Oakley just released the new frameless EVZero sunglasses
Back in the 90s Oakley released the original version of the Zero frame, which they claimed were the “lightest performance sunglasses in history.” Unfortunately they weren’t particularly good looking, and were discontinued.
The new Zero version, available in the Path and slightly larger Range lens shapes, is claimed to weigh a feathery 22g and 24g respectively — lighter than the Spy Daft (28g) and the Smith Pivlock Arena Max (29g). Long-established roadie favourite the Oakley Radar Path weighs 30g.
The EVZero also gets Road and Trail versions of the Prizm lens, Oakley’s newest optic technology where special tints are used to block specific spectral peaks and colour wavelengths to enhance contrast, and improve clarity in a range of light conditions — there’s photochromic and standard lens options too.
There’s no indication as to whether the lenses (or arms rather) are interchangeable, a feature we’d happily trade a few grams for, but based on absence of replacement lenses on Oakley’s website we’d say they’re fixed.
The EVZero also sees slender earsocks made from Oakley’s ‘O-Matter’, and no-slip ‘Unobtainium’ rubber on the nosepiece and temple tips to keep the sunnies securely attached to your face.
Available now, the EVZero will set you back $170/ £140 / AU$220 for the Prizm version, $190 / £170 / AU$270 for the photochromic, and $160 / £130 / AU$200 for the standard lens.