Everything in the Olympics is the best of the best. We’re getting the best athletes in the world to perform at their best. This is not the time for amateurish mistakes—especially when it comes to the gear getting them through the games. That perfection reaches to what they’re wearing—on their bodies, on their feet, and on their faces.
That’s why we were amped to see Oakley’s take on the best sunglasses for performance: the Kato Prizm 24Ks, which dropped today. They’re launching in tandem with their debut at the Tokyo Games later this month. (All Team Oakley finalists will be wearing them, of course.) As most Oakley shades, these keep athletics front of mind. That means smart design that stays put on the move, like nose pads that ensure stabile grip and a tilt function that moves as your face does. Any sort of twist, turns, nods or shakes won’t force the shades out of place. This works for Olympians and for us regular people trying to get in a beach run or otherwise bask in the sun.
These two functions are part of Oakley’s aim to create sunglasses that stay snug to your face—no adjusting required. With all those things it does have, you might notice the one thing it doesn’t: frames. This wrap-around style is next-level functional, made for all kinds of movement, like sprinting, rowing, or chasing nieces and nephews at a backyard BBQ.
The lenses on these new Katos are as optimized for outdoor activities as possible. Oakley’s signature Prizm lens is designed for crystal clear vision, an absolute essential for Olympic-level performance. They’re the latest take on a favorite Oakley lens, which gives you a perfectly shaded peripheral vision. They’re on sale now for $291. Plus, in the fresh gold color way, they’re about as subtle a fan marker for the Games we can imagine.
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