Ray-Ban Vs. Oakley: How Do They Compare?

Dr. Jim Martin 09/25/2017

Ray Bans_9587.jpgWhen you're investing in a pair of premium sunglasses, you want to make sure you're getting a good deal.

Most people looking for great shades end up deciding between the two titans of quality sunglasses: Ray-Ban and Oakley.

But what's the big difference between the two brands, and which brand should you buy? Here are a few ways you can compare them before you purchase a new pair of shades.

Ray-Ban

When it comes to classic and chic styles, Ray-Ban has you covered. From the original Wayfarer seen on Tom Cruise in "Risky Business" to cool and edgy aviators, Ray-Ban is synonymous with fashionable sunglasses. Lenses are made to last using state-of-the-art technology with the highest level of sun protection.

Pros

The biggest benefits to Ray-Bans are their comfort. Ray-Bans come in a variety of sizes of lenses and are specially designed to be as comfortable as they are stylish. Speaking of style, Ray-Bans come in graphic prints, Carbon lines, and a selection of rugged, casual and feminine looks. You can also turn just about any pair of sunglesses into perscription glasses. So, if you fall in love with a frame, you'll be able to wear it 24/7.

Cons

Because Ray-Bans are high quality, they are more expensive than other sunglasses brands. Some people also say they may feel heavy on your face if you wear them for long periods of time. Considering the Texas Panhandle wind, this may not be a downside. However, it is something to keep in mind if you wear sunglasses for hours at a time. 

Oakley

Oakley is known for their sports and lifestyle sunglasses. They offer a pair of shades to meet every need, including golfing, surfing, skiing, and baseball. The company creates sunglasses for men and women in a variety of styles.

PROS

Using high definition optics, futuristic materials, and cool designs, Oakley creates the most customized sunglasses available. Oakley is also known to step out of traditional frame designs, creating new and edgy styles.

Other features include impact resistance, an adjustable fit, glare reduction, and polarized lenses. Wearers enjoy spectacular lens clarity, UV protection, and an intensely durable frame that can withstand high temperatures and all types of environments. Because of the quality of their lenses, Oakleys are the top choice for althetes and the United States Military.

CONS

Like Ray-Bans, Oakleys can be pricy. Additionally, because they don't offer as many traditional styles, you may have a harder time matching the frames to your regular clothes. If you care more about style than lens quality, Ray-Bans may be a better fit for you.

Picking A Pair
When it comes to deciding between Ray-Ban and Oakley, it's really a matter of consumer taste. Pick a pair of shades by factoring in several considerations, including budget, what you use your sunglasses for, or if you just require everyday sunglasses. Ray-Ban offers stylish, colorful designs with many lens shades, while Oakley sunglasses hold up to just about anything. Choose the best sunglasses for your specific needs and enjoy a pair that holds up over the years and looks great, too.

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*This post has been updated and republished for freshness and accuracy.