Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses review

When it comes to sunglasses, Oakley is hard to beat. Its most recent and divisive pair of specs is the Oakley Jawbreaker. We decided to find out what all the fuss is about

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

They may divide opinion, but on the bike these are top quality sunglasses.

Reasons to buy
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    Available in multiple colours

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    Different lens options, which are easy to swap in and out

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    Great peripheral vision

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Reasons to avoid
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    Quite large and may not suit all face shapes

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    Not a great look off the bike

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Oakley worked in collaboration with world-class British sprinter Mark Cavendish to create the most popular pair of sunglasses in the pro-peloton, the Jawbreaker.

Together they produced a pair of distinctive sunglasses that will definitely get your friends talking.

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Available in seven different colour schemes (including a Tour de France version) and with several lens options, you can choose your preferred aesthetics and ensure that you get the correct lens for your type of riding.

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Using a wide lens means that, although they may look a bit out of place off the bike, they ensure you have great peripheral vision on it. In fact, other than the classic Oakley M-frames there are not many sunglasses out there that provide a wider uninhibited view.


Designed with riding in mind the Jawbreakers are relatively large.

The adjustable arms mean you can get a good fit which removes any fear of your top end glasses plummeting to the floor. Combined with the comfortable nose piece, I barely noticed I was wearing them even after multiple hours in the saddle.

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The above is all very interesting, but what really makes the Jawbreakers stand out from the crowd, and give them their name, is Oakley’s innovative Switchlock interchangeable lens system.

Jawbreaker switchlock

The large lenses are easily interchangeable thanks to Oakley's Switchlock system.
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You pull the nose piece up to release the clip on the top of the frame which in turn allows the lower, jaw-line, to drop down and for the lens to removed. In short, the straightforward and sturdy system allows you to easily swap out and then lock in securely your selected lenses.

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Coming with wide lenses which provide great peripheral vision, these are fairly large sunglasses. As a result some might feel they are a bit too big for their face shape and it is hard to argue that they look good off the bike- however they are not designed for casual wear, they are performance glasses.

Put simply- if you are looking for great optical quality with eye-catching innovative design, and the aesthetics aren't a no no for you, the Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses are a superb option.

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