Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses - The Ultimate Guide (2024)

Oakley Holbrook sunglasses are a signature square design. This guide breaks down the Holbrook frame and lenses so you can buy the right pair!

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The Oakley Holbrook was released in 2010 and have become one of the most popular lifestyle Oakleys alongside the Gascans. With over 15 standard colorways and several variations, including the XL size, Mix, R, XS, Ti, and prescription, the market seems to constantly be looking for more.

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Frame Design

Holbrooks have a distinct squared frame that will look best on people with round, oval, or rectangular faces. They are currently available in both O Matter and Metal frames (more on that to come). As Oakley describes the look:

Holbrook is a timeless, classic design fused with modern Oakley technology. Inspired by the screen heroes from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, this design epitomizes the spirit of exploration and adventure. The iconic American frame design is accented by metal rivets and Oakley icons, perfect for those who seek equal parts performance and style.

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Holbrook Metal vs. O Matter? Which is better?

In 2017, Oakley took the already popular Holbrook frame and introduced a metal frame for the first time. In comparison, original Holbrook’s are made of lightweight O Matter plastic, similar to most Oakley lifestyle sunglasses.

But which is actually better?

The answer will depend on your lifestyle. The largest deciding factor for most people is the weight and feel. The Holbrook Metal feels a bit heavier and sturdier than the O Matter frame. So if you’re the type of person who tends to put your sunglasses through the wringer, you may want to consider metal.

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However, if you prefer a lighter frame or encounter more sweat/water, you may want to look at the O Matter Holbrook. The plastic frame makes the Standard Holbrook a bit more repellent to liquids and easier to clean.

Holbrook XL vs. XS vs. Mix vs. Rx vs. Ti? What’s the difference?

As the Holbrook has expanded in popularity, Oakley has released variety after variety. This section will cover each version and what makes them unique. Additionally, we’ve included the Holbrook dimensions so you can understand precisely what you’re buying.

Holbrook XL

The Holbrook XL is a larger variation of the frame. Perfect if you have a large head or just enjoy bigger sunglasses. While not a huge difference, the XL offers a 59mm Lens Width vs. the standard Holbrook’s 55mm, plus an additional 1mm of height.

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Holbrook XS

If you have a smaller head, the Oakley Holbrook XS has you covered. Similar to the XL, it features the same Holbrook styling but in a smaller package. The Holbrook XS has a smaller 128mm width and 128mm temple length.

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Holbrook Mix

As you might have guessed from the name, the Holbrook Mix combines the traditional O Matter and newer metal frames. The front of the frame surrounding the lenses is made of O Matter plastic, while the arms are made of metal.

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Holbrook R

The Holbrook R goes away from the traditional square design and offers a Rounded lens shape (hence the “R”). The R seems to be a combination of the Holbrook and Frogskins frames, though you may like them if you prefer a rounded lens.

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The Holbrook R features a 131mm frame width, 140mm length temples, and 54mm wide lenses.

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Holbrook Ti

One of the newest additions to the Holbrook family is the Holbrook Ti, featuring a thin and lightweight titanium frame. Released in 2022, these materials and the updated design give the Holbrook Ti a high-end look and feel.

The Holbrook Ti features a 133mm frame width, 139mm length temples, and 57mm wide lenses.

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Holbrook Dimensions and Size Comparison

Now that we’ve covered all of the Holbrook varieties, let’s look at the size of the frames and lenses. The table below breaks down the dimensions:

HolbrookHolbrook XLHolbrook RHolbrook MixHolbrook XSHolbrook Ti
Lens Width55mm59mm54mm55mm53mm57mm
Frame Height43mm44mm43mm43mm40mm44mm
Frame Width132mm137mm131mm132mm128mm133mm
Arm / Temple Length128mm138mm140mm128mm128mm139mm

Oakley Holbrook Lenses

Holbrook lenses are available with both HDPolarized and Prizm Polarized lenses, starting at $176.00.

Polarized lenses will reduce glare from road, ice, and water surfaces. In contrast, Prizm technology will also reduce glare but with additional contrast, color, and visibility enhancement. Read more in our Prizm vs. Polarized guide.

Currently, Oakley offers the Holbrook with HDPolarized lenses in Grey and Ice Iridium. Additionally, Prizm Polarized lenses in Deep Water, Sapphire, Black, Tungsten, and Ruby are available.

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Are Prescription lenses available?

Yes, Holbrookprescription lenses are available through Oakley.comand several other retailers. Prescription models start at $402.00, including $123.00 for the frame and $279.00 for the lenses.

Several Polarized and Prizm Polarized lenses are also available, starting at $452.00. View the complete listing below:

Lens TypeColorPrice
StandardBlack Iridium$452.00
StandardRuby Iridium$452.00
StandardPositive Red Iridium$452.00
StandardTorch Iridium$452.00
Standard24K Iridium$452.00
StandardEmerald Iridium$452.00
StandardFire Iridium$452.00
StandardViolet Iridium$452.00
StandardJade Iridium$452.00
StandardSapphire Iridium$452.00
StandardIce Iridium$452.00
StandardTungsten Iridium$452.00
HDPolarized24K Iridium Polarized$502.00
HDPolarizedBronze Polarized$452.00
HDPolarizedShallow Blue Iridium Polarized$502.00
HDPolarizedViolet Iridium Polarized$502.00
HDPolarizedGrey Polarized$452.00
HDPolarizedRuby Iridium Polarized$502.00
HDPolarizedTungsten Iridium Polarized$502.00
HDPolarizedJade Iridium Polarized$502.00
HDPolarizedDeep Blue Iridium Polarized$502.00
HDPolarizedEmerald Iridium Polarized$502.00
HDPolarizedSapphire Iridium Polarized$502.00
HDPolarizedFire Iridium Polarized$502.00
HDPolarizedTorch Iridium Polarized$502.00
HDPolarizedIce Iridium Polarized$502.00
HDPolarizedBlack Iridium Polarized$502.00
PrizmDark Golf$502.00
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Are replacement lenses available?

Yes, Replacement Holbrook lenses are available through Oakley.com in 18 colors, starting at $70.00. Polarized and Prizm lenses are also available starting at $100.00. In addition, several aftermarket manufacturers produce Holbrook lenses starting at $24.00.

We’ve compiled a complete listing of Oakley Holbrook replacement lenses available from Oakley below:

Lens TypeColorLight TransmissionPrice
StandardViolet Iridium14%$70.00
Standard24k Iridium23%$70.00
StandardBlack Iridium11%$70.00
HDPolarizedBlack Iridium Polarized10%$100.00
HDPolarizedSapphire Iridium Polarized20%$100.00
Prizm PolarizedPrizm Daily Polarized14%$110.00
Prizm PolarizedPrizm Black Polarized11%$110.00
Prizm PolarizedPrizm Grey Polarized17%$110.00
Prizm PolarizedPrizm Sapphire Polarized12%$110.00
Prizm PolarizedPrizm Jade Polarized13%$110.00
Prizm PolarizedPrizm Tungsten Polarized14%$110.00
Prizm PolarizedPrizm Ruby Polarized17%$110.00
PrizmPrizm Black11%$80.00
PrizmPrizm Grey17%$70.00
PrizmPrizm Sapphire12%$80.00
PrizmPrizm Jade14%$80.00
PrizmPrizm Tungsten14%$80.00
PrizmPrizm Ruby17%$80.00

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What is the difference between Holbrook and Holbrook XS? ›

The frame features for both frames are identical. The only difference here is the size of the sunglass. O Matter- Oakley's proprietary frame material, O Matter, make this sunglass incredibly durable. The Holbrook and Holbrook XS can meet any daily demand with ease.

What is the difference between Oakley Holbrook 54 and 56? ›

The Oakley Holbrook RX comes in two sizes; the large has a 56mm eyesize and the medium is a 54mm eyesize. The original Holbrook sunglass is about a 55mm eyesize to give you a point of reference. with the Holbrook Rx, you can have your favorite sunglass as an eyeglass too!

What's the difference between polarized and prizm? ›

Prizm ™ will intensify the colors, when the polarization will reduce glare. But not all Prizm lenses are polarized, because polarization is not always useful and necessary. It will be a plus, for example, to reduce reflections on the water, which allows you to see better under the surface of the water.

Are the Oakley Holbrook XL bigger? ›

size variation

Additionally, the lens height of the original Holbrook measures 43 mm, while the XL version features a lens height of 45.5 mm. Even the frame width exhibits a minimal difference, with the XL version offering a slightly wider fit by 0.3 mm.

What does XL mean for Oakley? ›

XL indicates a frame in a larger size. It is common for Oakley to introduce a model and then create a larger, XL version of the same frame. All Oakley XL sunglasses cater to larger heads.

How do I know which Holbrook I have? ›

Not to worry - it's super easy to figure out your model! The secret is... the temple. On the inside temple of each Holbrook model there will be either a model number (typically starting with "OO") or a model name that you can pop into Google to figure out which Holbrook you have!

Are Oakley Holbrook XL lenses interchangeable? ›

Oakley Holbrook sunglasses can be transformed into a pair of sunglasses with endless combinations of colors and looks with the help of a new set of Oakley Holbrook lenses. Everybody loves options and the interchangeable lenses found in the Holbrook give you just that, and plenty of them.

What is better than Oakleys? ›

Ray-Ban's are typically known for more extended wear with fewer scratches than Oakley sunglasses. Although, lens durability and appearance over time are subjective to wearing factors, such as sweat, storage, and use.

What is the most expensive pair of Oakley sunglasses? ›

The most expensive sunglasses in the Oakley line are not encrusted with diamonds and jewels. But at $4,000 for the shades, the Elite C Six model might as well be treated like gold. Released about a year ago, the extremely limited model is actually made of carbon fiber with a titanium spine.

What does prizm mean on Oakleys? ›

Prizm is an Oakley lens technology designed to enhance colour and contrast so you can see more detail. Colour – tuned to create a more vivid, vibrant world. Contrast – defined to increase depth perception and highlight features in the surrounding environment. Details – reveals what you may not see with the naked eye.

Is polarized or prizm better for driving? ›

Use polarized sunglasses whenever you're in an area with a lot of glare. Driving on the highway on a sunny day, swimming in your local pool, and boating on a river are all situations when you should wear polarized lenses.

Who makes the best polarized sunglasses? ›

ProductsProduct LinksQuality
Best Overall: Knockaround Premiums Sport Sunglasses$38 at Amazon4.5/5
Best Active: Ombraz Classics Polarized Sunglasses$160 at ombraz.com5/5
Best Versatile: Tifosi Polarized Sunglasses$55 at Amazon4.7/5
Best Prescription: Warby Parker Barkley SunglassesSee price at warbyparker.com4.5/5
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Are polarized sunglasses better for your eyes? ›

Polarized lenses will not protect your eyes from UV damage more than standard 100% UV lenses. However, they can give you clearer, more accurate vision and alleviate some eye strain. If you find yourself squinting a lot, even when you're wearing sunglasses, consider investing in polarized sunglasses.

How can I tell what kind of Oakleys I have? ›

Real Oakleys have an SKU starting with 'OO,' followed by a four-digit number indicating the frame model, colourways and size. Some models may have the name and size inside the temple or nose bridge. Find the SKU on social media forums to verify its authenticity with the ones you bought.

What model number is Oakley Holbrook? ›

The SKU format of Oakley Holbrook should look like this: OO9102-##. AS noted above, OO9102 specifies that it's a Holbrook. The 2 numbers after the dash specify the colorway (frame and lens combination). If your Holbrooks have “OO9102-01,” then the sunglasses you have should be Matte Black with silver Oakley icons.

How to tell the difference between Oakley Mainlink and Mainlink XL? ›

*The Mainlink and Mainlink XL share the same frame features. The only difference between the two models is size. Unobtanium - Grip is an essential part of the Mainlink XL that makes it so versatile.

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