Oakley Rough House (Black OX1036) Review
My name is Adam, and I’m a spec-a-holic!
Today, as part of my pre-deployment preparation I was due a routine eye examination with the Optician. This is always very dangerous for me as it involves trying NOT buying any more spectacles. I must have 8 or 9 pairs on the go at the moment, ranging from cheap and nasty ‘utility’ glasses, reaction lens mountain bike goggles, through to a set of A�450+ titanium & polycarbonate monsters.
Vision Express in Stamford, UK was my port of call – A local reputable Ophthalmic dispenser and stockist of row upon row of shiny frames. The eye examination went well and I was subjected to a whole range of extra tests I’ve never had before, including the one where they blow air into your eye which made me emerge from the machine with eye-water (not tears) streaming down my face;)
Then the fatal slip… 5 minutes to spare whilst my the Optician passed my details to the assistant. Sauntering up the display cabinets I could sense the ‘O’ monograph of the Oakley brand, dragging me in…. It had me.
A few moments later and I had chosen a new frame, the Oakley Rough House (Black.) A chunky (ish) frame it is constructed of lightweight, stress resistant, durable acetate. Given my work, my glasses go through some quite rough times so it is imperative they don’t snap at the 1st hurdle, the frame feels very well made with engineered arm hinges.
According to the Oakley sales pitch “A high-energy laser with a pinpoint beam creates the stem art on this durable acetate frame. ROUGH HOUSE is heat adjustable and comfortably lightweight, and we designed it with a Three-Point Fit that keeps the optics precisely aligned. Those angled icons that set the look apart are made of C-5 alloy, and they’re part of a five-barrel hinge design that can take its share of abuse. Oakley UNOBTAINIUM gives the stems a soft surface that actually increases grip when you perspire.”
Despite their well engineered and ‘tough’ looks, they are incredibly light on my face with the 3-point fit hugging my head lightly keeping them in place no matter how hard I try and shake them off. I see a promising future ahead for these frames, they may even oust the Titanium ones as my No1 pair; stay tunes to find out.…