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Oakley Kato and Kato X Sunglasses | Review and Guide

The Oakley Kato sunglasses are finally here and we’ve got everything to know about this frame. Plus keep reading for our complete Oakley Kato and Kato X review and find out why this is a marvel of optical design!

Background and Release

The Oakley Kato Sunglasses debuted during the 2020 SuperBowl on the face of now MVP Patrick Mahomes.

Then in January 2020, we started hearing rumors of Oakley Kato eyewear appearing on stores shelves.

First, we saw the Kato Sunglasses appear on the SunglassHut website online. Then shortly after we saw several reports of readers and members being able to order the Kato in-store at SGH locations.

But unfortunately, all of these orders were canceled within 24 hours of placing them.

Oakley Kato Sunglasses on Face
Oakley Kato Sunglasses on Face – Photo: Oakley

Then, in February 2020, Oakley officially released the Super Bowl LV edition Kato Sunglasses on their website. And it seemed like the frame would finally release.

But Oakley made us continue to wait for over a year!

Finally in May 2021, after continued speculation of whether this frame would ever launch, Oakley officially released the Kato Sunglasses! And just in time for a huge debut at the Tokyo Olympics.

You can see also see the wild Kato design in action in this video below captured by Youtube user “MouseSteps” of Patrick Mahomes at Disney wearing the frame.

And keep reading for our complete Oakley Kato review. Plus a breakdown of the Kato and Kato X Models!

Oakley Kato Sunglasses Review

Frame and Design

The Kato introduces an entirely new frame and design for Oakley.

Our first impression is that the overall construction is impressive – even before we start talking about the lens. The ear steams connect directly to the lens, maximizing the viewable area for performance.

And, they feature metal/24K icons adding a pop to the design.

But the real focus for the Kato is on the perfect fit for any and every size face!

The Kato features adjustable nosepads to provide a firm fit – Photo: Oakley

First, the Kato sunglasses come with 3 Unobtainium nosepads of varying sizes. Each nosepad has a different thickness and depth to fit small, medium, and large-size faces and noses. That means you can get the no-slip grip of Unobtainium with a perfect fit.

Oakley has offered something similar with Asian or Low Bridge fit nosepads in the past but this usually wasn’t standard. Regardless, we love this feature!

But it’s really the Adjustable Rake mechanism that takes the “seamless fit” to another level.

Adjustable Rake

One of the biggest features of the Oakley Kato is the new Adjustable Rake.

This tilting mechanism (highlighted in the picture below) is designed to provide a “mask-like fit” as advertised by Oakley.

Basically, this feature allows you to change the angle between the lens and earstems to fit your face.

Oakley Kato Adjustable Rake

Overall this is an awesome feature.

And for any serious cyclist, finding the perfect fit is key! Clearly, with the Kato’s unique lens design that wraps around the nose, this frame is made to be worn as close to your face as possible!

You can see this Adjustable Rake system in action in the video below!

Size and Dimensions

The Oakley Kato X is a large frame with an oversized look. We’ve included the complete size and dimensions below:

  • Lens Width: 149mm
  • Lens Height: 64mm
  • Temple Length: 136mm
  • Frame Width 132mm

Lens

Likely the first difference you’ll notice about the Oakley Kato sunglasses is the wild lens design.

Unlike previous shield lenses which are similar to a football visor design, the Kato lens contours around the nosepad providing maximum viewability and coverage for peripheral vision.

This is a first of its kind of lens from Oakley!

Plus all of the Kato colorways are available with contrast-enhancing Prizm lenses.

But if you’re buying this frame for cycling you’ll likely want to focus on the Prizm Road lens. Built for the specific needs of cycling, running and road conditions, this is one of our favorite Prizm lenses.

You can read more in our complete Oakley Prizm Road Review.

Oakley Kato Lens

Keep reading for our full Oakley Kato X Review and how the two frames compare. For more check out our complete comparison of the Kato, Kato X, and Encoder frames.

Oakley Kato X Sunglasses Review

Frame and Design

The Oakley Kato X frame is similar to the Kato but with some key differences.

The first and most obvious is the change to the nose piece which pops out less from the frame on the X. Compare this to the Kato’s protruding nose that is much more obvious.

But the Kato X does still have the Unobtainium earstems and full-size nosepads so you won’t see any difference in terms of grip even when sweaty.

Plus the Kato X also features the new Adjustable rake found on the Kato that allows you to adjust your different offsets to fit the contours of the face.

You can see Kato X design in the pictures below:

Oakley Kato X Sunglasses
Oakley Kato X Sunglasses – Photo: Ebay
Kato X Lens Front View
Kato X Lens Front View – Photo: Ebay

Size and Dimensions

The Oakley Kato X is a large frame with an oversized look. We’ve included the complete size and dimensions below:

  • Lens Width: 149mm
  • Lens Height: 64mm
  • Temple Length: 136mm
  • Frame Width 132mm

Lens

As mentioned above the Oakley Kato X Lens is the main difference between the pairs.

But don’t worry the revolutionary lens design of the Kato didn’t change much.

While the Kato X still has a large Plutonite frameless lens that offers impact protection, the pushed-out nose piece is more subdued on the X.

But, the Kato X will still be available in a variety of Prizm Lenses which gear the frame toward sports and cycling.

Oakley Kato X Review
Oakley Kato X featuring Prizm Sapphire Lens

What colorways are available?

The Kato and Kato X are available in 3 colorways each from Oakley. But we’ve also seen the Kato X available with Prizm 24K lenses and expect the Kato to release in this same colorway too.

The Kato and Kato X retail for $291. We’ve listed the colorways and pictures below for reference:

  • Colorway (Frame / Lens)PriceFrame
    Polished Black with Prizm Sapphire$291Kato
    Polished Black with Prizm Black
    $291Kato
    Polished Black with Prizm Road$291Kato
    Polished Black with Prizm Sapphire$291Kato X
    Polished Black with Prizm Black
    $291Kato X
    Polished Black with Prizm Road$291Kato X
    Polished Black with Prizm 24K$291Kato X

Oakley Kato

Oakley Kato Polished Black Prizm Black
Polished Black Prizm Black
Prizm Road Kato Sunglasses
Polished Black Prizm Road
Prizm Sapphire Kato Sunglasses
Polished Black / Prizm Sapphire
Oakley Kato Super Bowl LV Edition Polished Black / Prizm Road
Oakley Kato Super Bowl LV Edition Polished Black / Prizm Road
Oakley Kato Polished Black Prizm 24K
Polished Black Prizm 24K

Oakley Kato X

Kato X Polished Black / Prizm Black Lens
Polished Black / Prizm Black Lens
Kato X Polished Black / Prizm Sapphire
Polished Black / Prizm Sapphire
Kato X Polished Black / Prizm Road
Polished Black / Prizm Road

Kato vs. Kato X – Which Do We Recommend?

The Kato line brings back the days of disruptive design, so we are all for it. But which frame should you choose?

Since it now appears the Kato X is likely only to offered as a limited edition pair, your obvious choice is the Oakley Kato.

And not only will you have an easier time finding the Kato, but it also offers the true mask-like feel that this frame embodies.

Keep reading to find out where you can buy the Kato and answers to all of your prescription and replacement lens questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Kato Replacement Lenses Available?

Unfortunately No, You can not replace Oakley Kato lenses due to the unique design of the frame.

Oakley’s top sports pairs such as the Jawbreaker, Flight Jacket, and Flak Jackets all have the ability the swap lenses for the right conditions. So it would make sense to see this feature in the Kato. But this is not the case.

We have seen some lenses appear on eBay and other sites but they appear to be forcefully removed from the original frame and not the normal replacement lenses you’d buy online.

Are Prescription Kato Lenses Available?

Currently, Oakley Kato prescription lenses are not available through Oakley.

This is likely due to the very unique shape and design of the Kato’s lens so we don’t expect this to change in the future like we’ve seen for other new sunglasses.

If you’re looking for a prescription Oakley’s with large shield lenses you’ll want to check out the Radar and M Frame.

Where to Buy Oakley Kato and Kato X Sunglasses?

While the original murmurs were for the Kato and Kato X to be released in Summer 2020, no one anticipated Oakley waiting until May 2021 to finally release this frame.

And now that the product availability has finally leveled off you can finally buy one!

You can find the Kato (Product Link) and Kato X (Product Link) online or at your local Oakley store.

Due to the initial demand, it’s unlikely to find this frame discontinued for the first few months.

But you’ll still want to keep an eye out for Oakley seasonal sales where even the most popular frames can go on sale for 30%+ off! Find out more in our guide to Oakleys sales schedule here.

And if you’re looking to save outside of sales, be sure to check out our guide to Never Pay Retail Again for Oakleys!

Oakley Kato Sunglasses
Patrick Mahomes wearing Oakley Kato Sunglasses at the 2020 Superbowl

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santmyre

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The arms being attached directly to the lens is pretty cool. Eager to see where they fold up? And which nose piece they chose under the lens.