A very important piece of equipment that I think is often over looked in the shooting sports is eye protection. I believe every shooter understands the necessity of wearing eye protection while shooting, but have you ever thought about the material your glasses are made of? Will they withstand an impact from a ricochet? Will the lenses stay clear on a humid day when your body temp starts rising during a competition stage?
Before shooting in competitions I did not put much thought into my shooting eyewear. I usually wore sunglasses or some type of cheap glasses when at the range, and not any protection at all when hunting. When I started shooting competitively and wearing eyewear for multiple hours each weekend, I instantly realized the need for glasses that were comfortable, reliable, durable, and of course… stylish. Through a shooting friend I was introduced to Eye Safety Systems (ESS).
ESS Eye Pro is a subsidiary of Oakley that is the authorized eyewear provider for the United States Marine Corps. The testimonials from EMS, firefighters, and military personal are just amazing. If shrapnel from an IED wont penetrate these lenses, then I have full confidence my eyesight will be protected while wearing ESS eyeshields.
Here are the three glasses I wear from ESS:
Crossbow Suppressor Frames with Copper Lenses
Since I wear earmuffs for hearing protection, these are my favorite frames ever. The Suppressor frames have thin earpieces that will bend to lay flat against your head with earmuffs over them. This makes the frames more comfortable and safe because the frame isn’t keeping the muffs from enclosing around the ear. I like the copper lens because it cuts out glare but is not so dark in the morning and evenings. I wear this combo most often.
Crossbow Frames with Photochromic Lenses
The Crossbow frame is the thicker version of the Suppressor, but are just as awesome! The Photochromic Lenses adapt to the lighting environment so that you always have enough light to see, but aren’t blinded. At first I was skeptical of the technology in these lenses, but they work very very well and I am impressed. This is the combo I use on bright days.
5B Series Sunglasses
These sunglasses are tough! I wear them everyday during all kinds of activities and there is not a scratch on them. These glasses are perfect for everyday and provide the same protection as its Ballistic Eyeshield brothers. Whether at work, chopping wood, using power tools, or relaxing by the pool these are part of my EDC.
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