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Oakley® And VICIS Launch Advanced Eye Shield For The ZERO1 Football Helmet

Friday, Jul 28, 2017

Today, Oakley® and VICIS announced the launch of the VICIS EDGE Shield™ by Oakley, developed exclusively for VICIS ZERO1. Engineered to enhance performance and optimize safety, the EDGE Shield is the first ever co-developed football optics system.

Looking to complete the most technologically advanced football helmet ever designed, VICIS sought out a leader in the optics industry, Oakley. The two brands, both built on innovation and sports performance, collaborated on research and development, adding Oakley's leading performance innovations and quality optics to ZERO1, a highly engineered football helmet that earned the top rank in 2017 NFL/NFLPA tests. Rooted in Oakley's 40-year history in innovation and rigorous safety tests that set the brand apart, the VICIS EDGE Shield by Oakley is designed to complement the wide field of view of the ZERO1 and improve clarity and contrast for the player.

Leveraging new manufacturing tools and software, including a new freeform approach to High Definition Optics® (HDO), the EDGE Shield by Oakley was exclusively engineered for ZERO1, allowing the brand to create an optically correct shield to match the unique shape of ZERO1 facemasks. The ZERO1 offers the widest field of view of any football helmet on the market – nearly the limit of human peripheral vision.

"Oakley's collaboration with VICIS is a testament to the brand's belief that everything can and will be made better," said Ryan Saylor, Oakley Vice President of Advanced Product Development. "Extending our leading optics technology to another field allowed us to create the highest performance football shield for the highest performance helmet. We are excited to see the impact that it will have on the game of football and athlete's performance and safety."

The VICIS EDGE Shield by Oakley will be the only football shield available with Oakley Prizm™, a revolutionary lens technology that has turned eyewear into vital equipment for sports. Prizm is engineered to dramatically enhance detail and help improve performance by providing ultra-precise color tuning, designed for specific environments. The VICIS EDGE Shield by Oakley is molded out of Oakley's high impact Plutonite®, a proprietary synthetic material that blocks 100% of harmful UV rays and helps protect athlete's eyes during games and training.

"We saw an opportunity to partner with Oakley to help players elevate their performance via improved optics," said Dave Marver, VICIS CEO and Co-founder. "Our goal is that athletes wearing a ZERO1 will benefit from industry- leading field of view, enhanced optical clarity and better protection."

The VICIS EDGE Shield by Oakley will be offered in Prizm and non-Prizm configurations. In September 2017 the VICIS EDGE Shield by Oakley will be distributed by VICIS directly to teams and can be ordered online at

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About Oakley, Inc.

Established in 1975 and headquartered in Southern California, Oakley is one of the leading product design and sport performance brands in the world. The holder of more than 800 patents, Oakley is a culture of creators, inventors, idealists and scientists obsessed with using design and innovation to create products and experiences that inspire greatness. This philosophy has made Oakley one of the most iconic and inimitable brands on the market, with products that world-class athletes around the globe depend on to compete at the highest level possible. Oakley is known for its High Definition Optics®, which features unparalleled optical clarity and precision along with impact resistance and UV protection, incorporated into all of the brand's sun, prescription eyewear and premium goggles. Oakley extended its position as the world's leading sports eyewear brand into apparel and accessories. Oakley has men's and women's product lines that appeal to Sports Performance, Active and Lifestyle consumers. Oakley is a subsidiary of Luxottica Group. Additional information is available at


Headquartered in Seattle, VICIS is a sports technology company focused on developing a highly engineered football helmet to improve protection and performance. VICIS' flagship helmet, the ZERO1, was shaped by some of the world's leading athletes, engineers, and neurosurgeons, and ranked first in the 2017 NFL/NFLPA Helmet Laboratory Performance Testing. VICIS is funded by several prominent spine and neurological surgeons, current and former NFL players, Harry Fath, the Peregrine Group, angelMD, W Fund, Alliance of Angels, and Trilogy Equity Partners. For more information, please visit

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