Decided it was time that we reviewed Revant Optics lenses. This review is for Frogskin Slate Grey/Titanium Polarized lenses. I'll also be reviewing their new line of "Elite" lenses, so stay tuned for those!
Full Disclosure: I was in need of some replacement lenses for my Frogskins as you'll see shortly and decided this would be a great opportunity to try some aftermarket lenses. Revant Optics was nice enough to send us these lenses for free, despite my warning that I would give a brutally honest review. Kudos to them for having confidence in their products, and a brave marketing team.
My everyday pair of Oakley's are these Polished Black/Black Iridium Polarized Frogskins. To put it lightly, they have taken a beating. Aftermarket lenses and parts are definitely a controversial discussion lately, so I am excited to be able to try them out.
Here's the link to the lenses in this review and a shot of all the lenses when they arrived:
Polarized Stealth Black Replacement Lenses for Oakley Frogskins | Free Shipping, Revant Optics
I started with the Frogskins lenses, since this was the original reason I started looking for lenses. Each set of lenses comes in a Revant microfiber bag and are packed in plastic as seen below. Overall pretty standard stuff, the bag is slightly larger than the microfiber bag Oakley's lenses come in, and could probably be used for a pair of sunglasses if needed.
Frogskins have been my everyday pair for the last 2+ years, specifically these Black frames, since they are in my opinion, extremely versatile. Wearing a suit? Pop on Frogskins. Going to the beach? Frogskins. They are great. However, all of that wear definitely takes its toll. Just got back from the bar? Frogskins take a tumble down the stairs. Hanging at the beach? Frogskins fall in the water. You get the idea.
Here is a picture of what my lenses looked like after 2 years of hard wear(pictured left). On the left is my lens(yes I know it's bad), on the right one of the new Revant lenses(so that's what these are supposed to look like huh):
First Impressions of the lenses after unboxing: The Revant Optics lenses are a "Slate Grey" tint with a "Titanium" coating. I'd describe it as almost a mix between Black Iridium and Chrome Iridium, but definitely more towards the black end of the spectrum.
Next up, was popping the lenses into the frame and actually seeing how they look. First off, It was nice to actually be able to see out of my lenses again, and not be looking through 100 tiny scratches! I almost exclusively purchase extremely dark and polarized Oakley lenses for everyday use. Protecting your eyes is no joke.
The biggest difference I noticed was that the Revant lenses seemed significantly darker. In addition the iridium coating seemed much more prominent compared to standard Oakley lenses. I try only to wear Iridium lenses, since being able to see eyes through sunglasses seems odd to me. I believe partly that my Frogskins coating had begun to peel off, but I also do think that the Iridium coating on these lenses seemed stronger, and more comparable to Chrome Iridium lenses, which are very mirrored.
So I guess this should be the time when I say...maybe I was wrong. In the past I ONLY bought Oakley lenses, and had no problem plunking down $80-$100 for replacement Black Iridium Polarized lenses. After the Holiday's and everything else, I really didn't feeling like spending another $100 on lenses, which was my reason for turning to Revant. I must say, I have been pleasantly surprised. Obviously for any collectible pairs you are going to want original Oakley lenses and parts. But if you have an everyday pair, that gets wear & tear, I'd say for the price, the Revant lenses are worth looking at! It looks like the Revant marketing team gets to keep their jobs....for now !
Enough talking already. Now let's open this up to any questions you may have! I will try to snap some pictures in daylight in the coming days, and will update this appropriately. Also stay tuned for my review of the Revant "HC3 Elite" lenses.