Oakley Channels Retro Surf Style with the Hydra Sunglasses

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Oakley’s adherence to sportiness has made the brand a notable name in the world of eyewear for decades. Moreover, the brand’s new Hydra silhouette pays homage to old-school surf style, proving that it remains a premier choice in any performance-based subculture.

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The Razor Blades-inspired sunglasses are semi-rimless and rounded out with a shield lens, giving them an undeniably nostalgic look that still screams future-forward. For those who aren’t aware, the Razor Blades design was Oakley’s first-ever venture into surf-centric eyewear, having hit the scene in the ‘80s. With one look at the brand’s new release, it’s clear that the vintage pair has withstood the test of time.

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Compositionally, the frame is made of plant-based BiO-Matter material, while the brand’s proprietary Prizm Lens Tech enhances color and contrast. Additionally, each pair offers remarkable light transmission, with the highest percentage being 14%. Moreover, you are doing your pupils and the planet a favor by wearing these eco-friendly sunglasses.

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Oakley’s VP of Design, Nick Garfias, even claimed that “Oakley’s heritage in California surf culture of the ‘90s is an important part of our brand DNA,” which proves how deeply woven the accessory maker is within this niche community. The Hydra sunglasses are available in a handful of eye-popping colors on the brand’s webshop for $173.