Will .
Aug 22, 2005 10:25 AM
Hey, so general question..
How many scratches do you guys "tolerate" on a lens before you deem it necessary to buy new ones and change them out.

Personally, if I cant see the scratches while wearing the sunglasses and if no one can tell that they are scratched within 12 inches, I keep them.

Aug 22, 2005 12:13 PM
My Oakleys are not scratched, so.. :)
Rick (The Doctor) Fawcett
Aug 22, 2005 1:40 PM
I had a scratch once.
jake young
Aug 22, 2005 2:26 PM
Depends on the use and the lens

I don’t wear my colored lens (fire, red, blue iridium) as much as gray and black iridium. Gray and black iridium don't seem to show scratches as much as others.

In addition, if I go Mt biking I usually wear a particular gray M frame lens because of the potential to hit braches on the trail, right level of shading, it has a little wear on it and in is cheaper compared to iridium lenses
Chuck J
Aug 22, 2005 3:51 PM
If it's on the very corner I'll ignore it. If it's anywhere within the field of view they need to be replaced. Crap happins if you rutenely wear your glasses but I try extremely hard to not let them get smudged let alone scratched.
Chuck J
Aug 22, 2005 3:52 PM
Looking at my last post I now realize why I teach band and not English.
Philip Barket
Aug 22, 2005 5:03 PM
A few of mine have the little swirly scratches that don't really effect the look or vision so I let them go. If I have a chance for new lenses I may take it then. The only really bad scratch that I ever had was on my original Feul Jackets and I left it go since it wasn;t in the range of vision. But again, knowing what I know now, it can be pretty easy to get lenses if you feel you need it replaced.
sees you
Aug 22, 2005 6:28 PM
I have a pair of Trench Coats that have a dog bite, a few scratches, & a good sized section where the Iridium is rubbing off but, amazingly, all are out of field of view (they are very big lenses after all) so I still wear them. Otherwise, if it's a display pair I'll tolerate a few scratches especially if it's from Ebay
Wilson Ng
Aug 22, 2005 9:38 PM
the Emerald Iridium lenses on my A-Wire Thick aren't looking so good, both lenses has scratches and the left side has an Iridium chip. i've tried to tolerate with it for a long time now, but it's been bothering me now to a point that this morning i called Oakley's customer service and will have the glasses sent in for a frame/lens inspection. the frames itself aren't in very good shape anyway. they're the 1st generation long unobtanium earstems, but hopefully they'll replace it with a brand new 2.0 version... which i totally won't mind for the cost of new Emerald Iridium lenses ($60).
Brian Johnson
Aug 22, 2005 9:42 PM
I think Jake has it right. If you're using them for something where they'll probably get scratched, scratches won't matter. If they're for sitting on the shelf, that matters.
Paul Loe
Aug 22, 2005 9:56 PM
yeap. when you wear your oakleys, they'll more than probably get scratched sooner or later. mine got scratches too, one have it right on the middle of line of sight. but as long as it does not bother vision, then i'm wearing it.

as for a collector's item, i think it's nice to reserve a pair that sits in the cabinet without being ever worn outside.
Mike Martone
Aug 22, 2005 9:58 PM
I generally only replace lenses if the scratches effect vision, or look really bad from a foot or two away. I can tolerate plenty of light iridium scratches, but once a scratch gets into the lens bed, it's history.
american image
science wrapped in art dealer
Aug 23, 2005 12:30 AM
i am very lucky when it comes to scratches, i've had none so far (knock on wood ) , The only time i had a "dent"in my heater lens , was when i was MTB-ing and got hit by a stone
and i stopped using that lens , because it was in vision-area
jake young
Aug 23, 2005 8:25 AM
Good to have other MTB-ers here but how did that happen? You turned a corner and the rock jumped at you.
And a dent, I have bent m frames lens before but never dented them.

I think we need a photo of that ;)
american image
science wrapped in art dealer
Aug 23, 2005 6:21 PM
I don't know how else to call it , we were riding gravel , and a stone hit the lens, Did you ever see the lenses that were shot on purpose by oakley ? kinda like that, but less worse ( is that good english )
sees you
Aug 23, 2005 8:07 PM
I believe the correct english is more better

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