I was excited for Oakley's with Spring Hinges and as soon as these were released I was trying them. When the new E and Square had came out I found them to be very tight, rigid and small compared to the older looser frames and the C Wire made it all better. Still a small wire, but a great fit. A round option for those who didn't like the A Wire. I did find the spring to be too loose at times though and the overall coverage wasn't the best. Workable for driving and being out and about.
Platinum/Tungsten polarized custom cut.
Ti Pewter/VR28 Blue polarized.
Bang on PaulT00.
Especially re: nosebridge positioning for proper fit and coverage.
Very comfortable spring-hinge fit.
The tiny orbitals mean these are style over function.
Frame/Lens: Titanium/Black Iridium (with spare Titanium Iridium lenses all scratched up); Dark Carbon/Black Iridium; Platinum/Emerald Iridium; Silver/Ruby Iridium; Titanium/Emerald Iridium Polarized
I've managed to amass a small collection of these while waiting for the holy grail (the Ti/Emerald Pol combo) to appear. I love them. The Ruby pair get most wear, possibly because I see these as a fashion statement and the gen 1 ruby lenses are quite an arresting sight. (I have E-wire 2.1s in ruby too, and they're noticeably more orange rather than red). The coverage isn't amazing, but depending on head size and shape you may find that the smallish orbitals almost fit in your eye sockets - which they do for me. They're very similar to the A-wire 2.0 in that respect, but easier to wear due to the spring hinges which make for a very adaptable fit. I find that it can take a while to find the correct setting of the nosebridge, but once set they're very comfortable. The Ti frame construction is different from the 'normal' C5 frames, the lens screws are in a different location etc and they feel quite different to wear as well as much lighter. As with almost anything over a few years old, Oakley have no parts for these so if you break them you're out of luck. The Ti/Emerald Polarized combo is amazing, but due to their extreme rarity and irreplaceable/irreparable nature they rarely come out to play. That's OK though - I have lots of other Emerald Pol lensed options I can wear instead which aren't quite so difficult to find!
Lens: Polarized Emerald Iridium
The C Wires feature an elegant, yet simple design combined with a unisex style. For this configuration, the pure titanium frames seem to almost float off of your face since they're so lightweight. And the lenses aren't just any iridium - they're polarized emerald. One thing I've noticed about titanium C Wire frames, however, is that they don't have quite as much "wrap" as C-5 frame C Wires, and are thus better suited for those with slightly wider faces. Still, combining the lightweight durability of titanium frames with some of the most exclusive and functional lenses makes this pair a "must have" for those who are a fan of Oakley wires.
I hesitated a long time before buying them online. I was afraid that the shape of the orbitals would be somewhat feminine. Let me asure you they aren't. They suit my head perfectly, but I can imagine this would not be the case for everonej so if at all possible try before you buy.
The frame itself is very lightweight and the sping hinges work great. My personal favorite frame would be Titanium and it's hard to beat VR28 blue pol. as lens option.
Best sunglasses I've ever had. After 5 years of intensive use it litterally fell apart.
Wish it was still available, would buy a new one immediately!
The Silver / Ice combination is really nice and the Wire is very well made, a good fit and good quality. They were my first wire and of course they looked good in the 90s/early 00s. But sadly their design has stayed there. Today they look outdated like a Minute. I look ridiculous with them. Thinking about selling them, but I will probably keep them for the memories.
I don't know how really the rest of the folks here get the impression that the c wires have something feminine inbred to them,or at least "unisex",but it appears to me that they are everything but just that.The shape of the orbitals is the same that we find ourselves wearing on the minute,or even on the supreme,even divine penny.This round,oval,classic patern that the c wires themselves follow,seems to be making them more real,since the exotic c-5 compound that they are made of,along with the ultra ficticious color combos make them something that an oakley collector doesn't easily passes by,or forgets.The gunmetal frame of theirs makes a good contrast with the great +red lens,and the grip is really good and tight.It seems that the spring hinges work very nice.However a side effect of the hinges is that when you have the glasses sitting on your forehead,the frame does not adopt the shape of your head,so they have a hard time staying put,than say,the wireap,or any give o-matter model.If you combine that with the thick nosebridge that further subtracks from their flexibility,you have the one and only disadvantage of them.Which of course may mean nothing to most of the people here.Besides that,the design of theirs shouts "oakley",with the aforementioned thick bridge,housing the engraved oakley logo,which is an absolutely representing sample of the oakley 00's styling.I'd say that it doesn't fit with the fine,slick,thin frame that much.The bridge like the one that the wiretap has,would be more appropriate.But in any case the overall design is nice and both gentle and versatile,which means that all of us,can wear this favorite piece of oakley history,both with suits and casual wear as well.If it weren't for the rather unmatching nosebridge,which in the end disorients the wearer from the nice,oval pattern of the lenses,I would give them five full stars,but don't get me wrong.I'm still wearing them with the same pleasure.
Frame: Titanium w/ Rootbeer Earsocks (custom)
Lens: Titanium Iridium sans "Titanium" Etching
I picked up this pair to turn them into a prescription unit, and I couldn't be any happier! This coming from a guy that was a little "iffy" when judging from the pictures, but I took a chance and these paid off significantly. THEY ARE NOT WOMENS SUNGLASSES!!!
The best way to put it is that they resemble a concoction of the wire series -- A's, E's, and Square wires... all rolled into one. The result is a pair which is a thin version of the Penny, without as much rake, no excess metal styling, and, with the titanium frame, a pair of glasses that are truly featherlight (if you think the C-5 Alloys are light, think again). I also found they have a nice amount of flex to them, so a sudden impact would probably give them the strength to survive, with the only exception being where the spring hinge meets the eye socket.
Absolutely awesome! I actually put this pair on high with my X-Metals, simply because they look really cool (and with titanium, I would stress the rootbeer earsocks, and if using them as glasses, go with Gold Iridium Polarized). 5/5!!!
Frame: Titanium Pewter
Lens: VR28 Blue Polarized
Very light, sturdy, and comfortable. Coverage isnt great but enough to do the job. VR28 Blue Polarized is in my top five all time fav. lenses. Good on cloudy and sunny days with great contrast.
Lens: Ice Iridium
I ordered these for a female friend of mine. She hadn't actually worn them, she went on my recommendation. Unfortunately, they didn't quite work on her the way a Square Wire did. If you have a narrow skull you might want to avoid these since the eliptical orbitals can look awkward in that case. I thought the sculpted orbitals would suit her narrow head but I was wrong. Sorry J!
As far as the glasses themselves are concerned, they are great. They have a quality feel to them and they have a wide variety of color combinations. A unisex design that offers the refinement of a wire with enough flash to stand apart from the crowd.
Lens: +Red Iridium
This is my first wire and got this at a very low price. It fits well and the spring hinges feels good and comfortable. Its very light specially if you are use to wear x-metals. Its the red iridium lens that bugs me. An Ice or VR28 can be more comfortable.