First of all, I want to mention that I have absolutely no affiliation with Fuse Lenses whatsoever. I was however provided 3 sets of lenses to review. I initially found a review of these lenses from many months ago. The initial review was that they were the incorrect curve…has anything changed?
Here are a few pictures to compare. The first picture is a projection on my wall with no lenses in front. I'll let you guess which is the fuse lens and which is the oakley lens for the next two pictures
I’ve been wearing the Red Mirror lenses for the past two weeks and can say no headaches and no sense of any distortion. I wouldn’t call them inferior to Oakley clarity whatsoever. I’d say we finally have an aftermarket lens with top notch clarity.
These are truly top quality replacement lenses. 2mm Thick with nice even bevels around the perimeter and they’ve got the correct base curvature for your glasses as long as you request the correct curvature. They also meet ANSI Z87.1 specifications…not something any other aftermarket lens I’ve seen can boast.
I initially ordered a pair of lenses for my X-Metal XX and they arrived as a base 6 curvature. I had to call and request the colours they had available in Base 8 to get the correct curvature. As a side note, my XMXX flex quite a bit even with 15 temple shocks…they probably only require a base 6 curve when I wear them…they also fit very well despite the incorrect curvature. I currently have them installed in my Plasma/Ice pair as I don’t want to ruin my factory Ice Lenses. No bending required to install them in my frames and the base 6 curve in these particular frames aren’t an issue for me personally. They've made the bevel on the XMXX so that a base 6 fits properly in the orbital without warping or bending the lens...but again, i'd only order the base 8 curves going forward.
One word “stunning.” The colors are vibrant and they carry quite a few lenses that are very good “cross references” to Oakley colors. I received base 8 curvatures:
Green Mirror = Jade Iridium
Red Mirror = Ruby Iridium (old style Ruby with nice red/purple tones and little to no “fire”)
Black Chrome = Chrome Iridium (it is not a copy for black iridium)
They offer many other colors but as far as Base 8 curve is concerned they have
Purple Mirror = Violet Iridium
Orange Mirror = Fire Iridium
Zeiss Grey Polarized = Grey Polarized
Zeiss Brown Polarized = Dark Bronze Polarized
Not all colors available in Base 8 Curvature. Not a big deal if you collect frogskins and the like, but X Metals all use Base 8…fewer options.
They will be adding more colors very soon, but that is what they currently offer in Base 8 Curvature.
Base 6 Curvature they’ve got a ton of colors check out their site.
Fit was perfect with every pair of XMXX I installed them in which is something I have not yet come across. I could have just been lucky but either way, you shouldn’t have too much trouble. They also have a fitment guarantee. If they don’t fit, you can send them back as long as they’re in the same condition you received them in...ie you didn’t wear them out and scratch the **** out of them.
Edit: having trouble uploading the video to my regular account...will get it up soon.
I promised them I’d use a set to show the durability but when I got them and saw the quality…I didn’t want to do the “test.” I am however a man of my word and you’ll see the hammer and scratch test in the linked video. I will add that I hit the lenses hard, not putting my whole body weight into it, but I didn’t just tap them. They stood up to the hit like a champ. Actually they stood up to the test exactly like a pair of ANSI Z87.1 approved lenses should.
Scratch test – I didn’t want to put any of my expensive genuine Oakley lenses through this test but I can simply say we all know genuine Oakley lenses would not have stood up to this abuse as well as these did.
Pros: Base 6 curvature glasses have 15 lens colors available with most of those colors also available polarized. They also offer clear, photochromatic, and RealD 3D Lenses.
Cons: As mentioned earlier, Base 8 curvature glasses have fewer color options and only the Grey and Brown Zeiss offerings for polarized.
They also don’t have a ton of frame options right now for X-Metals…XMXX and Juliet being the only lenses offered in the X-Metal Line. I will be sending them my Ti02 Romeo 2.0 frames and lenses for them to make me some of those in the near future. I’ll also end up sending them my romeos as well.
Despite the limited options right now for Base 8 curve lenses, I would highly recommend taking a shot on these lenses. I so often see people immediately say “you just wasted $20” and I’d tend to agree with that statement just about every other time, but I honestly think these are different. The thickness, durability, fit, and colors are just better than any other aftermarket lens I’ve tried before.
The reality is that I wasted a couple hundred dollars trying to find a high quality set of replacement lenses at a good price. I think I’ve found some, and going forward, I will save a lot of money over buying OEM custom cuts. Don’t get me wrong, there are some Oakley lens color options that I’ll want and will pay for, but for the colors Fuse Lenses offer it’s tough to beat.