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Oakley sunglasses any good?

Old 10-02-06, 03:04 PM
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Oakley sunglasses any good?

I like the sweep lenses on the M frame. They don't give them away though so I was wondering how folks out there like them and particularly if they are durable. I sure want them to last a while if I spring for a pair. Also, is there a website that may have good deals on them? I have never known them to be on sale anywhere. Thanks
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i have half jacket and i love it, i can't even tell i am wearing it.
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Maybe I can stop this thread from happening again... The same thread results happen every time high end sunglasses are mentioned.

Those who have bought them will tell you how wonderful they are. (perhaps justifying their purchase)

Those who haven't bought them will be compelled to tell you how over priced they are, and that they know some $20 sunglasses that are just as good.

Just kidding, not about the outcome, but I know this won't stop the legions from chiming in... But if there are 100 responses, only about 10 won't fall in one of the above categories.

Good luck on your choice, whatever it is.



EDIT: The first one hit while I was composing... Next...
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Oakley sunglasses any good?
have been wearing them since 1992. nuff said.
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I have a prescription pair, not the M frames though. Oakley cut the lenses. Without question the best lenses I've ever had in over 20 years of wearing glasses.
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I've had several pairs also since the early 90's and they are great. don't really care for them (m frames) as everyday sunglasses, but for cycling, they're top notch.

and you are correct, they rarely go on sale. the cheapest way to get them is through ebay, but then you run the risk that they fakes. if you do get them on ebay, make sure the seller includes the original box and not just the stupid pouch. Don't know if that makes them 100% legit, but i figure its harder to sell fake oakleys while including the original box.
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At least in terms of the "Minutes," they are the best fitting sunglass out there for me, and they have some really good features and patents. That being said, I think their durability really lacks when considering how much the things cost.

The M-frames may be a different story however, but I've gone through 3 pairs of $155 Oakly glasses dying on me before making the switch to something comprable for far less money.

I think their just kinda riding their name a little these days. Their designs are getting ridiculous and the clothing/shoe/backpack line is just goofy to me. But perhaps I'm just not the hipster I once was.
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I'd buy a pair. but I always break my sunglases, step on them, sit on them...
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I have also been using the M frame for a long time.. They are prone to cracking over time, but oakley has a good exchange policy.. I personally think the zeros are one of the best glasses they sell for general use and cycling..

http://oakley.com/o/o1233d

If you are looking for a pair of glasses of similar quality but less expensive, look at the Wiley X PT-1, they are great glasses and about 1/2 of the price of the M frames.. It is what is issued to our troops in Iraq/Afghanistan.

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Old 10-02-06, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by botto
have been wearing them since 1992. nuff said.
um, and...your point being**********?
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i have the half jackets. i lost the lens cleaner, and now use a bath towel to clean them, so they are a lil scratched up.
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No, yes and yes.

I have 3 pair of RX Oakley's. M-Frame, E-wire and Valves. The M-frames sucked and cracked. Sent back under warranty and cracked again under normal usage. I've crashed wearing the Valves and they've been thrown off my face and slid down pavement doing 20+mph SEVERAL times. Not a scratch. The E-wires I use for driving and are awesome.
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I prefer Rudy Project glasses for cycling because of the adjustable nose bridge. I wear Rydons and they're the best fitting glasses for my flat Asian face.

For casual glasses, I haven't seen anything that can beat the Oakley Wire series in terms of looks (a personal opinion, of course). I have polarized Whiskers for every day use and I love them. Got them from eBay, and they're authentic. You just need to find a reputable seller with solid, consistent feedback selling glasses.
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I hve 2 pairs of half jackets and i love them. You can see a difference between them and lower end glasses. Also you can send them back to Oalkey if you need the screws adjusted and stuff for free. they also happen to fit very well and are durable.
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I used m frames for a few years, they are good glasses. I was recently given a pair of performance quatro's for free, I use them more then the oakleys. I think they cost about $30 or so. They are lighter and I don't even notice I have them on. Oakleys are decent glasses, are they worth the price, maybe. But you don't have to spend $100+ for good glasses.

I do like the look of the half jackets though and thought about buying a pair.

Little Darwin hit the nail on the head with his reply to this thread.
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Originally Posted by bottohave been wearing them since 1992. nuff said.


Originally Posted by Socalcycling
um, and...your point being**********?

Dude, it's Bono...wait a minute...no he's not!
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I've had a few pairs of Oakleys over the years- Blades, e-wires and O-frames. They're nice glasses, good optics and comfy... I did find they didn't last as long as I'd like though. (and e-wires aren't really that good for cycling BTW)

I've got smiths now and while they still weren't cheap, they were still cheaper than Oakleys and they're holding up far better.
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Nahh, they Sux!
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Oakley Zero in G30 Black. OMG best shades EVAR!!

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You won't find many legit deals on Oakley--they have a pretty tight dealer/supply chain. I'd avoid eBay "deals", never know what you get.

As for being good cycling glasses, yes they are. The sweeps look a bit dorky IMO, but they provide excellent coverage.

Also take a look at Home Depot/Lowes for safety glasses that look amazingly like M frames for $8. They also provide the same UV protection (Don't buy the UVC garbage from Oakley--it's BS).
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i like this thread because it provided an alternative, the Wiley X PT-1, which i am currently investigating
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Originally Posted by SeanKimStyle
i have half jacket and i love it, i can't even tell i am wearing it.
+1
Also the half frame gives you an unobstructed view when you glance over your shoulder to check traffic.
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I currently have Half Jackets for cycling and a couple of "wires" for styling. The HJs are effective but I find them bulky and heavy. I had two of the original Zeros from the early 90's, which were the first to have the straight-behind-the-ear head wrap. They were light and airy, and had the detachable nose pieces.
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whats the boards opinion on race jackets? I dont see them mentioned much.
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I have had a couple pair of Oakleys. First pair lasted about 8 years and held up (lenses) remarkably well. The second pair held up about 4 or 5 months. Wasn't super happy with that experience but their customer service department does a good job taking care of the customer. If you are looking for a good deal try sierratradingpost.com. Here is a quick search for Oakley http://www.sierratradingpost.com/eui...d=10E0A7E1694D
I bought my most recent pair (the ones that broke) from this site, great customer service and they are an authorized retailer (warranty is backed up if purchased from them).
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