Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses designed for Mark Cavendish - photos tech details and actual weights

We spotted some new shades on Mark Cavendish at last year’s Tour de France, and now they’re official. The new Oakley Jawbreaker is the result of “more than 100 design iterations, 9,600 hours of lab and field testing, 27 eyewear components” and two years of development with Cavendish himself.

By tracking eye movement during cycling, they realized that we cyclists spend an inordinate amount of time with our eyes looking slightly upward. That should come as no surprise to us, and so the Jawbreaker boosts the field of view at the top of the lens by 44% over traditional sunglasses. And it does so with Oakley’s typical optical clarity, ensuring no distortion in any direction you happen to glance.

We got our hands (eyes?) on a pair and put them through some windy, sunny ride time. We may not be Cavendish, but we certainly benefit when products like this are designed for top pros. Here’s why…

FRAME TECH, DETAILS & WEIGHT

Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses designed for Mark Cavendish - photos tech details and actual weights

The frame fully encloses the impact resistant single lens, protecting it and providing structure.

Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses designed for Mark Cavendish - photos tech details and actual weights Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses designed for Mark Cavendish - photos tech details and actual weights

Six vents help prevent fogging and keep fresh air moving. The design is certainly full coverage, there’s not much daylight creeping in from the edges. That means a virtually unobstructed view and easy shoulder glances without the frame getting in the way.

Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses designed for Mark Cavendish - photos tech details and actual weights

The temples have a three-position length adjustment.

Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses designed for Mark Cavendish - photos tech details and actual weights

To extend, lift the locking lever, slide the black temple out, then close the lever. There’s a subtle catch at each position, making it easier to get it lined up with the lever. It’s a small touch that adds to the user experience…even if you are only using it once in a blue moon. Depending on how many different helmets you have in your stable, though, it’s handy as some helmets rear retention mechs can interfere with the sunglass arms more than others. Shortening the temples for these may help keep everything playing nicely together.

Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses designed for Mark Cavendish - photos tech details and actual weights

The Jawbreaker name comes from the hinge just above your jawbone, which opens the lower part of the frame to release the lens.

Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses designed for Mark Cavendish - photos tech details and actual weights

Lift the nose pad to lift the metal locking catch (red), then pull the bottom of the frame down.

Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses designed for Mark Cavendish - photos tech details and actual weights

Then swap in any of the available lenses. One is included with the sunglasses, others are sold separately. A cleaning cloth, hardshell zip case and alternately sized nosepieces are included in the box.

Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses designed for Mark Cavendish - photos tech details and actual weights

The complete pair comes in at 33g, which is about par for a technical pair of shades. The hinges may add a few grams, but I didn’t notice.

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The eye tracking results showed (not surprisingly) that most of the time we’re looking slightly upward to the road ahead.

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The Jawbone is available in seven frame color and lens combinations at launch. Above is Sky w/ Sapphire Iridium lens. Below, clockwise from top left are: Navy w/ Prizm Trail, Polished White w/ Prizm Road, Polished White w/ Gray Polarized, Uranium w/ Prizm Road, Cavendish Polished Black w/ Prizm Road, Black Ink w/ Iridium Red Polarized.

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For those unfamiliar with Oakley’s lens tech, the Prizm lenses provide somewhat of a rose tint to things, with distinct hues available for road riding and mountain biking.

The Prizm Road lens enhances parts of the color spectrum that bring up definition on pavement, lane markers and traffic lights, helping you see the subtle nuances of the road’s surface and the most important safety cues. Prism Trail enhances the reds, browns and greens for better contrast between different trail surfaces. Both versions claim to improve contrast in both bright, direct sunlight and in the shadows. Neither are overly dark, either, so we’re still fans of the visor or cycling cap when riding in bright sun.

The other specialty lens offered on the Jawbreaker are two polarized options. Over the years, I’ve asked many a sunglass manufacturer why they don’t offer polarized lenses for riding, particularly among full frame, single lens options. The reasons and excuses vary, but they are hard to come by. So I asked Oakley why they included it. Here’s the response from Ryan Calilung, Director, Concept Development, Oakley R&D

We are all familiar with glare from the windshield when driving, but for a road cyclist, glare from the road surface can be dangerous when it masks the changing road imperfections, traction and potential debris/obstacles. There is also a cumulative energy cost fighting eye fatigue. Over a four hour ride you should use that pedaling, not squinting. The beauty of Jawbreaker’s SwitchLock technology is it allows the customer to quickly change lenses so that they can fine tune their sunglasses to their environment, season or activity.

True facts, right there. And I’m hoping to test out the polarized lens when it becomes available. For starters, though, they sent over the Polished White w/ Prizm Road and here’s how it fared:

FIRST IMPRESSIONS RIDE REVIEW

Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses designed for Mark Cavendish - first impressions ride review

If ever a pair of “normal” looking shades could provide the same wind blocking protection as goggles, these come darn close. They look a bit bigger on then when being held, but they stop short of being as obnoxious as some of Oakley’s past special editions.

Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses designed for Mark Cavendish - first impressions ride review

My test pair arrived Monday, so my first ride was today. Bright, sunny and 18mph winds. One of my usual roads pulls a nice dogleg right, giving me all wind directions on the out and back. There’s a few short descents thrown in, too, which means there’s a few climbs, so all speeds and wind angles were accounted for. And all were quickly and quietly forgotten while wearing the Jawbones. The full coverage provided full wind blocking protection, yet subtle air flow was present. I’ve heard complaints that “sealed” systems don’t let eyes or contacts breathe, and if that’s of concern to you, I wouldn’t worry about it here.

Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses designed for Mark Cavendish - first impressions ride review

The forward protruding section of the arms (just in front of the horizontal “O” logo) does come into the field of vision, but it’s only apparent if you’re looking for it. Otherwise, it disappears. Over-the-shoulder glances make for quick, clear recons of cars back with no obstruction from the frame.

First impressions are very good. What we first thought would be a road-only accessory turns out to be a jack of all trades thanks to the various lens options (clear would be nice, too, for night riding). Fit is great on my entirely average size head, and wind blocking, clarity and field of view are all top notch.

They’ll be available April 15th. Pricing will range from $200-280 with the standard Prizm lens models selling for $220, while the Cavendish special edition is a bit more at $240. Non polarized versions are priced at $200, and polarized Jawbreakers retail for $280. In addition to Oakley dealers nation wide, the shades will also be available through Sunglasshut.com with 5 colors available later this April.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. I love Oakleys but Smith kills it with the Pivloks. My V2’s have no frame to interfere with my view when I’m bent over and looking up. These look amazing and the lens tech is no joke, but I’d love to see an Oakley option with no frame above the lens.

  2. Definitely interested in Jawbreaker to replace my Radar. Looks very cool with the huge lens.
    Yet with these moving parts I can’t help but question the longevity of the new design.
    Even my 5-yr old Radar is getting lossy if twisted!
    One could imagine the frame loses its ability to hold the metal catch after a couple lens changes.

  3. that is a sign that epitomizes oakley’s lack of creativity, which peaked about 5-8 years ago. nothing they made after that merits the astronomical price tag they charge for their products. this “new” set of shades is a 5x re-hash of both lemond’s oakley back in the 80s (which were ahead of their time) and hincapie’s signature goggles (which were super ugly but still unique looking). these are just ugly. the competition has caught up and oakley’s designers got lazy. and this has what, 50 moving parts? ugly. shame on oakley for being so lazy and greedy.

  4. I’m with gG on this one: Those look like redesigned “Factory Pilots.” The La Vie Claire team killed it on all fronts: The Mondrian jerseys, the clipless Look pedals, and the factory pilots ushered in an era of professional cyclists wearing glasses nearly all of the time. And oh yeah, the idea that an American could win.

  5. Cue the Oakley haters, must be the same crowd that hates Specialized too… I think these might be a little too big for my liking, but I’ll have to check em out in stores. My only issue is I get a ton of sweat rolling down the lenses of my glasses that pools up in the lower frame of my jawbones, so I might move to a frameless lens.

    @Rexxar- My jawbones are a few years old now and have seen hundreds of open/close movements to replace/clean the lenses. They also easily survived a nice pavement shot right on the hinge bolt and lens when they were riding on my helmet as I got left hooked. The catch on those is all friction and still functions perfectly. Hinges still work great, and can be completely disassembled and cleaned if needed. It appears the clasp holding the jawbreakers together is a multi-point hinge like on a tool box, so it should last a very long time.

  6. As much as I like Oakley sunglasses, i’m not a fan of these. I prefer big lenses too just for the coverage in all head positions, but adding a full frame around them just exaggerates the size.

  7. What exactly is the point of $250+ (?) sports sunglasses? By definition these should be glasses you’re not afraid to get sweaty, stuff in a jersey pocket or jam into helmet vents. These probably cost about $5 to make and clearly $20 generics work just as well. I can understand spending good money on things like shoes and jerseys where spending a bit more does genuinely get you a better product but surely this is pure conspicuous consumption? I understand fashion plays a role in cycling gear (as weird as that sounds) but spending this much on a pair of glasses seems totally bizarre to me.

  8. I’m with Gabe on this one. Oakley lenses are really incredible for clarity and lack of distortion, but my Smith Pivots are like looking out of a car windshield; no frame edges, full FOV coverage, adjustable nose piece – and significantly cheaper than the big O.

    Still…

  9. I have several pair of Oakleys. The plastic frames don’t want to wear out, the lenses are awesome, they are all at least 5 years out of style which is ok since I’m not a fashion victim (at least on the bike, the rest of the time I wear Persol shades). Not likely to buy more unless they get lost or wear out and even then I would probably look at Smith Optics because they sponsor my son’s cycling team.
    I gave one pair to my 13 yr old son who rides and races everything from road and track to off-road single track. Not a scratch on them after many thrills and spills (mine and his).

  10. These are ugly… the Radarlock XL accomplishes the same thing with extra lens area above the bridge and looks better without the full frame, too. Shame they seem to be leaving that one by the wayside as the Prizm lens on a Radarlock XL would be MONEY. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem they’re making them yet.

    As a designer, Mark Cavendish is a great bike rider.

  11. The design of the O around the Oakley logo on the side is really loud, it is as though you can press it to turn on the night vision. The design is over-the-top, but then again, the Jawbreakers are loud “look at me” glasses and at the same time immensely comfortable.

    The big winner is improved visibility up top – taking the frame further away from the field of view for cyclists in important.

  12. Bought a pair of Cav special editon Jawbreakers with Prizim road lens. Was super excited to see the upgraded view from my Racejackets. What I got was the lens feeling blurred and the inability to focus on anything up the road. The Oakley logos ion the side disrupt side visibility a lot. Overall, absolutely terrible lens quality. The red color also gave me mild vertigo. After 3 miles in sunlight I had to take them off. Beyond disapointed. Returned to Oakley and instead of $261, I got a new set of black Iridium lenses for my trusty Racejackets for $90.

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