I need to replace some very beat up Oakley Half-Jacket 2.0 standard lenses.  Revant (formerly Visionary Lenses) has a well-built website and actually had an excellent blog writeup about the differences between 2.0 standard, 2.0 XL, and 2.0 XLJ lenses, which blows away anything I've seen on the Oakley website.

There are a couple of reviews out there flaming the replacement lenses, but they're written at the level of a third grader so I hope someone has firsthand scoop on their viability as a lower-cost option.

It is better that they do it imperfectly than that you do it perfectly. For it is their war and their country and your time here is limited.

 

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Yeah, I've bought a couple sets for some Wire Frames I had....there was a noticeably different tint than the original lenses had, although that might be because I ordered them that way, I don't remember...the lenses were clear, no distortion, and fit in the frames well.   I will be ordering some Flak Jacket XLJ lenses here pretty quick.  I've been happy with what I've bought.  

Sometimes there's not much difference between the Oakley mil/gov pricing and Revant for lenses.  

 

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Have a set for my very old, half jackets 1.0's that Oakley stopped making.  I like them a lot and have worn the heck out of them, running, hiking, shooting,etc.  That said, I still would have ordered from Oakley if they had still been available.

I prefer Oakley's polarized lenses over any other company's.

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I ordered some extra pairs of lens for my Half Jackets when I went to Afghanistan.  Decent quality but a bit more susceptible to scratching. 

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I have a set for my original Half Jackets that Oakley doesn't make lenses for anymore. OK lense for the price, but clarity is not up to Oakley standards. Fit the frames just fine, so they are better than my old scratched up lenses, but I would buy Oakley replacement lenses if they were still available. I would stick with OEM replacement lenses since they still make them for the Half Jacket 2.0.

 

"....it seemed like a good idea at the time."

SROB, what model did you order from their line? I have a set of half jackets that need a new pair of lenses and have been considering this option. 

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Originally Posted by DocGKR:

       
This is why LE in some areas would be better served with belt fed weapons and flame throwers...

       

Joined: 5.23.2009
Location: WA/ Canadian border

I have a set of their polarized lenses for my Gascans.  They are nice, but seriously limit what you can see on electronics screens.  I had to get a replacement screen on my phone and I cannot see my screen at all while wearing them, unless I turn my phone sideways.  I've had that happen with two different model MDC screens as well (older Panasonic Toughbook and General Dynamics).  If I ordered again, I would not get polarized from them.

Second Shift - Raising your kids since 1892.

Do you attribute that to polorized in general or to revants quality (lack there of?) ?  I vaguely remember getting distortion on screens with my last set of Oakley polarized but it's been a few years. 

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Originally Posted by DocGKR:

       
This is why LE in some areas would be better served with belt fed weapons and flame throwers...

       

Joined: 5.23.2009
Location: WA/ Canadian border

Hard to say.  Might be the new screen on my phone or the poor/old screens on the MDC.  From what I've heard you can get similar distortion with Oakley lenses on those types of items also.  Since it seems these might be a little more susceptible to distortion, I would go Oakley if I wanted polarized.

Second Shift - Raising your kids since 1892.

I just order three sets of lenses from them for some Bottle Rockets, not polarized.  There are no weird ripples or shapes and they seem to be of good quality.  They are noticeably thinner  than Oakley lenses, however they fit tight and seamlessly in my frames.  I've only had them a week or so, but if I had to order some more I would.

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I've ordered a few sets of different shades off Amazon for my Fuel Cell sunglasses. I just picked up polarized set and they work fine. 

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I found that their Black Iridium version of the Oakley lenses absolutely will not hold up to salt water.  I wore mine into the Gulf of Mexico, and with nothing more than submersion, the shiny stuff started coming off.  Lens clarity was was affected strangely enough, but they look incredibly mottled from the front.

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Mercy posted:

I just order three sets of lenses from them for some Bottle Rockets, not polarized.  There are no weird ripples or shapes and they seem to be of good quality.  They are noticeably thinner  than Oakley lenses, however they fit tight and seamlessly in my frames.  I've only had them a week or so, but if I had to order some more I would.

I've been meaning to update this thread. Mercy' s experience is pretty much mine.

i bought a pair of brown lenses for my old pair of half jackets. I wear them running and sweat like a whore in church on Sunday but they still seem good as new.

if your choice is throwing an old set of frames out or buying these, I'd most certainly recommend them...

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SBR99 posted:

I have a set of their polarized lenses for my Gascans.  They are nice, but seriously limit what you can see on electronics screens.  I had to get a replacement screen on my phone and I cannot see my screen at all while wearing them, unless I turn my phone sideways.  I've had that happen with two different model MDC screens as well (older Panasonic Toughbook and General Dynamics).  If I ordered again, I would not get polarized from them.

That's the nature of electronics screens and polarized lenses. One way is clear, the other is f'd. Apple changed the polarity orientation of their phones a few years ago because it was set up to be clear in a portrait orientation but many people read in the landscape direction and you couldn't see shit. They changed it so now it's clear in landscape. 

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So I ended up with two sets of these mid last month in preparation for a two week vacation in the sea of Cortez/ Baja. I got the green polarized fishing lenses which took my eyes a lot of time to get used to. They have a deep blue that fades into a brown/maroon. They gave me headaches for the first day or two and I felt like I was wearing 3D glasses at first, once my eyes got used to them I don't mind them and will wear them for our Cloudy PNW spring days. The other set I got was the black iridium. They are a bit darker than the Oakleys which is why I started with wearing the green. Both sets work fine, I noticed a very slight rattle left to right in one lense but it didn't bother me. Everything stayed secure and they're just as much of a pain in the butt to swap as the oakleys. I didn't have any issues with salt water delaminating the lense. I will buy more as needed.  At $30 for polarized lenses I have yet to find another pair of sunglasses as comfortable as the half/flack jackets sub $75 which makes it a pretty easy decision. 

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Originally Posted by DocGKR:

       
This is why LE in some areas would be better served with belt fed weapons and flame throwers...

       

Joined: 5.23.2009
Location: WA/ Canadian border

Late to the thread, but I've been using these as replacements for a few pairs of older Oakleys frames for the last few years.  Super price point and I've actually found them to be quite a bit more durable than stock Oakley lenses of recent (last 5 years) manufacture.  Both scratch resistance AND clarity-wise.  

Given how dark they are, I'll probably opt for non-polarized versions if I need to order again, but I'm NOT kind to my glasses and these have held up super well, so I'm not sure when that'll be.  I've got them in 3 different frame styles and fit/function has been excellent in all three.      

FWIW.

 

 

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Based on the recommendations here, I purchased a set of Half Jacket 2.0 Stealth Black, and a set ofPolarized Slate Gray.   They fit well and I don't notice a change in tint between the old and new.  

They seem worth the money, and the addition of a carry/cleaning bag is a nice touch.

It is better that they do it imperfectly than that you do it perfectly. For it is their war and their country and your time here is limited.

 

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The lenses I bought two years ago are still going strong.  I’ve dropped my glasses a few times and they’ve held in place fine.

I have not got them wet with chlorinated water like I did with the Oakleys (causing the de-lamination of the OEM lenses), but they’ve had plenty of sweat drip onto the surface.  All in all, it was a good purchase.

It is better that they do it imperfectly than that you do it perfectly. For it is their war and their country and your time here is limited.

 

                                                                                                                        —T. E. Lawrence

 

 

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I kind of did a double take when I saw this thread pop up again - looked back and saw I originally posted here  in April, 2017...

Well, the Revant lenses I bought back in 2016 are still in my old Oakley's and they are still going strong. No ripples, scratches, or marks and I'm pretty hard on my glasses. Running mountain biking, and just living in Phoenix means they get used...a lot.

Can't reccomend these lenses enough...

I'm not a devious man by nature, but when you're unarmed, your tactics might got to be downright Archimedian

 

 

I wish I could say the same for my factory nose pads.  I just lost one from my second replacement set.  It’s annoying as hell.

It is better that they do it imperfectly than that you do it perfectly. For it is their war and their country and your time here is limited.

 

                                                                                                                        —T. E. Lawrence

 

 

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jcustisredux posted:

I wish I could say the same for my factory nose pads.  I just lost one from my second replacement set.  It’s annoying as hell.

Yeah.  I have several sets of M Frames that I use to shoot and whatnot.  If I forget and leave them on the dash the earpieces and nose pads turn into a greasy sticky mess.  I hate that shit.  I don't have any that still have the ear pieces, and I need a nose pad for another.  Annoying as hell.  I don't know what material they make them out of but sunlight melts the shit out of it.  

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MAC19D posted:
jcustisredux posted:

I wish I could say the same for my factory nose pads.  I just lost one from my second replacement set.  It’s annoying as hell.

Yeah.  I have several sets of M Frames that I use to shoot and whatnot.  If I forget and leave them on the dash the earpieces and nose pads turn into a greasy sticky mess.  I hate that shit.  I don't have any that still have the ear pieces, and I need a nose pad for another.  Annoying as hell.  I don't know what material they make them out of but sunlight melts the shit out of it.  

My experience with Revant lenses has shown that the lenses have distinct LINES horizontally across the lens from whatever material they apply to the lens.

I don’t notice the lines with normal wear, but 100 f + and the material has visibly separated and stayed separated.

These are their Revant Elite line of lenses...  

 

~Will

 




 

 

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Yikes.  That’s pretty...un-elite for sure.

It is better that they do it imperfectly than that you do it perfectly. For it is their war and their country and your time here is limited.

 

                                                                                                                        —T. E. Lawrence

 

 

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I've had a set for my Oakleys since about 2011 and they've been great. I've since got 2 more sets. I set had to be replaced due to abuse and the replacements held up well. If I had the issues that have popped up above I'd check with them and see how they are on returns/replacement for sure but mine have been trouble free. 

anubismp posted:

I've had a set for my Oakleys since about 2011 and they've been great. I've since got 2 more sets. I set had to be replaced due to abuse and the replacements held up well. If I had the issues that have popped up above I'd check with them and see how they are on returns/replacement for sure but mine have been trouble free. 

Lenses and rubber parts have a 365-day warranty.  They have been difficult to reach. 

~Will

 




 

 

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