With its new ‘See it in Prizm’ campaign, Oakley has quietly launched a couple of new performance sunnies: the Radar EV Advancer and EVZero Blade.
Oakley Radar EV Advancer
The Radar EV Advancer gets the anti-fog nose-piece
Most notably, the brand has added it’s Advancer nose-piece to its very popular Radar EV sunnies.
Pioneered on the Flight Jacket frames, the Advancer’s nose-piece uses a hinge to move the entire frame about 5mm further away from your face, allowing for additional airflow behind the lens to combat fogging.
With the Radar EV’s long arms, which don’t play nice with every helmet’s retention system, we do wonder if this might cause some fit issues.
While some, including our own reviewer, didn’t find a whole lot of use for the Advancer nose-piece while riding on the roads in the UK, in warmer and humid climates such as Australia, and the slower speeds of riding off-road, the flip switch finds its stride for anti-fog and airflow.
That said, the standard Radar EVs do pretty well to manage lens fogging and airflow in their own right.
For others, the aesthetics of the Flight Jacket may have been too futurist, but adding this detail to the popular Radar EV platform has made the anti-fog feature available on a more traditional frame.
According to Oakley, the new Radar EV Advancer features a new larger lens cut, which further extends the coverage on offer.
The new Radar EV Advancer sunnies use the brand’s O-Matter frame and include options for road and trail Prizm lenses and Unobtainium nose pads and ear stocks.
Available now, the Radar EV Advancer sunglasses cost £140/ $203 / AU$265
The new EV Zero Blade is based on the Oakley’s original Razor Blade
Oakley’s other new sunnies are the EVZero Blade.
The new frames (or lack thereof) are modeled after the Razor Blade, first released in 1984.
While Oakley does mention that the rimless design makes for a feathery pair of sunnies, it doesn’t offer a claimed weight as it did when the EVZero was launched — though we’d venture a guess that it’s not far off the sub-30g weight of the EVZero Path and Range.
Gone is the etching on the front of the lens that denotes the field of vision, and the new EVZero Blade glasses will only be available in the Oakley’s Prizm lens, with no photochromic or polarized version at launch. The lenses won’t be swappable either.
The arms are still made from the company’s O-Matter and the nose-piece and ear stocks are made from Oakley’s Unobtainium rubber.
The EVZero Blades are available now and will cost £140 /$173 / AU$225