Oakley’s sports performance lineup focuses on sunglasses that can easily transition from everyday life to sports and activities. And the all-new Oakley Anorak Sunglasses firmly fits in that category.
Introduced in late 2019, the Anorak is one of the brand’s versatile hybrid sport/lifestyle frames.
Keep reading for our complete Oakley Anorak review, plus everything to know about these sunglasses!
Oakley Anorak Sunglasses Review
For this review, we got our hands on a pair of Matte Black Anorak sunglasses with Prizm Jade Iridium lenses (Product Link). And we definitely had a great time with these sunglasses that included a few surprises.
Keep reading for our full review.
Frame and Design
Starting with the Oakley Anorak design, you first notice its clean, simple lines and large rectangular lenses that provide excellent coverage. This isn’t a wrap style that extends around your eyes, which may limit its use for some athletes.
Moving to the frame itself, the Anorak is made of Oakley’s lightweight O Matter material for superior durability and flexibility.
And while you’ll find Unobtainium Oakley nosepads for added grip when wet or sweaty, you won’t find earsocks made of the same material as you typically do on dedicated sports frames.
This is pretty common for a sports lifestyle design from Oakley and really highlights how this pair is built to balance life on and off the field.
But one of our favorite features of the Anorak is its Advancer system that we reviewed below.
Designed to reduce fogging and keep you cool, Oakley’s Advancer system was first introduced on the Oakley Radar EV Advancer. And after its initial success, they began rolling it out to sports lifestyle frames like the Anorak.
Built into the nose bridge of the Anorak, this feature helps to instantly open airflow to stop fogging and overheating. We even noticed it seemed to help when wearing a mask with the Anorak.
You can activate the Advancer system on the Anorak with the touch of a button above the nose bridge. This lifts the frame slightly off your face while still maintaining optical alignment.
Overall this lift allows for more airflow, less fog, and better ventilation.
And when you no longer need the extra airflow, the Advancer simply clicks back into place with a push.
On the Anorak, the Advancer is integrated seamlessly into the design, allowing the frame to maintain its lifestyle look compared to other sports frames with contrasting Advancer buttons that highlight the feature.
As we mentioned above our Anorak review pair features Prizm Jade Iridium lenses, which we had a great time with.
We’ve already covered why we love Oakley’s contrast-enhancing Prizm lens technology so we won’t go into too much detail here. But needless to say, they did not disappoint.
From a protection standpoint, the Anorak’s lenses are made of impact-resistant Plutonite lens material that is tested against high velocity circumstances. Plus like all Oakleys, these lenses feature High Definition Optics (HDO) for maximum clarity while still providing UV protection.
And the Anorak is a part of Oakley’s authentic prescription lens program which we’ll cover in more detail below.
Size and Dimensions
The Anorak is a men’s large frame or a women’s extra-large frame that looks best on round and oval faces. You can find the complete dimensions below:
- Frame width: 138 mm
- Nose Bridge: 16 mm
- Lens height: 47.2 mm
- Lens width: 59 mm
- Temple length: 135 mm
For more information check out our complete Oakley Sunglasses Size guide.
Currently, the Anorak is available in 4 colorways from Oakley that we’ve listed below:
- Matte Grey Smoke / Prizm Jade
- Polished Black / Prizm Grey
- Matte Olive / Prizm Tungsten Polarized
- Matte Black / Prizm Black Polarized
Final Thoughts – Our Recommendation
We definitely enjoyed wearing the Anorak thanks to its easy-going style and slim temples that provided all-day comfort.
But the Anorak may not be for everyone. Here’s why.
Instead, it’s simple, and what some people might even call generic. But let’s remember, most people still need sunglasses they can wear from the golf course to a wedding. And that’s exactly where the Oakley Anorak fits.
And with the comfortable Unobtainium nose pads and Advancer system, the Anorak still packs plenty of performance features for all of your active adventures.
Are They Worth It?
Overall, we’d recommend the Anorak for anyone wanting a simple lifestyle pair that can go from a casual social setting to light sports and activities.
And with different Prizm lenses available from Black to Jade, you can determine how much of a statement you want to make.
Are Prescription Anorak Lenses Available?
Yes, you can buy the Oakley Anorak with prescription lenses through your Oakley’s website or your local eye doctor.
And this frame is available with both single vision and progressive lenses, including Prizm lens options.
For more info check out our complete Oakley Prescription Sunglasses and Glasses guide.
Are Replacement Anorak Lenses Available?
Currently, Oakley does not sell replacement lenses for the Anorak. But you can still buy them – we’ll explain.
While almost every pair of Oakleys includes changeable lenses, the brand has slowly begun selling replacement lenses for fewer frames.
But luckily you can still buy replacement lenses for the Anorak (and most other frames) through aftermarket lens suppliers. And these aftermarket lenses are usually cost half as much as original Oakley lenses. You can read more in our guide to the Best Oakley Replacement lenses.
Where to Buy Oakley Anorak Sunglasses
You can buy the Oakley Anorak through Oakley’s site or from authorized retailers. Currently, they’ll cost you between about $150 and $200 (up to $540 with Prizm Sport progressive prescription lenses).
But if you’re looking to save you still have plenty of options.
First, you can wait for an Oakley season sale (like Black Friday), where you can find a wide range of sunglasses for 30%+ off retail prices. For more information check out our guide to Oakley’s complete sales schedule.
But if you don’t want to wait you can still save big through aftermarket sites like our Oakley Forum Exchange Areas and eBay where you can buy, sell and trade with other members.
Learn more in our guide to Never Pay Retail Again for Oakleys.
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