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Retro classic glasses at a great price!
on 10 May 2015
Anyone familiar with Ray Ban glasses will agree that the glasses themselves do not really need reviewing. Simply put, they are some of the best fashion sunglasses you can get. Due to this popularity and iconic look, it has meant there are many, many fake glasses available and they are getting harder to spot all the time. With all this in mind, this review will focus on just a couple of points:-
1. Are the glasses real or fake?
A. The glasses I got were 100% real. It should be noted however that I purchased mine through Amazon as the seller. I can not speak for the other seller options as they ship direct and Amazon are not responsible for checking this items. So if you are not choosing Amazon as the seller, you may want to check the seller feedback or buy them direct from Ray Ban if you are unsure how to check for fakes and don't want to take a chance.
If you are worried about getting fakes, there are few simple checks you can make yourself.
* The easiest and most accurate way to test them is to weigh them. No videos showing fakes ever suggest this, not sure why. A 50mm lens size pair of black wayfarer glasses with G15 lenses will weigh exactly 45 grams. A fake pair will be lighter, due to the absence of metal support frames.
* The left lens (as you are wearing them) should have a small "RB" logo, laser cut into the glass. This is not etched, so if you can feel it with your finger, it's not right.
* The angle of the front frame has an aggressive slant towards the bottom of the eye. If you open the glasses and put them on a flat service and look at them side on. If the lenses are at a 90% angle straight down, they're not right.
* Hold frame up to a VERY bright light source. You should be able to see a metal bar frame inside the arms of the glasses. The plastic will also have a deep purple colour.
* Check the case. It should not have red lining inside. It should also have an engraved "Ray Ban" logo on the pop button.
There are loads of videos on youtube comparing fakes to real glasses, so you should be able to watch these and tell real ones from fakes.
2. Size options
A. The glasses are available as two sizes. "Medium" and "One Size". I found this a bit odd as "one size" would suggest to me that the glasses are one size fits all. This is not the case. The "one size" refer to the 54mm lens size and these do not also come in the classic iconic square style frame, but a more rounded frame. If you want the iconic and traditional 50's style ones, chose the medium size which come with the 50mm lenses.
3. Lens options
A. Simple. There are no lens options available here. They come with the standard Ray Ban G15 dark "green" lenses. These are very dark and block about 85% of sunlight. Perfect for very sunny conditions. Ray Bans come with lots of options for lesses including colours and polarised. If you want something more specific, these won't do for you.
To sum up, I got these for £75 which is a £50 saving buying them direct from Ray Ban. As these were the size and lens options I wanted, I thought it a great deal.