The quality of the fake Oakleys will get better. And they will be all over the internet. So how do you know that the Oakley you’re buying isn’t a high-fashion Oakley? Please note the following.
A pair of real Oakley sunglasses will usually cost at least $50.00 and that is if they are used, old and probably worse for wear. Out of the box brand new ones are likely to be in the $80-$100+ range at least. Admittedly, it does depend on the model number (and whether the seller is honestly wearing sunglasses). It’s always a good thing to check the frames against retail prices and other frames in the same condition. If you still decide to do so, here are some other identifiers to look out for.
2. Markings on the lens
For limited editions such as the Tour de France, MLB or Ferrari models, some Oakley lenses will have something other than “polarized” or “Pritz” on the etch film. You can also get some custom etchings from Oakley. Some goggles, such as those used in M frames, will have “Oakley” etched into the top of the nose, above the bridge. However, if the Oakley icon (a round O or square O icon) is printed on the lens, they are replica Oakley sunglasses.
Oakley will not place icons on standard non-prescription lenses, nor will they print on lenses; any markings will be etched. If you see paint on a lens, travel in the other direction.
Please note that this applies to non-prescription lenses. Genuine Oakley prescription lenses may have the Oakley “O” etched into the lower corner of the lens. Bulletproof and industrial lenses will also have a small “O” etched into the lens.
3. BOGUS SKU
SKU (pronounced “sk-yew”) is a logo, usually alphanumeric. In the older Oakley, the SKU is usually a sequence of 2 numbers, a dash and 3 digits. An example SKU for a pair and a half jacket is 03-609.
The newer versions are longer and begin with a double “O” (letter, not zero). Four numbers, a “-“, plus two more numbers. An example is the Tron Legacy Gascans, which has a SKU of OO9143-03.
There are some exceptions, as some Asian Fit models will use the same format of the 5-number sequence (i.e. 03-609) and then add the “J” at the end.
If you see an SKU with random letters or a longer string of numbers than the one identified above, it may be a counterfeit product. It’s a good idea to plug your SKU into a search engine and see what pops up. Some counterfeiters are putting real Oakley SKUs on their replicas, but those real SKUs rarely match the models they’re printing. For example, if you buy a pair of Holbrooks but one of the SKUs gives search results for Straight Jackets, you probably have some fake Oakley on your hands.
On used models, the SKU may have expired, so don’t be too alarmed if you don’t have one – unless the seller claims they are new, and then you may want to reconsider your purchase as a new Oakley should still have an SKU. On online models, sometimes the SKU is located under the ear cups.
4. shredded topcoat
Many of Oakley’s plastic frames are made from pre-dyed plastic, which means that the plastic pellets used to form the sunglasses are infused with dye so that the plastic is the same color throughout. If the frame is to be folded in half, the interior color of the plastic should be the same as the exterior color. This is not true of all Oakley’s, especially those with designs or metal frames. Those that are painted have a high quality coating that should withstand normal wear and tear for some time.
Forgeries are usually painted and lack the heavy duty outer coating to seal it. If you fold the stem and look at the hinge area, you may notice a color difference. Also, the paint often chips, scratches or peels easily.
5. Logo Location
Many counterfeiters slap “Oakley” on the frame and call it good – not caring if their fake model actually has the Oakley logo in the same spot. This is especially common on the bridge of the nose. If the Oakley website doesn’t have “Oakley” on the bridge of the nose, and you do have “Oakley” on the bridge of the nose, then you have a fake. Lifestyle frames such as Holbrooks and Frogskins are popular imitations, and fakes often come with misplaced logos.
6. Frame materials
There are several styles of sunglasses available in a variety of frame materials. For example, the Jupiter line has metallic Jupiter carbon and plastic Jupiter squared. These frames have the same shape, so if you use a metal Jupiter, it does not necessarily mean it is fake. You can read more about identifying Oakley Jupiters. However, some styles are only available in one material. If you come across a pair of metal extractors, they are 100% fake Oakley. If you come across a pair of plastic Juliets, they are also not real.
7. Rising Seas
Knockoff Oakleys often have an imperfect finish and the plastic frame may have raised lines during the molding process. On a genuine Oakley, this seam is almost imperceptible. You can pick it out with your eyes, but if you slide your finger along it, you won’t be able to feel it.
The latest Oakley glasses with polarized lenses will come with a programmed “P” for static attachment. But they’ll never have the sticky, self-adhesive label that leaves a residue when it’s pulled off.
9. Never made by Oakley
It seems pretty basic, but not everyone knows Oakley’s entire lineup. They see a pair of sunglasses they like, see it with the Oakley logo, and assume it’s real. Stubborn Oakley fans who like to participate in frequent forums call it a style, especially “Fandango.” Oakley has some very interesting sunglass styles, but if you think the styles there are too small, do an image search and see what happens. If they don’t appear on any legitimate site, they are fakes.
10.Made in the USA
“Made in the USA” stamps used to be an indicator as to whether you were dealing with a real pair of Oakleys or some fakes. This is no longer the case, as not all Oakley sunglasses are made in the United States.
Oakley’s glasses are not cheap. If you are looking for an agent to buy, you must be vigilant. It is not worthwhile to spend so much money on a fake Oakleys. We must master the method to distinguish Oakley glasses.
Look at the appearance of the glasses case
The authentic Oakley glasses case is made of smooth materials, fine and uniform texture, and fine workmanship. The texture of the imitation glasses case is relatively rough and loose, especially the workmanship is far from the original one, and there will be burrs or threads.
Look inside the glasses case
The loss-proof sponge lining inside the cover of the authentic glasses case is made of high-temperature integral compression molding, with good elasticity, fine and uniform cotton foam, and smooth edges. The damage-proof sponge lining of the imitation product here is not integral, and the cotton foam is loose and elastic. The glasses groove in the genuine glasses case is neatly cut and the gap is moderate. And the glasses can be completely stuck in it after being put in. Even if the glasses case is upside down and the original attached lenses will not fall off, to ensure that the glasses are frictionless during carrying. The imitations are just a few simple foam pads.
Look at the logo
The authentic temples and lenses have a strong sense of transparency. The logo is long and narrow, and the mosaic fits perfectly. In comparison, the fake logo is closer to an oval shape. What’s more, the inlay is not perfect, and there will be burrs.
See glasses nose pads
The rubber of the nose pads of genuine Oakley glasses is soft and smooth. It will not rub the bridge of the nose to cause discomfort. Also, it fits the lower frame of the glasses highly. The rubber at the imitation nose pads is relatively hard, which will cause discomfort when worn for a long time.
Look at the screw
The fixing screw of the genuine glasses is a special screw that mimics the slippage and prevents loosening of the six-slot plum buckle. The replica Oakley sunglasses screws are just ordinary four-slot screws.
Look at the temples
The distance between the two temples of the authentic Oakley glasses is relatively wide, which is approximately equal to the average width of most people’s skulls, and is comfortable to wear without feeling of pressure. The distance between the knockoff Oakleys temples is much narrower, and it will feel oppressive if you wear it longer. Since OAKLEY’s image is only in the scope of sports and leisure, world-renowned athletes are proud to use OAKLEY products to protect their eyes.
In order to uncover the mystery of fake products, I deliberately selected an object that is closely related to riders’ riding, trying to show the so-called “price ratio” of fakes, and then explore whether the money spent on genuine products is worth it.
Oakley JAWBREAKER has been very popular since it was launched. It can be seen from top races such as Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, to cycling activities for self-entertainment. Oakley JAWBREAKER, the shape of full sense of science and technology, breakthrough all-enclosed design. The explosive JAWBREAKER is selling well in major online stores, and some stores have amazing transactions. What are the characteristics of these fake Oakley JAWBREAKER?
First of all, in addition to the same color scheme as the official Oakley, manufacturers are even more ingenious, launching many color schemes that are not even official. Many people feel sorry for Oakley, “If only you had so many colors”. Knockoff Oakley JAWBREAKER lenses are engraved with “PRIZM” in the lower right corner. Could the Oakley PRIZM lens also be compromised? So apart from the color, what difference will these knockoffs have from the original products? Is there any difference between fakes from different manufacturers?
With these questions, I deliberately bought a pair of Oakley JAWBREAKER (white and black color matching + PRIZM lenses), and bought the fake same-color glasses called “TP90 Ultimate Edition” and the normal PC version of the fake same-color glasses. At the same time, in order to understand whether there are differences in products from different manufacturers, I bought the “TP90 Ultimate Edition” glasses from another store as a reference, and chose different colors for comparison.
▲From the appearance of the packaging box, the biggest difference is the size. The authentic JAWBREAKER box is smaller than the previous product packaging. The manufacturer has reduced the number of replacement lenses included, so there is no need to use an oversized box.
▲When fake Oakleys are copied even with barcodes, consumers really have to keep their eyes open and distinguish them. Fortunately, the paper material and printing quality of the fake outer packaging are always a bit poor, otherwise, it really has to be fooled.
▲The Oakley JAWBREAKER only has one pair of lenses, so the size of the soft shell is much smaller. The content consists of glasses, cloth bag, soft shell, manual, elevator, and replacement nose pads. The overall configuration is slightly “shabby” compared with the previous products. .
The cottage here seems to be like KFC’s family bucket. There are not only three replacement lenses, but also manuals, replacement nose pads, cloth bags, and glasses wipes. There are even postcards to thank you for buying. I really don’t know what to say. Well, just in terms of the richness of the configuration, the cottage is “kind” enough, no wonder some car friends feel that buying a cottage is “happy” than buying a genuine product.
▲However, more configuration does not mean good quality. Looking at the manual, the printing quality on the left (cottage) and the right (genuine) are pale in comparison, rough and toothy.
▲Looking at the frame alone, I believe that many people find it difficult to distinguish between genuine and counterfeit at a glance. According to the standard of GB/T14214-2003 “Basic Requirements and Test Methods for Spectacle Frames”, by visually inspecting the appearance of spectacle frames without the aid of a magnifying glass or other similar devices, you may be able to find the true difference between the fake and the genuine.
▲The genuine logo has a metallic luster, slender ellipse and sharp edges and corners. This is the high-quality workmanship that a genuine product should have.
▲The color of the high imitation logo is relatively dim, and the oval logo is slightly bloated. I have to say that the high imitation models in the cottage have also worked hard. The O mark of the aviation aluminum alloy logo is not low in cost. If you have the money, do it yourself What a good brand.
▲The high imitation of another manufacturer also has the same problem, and it has been scratched before use
▲The logo color of low imitation products is also dim
▲The difference between genuine and counterfeit products on the temples is relatively small. Even the width of the seams that test the accuracy of the mold is controlled fairly uniformly. However, the plastic material still mercilessly betrays the identity of the counterfeit. What’s wrong with Kung Fu”.
▲The internal logo reveals the differences in the molds of the counterfeit products. The authentic (top) JAWBREAKER logo is clear and unobtrusive, but the high imitation product appears a bit “excessively”, too sharp and too prominent. The low imitation product is limited by the material, which is jokingly called the “white marble” material (the editor Nikon D750 is embarrassing that it can’t match the focus…). In addition, the position of the buckle screws for the adjustment of the temples is quite different: the genuine screws are better hidden, and the high imitation ones even stick out, which makes people wonder whether they will come out during use. In addition, there are also differences in the workmanship of the joints between the temples and the mirror body, and there are even “nozzles” in the high imitation products-indicating that the processing of the plate is very imprecise.
▲The genuine temples have a limited device, so the lenses will not be worn when the temples are closed, while the fake products do not have this device, and there is still room for movement when the temples are closed. The end of the temples will touch the lens, and long-term wear will reduce the lens. life.
▲The quality of genuine screws is relatively good, while those of counterfeit screws have different specifications and shapes, which makes people wonder whether they will fall off due to their durability.
▲The locking buckle more intuitively reflects the difference between the genuine and the fake. The metal buckle of the counterfeit product is darker. Although the counterfeit product is very close to the original in metal material, the metal paint has a heavy feeling and layer Sense can never match the genuine product.
▲The locking mechanism reflects the frame material of the copycat. Compared with the genuine product, the locking buckle of the copycat product feels hard and obscure, and it often happens that the card does not enter and the card is not tight.
▲Another notable difference is that the original product is equipped with a sponge pad to protect the lens, while the cottage products do not have this pad, and the wear of the lens is just around the corner!
▲The workmanship of the temples shows the lack of “sincerity” in the counterfeit products. It is not an exaggeration to describe the shoddy products. The temples are made of brittle materials with burrs, and the rubber is very hard. Wearing something soft and sensitive to the back of the ear Skin, the consequences of long-term wear are disastrous.
▲The authentic product is engraved with L and R on the temples to distinguish the left and right. Although the eyes are not good enough to distinguish the left and right of the temples, the sincerity of the authenticity can still be felt in the details. The temples are soft and tough. The non-slip rubber is soft and skin-friendly. Based on this, the editor wanted to throw the cottage Oakley out of the window, but after thinking about the follow-up evaluation, I had to give it up.
▲Strictly speaking, the biggest difference between a genuine product and a copycat is the material and feel.
In terms of material, the genuine Oakley uses self-developed O Matter memory plastic. This material has the characteristics of safety, non-toxicity, light weight, durability, and high elasticity. In actual use, the frame texture is relatively solid, and there is no light “plastic” sense”. The copycat product claims to use TR90 material. TR90 material is also a polymer material with memory function. It is ultra-light, ultra-tough, and chemically resistant. It is more suitable for use as a frame. Unfortunately, the surface treatment is relatively rough. There is always a lingering feeling of cheap plastic in the hand,
▲The Oakley uses Switchlock technology to quickly open the frame and replace the lens. Although the counterfeit product also uses a similar structure, the main body material and bearing of the mechanism are quite different from the original one, so the hand feel is not good, and There are differences in specifications of lenses from different manufacturers, making it very difficult to change lenses.
▲Genuine Oakley Unobtainium non-slip rubber temples and nose pads enhance the grip and comfort of wearing, and reduce skin irritation. The nose pads and temples of counterfeit products have rough workmanship, and it is not clear which material they use It is also worrying whether the pores of the unexplained rubber will release toxic substances after sweating during exercise.
▲The treatment of spherical joints can also show the attitude of genuine products and counterfeit products, which is also the main factor affecting the experience of use.
▲Through experimentation, a unique problem of counterfeit products has emerged-the frame cannot be closed naturally, which may be embarrassing caused by the elasticity of the materials used in counterfeit products and the tolerance of the mold.
▲Therefore, every time foakley replaces the lens, it must be “straightened” with great power.
▲In terms of weight, the knockoff Oakleys won, but it was not glorious to win by cutting corners.