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Rivbos vs Oakley: Lens durability test (video)

Thursday, January 14, 2016 by  
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In yesterday’s blog I posted some of my thoughts on Rivbos sunglasses, which are basically inexpensive clones of the very nice–but pricey– Oakley Prizm Road Radarlock sunglasses. If you missed that blog, you can check it out here.

In response to yesterday’s blog, JSF member “lizardofoz” commented with the following question:

Is there any info on the strength of the lenses? Oakley always used to show that they could survive being shot with a shotgun, and whilst that is (hopefully!) unlikely to happen, a stone at high speed on the bike could be dangerous if they aren’t up to it.

I thought this was an excellent question, so this morning I decided to put a Rivbos lens to the test. Also, to make this a fair comparison, I grabbed an Oakley Radarlock lens and subjected it to the exact same tests as the Rivbos lens.

Here’s the quick and dirty video:


I think it’s safe to say that Rivbos, which come with a lifetime frame and lens breakage warranty, are as tough as the Oakley lenses.

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