Top positive review
4 people found this helpful
on October 8, 2012
These glasses are great. Glass lenses but still lighter than I expected being a long, long time Ray Ban owner. Clarity is amazing, polarization removes extra glare. The way these wrap, or curve on your face, I think most head sizes except the very small would enjoy them. I have a big dome and they look great on me.
I've read some users talk of these making a rattling noise. Only the nose pads - which are designed to move to conform to your nose - move, and it's barely audible. When you put them on, there is zero movement and zero noise. The frames feel tight, secure and well made in the extreme. I have a pair of $20 sunglasses with polarization that are modeled off of these Ray Ban Predator style glasses and although I love the cheaper pair, it's like night and day comparing the two. The Ray Bans are quality at the highest level.
I tend to take care of my expensive sunglasses and I have purchased 8 pairs since the late 1980's. 5 were Ray Bans, 2 were Oakleys and one pair from Serengeti. My Oakleys and Serengeti Drivers all lasted from one to 5 years (Serengeti's lasted 5 years). But the Oakleys didn't last even 4 years before I tired of replacing "sleeves' or nosepieces and both pairs saw their lenses become loose in their frames (too costly to replace after warranty expired). But strangely, I have all of my Ray Bans with only one pair needing to have a lens replaced from scratches (14 years old). I have relatives who swear by their Oakleys and that's great for them but for me, I will never pay top dollar for a pair of plastic lens glasses again. To be fair, Ray Ban's with glass lenses are usually heavier and sometimes too heavy for folks. But pairs like these I'm reviewing are extremely light thanks to their minimalist frame style. And I realize that both lenses do have their attributes. Plastic has less weight and is usually more impact resistant while glass are clearer and more scratch resistant (anti scratch coatings can help on plastic lenses), in my opinion. But for me, glass gets another point for durability.
Again, for me, plastic will never achieve the optical clarity you get from quality glass lenses (I know my Oakley wearing friends will disagree)and when I asked a professional they said it's a moot point because while plastic will indeed never reach the same level of clarity, the difference is barely noticable. The quality of my purchases over a hundred dollars then is defined by durability and as stated above, Ray Bans last longer. If you buy Ray Bans, and if you take care of them, they will last, literally, decades. And if you choose a quality model, they will never go out of style.