Why Oakleys are awesome- Part 1: Oakley optics tests

Over the Thanksgiving break, I was at Oakley HQ in Foothill Ranch, California and got a personal factory tour. I saw some pretty cool things which I’m excited to share with you.

I’ve always liked Oakley eyewear and had thought of them as a high-quality brand that had cool aesthetics. After hearing from Justin at Oakley explain how they test and develop their lenses, I now have a greater appreciation for why Oakley glasses are some of the best on the market.

The video below is part one of two. Here’s the tl;dw summary:

– Oakley uses laser tests to ensure that when focusing on a object that each lens will bring your eye focus to a single point instead of splitting into two points, thereby causing distortion. While our eyes can handle a certain amount of distortion, prolonged use of low quality eyewear can cause eye fatigue and potentially accelerate your need for corrective lenses.

– Oakley lenses are developed so that no matter how they sit on your face and where your pupil looks through the lens, the focus will be undistorted. This was a really impressive part of the test which is shown in the video.

– Lens thickness variations and the combination of materials can cause variations in vision quality. Oakley tests multiple designs until the fidelity meets their high expectations.

Here’s the video explaining this. I’ll put up a part two video showing the stress tests where they shoot shrapnel and drop a huge chunk of metal on their lenses.

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.



  • Nice video, very informative

  • Grindstone50k

    Makes me glad that I just order a new set of Oakley specs.

  • William M Durham

    Now who and where can you find them

  • Wyowanderer

    Think, folks- the distance from the lens to your eye is less than an inch-the distance from the lens to the observed object is irrelevant, because NO lens distorts the light before is enters it. Oakley glasses are excellent, but the amount of distortion between the lens and the eye is negligible.
    The local Oakley rep used this demo on the sales staff at a store I worked at, and people fell for it just as hard as many here will. but it’s a demo that isn’t relevant, because light travels INTO the lens , TO you eye, not the other way around.
    Come on, Oakley, you’re better than this.

    • Phillip Cooper

      Oakley never did impress me much.

  • mike

    Waste of money.