For me it was the Blade, with the thermonuclear protection ads that I saw in cycling mags when I was in high school. I don't have my blade lenses but I do have the original fire iridium razor blade lens.
I had always loved Oakley as a kid (I was born in 1979 so I was a teen as the company was really coming to prominence in the mid 1990's). My first Oakley's were a pair of Zero's I found (these: The Oakley Review - Glasses ) lying literally in the sand on the beach one day in 1999. I ran over those with my car in Summer 2000, defected to Gargoyles for awhile due to price, then came back to Oakley with a pair of Black with Fire Half Jackets in 2002 which I bought new for $85 and couldn't believe I was spending that much on a pair of glasses. What truly got me hooked however was when I finally took the leap and purchased a pair of Juliets-Plasma with Ice for $205 new (seemed like a ridiculous sum of money...course they retailed for only $300 at the time) in 2005. Since then I've cycled dozens of models in and out of my collection but my core is now built:
XX 24k XX TiO2 Juliet Polished Fire Pol Juliet Titanium Ice and blue rubber (100% custom build) X Squared Polished Carbon with Ducati rubber and VR28 Pol (100% custom build) Tron Pit Boss
In addition the collection now has a Clear with Ice Batwolf and a Polished White with OO Black Iridium Pol, Ice, Persimmon with blue earsocks Split Jacket (custom build) which of those two I doubt the Batwolf is going anywhere.
All I know is its Oakley all the way and for the rest of my life---simply some of the greatest creations ever.
Here is my first pair. I love that i found them buried after so many years. It really takes me back. I had these first, then i "lost them" and got a green set. I luckily located the "lost" ones almost 20 years later. They are pretty rough but they are the real thing and wore em proud back in 1992-1994.
I bought my first pair of Mumbos in the late 80's. Then of course I lost them. At that time I refused to buy another pair because they cost too damn much....... In 1995 I started buying the gargoyles with interchangable lenses, big mistake and long story..... I purchased a pair of M Frames around 1995, then I got hooked on half jackets. A friend of mine bought a pair of polished juliets with blue iridium lenses.....Didn't like them and gave them to me. Like an idiot I sold them. From then on I started collecting a few pairs until it became a sickness....You know what I mean....