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  1. Hyperion

    Hyperion Oakley Beginner

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    Since I just got BACK into my Oakley's after about a 5 year hiatus, I've been looking around for new pairs at great deals and recently picked up some Batwolfs for about $85 that I love. I then started looking around for other options and it feels a bit...minimalistic. Their top models pretty much all look the same with minor differences and some of their old standbys are a bit bland now. Where's the Over the Tops? Both figurative and literally. I'm trying to replace or repair my Why 3's and I discover the whole Why series is discontinued. I loved the Romeo 2's but now they've been replaced with Half X's which just don't look or feel the same. In fact they look like FAKE Romeo's with no hinges or bolts like the Juliet (which they still have, and I still don't like). The Oil Rig, Batwolf, and Antix look almost identical except the arms which lead most people to just go for the Batwolf or Oil Rig and forget the others exist, while the Frogskin, Holbrook, Jupiter, and Dispatch all look too much alike too. Even their wires are all a little too similar to pick between (and missing the frameless Why's I used to love). What happened to their crazy models, the Mars with leather wraps, the Over the Top, the Zero, the Penny, the Romeo, the Why, the MP3 models, Plates, and all the other stuff I feel I should have missed in the last 5ish years?

    Is it me, or is Oakley's selection feeling a bit lacking lately? - oakley.jpg
    Like whatever THAT is.​


    Heck, the Gascan is still one of their best sellers and I've had mine for about 4-6 years, but everything else I remember from that time is gone. It seems they went for just a few styles that worked and are just giving you as many different color combo options to mix and match than ever before instead of giving you just different glasses. Is it just me? Is it just an off period for Oakley while they come up with new designs? Or am I just crazy and missing it? What other styles do you really miss? What's coming that you're excited for?
     

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  2. Batwolf

    Batwolf Double Team Premium Member

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    That's Oakley for you nowadays. I've been trying to find older discontinued stuff lately.

    BTW if you are looking for an OTT let me know.
     
  3. dann

    dann Oakley Beginner

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    Lux bought Oakley and now wants $1B in profit per year. Square O sells, and black sport frame sell. Medusa's and OTT's don't. We're in the same boat, only a fraction of what I have is post 2005.
     
  4. Hyperion

    Hyperion Oakley Beginner

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    I don't really WANT an OTT, I was just finding it weird with all you guys out there with HUGE displays of all their different models, but I was trying to get my own (much smaller) collection going and after my Batwolf, Gascans, and Canteens...i pretty much have their entire selection covered. Everything I look at looks like one of those 3 with different colors maybe, and at that point I might as well buy 5 gascans cheap and put different lenses in each or 4 batwolfs, etc. etc. Now I can't fix my Why 3's which couldn't be more unique from all other Oakley's and stand out, and I just don't see the wonderful insanity Oakley used to have. It's like all those hipsters and "douchey" guys who overwore the white gascans till we hate them now told Oakley, "THAT'S what sells! Square lenses and those things that look like cheap plastic sunglasses from the 80's! Let's ONLY make those!!!"
     
  5. Radar

    Radar Oakley Beginner

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    Yep, I feel the same but its more about the colors for me. To me they just keeping using the standard colors and then may put out 1 or 2 other colors that are stand out-ish.
     
  6. Hyperion

    Hyperion Oakley Beginner

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    I remember the crazy Oakley's like Plates or the leather Mars appealing to the just insane fashions (Remember Tyler Durden) and now they just coast along mimicking hipster styles which ironically hipsters swear they would never buy (but probably do).
     
  7. Hyperion

    Hyperion Oakley Beginner

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    Also I find it weird that they limit some of their colors. They're all about customization but I can't get polished blue icons for my batwolf because they're for the "clear frame only" or I can't get blue or purple polarized lenses.
     
  8. reggavegga

    reggavegga Oakley Expert

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    You forgot the older zero's those were a little far out too.
     
  9. Hyperion

    Hyperion Oakley Beginner

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    The ones they used in Thirteen Ghosts? I thought those were cool, but then again, I'd never wear them. I use to really like the Splice but i guess those are pretty much the Pit Boss now.
     
  10. Rustpot

    Rustpot M Frame Lover Premium Member

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    We've discussed this topic on the forum a few times since I've been here.

    They need to put out new frames every few years, that's a given. I don't mind that they're selling Frogs, it's the frame that really launched them into every day fashion. Kind of like how they still sell the M-Frame after over 20 years. I understand fashion and demand right now are for retro themes and frames like the Holbrook and Jupiter fill that out. I understand them wanting to cover a wider customer base and offering shield lenses, white frames, an array of sqaure-O stuff. It sells, people like it, that's great.

    But it feels like they've moved away from the art & science, mad scientist, leather and skulls, aggressive designs. The things that made them stand out as innovative and cutting edge. Now they just make incremental improvements to sports frames, let Shaun White make a couple throwback designs, and rehash frames with a hole in the stem.

    I really hope the 90's come back into style as the 80's has, then we might start getting Fives, Eye Jackets, Trench Coats, Top Coats, Romeo, Mars, influencing future pairs.