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Oakley Prizm Lenses – The Complete Guide

Learn what Oakley Prizm lenses are, how they’re different and whether you need them in your sunglasses!

What is Oakley Prizm? What are the benefits?

Oakley Prizm™ is an Oakley lens technology designed to enhance color and contrast allowing you to see more details. Oakley released the Prizm lens in 2015, initially targeting sport specific markets, but later looked to the broader consumer.

The primary benefits of Prizm technology are:

  1. Enhanced Color – Realistic color spectrum compared to standard lenses
  2. Increased Contrast – Increased detail perception and contrast differences in high light environments
  3. Optimized Clarity and more detail – Fine tuned lens tints to perfectly contrast natural environments found in specific sports and activities
Comparison of natural environment vs. Oakley Prizm Road Lenses (Right)

According to Oakley, Prizm technology was in development for over 15 years before hitting the market. During this time they studied how the human eye perceives light in natural conditions. Eventually they leveraged hyper-spectral imaging, a method used by satellites that helps analyze light in real-world environments. A hyper-spectral camera allows engineers to see the patterns and conditions of the spectral light peaks that exist in natural conditions and environments .

Oakley focused on isolating these conditions and corresponding spectrum peaks to specific environments, then recreating the hues with lens dye’s specifically tailored to match. These absorption peaks represent the colors commonly found in various environments such as white in snow conditions and brown/green on trails. By focusing on these peaks, Oakley is able to tune lens colors to help to boost the “good” light and filter out the “bad” light. For example, in snow conditions, Oakley highlights specific blue and orange hues to highlight the natural terrain.

Graphic illustrating how HyperSpectral Imaging breaks down the colors of an object to help engineers understand how the eye percieves them. Source: Condi Food

What is the difference between Oakley Prizm and Iridium?

Iridium is the coating used by Oakley to give lenses a “mirrored” appearance. On the other hand, Prizm is a new lens technology which provides a completely different experience. The best part? You can have both! In our guide below, you’ll notice lenses that feature both technology, offering enhanced contrast with a mirrored finish that hides your eyes.

Oakley Iridium Lenses on Flak 2.0 XL
Oakley Iridium Lenses demonstrating the “mirrored” finish on a pair of Flak 2.0 XL Sunglasses

Prizm Sport vs. Prizm Everyday? What’s the difference?

While both offer enhanced contrast, color and detail over traditional lenses, Prizm Sport is focused on sport specific lenses to enhanced performance on the field, while Prizm Everyday lenses are built for life off the field.

Prizm Sport lenses are engineered to enhance color vividness and increase contrast. For example, Prizm Road, is designed to highlight and enhance the contrast of the road you are cycling on. With enhanced contrast, the athlete is better able to see cracks, divots and other obstacles in high contrast environments.

Prizm Everyday lenses are engineered to enhance color and detail in your everyday activities such as walking and driving. For example, the Prizm Daily Polarized is designed to highlight your environment and increase detail so you are better able to see the world around you.

Oakley Prizm Everyday Lens Comparison
Comparison of natural environment vs. Oakley Prizm Everyday Lenses (Right)

Are Oakley Prizm Lenses Polarized?

Yes, they can be Polarized, but not all are! Typically you can simply look at the model name which will include “Polarized”. If you look at the lens listing at the bottom of our guide, you’ll notice that many sport specific pairs don’t offer Polarized lenses. This is because the performance of Prizm technology, specifically contrast and depth perception is degraded by Polarized filtering. However, this doesn’t mean your eyes aren’t protected, Prizm lenses still offer 100% UVA and UVB protection to stop harmful rays!

Oakley Prizm Polarized Sunglasses from Oakley.com
A Preview of Oakleys Polaried Prizm lineup from their website.

Are Prizm lenses available for Oakley Goggles?

Yes, Oakley specifically designed the Prizm Snow for winter conditions and Prizm MX for dirt conditions. Currently both lens are available across Oakley’s lineup of Snow and Motocross Goggles including Youth, Standard and Asian fits.

Prizm Snow lenses are designed to enhance contrast and allow you to see the sticks, bumps, and terrain shifts in snow that other goggles won’t catch. These lenses are also enhanced to boost optics in low light environments such as dawn/dusk snow.

Prizm MX lenses are designed to give you the edge in motocross by spotting the dips and dives of the terrain ahead of the competition. Optimized for dirt conditions, the lens enhances contrast so you can see the terrain naturally with the finest details highlighted.

Oakley Prizm Snow Lenses Comparison
Comparison of natural environment (Left) vs. Oakley Prizm Snow Lenses (Right)

Are Prescription Prizm lenses available?

Yes, you can buy Oakley Prizm prescription lenses directly through Oakley’s website or at your optometrist. In addition to a valid prescription with base curve, you’ll want to have an idea of what sport/activity you’ll be using the glasses for to narrow your search.

Oakley prescription sunglasses and glasses ordering
Oakley Prescription ordering process

What colors are available for Prizm Lenses?

See below for the Prizm Lens Guide broken out by Sunglasses and Goggles.

Oakley Prizm Sunglasses Lens Listing

Lens ColorSport / ActivityLight TransmissionPolarized AvailableIridium Available
24K PolarizedCycling, Mountain Bike, Training11%YesNo
BlackAll Sports11%YesYes
BronzeEveryday17%NoNo
Clear Iridium PhotochromicEveryday, Changing Conditions23%NoYes
CricketCricket20%YesNo
Daily PolarizedEveryday, Changing Conditions14%NoNo
Dark GolfGolf22%NoNo
Deep Water PolarizedFishing, Boating12%YesNo
FieldBaseball, Football, Cricket, Training20%NoNo
GolfGolf30%NoNo
GreyEveryday17%NoNo
Jade PolarizedEveryday13%YesNo
Low LightEveryday, Low Light75%NoNo
RoadCycling, Driving, Running, Training20%NoNo
Road BlackCycling, Driving, Running, Training11%NoNo
Rose GoldEveryday13%YesNo
Ruby PolarizedEveryday17%YesNo
SapphireEveryday12%YesYes
Shallow Water PolarizedFishing, Hiking, Training15%YesNo
TrailMountain Biking, Running, Hiking, Training36%NoNo
Trail TorchMountain Biking, Running, Hiking, Training35%NoNo
TungstenEveryday14%YesYes

Oakley Prizm Goggles Lens Listing

Lens ColorSport / ActivityLight TransmissionPolarized AvailableIridium Available
MX Black IridiumMotocross5.50%NoYes
MX BronzeMotocross17%NoNo
MX Jade IridiumMotocross13%NoYes
MX SapphireMotocross12%NoNo
MX TorchMotocross40%NoNo
Snow BlackSkiing, Snowboarding, Snow5.50%NoYes
Snow Hi Pink IridiumSkiing, Snowboarding, Snow38%NoYes
Snow Jade IridiumSkiing, Snowboarding, Snow155NoYes
Snow RoseSkiing, Snowboarding, Snow26%NoNo
Snow Sapphire IridiumSkiing, Snowboarding, Snow13%NoYes
Snow Torch IridiumSkiing, Snowboarding, Snow19%NoYes

What Sunglasses are available with Prizm lenses?

The current lineup of Oakley Prizm sunglasses include (sorted A-Z):

Oakley Prizm Sapphire Lenses on Oakley Radar Sunglasses
Oakley Prizm Sapphire Lenses on Oakley Radar Sunglasses

Oakley Prizm technology is one of the largest advances in Sunglasses in the last decade. Whether on or off the field, track, slope or road, increased clarity and contrast can provide that small edge to find you the win!

Looking for more information on Oakley Lenses? Check out member Cacatman’s guide to Oakley Lenses.

So will you be getting a pair of Prizm Sunglasses or Goggles? Or do you already have a pair? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Jay-Da

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Awesome post...! Your prizm trail is listed at a 20% LT... I believe it's 36%.
 

BladeZ

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In the above list you have Prizm Daily Polarized listed that Polarized is not available, which i would think is a typo but honestly i'm slightly confused about the Prizm Daily Polarized because it doesn't actually have the P etched on the lens. But from what i can tell it is definitely a Polarized lens.

 

Rhymes

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In the above list you have Prizm Daily Polarized listed that Polarized is not available, which i would think is a typo but honestly i'm slightly confused about the Prizm Daily Polarized because it doesn't actually have the P etched on the lens. But from what i can tell it is definitely a Polarized lens.

The etched P is relatively a new thing. In the early days of Prizm they didn’t etch the P