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Oakley's 'O Lab' Shoots Ball Bearings at, Drops Weights on Sunglasses

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Oakley sunglasses are expensive. But apparently, they're expensive for reasons other than the recognizable "O" logo that's stuck on them. Nope, they're resistant to shattering if something strikes them, unlike other sunglasses that'll happily embed shards of themselves in your eyes when hit. They can also withstand 2 pound weights falling on them and handle lasers better than other glasses. They test all these things in the "O Lab." The nice folks at NotCot got to check out the O Lab, providing photos and video of the machines used to test expensive sunglasses. Hit the jump for video.

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I live close to the Oakley world headquarters in Foothill Ranch CA and they have a setup inside showing similar tests and user testimonials. They had a pair from a soldier who went to Afghanistan and was wearing his Oakleys when a round from a firefight hit his glasses. The glasses were definitely messed up, the lens looked almost like someone heated it up and pulled on it and the frame bent but they did not shatter and the lens stayed in the frame. Obviously the bullet wasn't coming directly into his head and probably wasn't fired at close range but to see the way those glasses held up, and how they they are optically engineered, I'll be buying Oakleys until someone comes out with something better.