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How to Spot Fake Oakleys
Spotting Fake Oakley Sunglasses
Quickly Spotting Fake Oakley Sunglasses
At a quick glance you can do a few simple checks to see if the frames your holding are authentic Oakley glasses or knock off imitations.
- “Made in U.S.A” should be found on the inside arms of the frames. Depending on the style of the frames, the words can be engraved or painted. Original Oakley Sunglasses are manufactured in USA only. Never in China or Taiwan.
- Visit Oakley.com and compare the colors of your frames to ones shown on the company site. Original Oakley's come in neutral metal tones and can be easily recognized whereas the frame colors of knockoffs would be a shade lighter than the authentic ones.This is a result of the paint being on plastic versus metal.
- There should always be an Oakley logo on the nose piece of the frames. Take a pencil eraser and rub it slowly over it. If the frames are fake the logo will gradually wear off. This happens over time on authentic frames and should not easily rub off.
- The next step is to check and feel the quality and weight of the frames. Real Oakley's are made from high quality durable metals and plastics, therefore they are a heavier weight than their imitation counterparts which are crafted from cheap plastics and metal.
- Last find the "O" logo at the base of the sunglasses frames. Now even if the paint is slightly worn off, authentic Oakley shades will have a raised lettering of the logo. If you can scratch them off then they are fakes, this would indicate a screen printing technique being used.
The easiest way to tell right away is the weight of the frames, Oakley's are made out of high quality metals and alloys, and have a lot of girth to them because of this. Fake frames Are usually made from plastic, or even metals, or aluminum, but weigh a lot less.
Another way to tell right away and at a glance is to look at the "O" on the arm of the frame. Oakley Frames, have a raised painted, separate piece of material placed on to the frame and glued into place. Fake frames use a method of screen printing, that allows for a similar look, but you can always tell the fakes, because usually the paint is scratched off, Even on real frames when the paint is scratched, you can still see that they are Oakleys!
The second thing that you should look at is where the product is made. If there is a sticker that says made in Taiwan, these are fake Oakleys. On the inner part of the frame, it should state that the glasses are made in the United States of America.
The hardest fake Oakley frames to spot using only photos are the metal "Letter Frame" series, I.E. the A Frame or O frame. This is because the Oakley logo is engraved into the nose bridge and there are no rivets to look for. These are the best looking (and feeling) fake frames out there. There is only one distinction between the real and a fake. The engraved Oakley logo is very defined on a pair of real Oakley frames, whereas the fake frames look as if it is stamped or printed instead of engraved. This is something that you must have a trained eye to spot.
Its Harder to tell for the X-metal line (Romeos, Juliets, Pennys), by just looking at them. The X-metals never have a logo on the bridge of the nose. If you see this, you are looking at a pair of fake Oakley sunglasses. Additionally check for where screws/rivets go. All of the X-metals have rivets that hold the frame together on the bottom of the lens frame and ones that keep the bridge connected to the frames. If there are no screws/rivets, you are looking at fake oakley frames. There are really good copies of Romeos and Juliets that are plastic, and have no rivets. Also, real Oakleys of this style come in plain metallic colors; that is to say they aren't made in yellow, blue, green or red. Real X-metals are never painted. Anything other than a dull smoke or silver metal color is most likely a fake. Sometimes you can find horrible copys made of the metal Oakley frames. These are very cheap and look like they are made of some kind of sheet metal. Again, look for rivets. If they look glued together,you are spotting fake Oakley sunglasses.
Any stickers! Be aware that Oakley does not place stickers on their glasses at all. Not even for prescription frames, not on the lenses, and never on the arms! So be careful especially if you are planning to buy frames from your eye doctor. They are not real! Oakley prescription frames have to be made at their factory because they have to be fit into the specific frame, so when ordering yours, know that it will ship directly to you from Oakley in a box with a warranty card, and bag with a sham.
The rubber that Oakley applies on the nose pieces and socks should feel cushy and sticky(a chemical possess they've been using since they made handles for BMX cycles back in the 80's. Fakes will feel firm and plastic type,and have a polish look to them.
If they come with a bag,please know that counterfeits could have a real Oakley bag with them since the bag can be purchased cheep.If the bag,or cleaning bag as most people call them,is counterfeit it will be of a nylon and not cloth.however eye shades,early on blades,and frog skins were prepared by ray-ban did come with a nylon storage bag that said "Oakley" screen printed on it.blades had "Oakley atomic ware"on some of the storage bags.
Spotting Fake Oakley Sunglasses
An Easy way to tell a fake is to hold it in your hands. The nose piece and rubber on the arms on real Oakley frames have a more "soft- rubber -like" feel and the fake ones have a smooth feel to them. Real Oakleys do not have any seams. There are no raised lines or seams on the arms or around the lens frame. The X-metal styles are never made of plastic.
Spotting Fake Oakley Sunglasses
Some clones will have the lenses attached to the frame by screws. #1 tell tell sign.vintage glasses like eyes hades,or factory pilots,blades,Mombos(m frames)all generations,half jackets,and other adjustable lens Oakley's all bear removable lenses.likewise in some cases the lenses on the m frame clones will be circled on the edges.most m frames are squared up on the edges.on the fake m chassis the "Oakley"will be larger,and screen printed on the m frames.the real ones will be raised letter then painted unfortunately the wire,or metal styles,are harder to distinguish the clones.however the genuine sticker are the flashiest sign on these
One piece of good news is that if you wear their sunglasses and need to wear RX glasses later you can take your sunglasses to your Oakley prescription dealer and have then send your frames to Oakley to have them put your prescription lenses into them.Only Oakley can grind the Rx lenses for their sunglasses line. However beware of anyone retailing Rx Oakleys as they have to be custom done at Oakley.
Real Oakley sunglasses come with a warranty card, 995 of the time if you buy fake Oakleys and they are in a box, they will not have a warranty card, additionally when you look at the warranty card, the serial number will match the one etched into the right arm of the frames. The card is heavy, made of plastic, and has Oakley's phone number, as well as the date the frames were made, and the transparency, as well as the name of the frames, and other information about the warranty, Oakley warranty's are 5 year warranty's and can be verified, and activated, by calling Oakley, or mailing them the card!