This is GREAT news. Not Luxotica based!!!!
But... Still need to get on the APEL (Army Protective Eyewear List) before I can order them for WORK.
Ballistic rated glasses are what every firearms professional / Anyone mitigating explosive hazards SHOULD be wearing. Just Z87 doesn't protect enough.
From the comments on Soldiers Systems:
Prices are $90 to $160 MSRP, street price a bit lower once supply catches up. We’ve incorporated some very high end lens tech and coatings, stout frames, full MIL PRF impact protection and ANSI Z87.1+ protection, VERY reasonable upgrades for polarization (and we used high end polarization that doesn’t make your phone screen disappear and such), and they work with earpro, helmets, etc.
They meet or exceed the quality you’d expect from the highest priced glasses out there, and we use some of the same suppliers and technologies for lenses and coatings. We just don’t have to feed the Luxotica machine, so we can price them fairly.
OK…in no particular order:
They all exceed MIL PRF Impact ratings, and ANSI Z87+ impact ratings. The Terrain and Summit have enough wrap to actually meet the full Z87+ protection for side coverage, so they are stamped with Z87+ right in the temple for those that need that for work.
We have a number of additional models coming starting next spring. APEL will eventually be something we will try to tackle.
We are not affiliated with, buying from, or related to any Luxottica operations. We are independent of the giant eyewear beast. That’s one of the reasons we decided to do eyewear is to provide a non-Lux alternative with priorities for features and quality that suit our own, and many of our customers, lifestyles.
Yes, after trying REALLY hard to have domestic manufacture of at least frames, It just didn’t make sense from a quality or QC perspective, and it seemed really disingenuous to do what some do and import parts and assemble them in US, accepting higher reject rates to employ a grand total of a handful of people snapping lenses in, just so we could pretend they were made in USA. Like apparel, you’ll find very few real domestic eyewear operations, and it usually requires some compromise in technology and/or massive premiums in $$$. We have a goal of gradually increasing the domestic capability until we can have US made glasses with the same quality and not have to pay $500 a pair. We have stuck to our usual practice of at least not sourcing anything in China.
Our polarization is available on a large percentage of the line. We chose a polarization technology that works exceptionally well, and also minimizes “blanking” of digital screens as much as possible. You’ll have no issues with iphones and the like, but some LCD screens may blank if you turn your head sideways. Don’t turn your head sideways. They work great with aimpoints and MROs. For the life of me I can’t recall the EoTech compatibility, and I’m having someone check. I don’t have one here handy.
The lenses have anti-reflective, oleophobic, and scratch resistant coatings. The scratch resistance works pretty darned well. I finally damaged a pair that I’d been wearing for about 6 months when I had them up on my head and smacked the lenses on a roll bar getting into a razor. Got one small scuff. Everything short of that, they survived. The oleophobic helps to keep them from smudging and helps to be able to clean off face oil and perspiration without leaving a swirled mess.
The hard case is included with every pair. It’s quite nice. So nice that we will likely sell them separately once we are in full swing. It’s a true hard case that you can toss in a bag and not worry about your glasses at all.