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Oakley – SI Flak Jacket XLJ GWOT

Monday, November 17th, 2014

New from Oakley, the Global War on Terrorism eyewear line was released in recognition of the Military service members who have served, or continue to serve in the Global War on Terrorism. The line consists of several popular models of SI Oakley eyewear, incorporated with design features unique to the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal created by an executive order of President George W. Bush on March 12, 2003.

Oakley Flak Jacket GWOT

This particular model is the SI Flak Jacket XLJ GWOT. Flak Jacket XLJ is impact resistant to all ANSI Z87.1 standards for high-mass and high-velocity impact, and features Plutonite lenses which filter out 100% of UVA/UVB/UVC and harmful blue light up to 400 nm. The frame is constructed of O Matter frame material, for lightweight, durability, and comfort. Additional features include three-point fit, interchangeable Unobtainium nose pad options, and Iridium lens coating. The SI Flak Jacket XLJ GWOT comes with a protective carry bag which also incorporates the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal design feature.


Oakley Releases SI Fuel Cell in Ultrablend Black

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Recently, SSD visited the Oakley HQ where they showed us the background on their Ultrablend Camo pattern created using Cerakote firearms coating. At the time, the SI Fuel Cell was only available in Ultrablend Desert Sage but they showed us the Black variant as well. Now, they’re available.


• Dual lens POLARIC ELLIPSOID™ geometry (two lenses cut from single toric shield)
• UV protection of Plutonite® lens material that filters out 100% of UVA / UVB / UVC & harmful blue light up to 400 nm
• Optical precision and performance that meets or exceeds ANSI Z87.1 standards
• Impact protection based upon ANSI Z87.1 test methods for High Mass and High Velocity impact resistance

• Durability and all-day comfort of lightweight, stress-resistant O Matter® frame material
• Carefully painted and cured with Cerakote ™ Generation II Firearm Coatings
• Enhanced durability, wear and corrosion resistance, and reduced Near-Infared (NIR) management.
• Comfort and Performance of Three-Point Fit that holds lenses in precise optical alignment
• Gun Metal Icon Accents


Some Background on Oakley’s Cerakote Ultrablend Camo

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014


Last week, we visited Oakley’s Headquarters in Southern California. In addition to a great tour, we had a look behind the curtain at some emerging technologies, and then we sat down and had a discussion about the Ultrablend Camo pattern.


After a tour of the five football field long building, we headed back into the Standard Issue team’s lair. I hadn’t been there since 2004 and it was awesome to see where they had moved to, and how much OakDef had grown (for more photos visit our Instagram feed).


The discussion turned to Ultrablend when I mentioned that some readers felt it had a resemblance to the Kryptek family of camouflage. Turns out, it really doesn’t. But you may recognize the geometry, after all.


You may recall the painted Camo patterns that Rangers (and others) were applying to their helmets several years back. One of the OakDef team members, Drew Wallace, is a former Ranger and he brought the technique to the brand. Oakley had just started experimenting with Cerakote and he put together a couple of examples (shown above with a TC2001 high cut helmet he wore in Iraq as a contractor). The glasses are the Wiretap (top) and Blender (bottom) and these were the prototypes that proved the concept.

Ultrablend is more of a concealment methodology than an exact pattern. Specifically, it’s based on the camouflage techniques taught in Army FM 21-75 Ch 1. A base color is applied and then subsequent layers of Cerakote are over sprayed using a mesh screen like used in helmets.


In this photo you can see the SI Fuel Cell in the Desert and Black patterns. Ultrablend eyeglasses are individually airbrushed, utilizing two different patterns of netting and three different colors of Cerakote Gen II Firearm Coating. This offers the glasses added aspects of durability, abrasion resistance, and lower NIR reflectivity, along with a unique camouflage pattern.

Painted Sniper Rifle Image _ Ultrablend Story

The Ultrablend pattern is currently available on the SI Fuel Cell in Desert Sage although they’ve also created a Black version of the pattern. These are limited editions so if you’re interested, don’t wait around.


U.S. Elite Gear – Oakley SI Fuel Cell LIMITED EDITION Cerakote Ultrablend Desert Sage Frame

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014


U.S. Elite Gear is currently selling a limited edition Oakley SI Fuel Cell with a “Kryptek-like” Ultrablend Desert Sage Cerakote coat. The Black Iridum lenses exceed ANSI Z87.1 optical standards for impact protection, and provide 100% filtering of UVA, UVB, and UVC and harmful blue light up to 400 nm. The frame is made of stress-resistant O Matter material, painted and cured with Cerakote Generation II Firearm coating.


SOFIC 2014 – Oakley

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Oakley has an interesting version of the SI Split Jacket called the Wind Jacket. Both of these models meet the ANSI standard and feature the patented Switchlock lens interchange system. The heart of the system is a removable, vented Unobtanium (rubberized) gasket to keep out sand and gunk.


Above, is another variant called the SI Ballistic Racing Jacket which comes out later this Summer. It offers full ballistic MIl-PRF 31013 standard as well as meeting the ANSI standard.


Oakley SI Ballistic Crosshair

Monday, May 5th, 2014

During the recent Warrior West expo, we had a chance to check out the Oakley SI Ballistic Crosshair.


Created to provide full MIL PRF 31013, ANSI Z80.3-2008 and ANSI Z87.1-2010 ballistic protection in a form factor not usually associated with military or tactical use, the aviator-style Ballistic Crosshair also filters 100% UVA/UVB & harmful blue light up to 400nm wavelength.

Offered with a variety of lens tints, check www.oakleysi.com for details.

Marine South – Sneak Peak – Oakley SI Det-Cord

Friday, April 11th, 2014


At Marine South, we got to take a look at Oakley’s upcoming SI Det-Cord glasses. Coming this July.



Oakley – SI Ballistic Crosshair

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014


The SI Ballistic Crosshair is Oakley’s first ever ballistics-rated wire frame glasses. The lenses are made from Plutonite, Oakley’s high purity optical grade polycarbonate, and meet or exceed the balistic fragmentation impact standards as outlined in MIL PRF 31013. The lenses also meet the High Mass Impact Test and optical standards as outlined in ANSI Z87.1-2010, as well as meet or exceed ANSI Z80.3-2008.

The frame is constructed from ultra-lightweight hi-modulus C-5 frame material, with a three-point fit that holds the lenses in precise optical alignment. The frame is compatible with all helmets and helmet-mounted night vision devices. Thin stem technology allows for compatibility with over-ear hearing devices.

Available in Matte Black w/ Grey or Gunmetal w/Grey.