Text and photographs by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro
When I first saw the Oakley Thump sunglasses a couple years ago with built-in MP3 player, I thought they were silly, expensive, and ugly to boot. Then I used them, because, well, you know, it’s my job.
I wore ’em first when I was cleaning the garage, where no one could see me. Then I tried them out on a trail run. And then on a mountain bike ride. By the time I’d burned the battery down once, I was so completely hooked on the joys of exercising with music wirelessly that I couldn’t imagine going without the Thumps. They were so cool, they even started to look cool.
Now there’s a new model, the Oakley Split Thump, which looks less sporty than the original Thumps and comes with removable ear buds.
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