I’ve been a fan of the X-men for two decades, and it was a pleasure learning in 1999 that Oakley was designing Cyclops’ visor. While the original concept looks a little bulky compared to the visor from the second X-men movie (too bad Oakley didn’t make the second one), the original version looked perfect at the time. I think designer Hans Moritz captured perfectly the spirit of the original look as it was intended (without the yellow, of course). Further, the little details put into it (such as the tapering from the eyeslits) made it even that much more special.
Many fan-made replicas and fakes have been produced throughout the years, but I have never seen anyone get it right. Even attempts at the original costume test version were made incorrectly, with the failure points generally being the nose point, eyeslit, and the ear covers.
As one of Oakley’s coolest movie props, it was one of the pinnacle achievements from an era where Oakley’s design could do no wrong. A truly Oakley classic.
Review dated: May 12, 2009