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Old June 20th, 2004, 02:50 PM
ronward ronward is offline
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Oakley or Vuarnet?

Snapped a pair of mid-size black Vuarnet cats this morning. Need to replace. I'm a bit of a conservative, always wearing the Ray Ban aviator (in college) and recently the Vuarnet. Think Oakley might be my next purchase. Anyone?
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Old June 20th, 2004, 08:52 PM
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Oakley man!

These are my newest eyeglasses:

http://oakley.com/catalog/colors/eye...titanium_clear

These are my new sunglasses for work:

http://oakley.com/catalog/colors/eye...dium_polarized

And these are my newest sunglasses for pleasure:

http://oakley.com/catalog/colors/eye...dium_polarized
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Old June 21st, 2004, 12:25 AM
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I grew up with the Ray Ban Aviator Outdoorsman. I had both perscription clear and tinted lenses. Once I got older though I started to break the cable temples too often. At $45 per temple it just got out of hand so I switched to Oakley in the mid 1990's.

At the time it was a big mistake. I went though several pairs of e-jackets that broke at the temple. Who knows, maybe I have a big head? Anyhow - I switched to Smith. Smith worked great - no breakages and all in all worked very well, but eventually wore out.

Last year I settled again on Oakley (this time the Half Jacket XLG) and could not be more happy. They have lasted a years worth of abuse and mistreatment with no breakages. The comforting fact is that even if they do fail (which they will), most good retailers carry spare parts in stock and at a reasonable cost.

I say go Oakley and if they do not have a style you like, go Smith.
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Old June 21st, 2004, 06:10 AM
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Vuarnet?

Why support the French?
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Old June 21st, 2004, 07:24 AM
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No kidding. The Vuarnets I had for several years, so they benefited long before their most obnoxious escapades.

Maybe the oakleys will make me look more like the true inner Delta Force warrior I am....
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Old June 21st, 2004, 09:46 AM
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Man, Vuarnet takes me back to high school & the mid-80's. Nice shades, though. I just picked up a pair of polarized Bolle's a few months ago for about a hundred bucks. Very nice shades. Also have the ubiquitous Oakley wrap-arounds for throwing in a pack for outdoor action. Just sent them back to the factory for the second time since 1996 for repair/replacement at a nominal fee ($22). Oakley customer service rocks.
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Old June 21st, 2004, 10:01 AM
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Old June 21st, 2004, 10:46 AM
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Hmm, I was looking for something a bit less Boba Fett.
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Old June 21st, 2004, 11:09 AM
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I much prefer the metal framed Oakleys to the plastic framed Oakleys, although I have had several plastic framed Oakleys do their jobs admirably.

I currently own a set of Zeros and a set of Straight Jackets. Both of these have been to hell and back over the 2 years I've owned 'em and the the only wear and tear are some minor scratches on the lenses.

Now that my eye insurance carrier is stepping up to the plate, I can afford to get some nice new polarized Oakleys.

I'd say that any new set of sunglasses you look at should be polarized. Once you go polarized, you'll never go back to standard sunglasses.
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Old June 21st, 2004, 11:12 AM
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I still regulary wear my rectangular aviators and really like their styling and in-control vibe, but the lenses and frame are so thin that they aren't terribly effective at blocking enough light if I'm not also wearing a hat. Plus, they fall off my face all the time.

I've always had Oakleys for backpacking and biking and climbing and such and they are comfortable and lightweight, but they break a lot and the appearance leaves much to be desired.

For the ultimate blend of styling, comfort and function, afficionados chose Persol.

I just picked up my latest pair (2692S) while in Barcelona. They're normally pretty pricey but if you travel to Italy or elsewhere in the EU or even just find a deal online you can get them cheaply.

Just a warning if you do buy Persols online: As with Gucci and other quality Italian glasses, there are TONS of fakes out there so I'd only buy from an authorized dealer. If you think you're buying glasses for $90, you're buying a knock off.
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Old June 21st, 2004, 11:27 AM
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Oh man, you talk about Oakley's design leaving a lot to be desired?



What's up with the pimp design on the hinges? I hope you got the polarized version (2692s95/48).

I'm not much into the plastic frames anymore, but I'd much rather wear something like this.
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Old June 21st, 2004, 11:43 AM
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Oakley or Vuarnet? How about a third option. Check out the Silouette Titan Minimal Art:









As crazy as it sounds, NASA actually issues these sunglases to Shuttle and ISS crews. Check out the details at:

http://www.sti.nasa.gov/tto/spinoff2002/ch_2.html

and

http://www.silhouette.com/en/company...dex.asp?bhcp=1

These non-allergenic titanium frames might go well with an X-33 and ThinkPad.
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Old June 21st, 2004, 11:47 AM
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I'm on board with the titanium frame, and I'm digging the rimless frame, but I've never been a big fan of the flexible earpieces for the simple reason that it's very difficult to put those glasses on with one hand.
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Old June 21st, 2004, 12:32 PM
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I'll have these up in space as soon as that new space plane opens to the public:

http://www.eyeglasses.com/product/999002358-999002358
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Old June 21st, 2004, 01:51 PM
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sierra trading post has 4 pages of glasses on clearance. Some high end some bubble gum pimp.

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/xq/...st_display.htm

including various Nikon ones that look pretty nice.

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/xq/...qx/product.htm


or maybe these Smiths
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/xq/...qx/product.htm
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Old June 21st, 2004, 02:32 PM
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Checkin' out women's clothing again, eh Rob?
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Old June 21st, 2004, 02:38 PM
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I think I'll take ride over to my local optical source and try on a few pair. I bought a pair of Maui Jim shades online once thinking they would be great. They were enormous. Way out of proportion for my noggin'. For now, I'll be sporting the tarnished Ray Ban Sportsman with wrap temples.

I can't wait to get home and hear my wife say "Negative Ghost Rider, the pattern is full."
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Old June 21st, 2004, 02:44 PM
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Craig,

I currently have Fives and had two other pairs before hand.

http://www.expeditionexchange.com/ics2/110-1096_IMG.jpg

I've had all sorts of Jackets as well and before that various Razor Blades, Ewire and Frogskins. The only Oakleys that didn't break were the Frogskins. After a while I've just gotten over the sport-techno-futurist look and I'm into something a little more timeless. First the Ray-Bans now the Persols. I'm also pretty down on plastic lenses.

I've had all sorts of different polarized lenses, can't say they make a huge difference to me, other then when sailing. With the 2692S the polarized lense didn't seem dark enough for me so I went with the regular glass.

The hinges are the best part man! You and I are on different flight paths.

"Which way did he go??!!"
"Which way did WHO go??!!"

John,

If you must post your NASA photos can you try to limit the shots where the crewmembers are wearing hawaiian shirts and no pants.
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Old June 21st, 2004, 02:46 PM
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Ron,

There is no greater zen then the simultaneous posting of Top Gun quotes on the EE BBS. We need to get the all-silver "Sundowner" style aviators!!!

I feel the need...
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Old June 21st, 2004, 02:51 PM
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Don't forget the mirror finish on the lenses!
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Old June 21st, 2004, 02:52 PM
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those are the very ones of which I speak.

I don't know if I've got what it takes to back those up though.
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Old June 21st, 2004, 03:01 PM
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Another consideration I put into buying my sunglasses are impact protection.

This probably doesn't matter to most, but I need my work sunglasses to protect my eyes from a baseball moving at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

I was thrilled when Oakley started producing polarized lenses, because I knew it would be some form of polycarbonate lens instead of the glass that traditional polarized lenses utilize.
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Old June 21st, 2004, 03:06 PM
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if people are throwing baseballs at you, maybe you should stop pissing them off instead of hiding behind your polycarbonate lenses

seriously, impact protection is key - after I had an aviator lense shatter, I don't let any glass near my face (Dos Equis bottles excepted)

Mirrored shades rule. Coolhand Luke style is timeless.
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Old June 21st, 2004, 03:12 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by blue
if people are throwing baseballs at you, maybe you should stop pissing them off instead of hiding behind your polycarbonate lenses

I'm not afraid of baseballs that are thrown at me... it's the ones that come off the bat I'm scared to death of...


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Old June 21st, 2004, 04:27 PM
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...the need for speed."
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