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How to Tell if Oakley Sunglasses Are Fake or Authentic

How to Tell if Oakley Sunglasses Are Fake or Authentic

This post is on how to spot a fake and be able to tell the difference between a genuine and a fake Oakley sunglasses. Well, for starters, authentic Oakley sunglasses are actually made in the United States of America. Always ask questions and do this sort of research before buying and don’t just be dazzled by the deal you are getting.
It might be pretty difficult to distinguish between the two though. They real and fake both generally look the same. They both generally weigh the same…and guess what? They fakes also come with serial numbers printed on the Temple. That’s just sad for us peeps out there that don’t want to be ripped off but just want the authentic stuff. The fakes also come with tags on the case and even a logo on the lens! Arghhhh!

1: The Case
Both the authentic and the fake Oakley sunglasses are packaged in a branded retail box …but you must also be aware that that genuine packaging can accompany counterfeit sunglasses. The key here is to check for the quality of the print, the colour and image quality of the logo. Also check that the logo, spellings and font matches that of used officially by Oakley. Foakley, Fakley, Fokley, whatever you want to call them, they are not the real deal. Most of the times these logo stamps on the fake sunglasses might look decent only at face value, but the minor details are incorrect and even the zipper position might be placed on the wrong side. Sometimes the prints on the fakes are made with very low quality dyes that they might seem to give out a little bit of a gasoline ordour with you smell them and they rub off easily. The real ones look sturdy.
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2: The Price tag
Well, If it seems too good to be true then it probably isn’t “true”. For instance, depending on the model, a used authentic pair of Oakleys is typically going to cost you at least $60.00. Anything brand new, straight out of the box is far more likely to be at least in the $100+ range. It’s always a great idea to check against the retail price and what other frames of the same condition are going for.

3: Lens Logo with an “O”
The authentic Oakley sunglasses come with an Oakley oval shaped “O” etched on the top end of one of the lenses. If you see paint on the lens, you can tell it’s most likely a fake.
With limited editions such as the Tour de France, MLB, or Ferrari models, there are some Oakley lenses that will have something other than “Polarized” or “Prizm” etched into the lens. You can also get some custom etching from Oakley. Some shield lenses, like lenses for the M Frames will have “Oakley” etched into the top of the lens, above the nose bridge as you can see on the left.
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4: Nose bridge Logo
The nose bridge must have an “OAKLEY” printed on the front side of the nose bridge. The fake one don’t have this detail most of the time. A lot of counterfeiters feature “Oakley” on the frames though and don’t pay attention to whether the model they’re faking actually has the Oakley logo in the same place. This is especially common over the nose bridge. If the ones on Oakley’s site don’t have “Oakley” over the nose bridge, and yours does, then what you’ve got are fakes. Life style frames such as Holbrooks and Frogskins are popular knock-offs, and the fakes often feature a misplaced logo as explained.

5: The Temple
The inside left temple arm of Oakley sunglasses feature the model number and sizing details. Again check for any errors in font size, spacing or alignment. Hold your Oakley and have a close look. They should feel of a quality weight. Notice how small the hinges are on the fake. The prints on the temple look very poorly done if you take a closer look at them. Many of Oakley’s plastic frames are formed with pre-dyed plastic, so the plastic is the same color throughout. If you were to snap your frames in two, the inner colour of the plastic should be the same as the outer. But note that this isn’t true of all Oakleys, especially those featuring designs or metal frames. Those that are painted feature a high-quality finish that should withstand normal wear and tear for a while.

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6: Hinges and no visible screw heads

The temple hinges should be cleanly attached, be flush with the arm, and not stuck on or glued on. The real oakley sunglasses usually don’t ever have screws on the hinges…If yours has a little screw as a hinge then it’s probably a fake. Genuine oakley glasses have a solid feel and should be slightly heavy. The temples snap out when you open them up and then snap right back in when you close them in. Always check that they are very neatly manufactured and are of excellent quality. They should be embedded neatly into the frame rather than showing any traces of glue or melted plastic like they’ve been molded.

Fake Oakleys usually have sloppy finishing, and the plastic frames may have raised lines from the incompetent molding process. On Genuine Oakleys, this seam is almost imperceptible. You may probably be able to identify the line visually, but if you go ahead and run your finger along it, you shouldn’t be able to feel it seam impressions.



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  4. Hello, I just purchased a pair of Oakley inmates, they don’t have the name on the arm like most models do. They do have made in the USA on one arm and the model number on the other.

    Is missing the name on the arm a sign of being fake?

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