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Fishing guide Tom Stephens Jr. field tests lenses for Practical Sailor in 2009. The coating of the Oakleys HiJinx in his hand failed after three years.

Boating Eyewear Guarantee

Big name U.S. brands fail warranty support test while Aussie-based Barz steps up.

One of the reason we pay premium for brand-name products is the expectation that if something goes wrong, we’d get outstanding support. Some U.S. companies (think Buck knives) have built their reputations on their lifetime warranties. But in the global economy, when brands are sold and resold, it is getting harder and harder to obtain good warranty support.

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