The Bottom Line
- Top quality optics
- Interchangable lenses
- Comfortable fit
- Durable construction
- Jawbone design add weight and bulk to bottom of frame
- Peripheral field of view limited by size of frame arms
- Interchangeable lenses in three available shapes and a whole range of colors offer options for any sports environment.
- Lenses feature Oakley Hydrophobic coating to help thwart smearing. Plus it's anti-static so it won't attract dust and dirt.
- Interchangeable nosepiece sizes allow for precise fit for just about any cyclist's face.
- Frames come in eight colors, including all-white, all black, orange or even the neon yellow "retina burn" frame shown above.
- Lens styles include photochromic, clear, vented and non-vented. Filters out 100% of all UVA, UVB and UVC rays.
Guide Review - Oakley Jawbone sunglasses
The Jawbone by Oakley is one of those unfortunate products that in concept seems great, but when fully developed and put into use in everyday settings just seems to fall short. The concept? By building a frame with a pivoting nosepiece and hinged bottom, in the Jawbone Oakley offers a pair of glasses where different lenses can be snapped in and out quickly and easily to match varying light conditions. Riding in early morning? Put in the yellow lenses to enhance available light. Then as the day moves on, swap them out for darker lenses to help beat the brightness.
The optics on the Jawbone are truly top-notch. With an anti-sheen coating on lenses, streaks and smears are easily wiped away. And the venting on the lenses helps keep airflow moving around the eyes to help prevent fogging. The lenses themselves are designed to "float" in a foam buffer suspension system that helps separate them from stresses transmitted by the frame that can distort lens clarity.
While all that is great, the problem comes in the frame design--the "Switchlock" technology--that allows lens interchangeability. The hinged nosepiece that flips up to allow the lower part of the frame to drop away (it's also hinged and looks like a jawbone, hence the name) both combine to add a bulky feel, the bottom part of the frame in particular. And the arms of the Jawbone are much wider than normal where they meet the glasses frame at the temple. In our testing, this caused a noticable limit to your field of peripheral vision, specifically in the situation where you glance back over your shoulder to check what's behind you, such as the position of other riders.
While we definitely liked the optics of the Oakley Jawbone, the look and feel of the frame don't make them a favorite.