Lopaka KaMars: Robert K
East Oahu Hawaii
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Been coming here the last couple years looking for info. Great site, but didn't know there was a forum here as well. Figured what-the-hell right? Using my Oakley Forum name so those from there know who I am.

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2D
May 28, 2024 3:26 AM

2D
May 27, 2024 9:33 PM
So far no ones said anything. One OF guy doesn't think it's fake and neither do I. It's far too exacting on the details to be the work of a counterfeiter. I've never seen a fake Valve 1.0. Yet.
2D
May 27, 2024 9:22 PM









Wasn't about to strip any lugs that are still in great to new condition. That's why the last two pairs have the factory lugs.
2D
May 27, 2024 9:17 PM












Metallic Blue with Fuse Chrome
2D
May 27, 2024 9:12 PM







2D
May 27, 2024 9:10 PM










5D
May 25, 2024 4:18 AM

6D
May 24, 2024 5:00 AM
I already put that pair back together so no parts are lost, and put it away for safe keeping. Not sure if there's any good non-intrusive test other than the scratching glass test. As heavy as it feels, I want to rule out aluminum. I am an electrician that deals with copper and aluminum wires. And I am fully aware of the weight difference between the two. I believe if that piece were aluminum it would be a little lighter than what it feels like now.
6D
May 24, 2024 3:10 AM

6D
May 23, 2024 7:58 PM
My guess is the lug is made of titanium. But how do you test that without damaging the finish.
6D
May 23, 2024 7:47 PM
The lug with the blueish looking ear stem, was me trying to see if my regular Valve ear stem will fit, and sure enough it did. So this Valve can swap parts. At least that crazy metal lug.
6D
May 23, 2024 7:44 PM
Sorry. Noticed photos doesn't upload in the correct sequence. So my photos are actually out of order.















6D
May 23, 2024 7:40 PM
I'm realizing I forgot to mention that when I went to take out the screw holding the lug to the ear stem, I realized my T5 wouldn't fit. And found out it was a T8. A Torx screw like Oakley uses regularly.












6D
May 23, 2024 7:37 PM








6D
May 23, 2024 7:36 PM
Aloha O-Review. Just picked up a Valve 1.0 that I thought was fake, because of some differences. But after really looking into the pair, I'm starting to believe this is an actual Oakley pair. Anyway I got this off of feebay. I asked the seller about it and he/she said it was a gift from some relative from some past occasion. Can't remember what relative, what year, nor what occasion. Just that it was recently found in storage and that the/she is/was the current owner. Seller said he/she is not a collector and that's all they have. The feebay listing said it was new and the end of the auction was almost a week away still. I messaged the seller saying I'm bummed they didn't have a buy it now option. As I might've pulled the trigger fast if the price is right. Seller messaged back and changed the listing and I pressed buy as fast as I could. Got it for $125. Great for something listed as new. Was listed as a black Valve 1.0 with polarized black lenses.

The first thing I noticed was the matte finish and no bridge text. Wasn't expecting that. Photos used for the sale were cr@p. Then I noticed the text on the right ear stem looked bigger than normal. And on the right ear stem the word VALVE is there. Though not as pronounced as the texts normally are. I started to think fake at this point but wanted to investigate further. So I popped an ear stem off and immediately noticed a weight difference. Then I realized the pair itself was quite heavier than normal. I quickly narrowed it down to the lug. Somehow this lug is made of metal. It's quite heavy and I have photos to show the weight difference to a regular plastic lug. I gotta tell you that if this piece is fake, someone went way outta their way to forge what is basically an exact duplicate of a real lug. Unreal craftsmanship. Very unlike people trying to make fakes.

I did notice a difference on the mounting piece for the nose rubbers. The rubbers came off like how a regular rubber comes off. It's just the mounting piece on this questionable pair was slightly wider. Thank goodness the owner said they never used the pair as it was pretty clean underneath the rubber. Which would've been an indicator of previous use. So lucked out big time on that. The polarized lenses are kinda weird to me. It almost looks like it was literally cut from another pair as it doesn't look like it sits quite right. Something I seen when cutting lenses myself from something that has a different base curve. It goes in and stays. Just that I can see daylight on the edges where it's not seated 100% properly. If the previous owner wasn't even a collector, I doubt they would change the lens. Maybe original relative? Weird huh?

Then I started looking deeper and noticed the casting marks on the frame were the same as a regular Valve 1.0. I have pictures of that to show side by side. After a while I started leaning back towards a real pair. Especially after I did a strength test on the ear stems and frame. Sorry. I had to try and thankfully I didn't break anything. But I gotta tell you that I don't know if I can 'break' this. As I believe this is Oakley O-matter.

So my question to you Oakley experts is, was there ever a special model made? Like perhaps an employee only pair of Valve 1.0's that have metal lugs.
5M
Dec 22, 2023 8:48 AM
A couple of weeks ago I did a stupid thing. I had just put a lens in my freshly painted 49er Valve, and then decided I wanted to try and swap it out for a lens that was more red. Well I ended up chipping out a small piece of paint by the nose of the left eye socket, and was immediately sickened by what I had just done. My first reaction was to start painting two frames right away. The thinking was that at least one should come out OK. As it turns out I went with neither pair as both had imperfections I didn't like. One became my green pair and the other was redone. When I started painting myself, my goal was to good enough to be consistent so I could fix my own mistakes. I guess as long as I'm using the same exact colors as before, I can achieve this. So here's my 49er Valve back in action, without that chip in the paint.













The last photo is of the older frame that got swapped out. Using that photo so you can compare with the new paint job.
5M
Dec 21, 2023 6:29 AM

5M
Dec 20, 2023 1:47 AM
I wanted a green pair and did this one almost all green (minus the rubbers and icons). The frame is called "British" green. It's just very dark and that's what I wanted.












5M
Dec 16, 2023 4:39 AM

5M
Dec 15, 2023 2:45 AM
Finally completed my copper Valve 1.0 with Polarized black Ikons. This was like the third or fourth attempt at this color. Still working on the nuances of painting, but I think there's been an improvement. Still flaws visible here and there. Overall I give myself an 8/10. Now to see how long my finishes last.












5M
Dec 13, 2023 8:30 AM
My copper Valve is so close to completion. This is try number 4 or 5. Lol. Thing went wrong with earlier paint jobs and the only thing I know to truly fix a problem is to start over. There are many flaws with this one, as with all my projects thus far. All I can say is I'll get better. This copper frame is just waiting for new lenses to arrive in the mail.



5M
Dec 12, 2023 7:27 AM
Much Mahalo guys. I appreciate the compliments. Here's my take on the Ice Valve. Only white instead of silver. Lol.











5M
Dec 10, 2023 4:54 PM
I guess I need to apologize for not following through on the Violet white Valve project. I actually ruined the finish on the white pair shown before when I tried to forced in my violet lenses in much too early. I gave several days of drying before attempting again. But I chickened out when I started having fit issues. I didn't want to try and force things this time so I put the Violet lenses back into a black pair that can take the abuse. What's happening is my Violet and DWP lenses are lenses that I cut myself. Because I'm scared to over-cut, these are just a hair bigger than it should be. I can tell when these two lenses almost 'snap' in. So the only custom with these two pairs is the lens cuts and painted lugs.











5M
Dec 10, 2023 7:21 AM

5M
Dec 9, 2023 3:35 AM
The 49er pair is ready for Sundays. Go Niners.





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