pretty simple and straight forward but when was the last time you got to get something exactly the way you wanted it, without having to wait days or weeks? This is Instant Gratification!

While I was waiting on my glasses to be built, I spent the ten minutes to check out some of the other really neat gear inside. (I spent more than ten minutes; my glasses were done long before I was done looking around.)

Oakley Cipher Golf Shoe – The Lightest Performance Golf Shoe Ever Made

oakley cipherThe shoes you wear play a very important part of your golf game. Golf requires a lot of walking and it is for this reason that a golfer should be wearing a pair of shoes that will provide the utmost comfort. Shoes that don’t provide adequate support or don’t fit well can make a big difference, so it is important to get shoes that provide you with the support your feet need. The Oakley Cipher 3 golf shoes I tried on, do just that.

I slipped them on and they were more comfortable than my bare feet. I had a great feeling of support and they didn’t make my feet or toes feel confined. Utilizing a cleat design known as NanoSpikes, Oakley was able to reduce the weight of the shoe to be even lighter than the other so called lightweight shoes on the market. The shoe is known for providing maximum comfort to the wearer.

Attached to the bottom of the shoe with a velco-like pad, NanoSpikes, are actually thousands of tiny metal spikes that bite into the blades of grass to maintain traction and to keep your feet close to the ground, reducing your center of gravity. NanoSpikes can be replaced if they ever wear down. In fact, Oakley sells a NanoSpikes Replacement Kit that includes enough pieces of NanoSpike to replace all of the zones on both shoes.

These shoes are so comfortable and stylish that you might find yourself wanting to wear them for everyday wear. In fact, with the grip offered by the NanoSpikes, many golfers wear the shoes when they go places other than a golf course that require a lot of walking, especially if there are hills or slopes. .

The Oakley Cipher 3 golf shoes are guaranteed to give the golfer the kind of comfort needed to help enjoy the game …Highly Recommend

Oakley Take 3.0 Golf Pants/Shorts

oakley pantsClassic and streamlined, the Oakley Men’s Flat Front Take 3.0 Pants and Shorts are engineered to fit your game. Made with four-way stretch and quick-dry technology, the performance design moves with your body for a smooth, natural feel.

The O Hydrolix™ technology is the same material used in the Oakley Board shorts, and is 100% waterproof. I was impressed when I was allowed to hold a pair of shorts under the water fountain in the store and I couldn’t feel any wetness at all on the pants. The breathable O Hydrolix™ technology also provides UV protection from the sun.

Available in a variety of colors and sizes, the Take 3.0 Pant delivers athletic style and comfort on the course.


  • Lightweight pants with athletic style and performance details
  • Contoured waistband to give you a better fit
  • 4-way stretch fabric provides a fit that moves with you
  • Flat front
  • Zip fly with button closure
  • Front slash pockets and back welt pockets
  • UV-shielding fabric protects against the sun’s rays
  • Quick-dry construction facilitates enhanced evaporation
  • O Hydrolix™ technology wicks away sweat to help keep you comfortable
  • Embroidered Ellipse logo at front and woven label at back
  • Machine Washable – Tumble Dry
  • Fabric: 87% polyester / 13% spandex

Oakley Mens Take 3.0 Pants…Great for Golf; Great For Everyday Wear

About Oakley

Oakley, Inc. is a sport and lifestyle brand, driven to ignite the imagination through the fusion of art and science. Building on its legacy of innovative, market-leading optical technology, the company manufactures and distributes high performance sunglasses, prescription lenses and frames, goggles, apparel, footwear, and accessories. The essence of the brand is communicated through hundreds of professional and amateur athletes who depend on Oakley products to provide them with the very best while they redefine what is physically possible.

Decades of Oakley innovation have led to a full array of market-leading products including performance apparel and accessories, prescription eyewear, footwear, watches and electronics. The company continues to build on its heritage of authenticity by reinventing products from scratch to achieve superior quality and genuine innovation that delivers the unexpected. Awarded more than 575 patents and 1100 trademarks, Oakley today is a global icon offering products to consumers in more than 100 countries.

The authenticity of Oakley invention is backed by state-of-the-art research and production facilities. Ideas enter the virtual world of CAD/CAM engineering. They take shape as prototypes, built in 16-micron layers of vaporized polymers that solidify in electromagnetic radiation. Progressive builds are tested with spectropho¬tometers, impact accelerators and environmental simulation chambers. Only then are new inventions ready to be field tested by the world’s top athletes.



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