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  1. Jazzy G

    Jazzy G Oakley Beginner

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    just picked up the Badman in Dark Carbon w/ Black Iridium Polarized. Though they look good, I can't really agree that these are the successors to the Romeo XMetal. I bought my Romeo when they first came out (1996 I believe), and I just loved the crazy design and raw finish they used (though polished versions soon followed). The Badman looks great, but I think I'm a little bummed that they used plastic arms and nose bridge. Not sure why (flexibility? comfort? replacable?) they used plastic, but I still think they look great.

    1st Generation Romeo XMetal vs. Badman - image.jpeg 1st Generation Romeo XMetal vs. Badman - image.jpeg
     
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  2. pjd1234

    pjd1234 X METAL NERD

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    congrats
     
  3. Sean72791

    Sean72791 Oakley Enthusiast

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    Congrats on the new piece. I don't think the bad man is a worthy successor. The original Romeo was loud and bold.
     
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  4. erap

    erap Oakley Collector

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    congrats on the badman.
     
  5. Funky-Trixtar

    Funky-Trixtar Me ,some time ago............. Premium Member

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    Wouldn't say loud, more beautifully styled, exotic and futuristic!
     
  6. OakleyFrankFMJ

    OakleyFrankFMJ The Legend - - Vlad the Impaler Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    Sorry. The two just are not even in the same ballpark, not even in the same neighborhood, not even in the same city. They are so far apart from comparison I just can't believe you actually tried


    Just my thought.
     
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  7. QLR1

    QLR1 DARK SIDE, embraced!

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    Congrats. No, the Badman isn't as true successor. But Oakley decided to say otherwise.

    I just enjoy what I have. It you like them both, then great. Just enjoy both for what they both are.
     
  8. NCHornet

    NCHornet Oakley Enthusiast Premium Member

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    +1 I agree they are totally different in my opinion.
     
  9. OakleyFrankFMJ

    OakleyFrankFMJ The Legend - - Vlad the Impaler Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    This isn't directed at you LeQ.

    Just a general statement/quote for anyone who may want to know what a TRUE X-Metal actually is. I'm pretty sure the NEW "metals" do not fit that description. ;)



    See below comment. :)







    "X-Metal is reserved for those models made at our Nevada factory... like Romeo, Juliet, XX, Penny, etc.

    Jim"
     
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  10. QLR1

    QLR1 DARK SIDE, embraced!

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    Hey Frank!

    I am sure you know that I'm not under such a delusion that Oakley is pumping.

    Glad you put that definition out lol

    As long as folks enjoy their collection for what they are (or aren't)

    Hopefully this will not devolve into those new Metal debacle... Err debates. There has been enough bashing. You like what you like, enjoy it and move on.