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Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by ohihunter2014, May 30, 2018.

  1. ohihunter2014

    ohihunter2014 Member

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    What's your favorite shooting glasses? I would like a pair with interchangeable lenses and comfortable as i hate glasses! I was just given a sweet pair of yellow lens ones that fit my face like a glove but some girl liked them and i gave them to her so now i need a pair.
     
  2. SharpDog

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    I got these. The lenses are easily user-interchangeable. They have a digital Progressives technology that can mimic any needs (e.g. bifocals) as well as advanced custom coatings (I got the 'All-in-one' for basic needs, the Blackout for sunny days, the Freshwater Green for hunting/fishing). The 'Win/Win' is another good choice. Every 2 months or so they'll have a 20+ percent off sale. The next one will likely be July 4th.

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    https://www.sportrx.com/randolph-engineering-ranger-classic-68mm-cable-temple.html

    Make sure to check out their pre-built guide:

    https://www.sportrx.com/prebuilt-guide

    I also got these mil-spec ones for work since I destroyed the frames of the previous pair. Mil-spec means the frames are more durable:

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    https://www.sportrx.com/smith-gray-man-tactical.html

    I have seven pair from this company ... great optical quality. Good shipping but you need to stay on your toes because sometimes products may be discontinued between your order and their fulfillment. They'll take care of you but they have been caught unawares when that happened and I had to ask them 'where are my glasses' ... They also carry Oakley, WIley-X and Costa as well as all the other name brands.
     
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  3. Corpral_Agarn

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    ESS Crossbow.
     
  4. Walkalong

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    These by ClearArmor are great. Fit me far better than any others I have tried, and wrap around well without rubbing my face.
     
  5. Walkalong

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    Sucker. :D
     
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  6. entropy

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    LOL. :)

    I called myself something else shortly after giving them away.

    I was putting them together and she walks up and says hey, those are pretty cool and pretty much takes them from me and puts them on. She then hands them back and asks where i got them and that she likes them so i just gave them to her. I didn't pay anything for them as they were given to me about 10min prior.
     
  8. ohihunter2014

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    Anyone use the Wiley X glasses? I found a set with Smoke, yellow and clear.
     
  9. Mizar

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    It depends on the model, but in general they are a very good choice, especially the Ballistic rated glasses.
     
  10. Armored farmer

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    Prescription amber Decot HyWyd.
    They are old school, going on 30years of use. No complaints.
     
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    The same Oakleys I wear every day. I only used amber when I competed, and only on sunny days. I keep a pair of clear oakleys in a tupperware container in the range box for overcast days.
     
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    I use Wiley XL-1 glasses. http://www.wileyx.com/Tactical/ProductDetail/291_xl1-greyclear-matte-black-frame

    A couple of years ago I blew up a Glock 21 while wearing a pair of plain RayBan glass-lensed sunglasses. Caught a bunch of high speed debris in my hand and lower face. Black eye, very fat nose and a lot of small facial cuts. Nothing to the eyes; dumb luck. I haven't fired a gun since without serious eyewear.

    The Wiley XL rates very high on the ANSI scale, are pretty comfortable but they tend to fog. I can live with the fog but I don't want to live without eyes.



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  13. George P

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    Randolph Engineering Rangers with their purple lens - great for outdoors, especially against green backgrounds
     
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    Harbor Freight safety glasses. A pair of clear and a pair of yellow set me back about four bucks.
     
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    I've been using Wiley X for many years. Great glasses.
     
  16. Mizar

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    This article is worth reading for a start, despite the fact that it only briefly covers different impact standards: https://blog.safetyglassesusa.com/how-to-identify-ballistic-rated-eyewear/
    I believe that glasses that only cover ANSI Z87+/EN166.F standards are not really suitable for protective shooting glasses. A safe bet is to start with the Military's Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL).
     
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    Since I know exactly what Z87 test standards are (I used to test lenses as an optical lab tech), and just for curiosity's sake, would take junk/defective lenses to the range and shoot them, I have a hard time believing that all those 1.0mm thick poly lenses (As in Oakleys and Wiley X) can pass more stringent tests than Z87.
    Polycarbonate lenses with a center more than 2.0mm will stop .22's, birdshot past 10 yards, and .38wadcutters. 3.0mm stopped .38 125 HP's. Full pucks (Lens blanks, about .75" thick) would stop .38's .380's, .22's-but not .45 ACP or .357 which would both shatter the blank.
    Lenses for shooting glasses should only be made of Polycarbonate or Trivex, whether Z87 or APEL rated. They are the most shatter-resistant lens materials, due to the cubic molecular structure of the material.
     
  18. Mizar

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    Out of curiosity I measured the lens thickness of my Willey X Nerve goggles (don't have other Willey's at hand right now, sorry):
    Lens thickness, center - 2.4mm/.095"
    Lens thickness, end of the frame - 1.6mm/.063"

    A cheap pair of Portwest 2in1 safety goggles/glasses that I use for work:
    Lens thickness - from 2.2mm/.087" to 1.4mm/.055"
    They are rated ANSI Z87+/EN166.F

    I used a caliper, so I was able to only measure the lenses at the edges. So what say you, Entropy - are those Portwest adequate enough for protective shooting glasses, despite the fact that they don't cover the higher EN166.B, which (I think) very roughly corresponds to the US Military standard?
     
  19. entropy

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    Are they Rx? Non-Rx (Plano) would be the same thickness throughout, and that is what I was going by. Sounds like you have hyperopia, the lenses are thicker in the middle. I am surprised that the edge thickness was @ 1.5mm, particularly on the Portwests, as the minimum thickness for Z87 is 2.0mm for Polycarbonate, 3.0mm for all other materials. As you said, APEL doesn't have this standard, so I could see the Wiley being thinner. Both pair should be adequate for recreational shooting.
     
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    Non-Rx lenses on both - my eyesight is OK (for now...). BTW, those Wiley's are rated MIL-PRF-32432(GL) & EC166.B.
     
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    The only way a non Rx- lens can be different thicknesses is if there is unwanted (or prescribed) prism in it. If the lenses are as you describe, there would be unwanted prism in them. Perhaps you are not measuring right? There are special thickness gauges made for measuring lens thickness:
    lenscalipers.jpe
    Then there is that edge thickness of less than Z87+ standard on your Portwests; makes me think you might not have measured right.
     
  22. Mizar

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    Like I said - I used a caliper and measured at the edges because I don't have a thickness gauge, or a micrometer. 2.2mm at the center of the glasses (sort of), 1.4m at the outside edges.
     
  23. greg_r

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    I wear prescription glasses. When I replace my glasses, I always get 3 pair (I hate the Transition lenses). A regular clear pair. A polarized sunglass pair, usually gray, but sometimes green. Can't make up my mind which one I like better. And an an amber pair. Daily use, fishing, and hunting. Got all my bases covered! My eye doctor is a shooter too, and he sets me up that all are shooting glasses..
     
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  24. entropy

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    A regular Vernier or dial caliper would not measure correctly, you'd need a wide jawed one like the one I pictured above. It's the only other plausible reason I can think of that you would get different measurements between the center and edge on a plano lens.
     
  25. Mizar

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    Actually, measuring with a 0.02mm accuracy Vernier + a Pointed Object of Known Dimension, aka POKD, or using more plebeian language, a S&B 9mm Luger FMJ round (29.48mm OAL) as a jaw extension for the inside curve gave me almost the same readings*. Basically, on both specimens, the lenses get thinner at the outside edges (towards the cheekbones) and are thicker at the inside edges (towards the nose). Those are not prescription lenses, but only a safety rated ones - both Wiley and Portwest. I don't know if this is a widespread trend, or if it's correct for safety rated lenses, but only my lame observations from the two pairs that I own. That's it, nothing more.

    * Let's give this about +-0.05mm error just because, which is of no significance. Make it even a 0.1mm - it would not matter at all for the end result.
     
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