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Ray-Ban Wayfarer Questions

Postby Hoha Sa on Tue May 14, 2013 12:58 pm

Hello all, I have been looking to buy my first pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, and I have been putting a lot of time in to researching all of my different options. I know that I would like my first pair to be wayfarers, but I am not 100% on which style I would like to get, as well as which lenses. I am mostly confused by the more specific details and not the most obvious ones, and I also do not have full access to all of the different styles of lenses that are online or that you would find at a major retailer to personally compare them all.

By my understanding, and correct me if I am wrong, the Original Wayfarer only comes in a 50mm and a 54mm size, and the New Wayfarer comes in a 52mm and a 55mm size. I once saw a picture of some square-ish looking, skinnier Wayfarers and I figured that they were the New 52mm. But, I just recently noticed there was also the Square Wayfarer, which by the looks of it has a 52mm lens size as well, and they may have been the pair that I liked. Thus, I am considering going with the Square wayfarers, however there are a few missing pieces of information that I cannot find through simple web searches. The Square one's are listed as the frame being composed of acetate, but I cannot find anywhere on the internet what the Original and the New Wayfarer's frames are composed of. If the frame is a different material, as it appears to be in some pictures but not others, than I may reconsider and reroute my attention to the New Wayfarer. Also, on Amazon, I found the Original Wayfarer in the sizes "47mm", "medium", and "one size" on what appears to be a legit retailer here:
http://www.amazon.com/{[srch-00000_0-]}-RB2140-Original-{[srch-00000_3-]}-Non-Polarized/dp/B001GNBJO6/ref=sr_1_3?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1368122715&sr=1-3
Is there really a 47mm Original 901 Wayfarer available? And what is 'one size'?

On to the lens. I am confused about which lens I can get with which frame colors and styles. Specifically, I am looking at the
G-15 XLT polarized lenses and any of the line of the gray polarized lenses. I am mainly considering the G-15's because not only are they seemingly the only XLT lens but I also hear that the color green filters certain spectrum of light more accurately than a gray color would. However, I would personally prefer to look through gray/black lenses versus green/blue/brown/orange/silver lenses, but my preference barely offsets the facts. I see here, in my other tab, that OpticsPlanet lists the Original Wayfarer with the options of "Crystal Gray Gradient", "Crystal Gray Gradient Pink", "Gradient Gray", "Polarized Gray", "Gray Gradient Azure", and "Crystal Gray Gradient Azure". What are the specific detailed differences between all of these different shades of gray? Which would be available as a standard option for a black frame (New, Square, and/or Original) and which would take some custom ordering? Which overall lens seems the most like a dark black (whether gray or G-15's) and which seems like a reflective silver? Also, which can I NOT find polarized and shatter-proof versions of?

Lastly, with a black frame, which lens would any of you suggest I get with regard to your own preferences? G-15 or one of the grays?

Thanks in advance for any help I receive, it is more than much appreciated.

EDIT: Possibly more questions to come!
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Re: Ray-Ban Wayfarer Questions

Postby larumd on Wed May 15, 2013 9:28 am

Great questions! Please call us at 1-800-504-5897 option 5. These inquiries warrant a phone call. I will say that all of the wayfarers are made of acetate. Keep in mind that you can also place an order from us for any model and try them on. You would have 30 days from delivery to return them for a refund or exchange. However, it might be easier to find a local retailer, try them on and then buy from Opticsplanet to take fulladvantage of the competitive pricing.

Give us a call. We would love to help.
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Re: Ray-Ban Wayfarer Questions

Postby Hoha Sa on Wed May 15, 2013 6:20 pm

Actually, I have indeed made my way to a few local retailers and I have tried on several different pairs I had questions about. Though the local retailers' employees were incredibly useless, I was able to compare and contrast the different styles, as well as most of the lenses I had in mind. My final few unanswered questions are actually rather simple, and only have to do with the differences between the G-15 XLT and the polarized gray lenses.

From the outside, which lens looks darker and/or closer to black? Is the gray polarized XLT as well? Could I get the gray polarized lens with a 52mm 901 New Wayfarer for the same price as the polarized G-15? Which color filters/processes the light spectrum the most and/or best? Which lens is least likely to break/is more durable?

Thank you for your time and help! It is much appreciated :D
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Re: Ray-Ban Wayfarer Questions

Postby larumd on Thu May 16, 2013 10:49 am

I would still love to talk to you over the phone extensively. In this very forum we have discussed the XLT lens technology.
Ray-Ban crystal (glass) G-15 lenses are green. Lenses made from glass are usually heavier than the lenses made out of plastic. Ray-Ban uses a special technology that make glass lenses light weight without diminishing their optical quality. To indicate that their lenses are lighter that most glass lenses in the industry, Ray Ban calls their lenses "XLT", which stands for extra light. All Ray-Ban glass lenses are XLT by default.

You are trying to compare the G15 which you didnt call polarized and the polarized gray. Well, first of all one is polarized and one is not.

Gray VS. Green (G15): Both tints do not alter the colors of anything you are looking at, which was critical for the pilots historically*. This is what I refer to as true color representation. Both colors have the same light transmission as well. It comes down to personal preference.

If I left anything out please call me at 1-800-504-5897 ext 320.
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Re: Ray-Ban Wayfarer Questions

Postby Hoha Sa on Fri May 17, 2013 12:43 pm

I wish I had more questions, so I could call you and ask them, but at this point you have given all of the information I need to know.
Thank you. Now it is down to trying on both pairs and seeing which I prefer.
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Re: Ray-Ban Wayfarer Questions

Postby larumd on Mon May 20, 2013 3:27 pm

Hoha Sa wrote:I wish I had more questions, so I could call you and ask them, but at this point you have given all of the information I need to know.
Thank you. Now it is down to trying on both pairs and seeing which I prefer.


I am always glad to help.
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Re: Ray-Ban Wayfarer Questions

Postby jonnblaze on Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:40 am

From the outside, which lens looks darker and/or closer to black? Is the gray polarized XLT as well? Could I get the gray polarized lens with a 52mm 901 New Wayfarer for the same price as the polarized G-15?
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Re: Ray-Ban Wayfarer Questions

Postby larumd on Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:19 am

The Ray-Ban New Wayfarer Sunglasses RB2132 has two dark polarized options. The Polarized crystal green G15 in the 55mm and the 52mm. The G15 is so dark sometimes people think that is gray or black.
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