We’ll break down the Oakley Radar, Radarlock and Radar EV and explain the frame and lens differences so you can buy with confidence!
The Radar line has become one of Oakley’s most popular sport frames on the market. But as the Radar has progressed to the Radarlock and now Radar EV, it’s equally become confusing. We’ll compare all three models along with the Edge, Path, Pitch and Range lens options available.
Oakley Radar Sunglasses
Frame Overview and Size
The original sunglasses in the line, the Oakley Radar burst onto the scene in 2006. Their styling appears is a modern variation of the classic M Frame, with its wrap around visor lens and clean lines. Featuring an O Matter and Unobtanium nose piece, the Radar is built to grip your face during sports.
The Radar features a width of 133m across, 130mm temple length and 44mm height.
Radar XL vs Radar
Oakley also introduced the Radar XL which features an additional ~7mm of vertical height (18mm total) from the nose bridge to the top of the frame, compared to the Standard Radar model. Aside from this additional space, you’ll find it’s essentially the same frame as the standard model.
For those with bigger heads, you’ll definitely want to take a look at the Radar XL model. Unfortunately the XL only offers one lens size – “Blade”, which is often just referred to as “XL”. Because of the additional vertical height, Radar and XL lenses can’t be swapped across models.
Swapping Radar Lenses
The Radar and XL also allow for swapping lenses by simply applying the right pressure to the nose and edges of the lens. While it certainly takes getting used to, once you do it the first time you’ll feel confident in changing the lenses.
Oakley Radarlock Sunglasses
Frame Overview and Size
Following the Radar, the Oakley Radarlock sunglasses came onto the market in 2012. The Radarlocks have now been replaced by the Oakley Radar EV, but none the less, are still an extremely popular frame today.
The Radarlock is slightly larger than the Radar, featuring a width of 138m across, 131mm temple length and the same 44mm height.
The frame features a shield lens and O Matter frame similar to the Radar. With mildly updated styling cues, the major improvement was the “lock”(ing) in the frame.
Deemed as “Switchlock” technology, the enhancement was hailed by Oakley as the future of the Radar line (more to come on that). It allows for fast and secure swapping of lenses by simply flipping the “Switch” on the inside of the earstem. Once switched, the lenses will easily slide out and can be swapped before locking in again.
Oakley Radar EV Sunglasses
Frame Overview and Size
Following the success of the Radarlock, in 2015 Oakley launched the Radar EV. While we already covered a very comprehensive review of the Oakley Radar EV, we’ll still cover the basics here.
With a similar design, the Radar EV is once again a modern take on this classic sports line. The main differentiator being the Extended Version or “EV” lenses which provided a larger viewing range evidenced in the sunglasses dimensions.
The Radar EV expanded vertically in size, featuring a width of 140m across, 130mm temple length and the taller 50mm height.
In a complete reversal, Oakley went away with the Switchlock technology, instead reverting to the pressure snap-in system they once called “outdated”. In the end, both systems work well, so there’s no real loss here.
Radar EV vs. EV Advancer vs. EV XS
In 2019, Oakley updated the line, releasing the Radar EV Advancer sunglasses. Featuring a hinged nose-piece designed to move the entire frame 5mm further away from your face, this ultimately prevents fogging during activities.
This nose piece was first released on the Oakley Flight Jacket before being released on the EV Advancer. These sunglasses also include a slightly larger lens with a flattened curve at the bottom. Lenses can also be swapped between the Radar EV and Advancer as well.
For smaller heads, Oakley also released the Radar EV XS (or “Extra small”) version of the frame. The Radar EV XS includes a 115mm frame width and shorter lens height of only 45mm. Because of the frame width difference, lenses cannot be shared across the other Radar EV models in the line.
Path vs. Pitch vs. Range Lenses
Before we talk the differences of the Radar line, it’s important to discuss the lens options. Oakley has generally offered 4 variants of the Radar lens, the Edge, Path, Pitch and Range – all increasing in size of about 2-3mm between cuts. The table below will cover the size differences in precise measurements. You can also find dedicated discussions on this topic on the forum.
Oakley Radar vs. Radarlock vs. Radar EV
Now that we’ve covered each of these frames – we’ll talk about the similarities and differences. Overall the biggest differences are the lens size, shapes and overall design. The table in the section below provides a quick and easy reference point to compare each of these models across the same or similar lens shapes.
In a poll conducted in 2018, asking the community which model they preferred, 47% preferred the Radar, 35% the Radarlock and 9% the Radar EV. Though since the release of the Advancer you may find an increase in EV popularity, since any fogging issues have been solved.
|Radar||Radar XL||Radarlock||Radar EV||Radar EV XS|
|Temple / Earstem Length||130mm||130mm||131mm||130mm||130mm|
|Available Lens Sizes||Edge (42mm)|
|XL (50mm)||Edge (42mm)|
|Path (50mm) |
|Lens Swap||Pressure / Snap-in||Pressure / Snap-in||Switchlock Technology||Pressure / Snap-in||Pressure / Snap-in|
Where can I buy the Oakley Radar line?
You can find the Oakley Radar EV and Asia fit version of the Radarlock on their website directly on Oakley’s website if you’re willing to pay retail. As we mentioned above, the Radar and Radarlock have now been replaced by the Radar EV. But this doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Whether you want discontinued frames or to just save on your next pair, it’s worth it to browse online.
Your best bet for finding affordable Oakleys is the Sunglasses Exchange on the forum here. With thousands of rare, sold out and discontinued Oakleys to buy, sell, and trade, you may end up spending more than you intended! Of course you also have traditional aftermarket options such as eBay and Craigslist. But be careful and make sure you understand how to spot fake oakleys – as they are riddled throughout both sites!
So which pair is your favorite? Let us know in the thread below.