Oakley Sunglasses Reviews

The 11 Best Oakley Sunglasses of 2022 | Review & Guide

Oakley sunglasses specialize in new technologies and materials that outperform in the toughest conditions. And whether you’re an Olympic Athlete or just on the go, Oakley has a frame for you!

Keep reading as we review the best Oakley Sunglasses of 2022 including some of the newest arrivals!

What to Look for When Buying Oakley Sunglasses?

Before we get into our top picks, it’s important to know what features to look for when buying a pair of Oakley sunglasses.

From Unobtainium grips to Prizm lenses, we’re breaking down the top Oakley features you need to know!

Frame Material

Today most Oakley frames are made of O Matter, C-5 alloy, or Titanium. All of these materials bring their own unique benefits which we’ve outlined below:

  • O Matter is a durable, flexible, lightweight plastic that is ideal for sports frames
  • C-5 alloy is the five-metal alloy Oakley primarily uses for its Wires collections
  • Titanium is a titanium metal alloy that’s strong, lightweight, and durable commonly found on metal frames

Unobtainium Grips

One of Oakley’s first patented materials, Unobtainium, is a high grip rubber typically found on ear socks, and nose pieces.

Unobtainium helps your sunglasses stay in place even when they’re wet or you’re covered in sweat!

But be careful! Not every Oakley frame features Unobtainium grips so you’ll want to keep an eye out for them when buying.

Lenses

Oakley lenses have always been at the front of innovation. And Oakley Prizm lens technology is no exception!

Oakley Prizm lenses work to provide increased color and contrast and decreased glare in various lighting conditions.

Originally designed as a sport-specific lens, Oakley now offers Prizm lenses for almost every sport and even everyday life!

Oakley also offers polarized lenses for many of its styles. If you aren’t sure if polarized lenses are right for you, check out our Polarized Lens Guide.

Frame Size

Finding the right size Oakley frame is almost as important as the sunglasses themselves!

Luckily, it doesn’t need to be hard!

Oakley offers ‘XS’, ‘Standard’, and ‘XL’ sizes on many of their most popular frames. This means you can always find the perfect fit for your head shape and size!

These sizes will be noted in the name of the frame when you’re buying – such as “Oakley Holbrook XL” or “Oakley Frogskins XS”.

You can read more in our complete Oakley Sunglasses Size Guide!

Oakley Prescription Sunglasses
Oakley Prescription sunglasses are available for Men and Women

Are Prescription Oakley Sunglasses Available?

Yes, Oakley prescription lenses are available in many of the most popular sunglasses frames. This includes Prizm and Polarized options meaning you don’t need to sacrifice quality in Oakley prescription sunglasses!

And since they’re prescription eyewear you can even use HSA, FSA, or similar flexible spending accounts on your new Oakleys!

To learn how to order, check out our complete guide to Oakley Prescription Glasses and Sunglasses!

Ordering Prescription Oakley Sunglasses
Oakley.com prescription sunglasses ordering process

How to Save When Buying Oakleys?

Buying Oakley sunglasses doesn’t mean you need to pay expensive retail prices.

There are plenty of ways to save on new and used Oakleys!

Your first stop for buying new eyewear is likely Oakley’s website or retail store. But you’ll likely want to wait for a season sale where you can find up to 50% discounts plus free shipping!

But this isn’t the only way to find the best possible price!

You can often find 30%+ off retail prices on a new pair of Oakleys through aftermarket retailers and exchanges, such as our Oakley Forum Exchange areas where you can buy, sell, and trade.

Want to learn how? For full details check out our guide to never paying retail again for Oakleys!

And don’t forget to signup for Oakley’s MVP Program and newsletter to be eligible for the latest promotions, special offers, and promo codes!

Top Oakley Sunglasses of 2022

We’ve listed the top Oakley sunglasses of 2022, which include all of the top Oakley features mentioned above. Plus most frames work great as Women’s or Men’s Oakleys.

Kato and Kato X

Oakley Kato Sunglasses Prizm Road Lens
Oakley Kato sunglasses – Photo: Oakley

The Kato and Kato X (Product Link) prove that Oakley isn’t done with innovation.

Designed with a modern look for high performance. This design first appeared on athletes like Patrick Mahomes at the Super Bowl. And thanks to its unique lens design it’s no wonder the Kato tops our list of the best sunglasses for 2022.

For more information check out our complete review of the Oakley Kato and Kato X.

Kato Highlights

  • Frameless, full wrap design provides maximum coverage and peripheral view and is ideal for larger heads
  • Prizm technology makes the single shield lens
  • Perfect for runners, cyclists and baseball players
  • Low profile Unobtainium nose pads and temple pads for a clean look

Contrail

Oakley Sunglasses Contrail Aviator Style
Oakley Contrail with Prizm lenses – Photo: Oakley

The Oakley Contrail (Product Link) marks the next generation of aviator sunglasses! With its double nose bridge and classic styling, this lightweight C-5 alloy frame is ready for action (or just everyday life).

Plus all of the Contrail colorways include Prizm or Prizm Polarized lenses for maximum performance!

Read more in our complete Oakley Contrail review and guide.

Contrail Highlights

  • Classic aviator design with a double nosebridge for added flare
  • Earsocks molded to the temples for all-day comfort
  • Lightweight C-5 alloy frame available in a variety of colors and Prizm lenses

HSTN

Oakley HSTN Sunglasses
HSTN sunglasses Polished Clear w/ Prizm Violet – Photo: Oakley

The Oakley HSTN (Product Link) is definitely a pair of sunglasses that stands out in the crowd! Featuring rounded lenses and modernized earstems, these shades still go beyond fashion thanks to Prizm lens technology and an O Matter frame.

Read more in our review of the Oakley HSTN.

HSTN Highlights

  • Rounded lens design with modern earstems that combine fashion and function
  • Made of lightweight O Matter material with Plutonite Prizm lenses
  • Available in small and medium sizes

Parlay

Oakley Parlay Sunglasses
Parlay sunglasses in Matte Black – Photo: Oakley

If you’re a fan of squared lenses, the new Oakley Parlay (Product Link) has you covered. And Combining aluminum and O-Matter into this two-tone frame helps to bring a pop of style to this design.

Plus with a variety of lens options from Prizm Black to Prizm Sapphire available, you can choose whether you want a pop of color!

Read more in our full Oakley Parlay guide.

Parlay Highlights

  • Two-tone frame made of aluminum and O-Matter that is lightweight and functional
  • Available with Prizm, Polarized, and Oakley authentic prescription lenses for max vividness
  • Included Unobtainium nose pad provides added grip and all-day comfort

Encoder

Oakley Sunglasses Encoder Matte Black Prizm 24K
Encoder Matte Black w/ Prizm 24K Iridium – Photo: Oakley

The Encoder (Product Link) is a brand new style in the same family as the Kato and Kato X. But this frame’s design is sportier than the Kato. Plus it features full Unobtainium earsocks for maximum grip.

For more information check out our complete Oakley Encoder review.

Encoder Highlights

  • Designed to be multi-sport friendly, the wrap shield has a low enough profile to be worn with helmets
  • Unobtainium nose pad and ear socks for maximum grip
  • Available with Prizm technology and Low Bridge Fit

Savitar

Oakley Savitar SUnglasses
Oakley Savitar sunglasses – Photo: Oakley

The Savitar (Product Link) is a lifestyle frame made of super lightweight titanium material. Its angular lens design offers a modern fresh take on metal frames.

Plus every current colorway features contrast-enhancing Prizm lenses!

Read our complete Oakley Savitar Review here.

Savitar Highlights

  • Lightweight Titanium frame designed with ear socks and nose pads that provide all-day comfort.
  • Available with Prizm, Prescription, and Prizm Polarized lenses that block 100% of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays (and harmful blue light up to 400nm)
  • Available in a variety of frame colors and lens tints

Sutro Lite Sweep

Oakley Sutro sunglasses – Photo: Oakley

The Sutro Lite Sweep (Product Link) continues to push the envelope of both design and performance. Based on the popular Oakley Sutro frame, this large Oakley frame combines an old-school look aesthetic with the latest innovation.

Originally designed as a cycling frame, we’ve seen tons of athletes including Patrick Mahomes wear this frame on and off the field.

Sutro Lite Sweep Highlights

  • Designed for cyclists, the full wrap single shield Plutonite lens provides excellent sun and wind protection
  • Available with Prizm lenses to enhance color and contrast
  • Unobtainium nose pads prevent slipping
  • Available in Asian Fit

Plazma

Oakley Plazma Sunglasses
Oakley Plazma sunglasses – Photo: Oakley

The Plazma (Product Link) is a brand new style inspired by the original Racing Jacket from 1998. Its lightweight full-frame O Matter design makes this a fantastic sports frame.

Plus with a variety of Prizm lenses available, you can find the perfect lens for your sport.

For more information check out our complete Plazma review and guide.

Plazma Highlights

  • Sport performance style with a modest wrap and excellent coverage and protection
  • Unobtainium ear socks and nose pads to reduce slipping and keep your optics aligned
  • Available with Prizm, Prizm Polarized, Photochromic, and Prescription lenses, and in Asian Fit

Wire Tap 2.0

Oakley Wire Tap 2.0 Sunglasses
Oakley Wire Tap 2.0 with Prizm Lenses – Photo: Oakley

The Wire Tap 2.0 (Product Link) sunglasses are the latest Oakley wire frame on the market. They feature a modern half-frame performance lifestyle design with unique Unobtainium earsocks.

Thanks to their medium size and casual style these are a great all-around frame for any face shape.

For more information check out our complete Wire Tap 2.0 review.

Wire Tap 2.0 Highlights

  • Lightweight C-5 alloy frame with Unobtainium ear socks for added comfort
  • Modest wrap and slender frame make the Wire Tap 2.0 a great choice for Oakley eyeglasses
  • Available with Prizm, Prizm polarized, Prizm deep water polarized, and prescription lenses, and in Asian Fit

Manorburn

Oakley Manorburn
Oakley Manorburn sunglasses – Photo: Oakley

The Manorburn (Product Link) is one of Oakley’s newest performance lifestyle frames. With a similar design to the Sylas, the Manorburn is the perfect frame for everyday life thanks to its easy-going style.

Plus its simple design makes this a great unisex frame!

Read more in our complete Oakley Manorburn guide.

Manorburn Highlights

  • Full-rimmed lightweight O Matter frame for all-day comfort
  • ACE Fit Technology allows for professional adjustment of the frame temple for a more custom fit
  • Available with Prizm and prescription lenses

Spindrift

Spindrift Oakley Womens Sunglasses
The Spindrift is actually an Oakley Women’s sunglasses frame but works for men too – Photo: Oakley

Another new Oakley lifestyle frame, the Spindrift (Product Link) is actually part of the Oakley Women’s sunglasses collection. But this definitely can be a unisex frame for smaller men’s faces with its classic round and trendy design. If you’re looking for a fun pair of shades this is the perfect pair!

Read more in our complete Oakley Spindrift review.

Spindrift Highlights

  • Lightweight O Matter full-frame is durable, strong, and flexible with a modern design
  • Frame molded earsocks to provide maximum comfort without sacrificing design
  • Available with Prizm and prescription lenses, this frame is also great for prescription eyeglasses

Related Information

Looking for more information on Women’s Oakleys or specific frame types? Be sure to check out the related guides below:

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KarlBlessing

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Lol, he’s quick too. He joined, wrote that comment and then left all within 1 minute. Very efficient.
Probably went off to use his 30% off coupon on the new website (that seems to be the go-to resolution of their online support without actually resolving much).

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Far as the article, the only two I've tried from the list has been the Savitar and Wire Tap 2.0, didn't mind the Savitar frame but was definitely not a fan of Rose Gold the way they looked thru em, and the Wire Tap 2.0 wasn't bad but seems after 3 copies that nylon wire was either already stressed or getting stressed within a week.
 

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Probably went off to use his 30% off coupon (that seems to be the go-to resolution of their online support without actually resolving much).

:p

Far as the article, the only two I've tried from the list has been the Savitar and Wire Tap 2.0, didn't mind the Savitar frame but was definitely not a fan of Rose Gold the way they looked thru em, and the Wire Tap 2.0 wasn't bad but seems after 3 copies that nylon wire was either already stressed or getting stressed within a week.
Dude, you really need to get some Metals and some old school OMatter frames. Then you will experience what Oakley is really about😉😉😉