Ray-Ban Reloaded: The Classic Aviator Reinvented for the Modern Man

After successfully bringing back the original designs for their iconic classics such as the Clubmaster, Meteor, Wings, and Street Neat, Ray-Ban is back with another addition to their Reloaded series—this time reincarnating the nearly 80-year-old Aviator for the modern man.

Ray-Ban Reloaded: Aviator

One of the American eyewear giants first released circa 1937, the Aviator was created at the beginning for (you guessed it) pilots. It garnered attention during the World War II era, associated strongly with the great General Douglas MacArthur’s signature look. Tom Cruise might have something to do with the Aviator’s popularity, too, thanks to his memorable role as a combat pilot in the 80s blockbuster Top Gun. The rest is pretty much history.

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Tom Cruise sports the Aviator in Top Gun
Jake Gyllenhaal is a fan of the classic

So what’s new? What’s the difference?

Two reimagined styles are released: golden rim with black lenses and black rim with blue lenses. But the most distinct detail is the curved wire temples – a practical touch for its time of war, but a vintage flair for today’s standards.

Two types released for the Ray-Ban Reloaded: Aviator
The classic curved wire temples are back

A pair will cost you $163 and you can order through Ray-Ban’s online store. But from the looks of it, the 500 pairs are selling out anytime soon – so you better fly there now.