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Luke_(NL)

I was dragging my feet on getting 'proper' eyewear, as I  didn't think that there could be that much difference between my Decathlon three lens kit that cost a tenner and the flashy glasses that shooters lug around in miniature vaults. 

Until I tried a mate's pair of Pilla's in low light, facing a setting sun. It felt like cheating in comparison. I could pick up the clays sooner and clearer. I'll take every edge I can reasonably lay my hands on 😄 so I bit the bullet and ordered a kit, which was surprisingly (lots) cheaper to ship over from the UK than if sourced locally.

I went with 10CED, 30CED and 67CWN (similar to my mates setup which suited well) and now I am eager for some varying light conditions to try each one out. All rain today and most of the weekend (my luck) by the looks of it, but will be happy to report on my experience with them. 

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Salopian

Try Randolphs .

Cheaper , better .

With Pilla you are being financially ripped off by everyone with their fingers in the pot . Their advertising isn't free you know , you are paying for it .

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Jan Powell
On 10/2/2020 at 10:21 AM, Salopian said:

Try Randolphs .

Cheaper , better .

With Pilla you are being financially ripped off by everyone with their fingers in the pot . Their advertising isn't free you know , you are paying for it .

Cheaper, yes. Better, no.

There’s a lot of silly hype surrounding Pilla frames and lenses. The adverts would have you believe you’ll magically hit target you’d have otherwise missed. Obviously nonsense. Having used all the major brands over the years including Pilla though, I’d say they’re probably better than the equivalent Randolph, Castellani or Decot. Not £350 better though.

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westley

" I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW, THE CLAYS CAN COME. I CAN SEE NO OBSTACLES IN MY WAY.  GONE ARE THE SHADOWS NOW THAT HAD ME BLIND, GONNA BE A BRIGHT, BRIGHT, PILLA DAY "   Then  ???

Just now, westley said:

" I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW, THE CLAYS CAN COME. I CAN SEE NO OBSTACLES IN MY WAY.  GONE ARE THE SHADOWS NOW THAT HAD ME BLIND, GONNA BE A BRIGHT, BRIGHT, PILLA DAY "   Then  ???

PS.

This lockdown has not affected me in any way  !

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chippy

I thought about buying a set, but then I thought that I don't mind missing those one or two that good glasses give you.

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Paul120

I made a leap from cheap to Re and pilla around 10 years ago. 

It came after shooting ABT into the sun which sat right in the line of the straight target with the glare making it difficult to see angled target as well as straight ones. One guy was hitting targets that I couldn't even see when watching.

I asked to have a look through his pilla glasses and the sun glare shrank to next to nothing outside the sun and the clays were visible. 

The other thing is that the are robust and not easily scratched. The pair I use most are the original ones and unmarked. Before I was going through at least a pair of cheap ones per year.

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El Spavo

Lenses I get, that's the bit at the coalface, but at face value and as an example of what is utterly ridiculous about the cost of these glasses is that on Facebook at the moment, someone is selling a pair of X7 arms, just the arms, at £135.

£135!:fool:

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westley
On 10/2/2020 at 7:41 PM, Martinj said:

Is your real name Johnny Nash?

No he's my Dentist   ! 

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ColinD

Picked mine up on Ebay when someone was selling by auction what must have been really old clearance stock as they were Pilla Hawk (Panthers) with 3 lenses and a case.

I bid and got a set and was a bit worried they were copies but they seem to be genuine older Pillas going by the research I did on line, may have come from the USA

The listing was going on for quite sometime as when they sold one set another set appeared, if you got in early they were going cheapish but word soon got around and they were going for silly money sometimes

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ColinD

Just fell luckey, they are very good, no distortion and really clear.Ok not the very latest coloured lenses, Pilla use some really daft names, these are not marked with colours but light transmision on the center fixing, but to me they look Yellow a light Vermillion and medium brown

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El Spavo

Think I'd have to try a pair to convince me Pilla are any better than what I already own, but well played sir.

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Luke_(NL)
On 10/2/2020 at 9:34 AM, JoostB said:

Looking to buy a set as well. But how do you determine what frame you will need?

I asked to try a fellow shooters pair, which happened to be X7's and fit me snugly. There was another with a pair of X6's, which is the wider type (i think the difference is about half an inch). Those were clearly not for my face / head. 

I don't know if the Panthers and other models are available in varying sizes, but the Outlaws only come in X7 (regular / slim) and X6 (wide) as far as I know. The lenses are not interchangeable between the two, so be sure to pick well. 

Price wise they are indeed mad expensive, but then with all things it comes down to paying peanuts and expecting monkeys. I made do with a really cheap set before (also on indoor ranges) and this is sort of a reward to myself for unrelated work things, and having bought them I haven't cried over the price but will be enjoying them for years to come. Now if they only did get you all those extra clays.... 😎😁  

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JoostB

Luke, I asked Pilla directly.

 

This is what they answered (swiftly):

---Joost:

 If you are 5’9” tall and 180 pounds you will fit well in the Outlaw X7… If you are 230 pounds and 6’2” the outlaw X6 is a must…

 The difference between the 2 is about 4mm per side…

 

Let us know if we can help.

 Thank you

 Philip---

 

 

I will see if there are people at the range that have X6 and X7 that I can try.

 

 

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JoostB
1 hour ago, JoostB said:

Luke, I asked Pilla directly.

 

This is what they answered (swiftly):

---Joost:

 If you are 5’9” tall and 180 pounds you will fit well in the Outlaw X7… If you are 230 pounds and 6’2” the outlaw X6 is a must…

 The difference between the 2 is about 4mm per side…

 

Let us know if we can help.

 Thank you

 Philip---

 

 

I will see if there are people at the range that have X6 and X7 that I can try.

 

 

So I answered with my height, weight and included a photo. They advised me to take the X6. So speedy answers from Pilla :)

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Luke_(NL)

Nice one. Are you set on any particular lenses yet? 

16 hours ago, JoostB said:

If you are 230 pounds and 6’2” the outlaw X6 is a must…

  I'm six one, but I'm well south of 180 pounds, so not in either category :)Funny that they equate length to head size. 

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JoostB

I was right in the middle, both length and weight wise. So I replied with my length weight and a photo of my face. I think that my appearance made them decide X6 was the way to go. 😆

I haven't really looked into the lenses yet. Is going to be difficult to pick a good set I think. I will need sunglasses, something for overcast weather and something for blue sky weather I think?

Then I also read that they have lenses that make a green background grey-ish. There are a few fast very low quartering clays at the range where I usually shoot that I have great difficulty with to see against the background. 

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Luke_(NL)

It's unfortune that I have less brain matter to contain in my smaller head, otherwise I'd let you try my set (X7). Would be a good reason to invite you over to JST anyways :) 

I hear that the proprietor of Het Goor / Voskuil in Aalten sells Pilla, and would likely let you try lenses there. If need be I can get you his email address, let me know. 

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donna

My husband has a big head and had to get the X6, I’ve a much smaller head (🤣🤣) and tried on a friends X7 which were fine for me.  I’m 4’11” and hubby is 5’8/9”  

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El Spavo

Didn't see you at Bisley but, bloody hell, 4'11?! Are you able sit on pip?!

I'm 6'3" so within the grounds of the magnificent Bisley forestry perhaps you walked past me thinking I was a tree! 😊

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donna

We started at 11.20, I did look for Wills squad but didn’t see him or Argun at all.  Good shoot though, enjoyed it. 

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