Let’s talk about eyepro (or eye pro) – Eye Protection.
We’ll look at some options that are affordable, but good.
We’ll look at safety glasses meant for tactical use – meaning shooting – or being shot at.
All these will meet the minimum standards for impact protection as required by the US military.
Here’s what we’ll look at:
Oakley Ballistic M Frame 2.0 Shield Sunglasses
You’ve heard of Oakley – and these are good:
- Oakley Plutonite Lenses offer 100% UV Protection filtering of all UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light up to 400mm. Oakley's lightweight Plutonite lens material offers superior comfort, clarity & protection against impact and ultraviolet radiation.
- Patented High Definition Optics (HDO) provides superior optical clarity and razor-sharp vision at every angle.
- O Matter stress-resistant frame is lightweight & durable for all-day comfort & protection. Oakley's injection molded thermoplastic O-Matter frame provides improved strength & flexibility over traditional acetate & is built to withstand shifting or deforming over time.
- Ultra lightweight design (1.05-ounce total weight)
- No slip Unobtanium nose pads for betterr grip when wet for improve fit and comfort.
Why are these popular?
They offer mil-spec ballistic protection.
They are z87 rated – it’s stamped right on the frame.
With minimal visual distortion.
The lenses and nose pieces are interchangeable. For example, you can swap out the lenses for clear – if that’s what you need.
Made in the USA.
OK, they look good too.
Please note these are NOT polarized though.
ESS is a division of Oakley, and they make the CrossBlade (Buy on Amazon).
The manufacturer calls these “ballistic eyeshields”. They are made in the USA, and are Z87.1+ rated.
These include advanced ClearZone Anti-fog coatings plus two different sized lens and nosepiece options to allow for customizable modular fit.
Users can choose between a Standard lens and nosepiece or NARO lens and NARO nosepiece.
These are modular – that means they can be fit to the end user’s facial structure. This means better performance and comfort.
These have easily replaceable lenses.
This particular kit comes with 2 “NARO” lenses: clear and smoke gray lenses.
Why different lenses? Here’s why:
- Clear – General purpose tint for maximum visibility.
- Smoke Gray – Provides protection from glare and high levels of visible light and ultraviolet radiation without distorting color perception.
- Hi-Def Yellow – Best for enhancing contrast and light in low light applications (dusk, dawn or foggy environment); not recommended for night driving or bright light environments.
- Hi-Def Rose Copper – Reduces blue light and enhances contrast. Also helps Red colors stand out. Makes a great driving lens.
- Brand-new authentic merchandise.
- Includes a lens cloth and deluxe case.
These are compliant with: U.S. Federal OSHA, ANSI Z87.1-2015, CE EN 166 and U.S. MIL-PRF-32432A standards.
If you like the specs on those, but want a more conservative style of glasses, take a look at the ESS Rollbar Sunglasses (Buy on Amazon).
As you can see they have a more conservative style of frame.
But, they meet the z87.1 impact standards, and have interchangeable lenses.
Revision Military Sawfly Basic Solar
The Revision Military Sawfly Basic Solar (Buy on Amazon) is a no-frills pair of ballistic rated sunglasses.
These are bit cheaper than the others – and the lenses are replaceable.
The lightweight frame and ultra-thin arms ensure a perfect fit with hearing protection and communications headsets.
- Kit includes frame with adjustable arms, solar lens, head strap, microfiber pouch
- Lenses made of indestructible, optical grade polycarbonate that can beinterchanged quickly for various light conditions and provide100% protection from harmful UV-A, UV-B and UV-C rays
- Scratch-resistant coating on both sides of lens; resists wide variety of chemicals, including DEET
- Precision manufactured lenses ensure distortion-free vision, full side impact protection and anti-fog performance
- High velocity impact performance of the Sawfly System is 3-times greater than required by EN166 Clause 7.2.2 and AN SI Z87.1-2052
Eye pro – In Summary
You’re going to need sunglasses – so you might as well get a good pair that also offer some amount of protection.
Last update on 2019-08-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API