So the Tour de France is coming up, right?
Oakley are a big part of the tour, what with sponsoring some of the worlds best athletes with custom gear. I was approached to run a competition during the Tour de France for a set of custom Oakley eyewear and was in turn presented the opportunity to build my own set of eyewear, full custom. I wanted to do something in the colors of Pure Planet Racing and have it functional for mountain biking specifically with changing conditions as we go in and out of forests, trails, etc. The light conditions vary immensely and I had experienced their Transitions lenses when James Cunnama lent me a set for Ironman SA 2010.
I went onto the Oakley Website and chose custom Jawbone, and played with the colors. To add something unique, I added an etching to the lenses as well.
So, here is the result. Delivered in under 2 weeks, they match 2011 kit perfectly. These images courtesy of Mirra Photography, who shot them in their studio the day they arrived. I specifically went with understated and plain, as the kit this years houses key logos and this needs to add to the package, not distract.
I went with 2 types of black on the frame, the Green for Pure Planet Racing on the arms and 2 lenses, one is a Transitions Lens for Mountainbiking (to adapt to fast changing light conditions) and the other a Black Irridium lense for the brighter days of road riding. The Jawbone was a new frame for me, after having been a big fan of the Radar in years gone by.
I took them out for a late afternoon run yesterday. I left in the light and returned in the dark and never took the glasses off, the Transitions lense working incredibly well in the varying light conditions.
So for the Tour de France, we are running a competition where you can win your own set of custom eyewear right here on Urban Ninja. More prizes to follow later in the week, but keep your eye out for the registration which opens next week.