Just for some perspective, I'd like to repost some older threads. The first is from 2007, only a few years into this site, and almost a decade ago. Almost three times as much time have passed vs the time we were chatting while Oakley was still owned by Jim. Yet here we still are. And it would be several more years before there were really any more fans sites or social media groups. It is comforting to see that we're the only ones who really went through the transitions, and still the conversation here is level-headed.
Then move to 2009 which is still ages ago, and there's a fair sense of "it really wasn't that bad". Granted a lot of the changes do finally seem to be hitting from a management perspective, and the future is still a little nebulous, but cries that the sky is falling have been landing for 9+ years now, so I'll opt to just sit back and see how things end up.
It will be cool to see what Jim comes up with, but it took him 10 years to produce more than grips and goggles, and another 10 years before they released more than one model per year. The only real tragedy at this time is the layoffs of employees who loved working there. Visitin 1 Icon was cool, but 94 Icon was a close second. It seemed like a really nice place to be.