Oakley Custom Program promises over '40 million' combinations

Match your glasses to your kit with the custom program

Oakley has increased the options available within its Custom Program, (opens in new tab) promising 'more than 40 million' possible combinations for those looking to match their glasses with their kit and preferences.

Without setting up some sort of automated system, or writing off a week's worth of work hours, we'll have to take Oakley's word for it on the number.

The number of customisable parts depends upon the frame style, but the most malleable allow for six alterations - with swappable parts including the frame colour, lens tints, earsocks, and stems as well as 'decorative components' which we assume refers to logos and the like.

All of the most popular cycling styles - such as the Sutro, Radar EV - and casual styles like the Frogskins are available for customisation. Riders can also choose to have letters etched on to the lens - such as a nickname or team name (we assume you'd want that subtley in the corner!)

The Okaley EV Advancer (opens in new tab) impressed us enough to wind up in the 2020 Cycling Weekly Editor's Choice awards, we concluded: "adaptive lenses, comfortable feel and durable means these Oakleys will do you well all year round."

The 'Youth Collection' (opens in new tab) has also impressed us, fitting smaller faces (youth, or otherwise!) very well.

Prices vary depending upon the style, amount of customisation and the lens choice.

The approach seems similar to that taken by SunGod (opens in new tab), an eyewear brand launched via a Crowdfunding campaign in 2013. In July 2020, the British brand was promising over 4,000 different variation, and our pair achieved an 8/10 on test. (opens in new tab)

Chas Christiansen wears the Oakley Custom Sutro

To celebrate the increased possibilities offered by the Oakley Custom Program, the brand has released a limited edition set of its Sutro Lite Factory Pilot glasses. These feature a Factory Pilot etch in the center of the lens, and comes in a Factory Pilot microbag.

The custom glasses are available via Oakley.com, and select Sunglass Hut stores.


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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper, where highlights included interviewing a very irate Freddie Star (and an even more irate theatre owner), as well as 'the one about the stolen chickens'.

Previous to joining the Cycling Weekly team, Michelle was Editor at Total Women's Cycling. She joined CW as an 'SEO Analyst', but couldn't keep her nose out of journalism and in the spreadsheets, eventually taking on the role of Tech Editor before her latest appointment as Digital Editor. 

Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.

Michelle is on maternity leave from July 8 2022, until April 2023.