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post #31 of 53
How does Oakley compare to Revos in lens quality though?
post #32 of 53
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Originally Posted by tiecollector
All I know is that I bought some $100 Raybans about 3 months ago and in direct sunlight I still get a headache wearing them. I like their sleak style, but they are only slightly better than my $10 aviator knock off pair.

I will probably keep them around just for style purposes, but I will have to throw down the $300+ I think for a nicer pair with nicer lenses.
My suggestion: you could try a vintage ray ban from the 70's or 80's. They are of high quality. May be more than new ones ...
post #33 of 53
I live in SoCal and you have to wear sunglasses or your eyes get fried. I haven't tried the polorized type sunglasses yet. My favorite brand is Ray-Ban. After 70 years they are still going strong. I'm even digging their new "Never Hide" campaign. I caught their video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-prfAENSh2k. Its pretty cool... their is a guy catching glasses with his face.
post #34 of 53
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How does Oakley compare to Revos in lens quality though?

I only had one pair of Revos and their polarization sucked. I'd put Oakley right up there with Maui Jims and Costa Del Mar. Porsche Carrera Design are incredibly incredible shades and worth the $400 or $500 per pair if, unlike me, you don't trash/lose 3 or 4 pair every year.
post #35 of 53
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I only had one pair of Revos and their polarization sucked. I'd put Oakley right up there with Maui Jims and Costa Del Mar. Porsche Carrera Design are incredibly incredible shades and worth the $400 or $500 per pair if, unlike me, you don't trash/lose 3 or 4 pair every year.

See, this is my problem - I burn through shades so fast through mis-use, carelessness and theft that I just can't see spending more than $20 at a time on a pair!
post #36 of 53
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See, this is my problem - I burn through shades so fast through mis-use, carelessness and theft that I just can't see spending more than $20 at a time on a pair!

Yeah, me too. A couple of gas stations around here sell a brand called Microlite that have good polarized lenses and decent construction for $20. If you can find them I highly recommend them. I wear my Oakleys on the street when I really care about how i look and all my others are specialized for fishing, hunting, etc.
post #37 of 53
Hmm...interesting. I'll keep an eye out. I'm also thinking about getting some Persols, slash dropping hints since I have a birthday coming up and my girlfriend has a wicked celeb-crush on Daniel Craig... What's their build quality/toughness like?
post #38 of 53
Keep in mind that Ray-Ban, Revo, Persol, and Serengetti are now all owned by Luxotica. I don't know if this will affect their customer service but I have heard several complaints about Ray-Ban after their sale went down. I just picked up a pair of these:
post #39 of 53
just to weigh in quickly, because this thread had helped me shop...

Went on a week long sailing trip in the BVI. Maui Jim's were the best lenses at the sunglass store i visited before hand. Didn't much care for the packaging or the stylized logo on the lenses but when all was said and done, it was the MJ's that i wanted to be behind for a week in the sun. They were an excellent vacation choice.
post #40 of 53
I got a newer pair of Ray-Ban Aviator and a vintage Ray-Ban pair from the 80's inherited from my wifes late uncle. B-man is rigth the old ones are so great.
post #41 of 53
i don't know how they compare to each other. I do own Oakley's 1 of them is polarized which was quite pricey, but the optics are quite good. I'm looking for new shades though, but i can't figure out which one to buy. Any suggestions?
post #42 of 53
Opinions on Reptile sunglasses, anyone?
post #43 of 53
+1 for Revo
post #44 of 53
I personally wear Revos and used to sell Maui Jims. I also currently sell Oakleys and Raybans.

Revo and Maui Jim are going to have some of the best optics in comparison to the other brands mentioned. They both primarily use glass which is optically superior to the polycarbonate lenses you'll find in other brands. This doesn't mean that Oakley doesn't make good sunglasses, but from an optics standpoint, Revo and Maui Jim are better. Rayban does have glass lenses and there are other manufactures that offer glasses lenses but their optics don't match Revo or Maui Jim. The coatings used in the lenses makes a tremendous difference and that is also what sets the Revos and Mauis apart from other sunglasses with glass lenses.

My guess is that most of the people haven't actually lived with glass lenses so don't realize the difference that exists.

I'm not familiar with Reptile but they state their lenses are lighter than traditional glass lenses. This means they're either polycarb or they are a thin glass. If they are actually glass, perhaps you would be happy with the optics.

In regards to Oliver Peoples and other high end fashion frames, they usually use polycarb lenses and won't have the same optics as Revo and Maui Jim. When it comes to optics, it doesn't matter how expensive, popular or stylish the frames are. It's the lenses that matter.
post #45 of 53
Another vote for Revos. Mine are pre-Luxotica buyout though, so I can´t say whether their quality has held up.

Having had Bolle and other polycarbonite goes, I prefer Oakleys, though I always reach for my glass Revos unless I´m playing sports.
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