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  1. Rustpot

    Rustpot M Frame Lover Premium Member

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    Got these in today, I am super excited!

    My initial thought on these when I pulled them out was "huh..." but the more I look them over they feel like a leaner, tougher version of the 2.0 frame.

    The initial Ballistic M Frame and the purpose-designed Ballistic M Frame 2.0 had one major draw back; The clip! One both of these the clip is stiff to remove and has to be balanced on the frame to get the lens out. Then you slip in a new lens and it snaps back in place. I don't know if this ever loosens sufficiently to make it easier, but I just yanked it off one 2.0 and the standard frame I have that used it. One 2.0 still has it, but I use a ballistic clear lens at work, so I never really swap it out.

    The 3.0 clip is revised with a much easier action. The clip is kind of in 2 pieces, one that holds the frame, and one that wraps that to hold the stud in the lens. Much easier to work off and get the stud out of the way without the clip losing tension on the frame and sliding across the orbital.

    The temples of the 3.0 are toned down a bit. The style is still there, but the temple is overall slimmer and shorter before transitioning into the stem.

    The 3.0 stems wrap much tighter. There's no rubber, so they use the springiness of the O-Matter to hug your head. This does make it a bit harder to put on 1 handed however. Not too tight on my big head, and zero movement giving them a good head bang and enthusiastic shake. The stems are also flat to help them slip under helmets better and not break the seal on over-ear hearing protection. This was one of my complaints when using a Gen3 M Frame.

    The 3.0 nosepiece is harder rubber and plastic, so hopefully it will stand up to prolonged use better before separating or getting sticky. We'll see how it handles sweat, but I'm sure they thought of that. Thankfully they've done away with the need to use the lugs on the lens to clip the nosepiece in place. The harder plastic is still as difficult to remove, but there's much less stress on the lens. The lens has been reinforced at the lugs and can still accept the previous gen ballistic nose piece with the clips, but the 3.0 nosepiece is not backwards compatible. I had previously broken a lens nosepiece clip hook thing on a first gen ballistic lens.

    And speaking of the lens, this is where most of the changes have occurred. This is NOT a Strike lens. It looks very similar, but I believe it's a touch taller, and it's extended out towards the side for increased peripheral coverage. The cheek does not taper as much for better lower coverage at the extremes, without adding much height at the cheeks. This lens is also MUCH thicker than my other ballistic lenses. I'll get measurements tomorrow, but I'd estimate 25-50% increase. This lens has anti-fog treatment to the inside like the Wind Jacket and Radar XL, to help keep fogging down as they're wrapping very close to the face and choking ventilation.

    And they come in Bone, which is a nice matte desert tan.

    Sorry for the bad pics, I'll get better ones at work under better light tomorrow.

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    And yes, even with the lens revision they'll take retail lenses from what I can tell.
     
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  2. stn51

    stn51 I NEED ANOTHER FUEL CELL!

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    good to see they made it hope you likey
     
  3. nalong86

    nalong86 Oakley Beginner

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    Thanks for the informative review. It is nice to hear that you are pleased with them especially given the general dissapointment many of us have felt lately.
     
  4. Rustpot

    Rustpot M Frame Lover Premium Member

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    Took some better comparison photos at work today. Most of the guys in the shop said they looked better than the 2.0 I usually wear, I definitely dig not having the black frame, though I might prefer slightly looser stems for my head size.

    This one is good to show the difference in size, wrap, and rake between the two.
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  5. Rustpot

    Rustpot M Frame Lover Premium Member

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    I wear safety glasses up to 10 hours a day. Usually more around 1-2, but there are occasions I have to spend all day running around or working in the shop.

    The 2.0 I was wearing daily were good, but the 3.0 addresses some gaps in coverage and hopefully will be much better at handling fog and sweat.

    I don't think this is a Lux/Oakley issue. This pair is made with a clear purpose and isn't being marketed and sold for its style and attractiveness to hipsters. As long as Oakley makes and improves their SI line I will love this company and buy their products.
     
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  6. Patient_Cero

    Patient_Cero Oakley Collector

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    Nice review and pictures, thanks. I finally got a 2.0 pair thanks to the Vault deal the other week. I think I will be looking for some 3.0 after this post.
     
  7. Rustpot

    Rustpot M Frame Lover Premium Member

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    The Vault was selling 2.0 frames? I thought they just had Ballistic M Frames.
     
  8. MILTON QUEVEDO

    MILTON QUEVEDO Oakley Beginner

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    Hi, I have a question...could the M Frame lenses be securely used with the M Frame 3.0 frame?
     
  9. Rustpot

    Rustpot M Frame Lover Premium Member

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    Yes, with the clip removed any M Frame lens might fit.

    I say might because generational differences and subtle manufacturing variances make some lenses incompatible with some frames.
     
  10. MILTON QUEVEDO

    MILTON QUEVEDO Oakley Beginner

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    Okay thanks. I ordered M Frame 3.0 yesterday so I'm really exited to use them with M Frame Strike Black Iridium Polarized lenses out of work.....