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Anyone have experience with aftermarket Oakley Juliet lenses?

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by Apec, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. Apec


    Oct 30, 2007
    I've seen a couple around that aren't made by Oakley. Some are polarized, some are offered in colors that Oakley doesn't offer. If any of you have used them, how's their fit/finish, durability, and optical quality compared to the original lenses?


    Jan 18, 2009
    No but I am interested. The Oakleys are not available polarized and I am due for a rebuild. Where did you see the polarised ones?
  3. Ken C.

    Ken C. Jack of all trades, master of none. Staff Member Super Mod

    Jun 14, 2000
    You are going to put an after-market set of lenses in your Oakley's?!!! Are you insane? You should just get rid of your Oakley's. You don't deserve them.

    The after-market lenses are nowhere near as clear and optically correct as the originals. And the fit and finish? You'll be lucky if you get them to fit properly.

    Suck it up and buy the originals because if you buy after-market lenses and damage your frames you're SOL because you just voided your warranty.
  4. Apec


    Oct 30, 2007
    Which makers are you referring to? There's a couple makers out there - does this apply to all of them? The aftermarket lenses aren't that cheap, but with the current price of new OEM polarized black/VR28's, I can almost buy a pair of gascans or half jackets.

    As for frame damage, considering the juliets use a t6 driver to unhinge the frame, I'm not too worried about that. As long as I'm not putting a dremel to the frame, I don't think any damage would occur.

    Linegear, Walleva, and Visionary Lenses are the brands from what I've seen so far. Linegears are about as expensive as the OEM Oakley lenses, though they do have other colors. I tried to find reviews on everything, but I haven't found enough to form a conclusion, though what I've already seen seems to be positive. I guess the aftermarket crowd doesn't have a habit of posting online.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2010
  5. xbxb

    xbxb Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 23, 2005
    What do those look like?
  6. Apec


    Oct 30, 2007
    They should look like ordinary Oakley lenses if they're offering the same colors (i.e. black). There are other colors, i.e. red/green/aqua/purple that Oakley doesn't readily offer as replacements. Personally, I'm not after those. I own a plasma frame with fire iridium, and while they look great, I think they stand out a bit too much and I'd rather have black or VR28.

    I'm not worried about durability - just as long as these things don't crack during handling, which I doubt will happen. Yes it's great that Oakley lenses are ANSI rated, but if I'm going somewhere where there's a good chance something is going to hit me in the face at high velocity, I will wear my Revision Sawfly's instead of letting 300$ sunglasses take the hit.

    So I went through Exovista's ebay profile, looked at their feedback, and in the last month they only had two neutral (out of 120 deals) saying that fit wasn't perfect, though it wasn't unfixable. They make a lot of sales, but I cannot find a single in depth review of any aftermarket lens on the web, though I do see on occasion posts on other forums mentioning them. I have not found any other complaints regarding durability/optical quality, so I guess it's YMMV on this one.
  7. Echo63


    Oct 22, 2004
    I am also interested in the aftermarket lenses
    I have got a pair of plasma frames with ice blue lenses, and a pair of carbon frames with black iridium lenses
    Was thinking about putting either a polarized, or lighter tinted lens in the plasma frames for days when I need polarization or in winter when I don't need a hell dark lens
  8. mrkevn


    Jan 29, 2012

    I've bought a pair of Walleva gold polarized lenses for a flak jacket XLJ Oakley. I went to run and finally use these lenses three days ago. It was a bit unconfortable, put at first I did not realized why.I was suspecting it has a slight correction effect due to it's not so accurate curvature, which caused me a little headache after training.
    It happened again yesterday, when I used to test it for the 2nd time. Its focus and vision were not so accurate. Headache again ! Today i put the old original ones and went to run. No problem .

    Either, a drop of sweat left two days ago caused a definitive mark in the glasses, which were only cleaned with fresh water to clean sweat and then the proper cloth to finish cleaning it.

    At last, its less thick than original oakley's one, causing a little swing inside the frame.

    This brand isnt really trustable. You can have some eye injure using it for a long time.

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