Oakley® SI Titanium Sunglasses: Atomic Number 22

Titanium is a lightweight, high-strength, low-corrosion structural metal. One of the major applications is in high-speed aircraft. So, it’s only logical we would use it to make premium eyewear.

Oakley has always been pushing the boundaries of durability and protection. With our roots in sports performance and the military, there is no end in our pursuit to make products lighter, faster, and more durable. When your job and performance are high stakes, your equipment matters.

The Origins of Titanium

Discovered in Great Britain in 1791, Titanium was named after the Titans of Greek mythology. The element is most commonly used as a compound to form metal. Titanium can be alloyed with iron, aluminum, vanadium, and molybdenum, among other elements, to produce strong, lightweight alloys. As a metal, titanium is recognized for its high strength-to-weight ratio. It is a strong metal with low density that is very ductile. Put simply, it’s very strong, very light, and can withstand substantial stress before it breaks. This is the primary reason it is used in many aerospace applications.

The Lockheed A-12 and its development of the SR-71 “Blackbird” were two of the first aircraft frames where titanium was used. These aircraft were Mach 3+ reconnaissance aircraft built for the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The use of titanium in these aircraft paved the way for much wider use in modern military and commercial aircraft. Many Boeing aircraft and Airbus aircraft use titanium throughout their structure.

Since then, titanium has found applications across medical, industrial, military, a sports performance. And now, eyewear.

Introducing the New Holbrook™ TI (Titanium)

Titanium has the highest strength-to-density ratio of any metallic element on the periodic table and is among the strongest metals on the planet. It’s also 40% lighter than steel and naturally corrosion resistant even in water, which makes it perfect for use in Aerospace or your next favorite pair of premium sunglasses. 

New! Standard Issue Holbrook™ TI

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New! Holbrook™ TI

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The worldwide best-selling classic Holbrook™ has evolved with a new durable, razor-thin, and lightweight titanium frame. Featuring the iconic square frame Holbrook design in four colors and Prizm™ Lens Technology designed to enhance color and contrast. Also, the new Standard Issue Holbrook™ TI is now available with a subdued clandestine titanium frame including Prizm Black and Prizm Grey Polarized lenses.

Oakley® Eyewear Engineered with Titanium

Oakley SI is proud to release several new styles that utilize titanium from Holbrook TI to Contrail TI.

Oakley®’s Holbrook TI evolves the Holbrook design with a razor-thin, lightweight titanium frame. This style is constructed from premium titanium that showcases Oakley’s large, square frame Holbrook design. The sunglass features Prizm™ Lens Technology designed to enhance color and contrast, while a three-point fit helps provide all-day comfort.

Contrail is a modern take on classic pilot sunglasses infused with Oakley design elements. They feature a lightweight, durable titanium frame while the adjustable silicone nose pads help create an ideal fit for stylish, all-day comfort.

New! Contrail TI

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New! Contrail

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New! Standard Issue Contrail

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Drew Wallace

Drew Wallace is a veteran of the 75th Ranger Regiment, and has served in support of both OIF and OEF. He has been part of the Oakley SI team since 2012 and served in both product and marketing roles.

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