Oakley unveils 'forgettable' new Sphaera glasses

The new frames, launched by Mark Cavendish and Loana Lecomte, are said to blend light weight with an extended field of view

Clock12:15, Saturday 17th February 2024
Mark Cavendish models the new Oakley Sphaera

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Mark Cavendish models the new Oakley Sphaera

Oakley has released a new set of glasses, modelled by Mark Cavendish and Loana Lecomte, which the brand has dubbed its “most forgettable eyewear yet”.

That might not seem like the handiest piece of marketing at first glance, but it’s a playful take on the trumpeted qualities of the new Sphaera and Bisphaera: low weight and wide field of view.

Oakley has not specified the weight of either of the two new models, but claims the frames provide “an almost weightless feel”, while offering “the most extended field of view yet”, which is why you supposedly “won’t even remember you have them on”.

The new glasses have been developed across a range of sports, including golf and track & field, with Oakley making reference to the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris.

The Sphaera is the model to be used by cyclists, with the BiSphaera a dual-lens model designed more for casual wear.

34-time Tour de France stage winner Cavendish was a big part of the Sphaera’s launch but it's unlikely he'll be sprinting in them, given the presence of the Kato at the top of the Oakley line for cycling. Cavendish stuck with his Katos at the recent Tour Colombia and is next in action at next week's UAE Tour.

Lecomte, however, the French cross-country mountain bike champion, hinted that the glasses could be a part of her push for Olympic gold in Paris this summer.

“Rock-solid peripheral vision is critical for performing my best, especially in the heat of competition, where a complete field of view is essential to win,” she said. “Sphaera’s stylish design with its wide lens is truly a game changer, helping me stay confident and composed on the course.”

The Sphaera glasses are made from Oakley’s O-matter frame material, featuring a vent at the front for cooling, along with Unobtainium nose pads and earlocks for grip. There’s also a cut-out at the head of the arms, in contrast to other cycling models.

The frames are paired with Oakley’s flagship Prizm lens technology, designed to enhance detail through colour and contrast.

Specifications and pricing

Measurements for size large:

  • Lens Height: 50.4 mm
  • Frame Width: 134.2 mm
  • Arm Length: 130 mm

Pricing

£183 | $221 | €205.00

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