Posted 18 October 2012 - 10:44 AM
They shipped quickly from NJ and arrived just before a week long family vacation in which I was going to play three times (Disney Palm, Magnolia, and Oak Trail). I took my Half Jackets for comparison as well.
In terms of build quality, the only difference I can see between these and the equivalent Oakley model is they use screws at the pivots instead of compression fit. This only becomes an issue if you plan to replace the stems (unlikely replacement parts are available for these) or if you sit on them... the Oakley model might pop apart instead of breaking. Otherwise the build quality is top notch. There are no molding lines like you see on cheap plastic frames. The rubber pieces are removable but fit snugly and stretch the same way as Oakley rubber pieces. The lenses have a strong polarization that can be seen are nearly 100% light blockage when you put the two lenses in line with one rotated 180*.
One thing that surprised me is the lenses are removable and look like they might be directly interchangeable with Oakley lenses as well as the plethora of third-party lenses available these days. I tried and they are not 1:1 with Half Jacket lenses, but neither are Flak Jackets. Given the low price, I can't see much reason to buy more expensive lenses, but if they are compatible, buying a set of these glasses just for the lenses might be an inexpensive way to replace lenses on a real pair of Flak Jackets... again, I can't confirm they are a 100% match yet... I've emailed the owner of the company, listed on a tag on the glasses, and haven't heard anything back. My plan is to get the black/gold and silver/blue combos and then just swap around lenses as I see fit.
Anyway, long-and-short is if you're looking for a good budget alternative to the Oakley Flak Jacket, check eBay for Finz. They also have a Radar style frame as well, but it's not the 1:1 design translation that the Flak Jacket style frames are.
It might not come across as such, but I have no affiliation with Finz, just happy with what I got from them for the price... I think my post count and history should bear this out as well.
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Posted 22 October 2012 - 12:37 PM
I just purchased two of their Radar type styles. Can't beat the price with free shipping.
Will give my review of them in a few weeks.
I went ahead and got the Finz in black/gold and silver/blue (in addition to the white/grey I already had) of the Flak Jacket style which means I can mix/match all three frame and lens colors now. I emailed the eBay seller and he let me have both for $25 shipped. Also picked up an Oakley Ballistic case that will hold one assembled frame and 2 sets of spare lenses... should be a nice combo for travel. After trying on some real Flak Jackets again this weekend, I will say the Oakley frames have slightly softer rubber for the nose. I can't say for sure if the Finz will accept Oakley rubber on the nose, but I can tell by looking that they will not on the temple/stems (slightly different pattern).
Edited by IsleOfMan, 22 October 2012 - 12:39 PM.
Posted 23 October 2012 - 10:44 AM
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Posted 12 November 2012 - 04:46 PM
Putting with them on sometimes hides the grain, so I will flip them on top of the of my hat. Best glasses period.