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Description

Sink your teeth into 'em. Not literally, though.

When Slipstream picked up a title sponsor in Transitions eyewear, they also picked up Oakley as a sunglass sponsor. Nice score and great tag-team in terms of eye protection. The initial package put Transitions SOLFX treatment into Jawbone lenses. The Transitions technology added to Oakley's lenses gives an extra dimension to their normal premium eye protection. Lenses that adjust to varying light conditions make sense. It's not so much that you don't have to fiddle with lenses before the ride, but that you don't have to take off your glasses during the ride. This is a feature all cyclists, whether they ride on the road or in the dirt, can appreciate.

To make the Transitions lenses respond to UV light, photochromic molecules are applied to the surface of the lens in a dye. When there's no UV light, like when you are indoors, the molecules are naturally at an angle to one another, and the lens is at the lightest end of its shading. When UV rays hit the lens, the bond holding the molecules together breaks, turning them flat, and showing the tint.

The lenses are the big deal with the Jawbone Transitions, but the Jawbone itself is still the amazing lightweight, strong frame with the distortion-free method of capturing the lenses in place. The Jawbone lens is clamped into place by the hinged jawbone on the lower part of the glasses. Oakley calls this Switchlock technology. Pull up the hinged nosepieces and the jawbones move freely. Open the jaw, take out the lens, and insert another. The clamp doesn't exactly hold the lens. This is why the Jawbones do such a great job. The clamp retains the lens within the frame; the actual lens holding is accomplished by a soft liner inside the frame on which the lens rides. It's a suspension system that allows the frame to flex a bit without distorting the lenses and your view.

Oakley has done an impressive job to work their sizing magic; these should sit well, comfortably, securely, and protectively on most faces. Since variation is inevitable, the Jawbones come with interchangeable nosepieces. If it feels like the frames aren't sitting as they should, pop out one set and insert another. Chances are, you'll find the right fit. The O-Matter frame material is light and sturdy. And to keep them on your face, even when you sweat profusely, the nosepieces and ear socks are made of Unobtanium rubber. This stuff gets stickier the more you sweat. And if it ever wears out, the Unobtanium pieces can be replaced.

The Oakley Jawbone Transitions SOLFX comes in two color combinations, each with their own lens options -- Infrared w/VR50 and Silver w/Clear Black Iridium. The VR50 is short for Violet Rust 50% light transmission. It's a high-contrast tint, great for low and flat light. The Black Iridium is a Grey tint, and it shows everything true to the color. Jawbones come with a soft vault and cleaning cloth/bag. Oakley doesn't include spare lenses with their Transitions eyewear as they believe the single set of lenses will work in all conditions. However, extra lenses are available as well.

  • Low-profile Switchlock design lets you change lenses in a flash
  • Photochromic lenses tint automatically changes to match the light conditions
  • Interchangeable nose piece creates a custom, high-performance fit
  • Includes Oakley Nano-Clear hydrophibic lens cleaner pen to keep your vision crystal-clear (good for up to 10 applications)


Tech Specs

Frame:
O Matter (polycarbonate)
Hinge:
Unobtanium
Lens:
Plutonite (polycarbonate)
Interchangeable Lens:
yes, Switchlock System
Polarized:
no
Face Size:
medium to large
Case Type:
soft
Nose Pads:
yes, interchangeable
Temple Pads:
no
Recommended Use:
lifestyle, sports
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart

Oakley

Lens Tints
 RATE OF TRANSMISSIONCONTRASTPROTECTION INDEXCONDITIONS
STANDARD SUNGLASSES
CLEAR 93% neutral 0 indoor
RUBY CLEAR IRIDIUM®* 92% increased 0 indoor
YELLOW 90% increased 0 overcast
HIGH INTENSITY YELLOW IRIDIUM®* 86% increased 0 overcast
PINK IRIDIUM®* 68% increased 1 overcast
PERSIMMON 61% increased 1 overcast
HIGH INTENSITY PERSIMMON IRIDIUM®* 59% increased 1 overcast
TITANIUM CLEAR IRIDIUM®* 54% neutral 1 overcast
GOLD CLEAR IRIDIUM®* 53% increased 1 overcast
BLACK PERSIMMON IRIDIUM®* 44% increased 2 flat to low light
VR50™ PINK IRIDIUM®* 43% increased 2 flat to low light
LIGHT RED® IRIDIUM®* 40% increased 2 flat to low light
G40™ 40% increased 2 flat to low light
P42®IRIDIUM®* 40% increased 2 flat to low light
EMERALD SLATE IRIDIUM®* 32% neutral 2 flat to low light
G30™* IRIDIUM®* 30% increased (golf specific) 2 flat to low light
VR28® 28% increased 2 flat to low light
G26™IRIDIUM®* 26% increased (shooting specific) 2 flat to low light
VR28® BLUE IRIDIUM®* 26% increased 2 flat to low light
G30™ BLACK IRIDIUM®* 25% increased 2 flat to low light
SLATE IRIDIUM®* 23% neutral 2 flat to low light
VR35™ GOLD IRIDIUM®* 23% increased 2 flat to low light
BRONZE 22% increased 2 flat to low light
GREY 17% neutral 3 bright light
+RED® IRIDIUM®* 17% increased 3 bright light
VR28® BLACK IRIDIUM®* 17% increased 3 bright light
VR28®* GOLD IRIDIUM®* 17% increased 3 bright light
JADE IRIDIUM®* 17% increased 3 bright light
FIRE IRIDIUM®* 16% increased 3 bright light
RUBY IRIDIUM®** 16% neutral 3 bright light
G20 BLACK IRIDIUM®* 15% increased 3 bright light
BLUE IRIDIUM®* 15% increased 3 bright light
VIOLET IRIDIUM®* 14% increased 3 bright light
CHROME IRIDIUM®* 14% neutral 3 bright light
TUNGSTEN IRIDIUM®* 13% increased 3 bright light
EMERALD IRIDIUM®* 13% neutral 3 bright light
GOLD IRIDIUM®* 12% increased 3 intense sun
DARK BRONZE 12% increased 3 intense sun
WARM GREY 12% increased 3 intense sun
24K IRIDIUM®* 11% increased 3 bright light
TITANIUM IRIDIUM®* 10% increased 3 intense sun
ICE IRIDIUM®* 10% neutral 3 intense sun
BLACK IRIDIUM®* 10% neutral 3 intense sun
DARK GREY 10% neutral 3 intense sun
GRADIENT SUNGLASSES
BROWN GRADIENT 38% increased 2 flat to low light
BLACK GRADIENT 35% neutral 2 flat to low light
BLACK VIOLET GRADIENT 26% increased 2 medium light
VR50™ BROWN GRADIENT 25% increased 2 medium light
DARK BROWN GRADIENT 24% increased 2 medium light
G40™ BLACK GRADIENT 22% increased 2 medium light
BLACK GREY GRADIENT 24% neutral 2 bright light
POLARIZED SUNGLASSES
LIGHT GREY POLARIZED 35% neutral 2 partly cloudy
AMBER POLARIZED** 30% increased 2 partly cloudy
00® GREY POLARIZED 20% increased 2 partly cloudy
AMBER BLACK IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 18% neutral 3 partly cloudy
SHALLOW BLUE™ IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 21% increased (angling specific) 2 sunny
00® RED IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED** 20% increased 2 sunny
BRONZE POLARIZED 19% increased 2 sunny
+RED® IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 18% increased 2 sunny
RUBY IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 17% neutral  3 sunny
GREY POLARIZED 17% neutral 3 sunny
VR28®* POLARIZED 16% increased 3 sunny
VR28® BLUE IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 14% increased 3 sunny
TUNGSTEN IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 13% increased 3 sunny
EMERALD IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 13% neutral 3 sunny
TITANIUM IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 12% increased 3 sunny
DEEP BLUE™ IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 17% neutral (angling specific) 3 intense sun
FIRE IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 16% increased 3 intense sun
GREY GRADIENT®* POLARIZED 15% neutral 3 intense sun
G30™ IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 14% increased 3 intense sun
00 BLUE IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 13% increased 3 intense sun
TUNGSTEN IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 13% increased 3 intense sun
EMERALD IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 13% neutral 3 intense sun
TITANIUM IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 12% increased 3 intense sun
24K IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 11% bright light 3 intense sun
BROWN GRADIENT®* POLARIZED 10% increased 3 intense sun
VR28® GOLD IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 11% increased 3 intense sun
00® BLACK IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 10% increased 3 intense sun
VR28® BLACK IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 10% increased 3 intense sun
ICE IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 9% neutral 3 intense sun
BLACK IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 9% neutral 3 intense sun
GOLD IRIDIUM®* POLARIZED 9% increased 3 intense sun
PHOTOCHROMIC SUNGLASSES
VR50™  50% increased  1  flat to low light
 ACTIVATED  10%    3  intense sun
CLEAR BLACK IRIDIUM®*  69%  neutral  1  flat to low light
 ACTIVATED  23%    2  sunny
TRANSITIONS SUNGLASSES
LIGHT GREY  38%  neutral  2  partly cloudy
 ACTIVATED  8%    3  intense sun
G40™  40%  increased  2  partly cloudy
 ACTIVATED  8%    3  intense sun
VR50™  50%  increased  1  flat to low light
 ACTIVATED  10%    3  intense sun
CLEAR BLACK IRIDIUM®*  69%  increased  1  flat to low light
 ACTIVATED  23%    2  intense sun
SNOW GOGGLES
BLACK IRIDIUM® 15% increased 3 medium to bright light
BLUE N/A increased N/A flat to low light
GOLD CLEAR N/A increased N/A flat to low light
GOLD IRIDIUM® 22% increased 1 medium to bright light
RUBY CLEAR 67% increased 2 low light
VR50™ EMERALD IRIDIUM® 30% increased 2 medium to bright light
PERSIMMON 55% neutral 1 flat to low light
Protection Index (in compliance with the standard PrEN 1836)
Index 0: aesthetic, very low protection
Index 1: for weak sun luminosity
Index 2: for average sun luminosity
Index 3: for strong sun luminosity
*Iridium lens coatings reduce glare while balancing light transmission and color recognition in every type of weather.
**THIS TINT IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR DRIVING

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5 5

Awesome

Found these ideal for sunny early morning rides when you start in shade and emerge in bright sunlight. They were dark enough for me on bright sunny days at 6,000ft, though I'd hesitate to use them on snow. They stayed clear while riding despite my sweaty uphill exertion.

5 5

absolutely invaluable

The whole point of the Jawbone is ease of lens changeability, so having a photochromic lens (from Transitions) kind of defeats that purpose. But if you plan on trail riding, winter commuting, or any scenario where your lighting environment changes rapidly over the course of the day, taking only a single pair of lenses with you is always worth it. These Oakley lenses are made by Transitions, who make some of the best photochromic treatments in the business. They adapt quickly to UV light (quicker in colder conditions), and have retained those properties over the several months that I've used them. Note that it takes direct UV rays to activate the color-changing particles in the lenses, so these are not optimized for driving. I got the Dark Grey lens option which goes perfectly clear for night use - no contrast, but the most versatile lens I own. If you're planning on a road ride and you expect to be under direct sunlight the entire day, neither of these photochromic lenses will get dark enough to give you protection for that kind of exposure - that's where the Jawbone interchangeability comes into play. I would suggest getting an Iridium lens like Black or Fire to keep on hand for those types of outings.

Otherwise, the Jawbone frame itself is awesome - oversized, and slightly aggressive. Hinges are smooth, and the Switchlock mechanism is simple to engage. An absolute must-have for the multi-sport, multi-environment athlete.