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17 people found this helpful
on February 18, 2012
This Review is for the Fives squared "Ducati" glasses with polarized lenses.
I must say I love these glasses and feel that they rank among the best frames I've used, even better than some of the other metal framed Oakley's too. Now before you get your pitchforks and torches! Please hear me out as to WHY I like them, THEN feel free to burn me.
Firstly, they're comfortable... I have a big head (not my fault, I blame genetics!) and the shape and construction of the frame accommodates my face so well that at times I forget that I'm wearing them. They don't fit loosely, they fit snug, and this is because the frames expands slightly while gently applying tension to sides of my head effectively hugging it, plus they're very, very light. Considering that I enjoy mountain biking in winding singletrack trails often and the fact that these frames hold on and feel comfortable is pretty slick. They've yet to fly off my face. I think if your head is medium to large then these frames will suit you just fine. Realistically though, your results may vary.
Secondly, they look great. The Ducati model in particular features a Ducati red "O" on the side along with a nice matte black paint coating the frame. Another added touch is the mirrored smoked "plutonite" lenses along with a "ducati" laser etching on the lower part of the left lens. With the exception mirror coating the added touches are strictly aesthetic...but still pretty sick.
Thirdly but most importantly, the lens quality... Oakley in my opinion has always delivered the best in the lens quality department consistently. Once you've worn Oakley's (in case you haven't) other glasses tend to seem muddy in lens comparison whether it may of be $10 "gas station" quality, or in my experience, the $200 designer (I'm looking at you Bolle!). I simply love these lenses, and if you can, go for the polarized. The equiped lenses are on the darker tint so I find them very effective on sunny bright days, and the clarity and contrast is amazing! Aw Heck, it may just be the Oakley Kool-Aid talking, but I do feel you do get what you pay for as far as the lens quality goes.
Lastly I can vouch for the durability. For example, just the other day I carelessly left the frames close to the edge on my night stand, which in turn led to them falling on the floor, which in turn led to me inadvertently stepping on them. I didn't apply my whole weight, but just enough to hear an audible "pop". After much expletives I was relieved to find out that only the leg popped out and that was easily reattached (I wished that would've been the case with my Spy's when I stepped on them too...). So yeah they're tough, but I certainly don't think these glasses are indestructible and I feel I got off easy that time so caution is encouraged, they're glasses after all.
In short despite the price I'm very happy with my purchase, and while looks may be subjective these do look hella dope.