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I have no idea but highly doubt that they have the safety features that Oakleys have, but I am not using them for anything but driving and walking around town. More precisely, I bought them because my wife likes to "borrow" those glasses and doesn't look after them at all. The original lenses have nice teeth marks from where the dogs started chewing after she left them within their reach. These new lenses were cheap so I don't really care if she wrecks them.
Besides, I am working on getting a pair of Jawbones right now, so these Halfjackets really will be spares.
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Starting from scratch...
There's a third, as well, and that's quality control. When Oakley makes a pallet of glasses (like ~1000 pairs), they pull 20 finished pairs of the pallet and hand test them for clarity, balance, etc. If ANY of those 20 pairs fails, the WHOLE pallet is destroyed.
As with anything, you are paying a lot for incremental improvements. A 5% improvement is color acuity, for example, is not going to up the price 5%.
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I just came across this thread after trying to find some reviews on the Samvette or VL lenses.
Can anyone recommend either one bases on visual clarity?
I own several pair of Oakleys with scratched lenses and I'd like to find a cheaper alternative, but I'm extremely picky about the clarity of the lens. I have yet to find anyone who makes lenses cheaper than Oakley with the same standards for clarity. Has anyone noticed any imperfections or "waves" in the replacement lenses from Samvette or VL?
After a batch of XYZ lenses FAILS inside Oakley, they ship across the street to Dragon. Dragon still uses XYZ optics. With that said, Dragons can offer the exact same quality as Oakley, but their brand has taken more of a "surfer" free spirit form and they don't make performance racing frames.
I learned this through a Oakley-laser-head, demonstrating that with nearly every optic on the market, when our eyes look through “all other” lenses, our brain has to correct its own vision. Let me break it down: When you look through Oakley lenses, your eyes WILL NOT have to correct themselves. This is not something you manually do, but rather, it's normal for our eyes to automatically adjust. If your brain is always automatically adjusting your vision, you can get a headache or worse...
With that said, you only get one set of eyes and Oakley takes very good care of them.
I would consider "Poly-carb-mock-up-lenses" for trail running or working with my wood tools where I will only use them to keep from getting whacked in the eye. Anything cycling or fast moving (or fishing) "I will only use my Oakley lenses!!!"
Please, NEVER use anything but Oakley when protecting against the sun because you will pay the price. And, if you understand how Polarized can adversely affect our vision, you will only use Oakley Polarized lenses as a means to cut glare. (Polarized lenses are best for water, Lifeguards, Surfers, Boaters, Yakers, Fishing etc.) I can't see why anyone would use Polarized lenses on land. (They make my eyes buzz...)