triman (triman) wrote,

Oakley Sweetness

So I admit it, I'm a triathlon fashion victim when it comes to Sun glasses. I bought a pair of Oakley Topcoats back a long time ago at Sydney airport in their duty free. They were my first real triathlon purchase after I'd decided to do my first triathlon and bought the Australina Triathlete magazine while there, and lots of the pro's were wearing them! Sponsorship works. Ever since then they've been my #1 glasses for racing.

They've lasted 8-years+ but finally gave up during the recent St Albans triathlon when one of the arms snapped just where they join the frame. Probably from trying to jam them on my head with one hand while cycling, thus stretching the frame...  You can see them on the left jammed into my bike helmet as I exited the swim at CapTex, which probably didn't help either.

So I called Oakley today to see if they were still under warranty ;-) No surprises they were not. They did though offer me an instant $30 voucher for an upgrade off any similar plastic framed glasses, except from their models listed as new on the web site.

So, I did a quick search on ebay, snagged a supposedly new pair of Red Topcoats to match the bike colour; and will use the voucher to buy a new pair of leisure glasses, such a fashion victim. Talking of being a fashion victim, has some decent mens outer wear in their summer sale, I bagged a pair of Oakley jeans for $20... honest!
Tags: gear, oakley
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