With the 2021 Tour de France just days away, Oakley has just launched four new derivatives of its most popular frames.
Among the launch comes three of the brand's best cycling sunglasses; the Sutro, Radar EV Path and Jawbreaker, accompanied by the casual-wear Frogskins. All which have been given the Tour de France treatment.
Oakley is the official eyewear partner of the Tour and this latest launch sets out to celebrate that fact, along with the brand's longstanding association with the iconic race. It's not the first time Oakley has launched a Tour de France edition range, however, while previous design iterations of Oakley's Tour de France-edition sunglasses have been centred around the leaders' jerseys, each of these new Oakley cycling sunglasses features a colour theme based on the blue, white and red of the French flag.
All four pairs are available to buy at Oakley's website immediately. They all share the same design concept, with the matte poseidon base colour being complemented by the blue, white and red touches throughout, and the official Tour de France logo in the corner of the lens, however, subtle details set each design apart.
Designed with urban riding in mind, the Sutro was quickly picked up by fashion-conscious road cyclists around the world for their bold design and large lenses.
The Tour de France edition Sutro glasses utilise the Matte Poseidon base coat with red piping across the brow, further red detailing on the arms, and a red background sits behind the white Oakley logo on the temples.
They come fitted with the Prizm Road Black lens, complete with Tour de France logo.
Oakley Radar EV Path
A stalwart in the Oakley range, the Radar EV Path follow a more traditional design rhetoric, but with ample coverage, and are some of the most popular in the pro peloton.
The Tour de France edition design is built upon the same matte poseidon base coat, with the brow given dashed detailing in the blue, white and red. White Oakley 'O' logos live on the temples, while the ear socks are red.
Arguably the most successful model in Oakley's cycling portfolio, the Jawbreakers are highly admired for their successful combination of function and form.
The Tour de France edition Jawbreakers are given the matte poseidon base coat across the entire frame, with red and white detailing on the logos on the temples, as well as on the edge of the brow.
The Frogskins are another stalwart in the Oakley range, but from the brand's wide range of off-bike casual sunglasses.
The Tour de France design here is more subtle, with the matte poseidon colour complemented by little more than a red Oakley wordmark on the temples. However, the inner face of the arms are given a colour-block pattern of blue, white, red and black.
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Lance Branquinho is a Namibian born media professional, with 15-years of experience in technology and engineering journalism covering anything with wheels. Being from Namibia, he knows a good gravel road when he sees one, and he has raced some of Africa’s best-known mountain bike stage races, such as Wines2Wales and Berg&Bush.
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