Oakley Holbrooks are a pair you either Love or Hate! But with all the variations on the market is it time for a second chance?
What are Oakley Holbrooks?
Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses were released in 2010, and have become one of the most popular Lifestyle Oakleys alongside the Gascans. With over 15 standard colorways and several variations including the XL size, Mix, R, XS and Prescription the market seems to constantly be looking for more.
Holbrooks have a distinct squared frame which will look best on people with round, oval or rectangular faces. They are currently available in both O Matter and Metal frames (more on that to come). As Oakley describes the look:
Holbrook is a timeless, classic design fused with modern Oakley technology. Inspired by the screen heroes from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, this design epitomizes the spirit of exploration and adventure. The iconic American frame design is accented by metal rivets and Oakley icons, perfect for those who seek equal parts performance and style.https://www.oakley.com/en-us/product/W0OO9102
Oakley Holbrook Metal vs. O Matter? Which is better?
In 2017, Oakley took the already popular Holbrook frame and for the first time introduced a metal frame. In comparison, original Holbrook’s are made of lightweight O Matter plastic similar to most Oakley lifestyle sunglasses.
But which is actually better? The answer will depend on your lifestyle. The largest deciding factor for most people is the weight and feel. The Holbrook Metal feels a bit heavier and sturdier than the O Matter frame. So if you’re the type of person who tends to put your sunglasses through the ringer, you may want to consider Metal.
However, if you prefer a lighter frame, or encounter more sweat/water, you may want to look at the O Matter Holbrook. The plastic frame makes the Standard Holbrook a bit more repellent to liquids and easier to clean.
Holbrook XL vs. XS vs. Mix vs. Rx? What’s the difference?
As the Holbrook has exploded in popularity Oakley has release variety after variety. This section will cover each version and what makes them special.
The Holbrook’s larger brother, the XL is perfect if you have a large head or just enjoy bigger sunglasses. While not a huge difference, the XL offers a 59mm Lens Width vs. the standard Holbrook’s 55mm.
If you have a smaller head, Holbrook XS has you covered. Similar to the XL, it features the same Holbrook styling but in a smaller package. The XS shrinks most dimensions as illustrated by the table and picture below:
|Oakley Holbrook||Oakley Holbrook XS|
As you might have guessed from the name, the Holbrook Mix is a combination of the traditional O Matter and newer Metal frames. The front of the frame which surrounds the lenses is made of O Matter plastic, while the arms are made of metal.
Are Oakley Holbrooks Polarized?
Yes, Holbrooks can be Polarized with both HDPolarized and Prizm Polarized lenses starting at $176.00. Polarized lenses will reduce glare from surfaces such as road, ice, and water. Prizm technology will also reduce glare but with additional contrast and enhancement of visibility.
Currently Oakley offers the Holbrook with HDPolarized lenses in Grey and Ice Iridium. Additionally, Prizm Polarized lenses in Deep Water, Sapphire, Black, Tungsten and Ruby are available.
Are Prescription lenses available for Holbrooks?
Yes, Holbrook prescription lenses are available through Oakley.com and several other retailers. Prescription models start at $402.00, which includes $123.00 for the frame and $279.00 for the lenses.
Several Polarized and Prizm Polarized lenses are also available starting at $452.00. View the complete listing below:
|Standard||Positive Red Iridium||$452.00|
|HDPolarized||24K Iridium Polarized||$502.00|
|HDPolarized||Shallow Blue Iridium Polarized||$502.00|
|HDPolarized||Violet Iridium Polarized||$502.00|
|HDPolarized||Ruby Iridium Polarized||$502.00|
|HDPolarized||Tungsten Iridium Polarized||$502.00|
|HDPolarized||Jade Iridium Polarized||$502.00|
|HDPolarized||Deep Blue Iridium Polarized||$502.00|
|HDPolarized||Emerald Iridium Polarized||$502.00|
|HDPolarized||Sapphire Iridium Polarized||$502.00|
|HDPolarized||Fire Iridium Polarized||$502.00|
|HDPolarized||Torch Iridium Polarized||$502.00|
|HDPolarized||Ice Iridium Polarized||$502.00|
|HDPolarized||Black Iridium Polarized||$502.00|
Are replacement lenses available for Holbrooks?
Yes, Replacement Holbrook leneses are available through Oakley.com in 18 colors starting at $70.00. Polarized and Prizm lenses are aslo available starting at $100.00. Several aftermarket manufacturers produce Holbrook lenses starting at $24.00.
Complete listing of Oakley Holbrook replacement lenses below:
|Lens Type||Color||Light Transmission||Price|
|HDPolarized||Black Iridium Polarized||10%||$100.00|
|HDPolarized||Sapphire Iridium Polarized||20%||$100.00|
|Prizm Polarized||Prizm Daily Polarized||14%||$110.00|
|Prizm Polarized||Prizm Black Polarized||11%||$110.00|
|Prizm Polarized||Prizm Grey Polarized||17%||$110.00|
|Prizm Polarized||Prizm Sapphire Polarized||12%||$110.00|
|Prizm Polarized||Prizm Jade Polarized||13%||$110.00|
|Prizm Polarized||Prizm Tungsten Polarized||14%||$110.00|
|Prizm Polarized||Prizm Ruby Polarized||17%||$110.00|