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Oakley M Frame Lenses

By James Lannon

August 9, 2016

Oakley M Frame Lenses

By James Lannon

August 9, 2016

So you’ve got an Oakley M Frame

Awesome choice! It’s an athletic frame style with a variety of lenses that allow for customization. So much variety, in fact, that it can be a bit overwhelming and sometimes downright confusing. Not to worry, I’ll break it all down for you.

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Oakley M Frame (the most recent version that Oakley introduced in 1999)

Let’s start off with one of the most popular questions our Customer Experience receives:

What M Frame do I have?

Nine times out of ten, people own the most recent generation of M Frames that Oakley started producing in 1999. When they ask “What M Frame do I have” what they really mean is “What lenses are in my M Frame?

But, just to be sure, check out this blog post to verify which generation of M Frames you have. If you came here searching for information on the M2, go to this blog post instead.

Ok, I checked it out and I’m sure I have the M Frame Sweep.

Well, my friend, I’m about to blow your mind. If you’ve got the “M Frame Sweep” — what you’ve actually got is an M Frame with a Sweep lens installed.

Oakley M Frame plus Sweep lens

You could also install a Heater, Hybrid, or Strike and they’d all fit. There’s no difference between the M Frames themselves, just the style of the lens that’s in them — and all of those lenses are interchangeable in your M Frame. Your options just quintupled, you’re welcome!

I get it. I’ve got M Frames and I’m ready to choose my lens.

Awesome, there’s a bunch of options so let’s take a look at what’s out there.


This lens style provides the most coverage out of all the Oakley M Frame lenses. The lower edges have large wings and the lens has a curvy and fluid shape.

M Frame with Heater lens

You can find replacement lenses for Oakley M Frame Heater here.


This is a blend between the Heater and Strike lenses. You’ll get the curved sides of the Heaters combined with the straight bottom lines of the Strike.

M Frame with Hybrid lens

You can find replacement lenses for Oakley M Frame Hybrid here.


This lens doesn’t have wings that wrap around the sides like the Heater and has a much more angular and block-like shape.

M Frame with Strike lens

You can find replacement lenses for Oakley M Frame Strike here.


This is the smallest lens of the bunch. It’s got angular pointed edges that wrap around longer than the Strike but not quite as long as the Heater.

M Frame with Sweep lens

You can find replacement lenses for Oakley M Frame Sweep here.

For a look at how these lenses compare to each other, click through the carousel.

M Frame Heater comparison
M Frame Hybrid comparison
M Frame Strike comparison
M Frame Sweep comparison

Sweep Vented (Revant Exclusive)

Oakley offers vented options for each of their M Frame lenses, but based off user feedback, the vents were letting in too much air and light into the wearer’s eyes. The lens we created to solve for this is in the Sweep style, and features custom vents at the top to maximize airflow without inhibiting the lenses ability to keep wind and debris out of your eyes.

Vented Revant replacement lenses for Oakley M Frame Sweep
Revant Vented M Frame lenses compared to Oakley Vented M Frame lenses

That’s all there is to it!

So get to customizing your M frames and be sure to share your style with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!

You might also like . . .

Blog Post — Oakley M Frames Through the Ages
Blog Post — Let's Compare: Oakley M2 vs M2 XL vs M Frame
Blog post — Vented Lenses Explained
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  • Jason Church

    My question is: Are all M Frame lenses compatible with all M Frame frames? For example, will a 2016 M Frame 3.0 lens fit a 1999 style frame. I have heard different opinions over the years - probably due to fake Oakley frames being introduced to the conversations. I tend to believe the opinion that all M Frame lenses will fit all M Frame frames (with the possible exception of the M2). Can you clarify this for me?

  • Gideon Ang

    Question: I currently own an M Frame 3.0 and need replacement lenses but Oakley has discontinued production of lenses in the M Frame. Will lenses for the M2 Frame fit in the M 3.0?

  • Chris Lewis

    Hi there. I have a number of M Frame lenses which I have accumulated over the years. Some are date stamped (either above the nose cut-out or at the top of the lens) and some are not. Do you by any chance know when Oakley started date-stamping their lenses?
    Thank you.

  • Jack Proctor

    Hi There, I have the 1994 version of the M Frame and was trying to figure out which lenses would be the correct ones for me, I was looking and thinking the M Frame Strike was correct. am I correct?

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