While I am a huge fan of the older X-Metals, in which the entire frame was constructed of titanium alloy, there is reason to be thankful for the Omatter (plastic) components on the the Madman and Badman... After working at an O Store over the past two and a half years, I cannot tell you how many times I've had X-Metal owners come in complaining about the nose piece getting loose. Oakley was well aware of this issue because they would do refurbishments on the frames. So is it really a bad thing that with the next generation of the X-Metals they used O Matter? I say no. It's a harsh shock to realize that X-Metals aren't full metal anymore, but these new metals will stay pristine and wearable (If you choose to wear them). Again, I'm a huge fan of the older X-Metals and I would take a BNIB Carbon X-Squared any day of the week, but there are positives to the new manner of construction. Don't knock em' till you try em'.