Oakley All-Metal Sunglasses

Oakley’s latest sunglasses, the JURY, released this week, are made of metal. The stout aerospace aluminum employed for the frame required milling and machining tolerances to be within a thousandth of an inch, according to the company. The lenses, a proprietary Oakley optic, meet ANSI standards for impact resistance and were tested with a series of do-or-die lab procedures that included the use of a metal spike and quarter-inch steel shot fired into the lens at 102 miles per hour.

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Oakley JURY sunglass

In Oakley Inc.‘s timeline, which has included frames made of plastic, wire, titanium, magnesium, carbon fiber, and a different type of aluminum, the company says its latest frame material seen on the JURY is among the toughest ever made. Built with an alloy originally engineered for aircrafts and space vehicles, the stiff aluminum can withstand a lot of abuse. Sit on them and they will not break.

One clarification: The JURY glasses are mostly, but not completely, made of metal. There are plastic or nylon components on the hinge areas and rubbery surfaces where the glasses contact your head and nose. The model is pitched as a lifestyle design made for everyday use, though with features that make them usable for biking, skiing, and moderate activity.

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JURY sunglasses on the face

I got a sneak peek of the JURY this week in New York, where the company unveiled the sunglasses at the 5th Avenue Sunglass Hut store. They are good-looking and feel super solid in the hand. On my face, the glasses fit well and had good coverage. They run large, but not bug-eye big. The fit is certainly more “lifestyle” than “performance,” though they grip on the face and some crossover use in sports and activity is an appropriate play.

The JURY, which start at $190, are a limited model that will be sold only at Sunglass Hut stores beginning tomorrow, November 4, 2010, and continuing for the next 90 days. After that, Oakley dealers around the world will sell the JURY in multiple frame and lens configurations.

—Stephen Regenold

Posted by Robin - 11/04/2010 09:22 AM

When will they make the lenses out of transparent aluminum so they will be ALL metal? LOL.

Posted by Peter Dennison - 11/08/2010 02:20 AM

Just bought my pair. Best sunglasses I have ever owned.

Posted by ProEdgeBiker.com - 01/05/2011 08:13 AM

Can’t wait till I get mine!

Posted by Entropy - 01/12/2011 08:46 AM

I snagged my pair the first day they were out. They’re the perfect medium between the original Gascan line and the new Fuelcell line thats replacing it. They feel solid, but aren’t much heavier when you actually put them on. They have more coverage, closer to the cheek than the Gascans, but hug your skull closer than the Fuelcells. Toss in the fact that the end of the arms are maleable and can be adjusted to fit precisely how you want them to and the Jury is an amazing pair of eyewear. Worth every penny.

Posted by Mick - 07/04/2011 09:38 PM

Just about to get a pair of these to replace my bloc hornet ones, thanks to entropy for posting a review up, I know I’ve made a good choice now.

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Posted by Pete - 08/15/2012 02:16 PM

These would be great if they didnt have the stupid arm plastic peace. Mine broke, on my head. JUNK!!

Posted by Darin - 11/20/2012 01:19 PM

This model is hardly “stout”. The earpiece is aluminum, but it mounts on a plastic hinge extension that commonly snaps. And btw… Oakley won’t replace the part. DO NOT BUY THESE.

Posted by noakley4me - 01/04/2013 12:14 PM

cheap plastic hinges broke while taking off my head. had better luck with 100% plastic sunglasses. so beware the “aluminum” junk.

Posted by Michael - 04/09/2013 04:55 AM

How do you change the lenses on the oakley jury?

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