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  1. MUHerd

    MUHerd Oakley Beginner

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    Hey all,

    I'm in the mood to treat myself to a new Pair of Oakley sunglasses. I have been away from the brand for a while wearing Costa Del Mar glasses and now want to get something new.

    Every time I go to a shop that carries Oakley stuff, they never have the stuff I want to see and am interested in. Academy, Gander Mountain, Bass Pro and so forth, mostly have the plastic type frames and I am interested in the wire frames. I almost never see them.

    When I looked on the Oakly site for dealers in my area, Houston, Texas, other than the general type places like I mentioned, I saw 2 different types of stores that look like they would have what I am looking to check out. These were VAULT STORES and OAKLEY STORES. I don't know what a "VAULT" store is and I am assuming that the OAKLEY stores would carry everything they have in their catalog.

    So, I'd like to ask you guys and gals what would be the best place to see and try on as many different pairs of Oakley sunglasses as I want? If there is anyone that's from the Houston, Texas area and knows what the best place to go is, that's awesome, please tell me. I can use all the help I can get.

    Thanks for your time and any help you can give me.

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  2. thatoakleyguy

    thatoakleyguy Oakley Enthusiast

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    Think of a retail factory store vs. an outlet store. Vault stores are typically used for discontinued/discounted items. To get an idea of prices/selections compare Oakley.com vs Oakleyvault.com .

    Prices will be better at a Vault store, but selection of new items will be better an an Oakley store. They are both official stores though, so don't worry about that aspect of it.
  3. vmotorman

    vmotorman Oakley Enthusiast Premium Member

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    And you'll never know what kind of treasures you'll find in the Vault!
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  4. discodave

    discodave Go Navy!

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    The Vault near me has a TON of the newest stuff in there, just as much as the Oakley store near me. The difference with the Vault, though, is that it has a lot of older stuff that can be very discounted. The only newer stuff my Vault doesn't have are the new X-Metals. From what they told me.... they won't be able to sell them for another few months. Those are reserved for Oakley Stores and Sunglass Huts.
  5. the_owl

    the_owl Oakley Expert

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    The Mans will be on the vault soon enough haha.
  6. Nortika

    Nortika Oakley Expert Premium Member

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    Or think of it this way, if you go to the Vault you get reasonable and discount prices, you go to the regular Oakley store it has all the new and great things but you pay outrageous prices for stuff they send to the vault. ;)