Oakley Kato Glasses were more than the 1990s.
When did the last dance premiere in 2020, we saw Goat’s lens wearing a classic Oakley Romeo frame, and the classic OakLeys rolled back (this did not hurt the nostalgia in the 1990s). But Oakli does not want to be satisfied with the release of retro reinsurance. His design vice president of Nick Garfias has been a creative supervisor in Mercedes-Benz for more than ten years. Just like in the automotive industry, he hopes that high -performance glasses will always push the design to a new field.
Kato, the first show of the American Olympic team this summer, is the company’s latest and bolder glasses product. Kato is a mixture of high -wrapped glasses (a kind of glasses designed for athletes) with a single seamless lens that can surround your face to provide the maximum vision. Unlike any other glasses we have seen, it not only covers your eyes, but also covers the top of your nose.
That lens is actually made of mold, which can be wrapped in your beak. This means that Kato is both a pair of glasses and thin masks of the upper face.
This avant -garde design comes from a more fantasy concept.
Garfias said that we thought of the image of the fabric literally, or some film covered your face and covered your face. How can we get as close to the face as possible without [establishment]?
In order to get close to your skin, this glasses have no frame. Instead, the upper lip of the lens is made of a integrated rod, which is bent on the upper lip of the glasses, providing a rigid structure.
The closer the lens is from your face, the greater your vision, and the easier it is to see without lens distortion. Tight -fitting is unlikely to shake on your face during the event. But if the glasses are too close, they will leave steam on your face, and any impact is more likely to hurt the athlete’s face. So Kato is suitable for living in a few millimeters from the skin, and can make it adapt to the face of people from all over the world by adjusting. This is particularly difficult to consider the nose.
The shape of the face varies from person to person
Garfias explained that the shape of the face varies from person to person. This includes eye spacing and deeper and narrower eyebrows. The glasses industry is used to dealing with these problems. But the nose is more tricky. The nose is usually cut from the frame, and the nose supports the glasses in the appropriate position.
It is particularly difficult to shape glasses around the nose, because some people, such as Europeans, have more sharp noses, and Asian noses are flatter and wider. Garfias said that it is not a secret to make this design suitable for everyone. On the contrary, this is a kind of discipline. Oakley has a facial scanning database, composed of hundreds of people from all over the world for designing products. The company designed Kato to adapt to these scans, and then provided the product to the cooperative athletes for testing. After the athlete tried, Oakli adjusted and tested the scanning results again. The designer repeated this cycle again and again.
Garfias said I can’t tell you how many iterations we moved the nose before and after, because some parts of the adjustment of glasses usually need to adjust the different parts of the glasses. The team eventually includes three different rubber nasal trees, which are stuck on the inclined beam (nasal bridge) that is also directly modular to the lens. In addition, the team has established a unique forward -tilt device in the mirror arm -this is a circular mechanism that you may find in the lens lens’s legs, which can unlock and allow you to tilt forward or backward and tilt the entire lens. To get better fit. As a result, you can adjust to adapt to various facial glasses from the middle to XL.
Oakley’s initial concept concession was the vertical height of the lens.
The first design model is very thin. I had to wear glasses, and Garfias said with a smile. But the problem of such a thin pair of glasses is that it is difficult to make many people wear it. Any fitting error will generate a light band at the top or bottom. If the sun is leaked into the sunglasses, why should they wear them? Therefore, the team increased the height of the lens to provide more swing space.
Compared with most glasses, can comfort fit and the bridge of the nose be better blocked? Garfias admits that I can’t claim that it has any aerodynamic advantages. On the contrary, he said that the design is mainly to provide a broad vision while creating a new aesthetic. Garfias said that athletes can better protect their noses from sunburn, but according to my experience, my own (German ski resort) nose still extends a lot from the lens. So even if we wear Kato, sunscreen is necessary -unless you want your nose to match the dark red of the lens itself.