Why Oakleys are awesome- Part 2: Oakley stress tests

In Part 1 during my Oakley HQ visit, I was shown the type of tests they put their lenses through so customers see crisp, clear images and an explanation why you can wear them all day without your eyes getting fatigued. Personally, I thought it was really insightful since I had never heard lens technology explained in any manner.

But now here in Part 2 is something we can all easily understand – Oakley putting their lenses through some high and low velocity stress tests. A metal ball hurled at over 100 mph and a one pound spike dropped from 4 feet are two tests shown here, along with a quick peek at the material they use to make 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.



  • echelon

    I’m thinking this needs a theme song. I’m imagining it set to the tune of “Everything is Awesome” from the Lego Movie. It goes like this:

    Oakleys are so Awesome!

    Oakleys are so awesome cuz they protect my eyes

    Oakleys are so awesooooooooome!

    Cuz they shield me from sun rays!

  • Nicks87

    I agree that Oakleys are awesome but I’m so retarded when it comes to sunglasses that I cant justify spending the money on them. I lost a pair while riding my harley and broke another pair while snow boarding. Now I just buy cheapo I-gogs or whatever cuz I know they will get destroyed eventually.

    • MrTorben

      I used to be the same way but after someone gave me a quality pair, it was obvious why all the my prior ones kept breaking or getting scratched up in no time….they were crap quality.

      now, that of course does not keep them from getting lost.