“They’re just bits of plastic” – why cyclists buy fake Oakleys

Oakley Radarlock sunglasses retail for £175. An almost identical pair – but fake – can be bought online for £20, shipped. Fake Oakleys are so common they are known as “Foakleys,” a portmanteau of “faux” and “Oakley.”

Foakley is such an accepted word that websites openly sell “Foakley” replica glasses. For instance, replica sunglasses.narialis.com claims to be a US company with a US address, and sells Foakley Radarlocks for $13 – it has the Oakley logo at the top of the homepage but the word “Foakley” is all over the site, and it openly states that the glasses are knock-offs. Of course, the site isn’t really US-based: it ships via EMS, the Chinese state-owned courier firm.

Oakley-lead-image-630x420But this is far from the only website selling  replica Oakley knock-offs. There are Foakley sellers on Alibaba, DHgate, and other Chinese online merchants. A British cycle industry executive told BikeBiz that all of the riders in his cycling club who wore Oakley’s have, in fact, been wearing Foakleys for at least the past couple of years.

“Determining if they are real or counterfeit can be difficult,” admits Oakley replica on an official FAQ. Indeed, purchasers of fake Oakleys have found that the lenses and other parts are interchangeable with genuine Oakleys.

“Whenever I handled cheap Oakley glasses owned by friends I thought “these are just bits of plastic with some nice branding on them.” I searched on eBay for “cycling sunglasses” and found a pair that bore a striking resemblance to replica Oakley Jawbones and another pair that bore a striking resemblance to Oakley Radarlocks. They were about £8 each, delivered from China. They didn’t have the Oakley outlet branding on the photos on the eBay listing but when the Jawbones arrived they had Oakley branding, including “Made in the USA” stamped on the arms, and the oval Oakley emblem was where you’d expect to see it. They were indistinguishable from genuine Jawbones. They fitted well (but the arm broke after a couple of months).

“The “Radarlocks” came with free lenses and a case. They fitted really well, and I’m still using them.

“I tell other people they’re fake. There’s perverse satisfaction in getting something cheaper than somebody else. I have no brand loyalty, I didn’t get them for the cachet of the brand, I just want them to keep the bugs out of my eyes, and not be upset when I inevitably lose them.

“When I see replica  Oakleys outlet in the wild I look at them critically. The brand is diluted by all the fakes out there.

Ideal sunglasses for golfers — including golfers who need glasses-replica okley sunglasses

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My wife got glasses in second grade. On the first day she wore them to school, she looked out the window of her classroom and shouted, “I can see inside that truck!” and a boy sitting next to her, deeply impressed, asked, “Did they give you X ray vision?”

All she had meant was that the vehicles on the street in front of the school no longer looked like fuzzy moving blobs — but that was still a big deal. I had a similar experience when I got my own first replica okley  sunglasses, in fifth grade, and discovered that trees had individually discernible leaves.

My father used to say that he liked playing golf in his trifocals because on every shot he could choose from among three balls. For most golfers, though, glasses are problematic. I’m so nearsighted that I have trouble finding my replica glasses if I’m not wearing them, and until recently that meant that I was out of luck when it came to playing golf in the kinds of cool-looking sunglasses that tour players wear upside down on the back of their hat. But not anymore. A couple of years ago, Rob Tavakoli, an optician and vice president at SportRX, sent me a pair of Nike glasses with photochromic lenses designed specifically sunglasses replica for golf. Here I am wearing them while getting a lesson from David Leadbetter:

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Two of Tavakoli’s specialties are sport-specific glasses and sport-specific glasses for people with strong prescriptions, like me. (SportRX employs a technician who specializes in high corrections — a rarity for companies that sell sports glasses, because getting everything okley replicaq right can be complicated and time-consuming.) Tavakoli is a useful person to consult in such matters, because he really, really, really loves glasses. When he was 12, he fudged an eye test so that his ophthalmologist would write him a prescription he didn’t need, and when he was 17 he developed an obsession with sunglasses which he retains to this day, two decades later.

The first innovation is a technology called Prizm, which Oakley introduced in ski goggles a couple of years ago and in prescription replica glasses about a year ago. “When Prizm first came out,” Tavakoli told me, “I got emotional every time I tried to talk about it. Oakley has figured out, for each sport, which colors of light need to be highlighted and which need to be muted. So for golf you get this extra contrast, this extra pop, but at the same time okley outlet the lenses are taking out glare and brightness. To me, it’s almost like they put a computer chip in the glasses.” The level of specificity is remarkable: for baseball, Oakley makes different lenses for infielders and outfielders. Ditto for people who fish in shallow water and people who fish in deep water. Here’s a video explanation

Oakley replica Wind Jacket 2.0 sunglasses, with PRIZM lens

okley0Welcome to another installment of Editor’s Review from FREESKIER. Each week our editorial staff provides in-depth, honest reviews about the gear they’re testing on a weekly basis. Our goal? To point you towards okley replica the best brands and products on Earth so you can trust your equipment whole-heartedly and have as much fun in the mountains as possible. Read up on Oakley’s Wind Jacket 2.0, below, then visit us again tomorrow for more awesome gear coverage.

Skiing in sunglasses on a perfect spring/summer day is one of the best feelings ever… until your eyes begin watering like crazy and said sunglasses fly off your head into a snowy sunglasses replica abyss. The answer: the Wind Jacket 2.0, a big-lensed, snug-fitting pair of shades with heaps of retro flair, to boot. These puppies come with a removable strap and PRIZM lenses that enhance color and contrast. I’ve been sporting okley outlet these while skiing, hiking, biking, paragliding, rollerblading, river-rafting, boating, you name it. They’ve remained squarely in place through all of these activities, blocked wind and generally enhanced my experiences via the remarkable clarity and contrast offered by PRIZM.

More on the PRIZM front: These sunglasses replica are catchy, no doubt about it. Everywhere I roam folks inquire, “What are those?!” I often go so far as to take ’em off of my head and welcome strangers to try them out, and I explain the benefit and the magic of PRIZM. People dig the look, that’s obvious, and they’re almost always sold on these puppies cheap okley sunglasses when they see the world through the PRIZM lens. The next question they’ll ask is, “Hey, wait a minute, do you work for Oakley?!” “No,” I reply. “I’m just that big of a m’f#ckin’ fan.”

Jacket up, folks.

Note: The Wind Jacket 2.0 comes in six colorways. I dig the Neon Retina frame with PRIZM Snow Black Iridium lens for its funky-fun look, but I feel compelled to say that the PRIZM Snow Torch Iridium okley replica lens that comes standard with the 80s Green and Neon Orange/Red frames is just the best; it brightens and warms up your experiences in a way that I guarantee you’ll appreciate. Catch a sneak peek at those colorways, below, and click sunglasses replica on the nifty button here for all the deets.

Bubba Watson’s Oakley’s Latest Insane Golfing VehicleJetpack: The Story Behind replica

At the Olympics, golfer Bubba Watson will be walking the course like everyone else. But don’t be surprised if someone cheap Oakley sunglasses asks him about his insane jetpack golf cart.

That’s because the colorful 37-year-old Floridian has been promoting just such an airborne vehicle in his latest viral video for Oakley sunglasses.

The spot, which has almost 1 million views on YouTube, doubles as an Olympics promo for Oakley replica. A number of competitors in Rio will be wearing the brand’s Prizm shades, which are customized by sport to help athletes see their playing fields more clearly.

okley“Bubba’s Jetpack” will probably remind you of “Bubba’s Hover,” the hovercraft golf cart that Watson was seen tooling around in three years ago. That’s because the hovercraft was also an Oakley outlet creation—made and marketed with help from New York viral marketing agency Thinkmodo, which also made “Bubba’s Jetpack” as a sequel.

Thinkmodo prides itself on never using CGI. And indeed, agency co-founder James Percelay tells Adweek that the jetpack video, and the jetpack itself, are 100 percent real.

“It actually works. It’s incredible,” he says. “They’re going to be in production at the end of the year, or the beginning of 2017, for police, fire and military. They’re waiting on FAA approval so you and I can commute five minutes in the air to work and land on a rooftop.”

Percelay says Thinkmodo had been monitoring a small New Zealand company for years called Martin Aircraft that’s been working on jetpack technology. “We were very supportive of them, and did a little deal where if we came up with an idea for some kind of promotional Oakley replica deal, that we’d have first dibs at it,” he says. “We stuck with them, and sure enough, the jetpack, years later, got off the ground.”

And he means that quite literally.

“This is the real deal,” Percelay says. “It can go up to 3,000 feet high. It goes about 45 miles an hour. It can stay aloft for 30 minutes, or go about 19 or 20 miles. It’s computer controlled, and super Oakley replica stable—you can actually take your hands off the controls and it will lock in position. It’s wild.”

Watson, of course, is the perfect spokesman for such a thing. After all, it makes total sense that one of the world’s most nontraditional golfers would also have the coolest golf cart around. (Though actually, you’ll notice in the video that while Watson is seen strapping the jetpack on, he doesn’t appear to actually fly it—that job is left to a pilot.)

A golf spot is particularly timely, too, given that the sport is returning to the Olympics this year after an absence of 112 years.

Thinkmodo’s hovercraft and jetpack projects are both, in a way, just jokes—nobody would actually cheap oakley sunglasses use these things on a golf course (aside from promotional or fundraising stunts). And yet, they’re also intended to position Oakley outlet as a company that’s a real technological innovator. Thus, the spots do double duty—as comedy, and as actual brand building.

okley2“The idea really is that Oakley outlet is a tech company, and we’ve applied amazing technology to some pretty ridiculous applications, just to make a point,” Percelay says.

That said, the Indiana company that made the hovercraft got orders from golf courses for them. And Martin will probably get orders for the golf cart jetpacks, too.

“The hovercraft ended up on the cover of the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog,” Percelay says. “So, who am I to say this is just a prototype? The odds of someone actually ordering this for a golf course is actually pretty high.”