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  1. PostmanRP

    PostmanRP Oakley Beginner

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    What's everyone's experience with the durability of O matter frames, specifically the hinges? I'm wondering if they would wear out quickly from opening and closing to put in a case.
     
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  2. Jacob Carstens

    Jacob Carstens Oakley Expert

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    I've been using Four S for daily wear almost 10 years - switching between 2 frames. Hinges on both are still in good shape with a fair bit of resistance.


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  3. OakleyGuru379

    OakleyGuru379 What is that thing?!

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    I have a pair of Fives Squared that are 4 years old. 2 years ago, they fell off my head and got jammed in a steel door/frame, were twisted, and when I pulled them out they snapped back into shape. That door would have definitely broken my finger, but couldnt break that frame.
     
  4. ucdavis4PT0gpa

    ucdavis4PT0gpa THE BEST IS YET TO COME

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    Couple things- first I think it varies based on the frame and therefore the design and second I think it depends on the generation of O-Matter. O matter from earlier in Oakley's existence tends to hold up better IMO.

    Now, with that said? Personally? I NEVER...never never EVER fold my hinges on ANY pair of sunglasses. Doesn't matter how durable you think something might be, fact is friction of any king = wear and the less wear the better. Wires and X Metals wear out to the extent they do and need washers and tightening (if possible, often it's not) and O-Matter? I can sense a difference in tension and fit after several openings and closings and I once had a test pair of Fuel Cells I opened and closed probably 100 times over a 6 month period and the arms were flopping loose and free at the end of that test.

    But that's me and I tend to be somewhat....OCD in that regard. But...that OCD means my pairs are factory tight after years AND I've never needed my X-Metals to have a tune up because not only do I not fold earstems, I put on and remove them like goggles reducing the flex. So being OCD has its benefits.
     
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  5. OakleyGuru379

    OakleyGuru379 What is that thing?!

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    Ive never had hinges wear out to the point of falling off. They do get a little loose, but that takes quite a while.
     
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  6. QLR1

    QLR1 DARK SIDE, embraced!

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    You'll have a better chance of breaking the frame than wearing out the hinges. I've had my Dispatch and Eyepatch 2 snap out of place, but they snapped back on with ease.

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  7. flyer

    flyer Oakley Expert

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    The only issue I've had is with a recent issue Scalpel, whose arms from new, rattle like a box o'rocks.
    No problems with anything prior to 2006, but I have read that some of the earliest O Matter (Trenchcoat, Eye Jacket) is brittle and, with age, can break.
     
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  8. reswob

    reswob Oakley Beginner

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    My beater Flaks are quite loose in the arms when folded, but once opened they're tight. A bigger problem is the lenses are loose from changing them too many times. I now just leave one set of gray lenses in all the time, and bought a new Radar to permanently host a HI Persimmon lens.

    Also have a pair of original XX (o-matter) that are very very floppy in the arms, but it isn't a problem while wearing them.

    I'm short, yes the hinges will wear out eventually.
     
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  9. OakleyFrankFMJ

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

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    You're short? o_O
     
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  10. reswob

    reswob Oakley Beginner

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    Damn you autocorrect! Haha.
     
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