The HC3 lenses were packaged securely, arriving in a small box the lenses wrapped in plastic with a bit of added padding from a soft bag like the one that came with the original sunglasses, the type that doubles as a lens wipe. They are a direct replacement and the fit was spot-on, simply pop out the old ones and snap the Revants in their place. If you’ve never done this before, Revant has a page dedicated to lens installation to take you through the process. The lenses are said to be Z87.1 Impact Resistant, the same rating as the original Oakley lenses, and offer 100% UV protection and 8% VLT. The HC3’s come with a 60 day return policy and a one-year warranty.
In bright sunlight, the Revant Elite HC3 Polarized Lenses do a great job of cutting down glare. The clarity is as good as the original Oakley Gascans, and the tint on the Stealth Black set is dark enough so my eyes are comfortable and open wide. Though the Gascans aren’t necessarily riding glasses, I use them frequently when I wear a three-quarters helmet for short trips and don’t notice any difference between the quality of the Revant replacements and the originals. I do like that the tint allows me to wear them in the early strokes of evening and still be able to see.
After putting out a $150 for a pair of polarized Gascans, the last thing you want to do is come up off another $150 because of a scratched lens. The standard Gascan replacement lenses from Oakley are $60, while polarized lenses bump up the price to $80, with the Black Iridium Polarized ones going for $90. Seeing how the Revant Elite HC3 Polarized Lenses go for $52 and worked on par with the originals, it makes replacing scratched sunglass lenses less of a bitter pill to swallow.