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Enforce Tac – Smith Elite Ballistic Cold Weather Goggle

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

The new Ballistic Cold Weather Goggle from Smith Elite incorporates a thermal barrier lens.  In addition to their boogie integration system for stand alone or helmet use, the lens offers MIL-PRF-32432 and MIL-DTL-43511D ballistic protection.


This dual lens system means there is a 15-20 Deg difference which results in the inner lens staying warmer in order to prevent fogging.  They have also applied their anti-fog coating to the lens for enhanced performance.  



The Smith Elite Line is available in mainland Europe from CSC.

Lancer Tactical Responds to Claims of Counterfeiting Eyewear

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

We received this email from Lancer Tactical. They offer products for the MilSim market and take issue with a Revision Military press release we recently shared.

To clarify, the “article” referenced by Lancer Tactical was a press release from Revision Military and we had no part in preparing it, as is the case with press releases, which are posted as written by the originator. In a smililar vein, and for the sake of allowing them to tell their side of the story, we have published Lancer Tactical’s note completely and also embedded their press releases.

Recently an article ran on your webpage detailing the claims that Revision made about Lancer Tactical at SHOT Show 2017. Here is a link to your article.

soldiersystems.net/2017/02/02/revision-aids-in-counterfeit-sting-operations-at-two-tradeshows-resulting-in-multiple-arrests/

In our industry Soldier Systems carries weight and Lancer Tactical is disappointed that we were not contacted and asked for a statement before the one sided article was posted.

Here is a statement from Lancer Tactical: www.lancertactical.com/Lancer%20Tactical%20Press%20Statement%20Feb%202017

To Our Loyal Customers,

It has always been the desire of Lancer Tactical to create airsoft products that hold up well on the airsoft field and will fit the budget of both casual and experienced players alike. Recently, Lancer Tactical has been wrongly and aggressively accused of counterfeiting and been attacked in the news.

An article was recently published with inaccurate information about our company, products, and recent events and we would like to clear some things up. First, Lancer Tactical his not guilty of counterfeiting; at no time did we put another companies logo on our products or mislead anyone about the products origin or value. Second, all Lancer Tactical eyewear has undergone and passed ANSI testing, and although they are not military grade, they are definitely safe to use in airsoft, which is the intended use of the eyewear. Third, the people shown in the headline picture of the article are not related to Lancer Tactical in any way.

We are disappointed in many of the media outlets, because at no time was Lancer Tactical asked for a statement or for our side of the story. The slanderous article was simply posted and reposted with no attempt made to tell both sides of the story.

The safety of airsoft players is very important to us and we work hard to make sure that our safety gear will provide all the protection a player needs on the airsoft field. We are fighting right now for the good name of Lancer Tactical and for all the airsoft players who want access to affordable airsoft gear.

We would like to thank you for supporting us during this time.

Thank you to all,

The Lancer Tactical Team

And our press release: http://www.lancertactical.com/Lancer%20Tactical%20Press%20Release

Press Release February, 2nd 2017

The owners of Lancer Tactical, a Southern-California based company that provides a large selection of airsoft guns, tactical gear and accessories to retailers around the country, stressed this week their continued efforts to provide products to their dedicated customers amid allegations of counterfeiting.

“We would like to thank our customers for their continued support and relationship with us,” Lily Chen, co-owner of Lancer Tactical, said. “We strive hard to provide a large selection of products available domestically at competitive prices. Whether you’re a large retail store, hobby shop or airsoft supplier, we are happy to be in business with you.”

On February 2, Revision, a manufacturer and eyewear supplier, published a press release on their website accusing Lancer Tactical owners of counterfeiting their products. Some of the products they allege that have been counterfeit include goggles from their Locust series.

Chen, who attended SHOT Show, an annual firearms convention in Las Vegas, says the goggles they sell are not counterfeits. She said they do not use any of the branding associated with the Vermont-based company, calling their allegations false.

Lancer Tactical, which continues to release new products every week, has hired a prominent lawyer to handle the dispute with the eyewear company.

Lily Chen said, “We want our customers to know that we take the safety claims that Revision made about our safety goggles very seriously. We have ANSI certifications on all our goggle products, and we strenuously tested them ourselves before releasing them for sale. Our goggles are not made for military service members. They are made to protect airsoft players. Both Lancer Tactical and the ANSI rating technicians feel that they are definitely up to the task.”

We would appreciate anything you could do to rectify the situation and see that both side of the story are told.

AUSA – Gentex Snap Shields

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Spray and debris shields integrated with AN/PVS-15 NVGs.  

Gentex offers the Snap Shields with Clear and Green Glow occlusion lenses which absorbs then phosphorous green glow that reflects off the face from a Night Vision Tube. Soon, they will also offer laser protection variants.

They are toolless don and doff meaning they snap right into place. The Snap Shield offers limited frag protection but it meets ANSI z87.

Look for the Snap Shield late 4th Quarter.

www.ops-core.com

Oakley Introduces MultiCam Tropic

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Oakley has introdcued MultiCam Tropic to a couple of their most popular designs. I prefer the Gascan.

SI Gascan in MultiCam Tropic

Gascan lenses are cut from the curve of a single lens shield, then mounted in the frame to maintain the original, continuous contour. The look is so unique, we customized our corporate logo just for this eyewear. The lightweight O Matter® frame material offers premium comfort while our Three-Point Fit retains the lenses in precise optical alignment.

• Plutonite® Lenses offer top UV Protection filtering 100% of all UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light up to 400nm
• Three-Point Fit holds lenses in precise optical alignment while eliminating pressure points common with frames that hook the ears
• O-Matter™ stress-resistant frame material is both lightweight and durable for all-day comfort and protection

SI Holbrook in MultiCam Tropic

Holbrook is a timeless, classic design fused with modern Oakley technology. Inspired by the screen heroes from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, this design epitomizes the spirit of exploration and adventure. The iconic American frame design is accented by metal rivets and Oakley icons, perfect for those who seek equal parts performance and style.

• Plutonite® Lenses offer top UV Protection filtering 100% of all UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light up to 400nm
• Patented High Definition Optics® (HDO®) provides superior optical clarity and razor-sharp vision at every angle
• O-Matter™ stress-resistant frame material is both lightweight and durable for all-day comfort and protection

The Veterans Family of Brands welcomes SSP Eyewear

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

The Veterans Family of Brands (VFOB), a Forward Operating Base for Veterans, is an organization bringing together like mission-minded companies, and individuals with a passion for supporting US Military and First Responder Veterans and their families!

Minden, NV. (August 25th, 2016) – The Veterans FOB was founded in 2016, after a small group of companies decided to work together to do more than they could accomplish by themselves from product demonstrations, customer events, and ultimately Veterans support. This vision quickly spawned interest from like minded companies with great brands who wanted to be part of the mission and as such the VFOB came to life! Check out our mission, our family of companies, our VFOB dealers, and get info on memberships at www.veteransfob.com.

SSP Eyewear

Why did your company have interest in joining VFOB?

“Being the son of a Vietnam Vet, and an employer of more recent veterans families, we have been disheartened in the available resources for our men and woman that have served abroad. After meeting with the key people at VFOB we were encouraged to discover an ethical board of veterans dedicated to financially supporting veteran based charities, stated Mike Bechtel, CEO of SSP Eyewear, “It also introduced us to a network of other business owners who have the same values that we have, primarily how to support our veterans without contributing to a large “Not For Profit Corporation”, with little or nothing going to our veterans.”

SSP Eyewear’s mission is to educated the world that safety eyewear is a necessity and doesn’t have to be expensive or uncomfortable. SSP Eyewear is committed to creating safety sunglasses that provide exceptional protection, great styles, coordinated colors and superior fit. The owner Mike Bechtel has over 17 years in the eyewear industry, he specializes in private labeling, custom eyewear, and introducing new innovative products that improve people’s lives. Check out www.sspeyewear.com for more details.

“We are ecstatic to welcome SSP Eyewear to the VFOB family! ” stated Casey Betzold, Co-Founder of VFOB, “They are like minded and make a fantastic product line, and have a huge heart for those who served. It was a no brainer to welcome them in with open arms. “

Skeleton Optics Partners With MultiCam to Feature Sunglasses with Distinctive Camo Patterns

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Skeleton Optics, an American-owned performance eyewear company producing innovative, high-performance sunglasses for outdoor enthusiasts, has announced a new partnership with MultiCam®, a leading developer of military-grade camouflage patterns. The partnership allows Skeleton Optics to use three unique MultiCam color patterns for its Special Edition frames, offering customers a choice of design-specific camouflage patterns for an enhanced outdoor experience.

The Skeleton Special Edition frames featuring MultiCam camouflage patterns will be offered on Skeleton’s popular DECOY frame style, which offers the perfect blending of style and performance. Color and pattern choices include the DECOY-MultiCam Alpine™ Edition, developed for snow-covered environments, the DECOY-MultiCam Black™ Edition, designed for law enforcement officers and high-risk environments, and the DECOY- original MultiCam Edition, developed for a wide range of environments. DECOY-MultiCam Special Edition sunglasses have a MSRP of $180.00 and are available for purchase at www.skeletonoptics.com.

According to Skeleton Optics President and CEO Mark Llano, a MultiCam brand ambassador and co-founder of SERKET Racing, a regular entry in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, the partnership between Skeleton Optics and MultiCam offers Skeleton Optics a range of premium camouflage patterns that complement Skeleton’s flexible, Grilamid material frames. “We’re very excited about our partnership with MultiCam,” says Llano. “Leveraging MultiCam’s unique camo patterns with our technology-based designs offers our customers a superior line of sunglasses for any outdoor environment.”

Ernesto Rodriguez, Brand Manager at MultiCam, agrees, adding, “This is indeed a great fit for both MultiCam and Skeleton Optics. Their innovative lens and frame designs give us a terrific platform for extending our brand into the premium sunglass category.”

With the launch of the Special Edition DECOY MultiCam frames, Skeleton Optics continues its pursuit of the finest, high-quality materials. For lens technology, this includes polarized lenses with Tri-Pel technology, manufactured by Carl Zeiss Vision – the recognized world leader in optical technology – while the handcrafted frames are designed and manufactured in Italy.

See more of what you’ve been missing at www.skeletonoptics.com.

Oakley Introduces James Dietz Collection

Monday, May 16th, 2016

I am a huge fan of artist James Dietz and apparently, so is the team at Oakley SI. Dietz is well known for the unit and historical prints he has done over the years.

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These limited edition sunglasses are pure Dietz. One of the things that James did to make them a cut above, was create custom sketches of relevant small arms which are printed on the temples. These sketches are similar to the drawings he does in the margins of his unit-only versions of his prints. It’s a level of customization few get to enjoy. Additionally, Oakley worked with Dietz to print a copy of the actual artwork that inspired each set of custom eye pro on the storage bag. The effect is awesome.

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I asked Oakley’s Military Category Manager, Drew Wallace about how they made this team-up happen. Wallace commented, “The partnership was as simple as picking up the phone and calling James, building trust and sharing common values. He is a truly wonderful guy and a lot of fun to collaborate with. We commissioned him on three custom sketches that tied directly to the paintings, and we felt could translate onto eyewear graphically. Ultimately the collection was designed to bring awareness to Memorial Day and make a collection that felt special and had meaning across the community.”  Explaining how satisfying it was, he added, “For me, one of the more special projects I have worked on.”

The new James Dietz collection from Oakley SI consists of three different models.  Other than the special artwork, these offer the same level of eye protection as the standard models.

Fuel Cell

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This Dark Grey on Grey model features a custom sketch by James of an M4 and the storage bag is printed with the Dietz painting “I shall defeat them on the field of battle” commemorating OIF. James actually went out to 2/75 at Ft Lewis to paint some of the guys for that work of art.

Crankshaft

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The temple of this Tan and Grey eye pro features a sketch of a .50 M2 with the storage bag emblazoned with the famous paining, “Task Force Ranger” a depiction of a moment in the Battle of Mogadishu. James personally met with many members of the conflict and did a large dedication ceremony for the unveiling of the painting.

Frogskin

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Moss and Grey in color, the Frogskin incorporates the sketch of an M1 Garand with the bpstorage bag emblazoned with the painting “Silencing the guns”, with a D-Day scene. This painting features LT Dick Winters, of Band of Brothersfame, who met with Jim in order to get the details in the paintung right.

This short video gives a great overview of the line.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Oakley Friends and Family Sale from US Elite

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Join us at U.S. Elite for our Oakley Friends and Family sale! It’s that time of the year when we hook you guys up with the opportunity to get some sexy, hi tech shades at 25%. But Oakley rocks more than just eyewear! Their packs, gloves and caps are a great addition to any kit. Check out U.S. Elite’s huge collection of Oakley goods, May 13 – May 19.

www.us-elitegear.com/brands/oakley

Warrior West – Oakley SI Ballistic Shock Tube

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

The SI Ballistic Shock Tube was released in May. It is a low-profile, high wrap, ballistic eyewear that will be submitted to APEL next year.

Think of it as a ballistic alternative to the Racing Jacket which is popular in motorsports. It features a removable lower jaw that was designed for improved lens retention. The ear stems were also thinned down for wear with ear pro.

www.oakleysi.com

Oakley SI – ALPHA Eco-System

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

This video showcases Oakley’s new ALPHA Eco-System which debuted at SHOT Show.