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  1. Razerwire

    Razerwire And then there was X...

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    I've been reading up on the Romeo 1 and apparently there are numerous cases of the lenses cracking. What causes this? Is it because people are simply overtightening the orbitals or is it caused by a design flaw in the frame?
     
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  2. RetinaBurn

    RetinaBurn Oakley Enthusiast

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    From what I understand it is a design flaw. Since there is no flex coupler, the lenses flex when putting them on and taking them off. Its only a matter of time before the lens cracks from the flexing. This is what I have heard, since I don't own one I can't confirm this.
     
  3. Oakleynerd

    Oakleynerd Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

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    a few years ago after they came out i had returned two of them after a few month. they had those very fine cracks close to the screws on the orbital!
    even if you are more than carefully with them it happens if the romeo can't "move", you know.
     
  4. dr.chop

    dr.chop Oakley Expert

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    it is the inherent design law of the romeo 1. all flex is in the upper portion of the frame and is directly transferred into the lenses. i have cut tons of them as replacements due to that. polar lenses will prevent most of that though because they are thicker, but oakley didn't offer those...
     
  5. Razerwire

    Razerwire And then there was X...

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    So it's not so much that the screws are doing but the pressure from the frame flexing?
     
  6. dcl10

    dcl10 Oakley Beginner

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    The Romeo being made of titanium, and with no built in flex points, means that it will simply flex at whatever the weakest point on the frame is. That happens to be where the orbitals bolt to the nose bridge. So everytime that point flexes the lenses do as well, which will eventually lead to stress fractures. At worst I've also seen the bolts break off in the nose bridge, or if the orbitals are left too loose the threads in the nose bridge will become damaged.

    A beautiful piece with and an amazing first foray into cast titanium eyewear, but there were obviously somethings they did not account for in the design process.
     
  7. Oakleynerd

    Oakleynerd Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

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    it's still one of the BEST glasses ever IMO
    if you wanna wear one you need a bunch spare lenses :dance3:
     
  8. Razerwire

    Razerwire And then there was X...

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    Oh wow. Bolt breakage as well? So I guess that those with wide heads shouldn't wear Romeo 1s? I think with my wide head I might snap some bolts. LOL

    Do the lenses usually crack on the upper bolt areas or does it happen on the bottom ones too?

    Yeah I'd probably just go with aftermarket lenses if they're so prone to cracking. Either that or try and get some polarized lenses cut and hope that the thicker lenses will hold.
     
  9. RetinaBurn

    RetinaBurn Oakley Enthusiast

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    That is correct!
     
  10. Oakleynerd

    Oakleynerd Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

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    @Razerwire
    please let us know how it works for you with the thicker polarized lenses . . .