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Ray-Ban Men's Tech RB8301-004/32-56 Gunmetal Aviator Sunglasses

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Product Description

If it was even possible, Ray-Ban's classic aviator just got so much better. The strength of Carbon Fiber is infused with Aviator TECH, ending in an innovative design that's lightweight, durable, and resilient. The frame forms the iconic shape, while the logo-scripted ear pieces are flexible and comfortable. The UV lenses have a hydro-oleophobic coating and are anti-reflective for optimum optical quality and protection.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Item model number: RB8301
  • ASIN: B00455HSJW
  • Date first available at Oct. 28 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,309 in Clothing & Accessories (See Top 100 in Clothing & Accessories)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Love this range of shades to no end, but it's not true "Carbon Fiber"... Aug. 17 2014
By G. Fowler - Published on
Size: One SizeColor: Silver Verified Purchase
This is my second pair of Ray-Ban's - both from the "Tech" series, and I love this pair even more than the original ones, which were Aviators with the silver "Carbon Fiber" (C.F.) temples/earpieces (model # RB8307 004/N8 58-14).

Notice I put "Carbon Fiber" in double-quotes (""), as being a mechanical engineer with a long history in advanced composites, I am 99% sure that they aren't actual carbon fiber, so much as a sister composite such as "Texalium" which uses thin aluminum threads rather than carbon nanotubes. This is quite obvious from the fact that NO C.F. is anything other than a dull matte-black, and both of these shades use a shiny silver woven composite matrix. And yes, I am aware there are specialised aesthetic version of C.F. (e.g. "lightning strike" which weave colored threads or wires in-between the carbon ones), but this is not the case with these products.

However, for all practical intents & purposes (other than pure aesthetics), the performance/durability of these materials in this application is identical (and once could argue the silvery color is more flashy/appealing over a dull black).

So... now onto the good stuff. I got these recently as a replacement for my venerable Aviator-style Tech-series shades, because after 3+ years of hard abuse, they were ready for retirement. Many years of dropping, hard impacts, & etc... had finally taken their toll on my old shades, and they couldn't sit on my head straight anymore. Plus, the very tough lenses were fairly scratched up. Also, after bending the temple/earpiece bars excessively (to show a friend how indestructible they were), the little black TPE (rubber) pads on the tips started de-laminating. The final straw was when both opposite earpiece bars became so out-of-alignment, that they wouldn't sit on my face let alone sit flat on a tabletop. I think this was due to the very impressively tough "monoblock" hinges finally getting bent out of alignment (yes, with some careful attention, I may have been able to bend things back into a more nominal alignment, but it was just time to treat myself to a nice new pair...).

So now, enter the actual sunglasses being reviewed. It took me a while to decide on the actual model, but I wanted it to be Ray-Ban's (again), and they had to be polarized (once you go down the +P road, you can't go back). I finally settled on this "oval" shape and chose the best lens/frame/temple color combination for my tastes (grey-silver mirror/silver/white + red).

As soon as they arrived, I loved them even more than the venerable aviators for the following reasons:

1) Better style (for my face at least) - having the same general aviator shape, but slightly thinner they just look/feel better
2) No adjustments out-of-the-box - they just fit perfectly, unlike the Aviators, which I had to bend the nosepieces back and forth and the monoblock hinges slightly to get them to sit level on my face
3) Better temple/earpiece construction - unlike the Aviators, which were hard "C.F" surrounded by a bulky TPE (rubber) over-molding throughout the whole piece, these are simple, hard-yet-flexible solid composite. Much thinner + lower-profile, and a better look + fit

I'm in love with these puppies, but have to concede that my initial impressions lead me to believe that the smaller/slimmer "monoblock" hinges won't be as robust as the Aviator model. However, I am very happy with these and am sure that as long as I treat them with just a tiny sense of care, they will be around for many years to come.

Highly recommended.
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
mmmmm... Jan. 10 2013
By J. Nelson - Published on
Size: 56Color: Green Verified Purchase
I was a little disappointed when the sunglasses arrived.
First they are made in China. Well ok...I wasn't expecting for chinese glasses but well...( My 2 other Ray Bans are made in Italy.

Second the little rubber parts ( temple tips) at the end of the temples get tangled in your hair when you remove them or put them on. Not a pblm if you are a man with short hair ( what I don't happen to be!)

The information given is not very complete ( They say nothing about their origin). A pitty.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Ray-Ban RB8301P Sunglasses... April 27 2015
By Rajmohan Ramdoss - Published on
Size: One SizeColor: Grey Verified Purchase
Excellent sun-glasses.. These are perfect fit as well as described by Flexible and durable carbon fiber for a snug and perfect fit.
Excelent protection, clear image, looking and polarization!! And the real carbon fiber looks awesome!!
They fit perfect and the 59mm is a very good size for a medium face. They have the RB symbol in one of the lenses. Since the glasses are polarized, they cut out of glare and offer better objects visibility with stronger attenuation than regular sunglasses.
They are as below:
Made in China
Glass & Polarized
SIZE: Lens width: 59 mm - Bridge: 14 mm - Arm: 140 mm (millimeters)
Colour: 029/98 Matte Gunmetal (Crystal Gray-Blue Polarized Lens)

Thanks aton..
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Fancy July 4 2013
By EVD - Published on
Verified Purchase
Great glasses, I give them 4/5 because of the fact that they are no longer made in Italy... HOWEVER, they are very fancy & classy. I have a smaller head and 56mm was a great choice. Great addition to any apparel, with dress clothes you look like a boss.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great in every way except for grip Aug. 3 2010
By Jack of all Trades - Published on
Verified Purchase
I won't go into much detail about the various highlights of these shades, there are too many. These are really great sunglasses in almost every way you could ever want, my one and only qualm is that they don't grip very well on the nose and have a tendency to slide a lot if you're sweating in the least bit. And since they are SUN glasses they are usually on my face in a situation where SWEAT might occur (heaven forbid!). I love the clarity and the design, these are truly fabulous shades, I just wish Ray Ban could design them to have a little more traction on the bridge grips.

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