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  1. MachineHead

    MachineHead Oakley Enthusiast

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    oakley experts,

    did oakley ever release lenses with the polarized etch on the back of the lens instead of the front?

    i bought a pair of monster doggles from a member of this forum and i immediately noticed that the polarized etching was on the back of the lens instead of the front like all my polarized lenses. he said, "oakley etches on both sides of the lenses. Some they do the front, some they do the back.". is this true?

    thank you.
     
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  2. xmetalmaniac

    xmetalmaniac Made of Metal Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    Yes they did
     
  3. I've never seen it on the front, all my lenses are etched from the back, and I'd think etching them from the front would lead to premature peeling off the iridium.
     
  4. MachineHead

    MachineHead Oakley Enthusiast

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    when you touch the lens, it is rough on the back or the front?
     
  5. MachineHead

    MachineHead Oakley Enthusiast

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    did they do it for monster doggles? the polarized etch is hardly visible on this one. this is the first time i've seen this kind of etching
     
  6. The back. From the front the letters are clear but they are very obviously on the back side of the lens. Now you've got me wondering what a front etched lens would look like and why they would ever do that. Seems like a step backwards to coat a lens then scratch some of it off with etching. Or maybe some colors are too dark to see the etching if it isn't on the front?
     
  7. MachineHead

    MachineHead Oakley Enthusiast

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    this is weird cause all my lenses are etched in the front (polarized, ducati, infinite hero, jupiter camo) and most of them i bought from oakley so they can't be fake. by back i mean the side closer to your face and front is the side people can see. when i touch the lens i can feel the roughness on the front side
     
  8. marc2040

    marc2040 Guest

    Mikey asked the same question here.
     
  9. dr.chop

    dr.chop Oakley Expert

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    they come both ways. generally I have seen the largest amount of rear etched come out of warranty, and the front etched are generally retail. That's not to say it is that way 100% of the time, but that is generally the scenario.
     
  10. MachineHead

    MachineHead Oakley Enthusiast

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    i checked the thread but they were talking about FIP lenses. did they ever release back etched lenses other than FIP?