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Brigantes Issue Essentials – Bolle Tactical Combat Ballistic Glasses  

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

Each week we bring you products that should be on all military standard issue kit lists. This week it’s Bolle Tactical Comat Ballistic Glasses.

Bollé delivers the highest quality sunglasses and goggles for performance and protection.

Their latest generation of Combat hybrid ballistic glasses complies with STANAG 4296 and EN172 goggles with a unique modular system thanks to the continuous, easily replaceable lens in the versions clear, smoked glass and CSP and the combined headband / headband system (with or without foam).

Each pair of Bolle’s ballistic glasses have had their signature platinum treatment. This permanent coating applied on both surfaces makes then highly scratch resistant (1.4 cd/m²) , gives them high resistance to the most aggressive chemicals and slows the appearance of fogging. In any circumstances and at every moment, Platinum provides the highest safety for eyes.

The combat glasses’ revolutionary B-Flex technology offers unique flexibility. The B-FLEX nose bridge is light, flexible & adaptable in all directions. Due to the shape memory material, it fits in all directions and to all face shapes. 

In addition to this, the combat glasses are 99.9% UVA and UVB protection.

Bolle’s CSP (comfort sensitivity perception) coating, like ESP, is an effective solution for all activities that alternate exposure to bright light and low light, while also being suitable for extreme temperature environments. Ideal for cold and hot countries, from the Far East to Siberia. CSP technology to filter blue light is combined with the exclusive Platinum coating, to sustainably combat fogging and provide permanent visual comfort from a single pair of glasses.

Bolle Tactical’s combat glasses are a perfect fit for all elements of military exercise and deployment. Combining patented technology with comfort and durability means that they are the perfect solution for the military user in any weather condition or terrain.

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ABOM Optics – APEL HEET Cold Weather Goggle

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

ABOM Optics’ HEET Cold Weather Goggles are on the US Army’s Authorized Protective Eyewear List, but what makes them different than anything else on the list is that they feature a heated lens to deal with fogging.

Their Klair Active Anti-Fogging Heating technology uses a thin film heating element to warm the inner lens which is powered by an onboard lithium-ion battery. The outer lens is toric polycarbonate. Naturally, being on the APEL, these goggles also meet MIL-PRF-32432A.

They’ve also got glasses in the hopper which utilize their Active Anti-Fogging Heating technology as well.

SHOT Show 20 – Gentex PVS-31 Snap Shields

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Gentex has introduced Ops-Core Snap Shield variants compatible with the AN/PVS-31 night vision goggle. Used as an alternative to standard eye cups, the Snap Shields safeguard the eyes and face from fragments and debris with minimal impact to peripheral vision. Meets ANSI z87.

SHOT Show 20 – Tardigrade Industries’ OCELLUS Armored Eyewear

Friday, January 24th, 2020

Tardigrade Industries‘ OCELLUS line of Armored Eyewear is amazing. They showed is an early version and they’ve come a long way. They have met STANAG body armor rating for frag as well as other threats.

They’ve vastly improved the form factor to something more akin to a low profile goggle than the SCUBA mask-like earlier version. One of the next steps is integration of an Rx insert.

FirstSpear Range Day 20 – Oakley Hannibal

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

The new Ballistic Hannibal from Oakley offers Mil-standard Ballistic, Rx Capable dual lens with Prizm technology. That’s right, a ballistic certified prescription lens. Add on to that, this ear stems for comfort under ear pro.

Coming soon.

Magpul Announces Three New Eyepro Models

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

Magpul is expanding their line of protective eyewear with three new models: Defiant, Apex and Helix.

All three models will be available in both Polarized and Non-Polarized versions.


• Frames are constructed of TR90NZZ and combine lightweight construction and ballistic protection, providing rugged strength and flexibility
• Ballistic Rating: Z87+
• Medium / Large fit profile
• Anti-slip rubber nose pads and temple pads for increased retention and comfort
• Oleophobic lenses repel water and provide oil, sweat, sunscreen and other chemical protection
• Anti-reflective coating on inside of lenses minimizes distracting reflections
• Anti-fog coating keeps your lenses clear and free from condensation
• Coated stainless steel pins provide simple but dependable hinge functionality
• Low-profile temple design maintains comfort and function while wearing hats or over the ear hearing protection
• Polarized and non-polarized lens options
• Lenses are removable for easy maintenance and changing conditions


• Constructed of TR90NZZ, the 8 base frames combine lightweight construction and ballistic protection, providing rugged strength, flexibility, and lateral eye and temple protection
• Ballistic Rated Z87+ and MIL-PRF 32432 lenses and frames meet both high velocity impact protection and safety ratings
• Medium to large fit profile
• Oleophobic lenses repel water and provide oil, sweat, sunscreen, and other chemical protection
• Anti-reflective coating on inside of lenses minimizes distracting reflection
• Padded, low profile temples integrate with over-the-ear-hearing protection and communication headsets
• Coated stainless steel pins provide simple but dependable hinge functionality
• Anti-slip rubber nose and temple pads
• Polarized and Non-Polarized lens options


• Frames constructed of TR90NZZ, combining lightweight construction and ballistic protection
• Ballistic Rating: TBD
• Interchangeable lens system designed to optimize performance in any environment
• Oleophobic lenses repel water and provide oil, sweat, sunscreen and other chemicals
• Coated stainless steel pins provide simple but dependable hinge functionality
• Anti-slip rubber nose pads
• Low profile temple design maintains comfort and function while wearing hats or over the ear hearing protection
• Polarized and Non-Polarized lens options available
• Fits medium and large face profiles

Leupold Teases New Line of Performance Eyewear

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Leupold & Stevens, Inc., is giving a sneak peek at the launch of a new Performance Eyewear product line, which will be available to consumers in early 2020. Designed, machined, and assembled in the United States, the entire Performance Eyewear line is made from lightweight, ballistic-rated materials and ships with scratch-resistant polarized lenses as rugged and clear as the company’s award-winning sporting optics.

Designed with hunters and shooters in mind, five styles will be available at launch. Each design is packed with features and built to deliver the performance and reliability that Leupold products are known for.

“Leupold users expect the highest-quality optics in the world. When we chose to enter the eyewear market, we spent two years making sure the final product lived up to our exacting standards,” said Tim Lesser, Vice President of Product Development at Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “The result is a product line which takes full advantage of the 112 years of optics manufacturing expertise only Leupold can offer.”

All five styles share numerous top-of-the-line features like infused polarized lenses, which eliminate glare and keep your eyes fresh whether you’re on the water or in the field. Leupold’s Guard-ion hydrophobic coating sheds dirt, water, and fingerprints for a clear, crisp image, while Diamondcoat-hardened lenses reduce surface scratches. Daylight Max technology, meanwhile, provides UV protection for optimal performance in bright conditions. Each style is compatible with prescription lens requirements.

Built for the range – and beyond – three of the five Leupold Performance Eyewear designs go a step further by offering an ANSI Ballistic Rating. Translation: they meet or exceed ANSI high-velocity impact standards for eye protection, meaning you’ll have eyewear which looks great and serves as appropriate eye protection when you’re shooting.

“We designed this eyewear for every possibility,” said Zach Bird, Product Line Manager for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “Whether you’re on the range each weekend, hiking a ridge looking for a trophy bull, or just driving to work every day, our Performance Eyewear line has something for you – and every model is designed, machined, and assembled right here in the USA.”

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Transition Combat Eye Protection Capability Added To Army Approved EyePro List

Saturday, November 30th, 2019

FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Lt. Col. Ginger Whitehead has seen the gruesome consequences when Soldiers chose to don eyewear that didn’t appear on the Army’s authorized list.

Deployed Soldiers have suffered severe damage to their eyes or lost their sight entirely.

“We have seen some really horrific injuries with roadside bombs,” said Whitehead, the product manager for protective equipment at Program Executive Office Soldier.

Using eyewear approved from the list, which features 27 products that have undergone extensive testing, could mean the difference between saving a Soldier’s vision or going blind, Whitehead said.

“The Soldier’s face is all chewed up,” Whitehead said. “But when they pull his glasses off, where the skin is intact around their eyes, where you know without a doubt that eyewear saved their eyes.”

To help protect Soldiers from serious injuries during combat missions, PEO Soldier has tested several protective eyewear models in compiling the authorized protective eyewear list, or APEL.

The Army introduced a lens model on the APEL that adds a new capability to the Army’s Soldier Protection System: an advanced transition protective lenses. The Transition Combat Eye Protection, or TCEP lens, features sensors with a greater sensibility than traditional transitional lenses, responding to visible light instead of UV rays.

The transition happens in milliseconds allowing Soldiers to go from sunlight to indoors quickly without loss of their situational awareness to see incoming projectiles or enemy attacks instantly. Typically, commercial transition lenses can take up to 5-10 minutes to transition and adjust to changing light levels. Often they will not darken in bright sunlight if a Soldier sits inside of a Humvee. The TCEP lenses will.

“It’s a one-second button,” said Capt. Michael McCown, assistant product manager of head protection at PEO Soldier. “It’s not like your transition lenses that you get from your doctor that change as you go in and outdoors … it’s electronic.” It can also be set to transition automatically.

PEO Soldier also unveiled a cold-weather goggle that can resist fogging in colder conditions. The new capability could help Soldiers at cold-weather installations or troops taking part in winter operations.

Soldiers can access the Army’s APEL list online at Each product on the APEL must meet the Military Performance Standard, titled Military Combat Eye Protection, or MCEP System. The APEL, updated about every two years, offers a wide range of brands and styles of protective sunglasses and goggles. Approved eyewear has an APEL logo and can be purchased online, and at post exchanges and AAFES stores.

PEO Soldier also took feedback directly from Soldiers, who responded in surveys, that having faster transition lens glasses along with high-quality sunglasses ranked atop their lists.

“They aren’t forced into a particular set of eyewear,” McCown said. “They’re able to choose which ones they want for their preferences.”

APEL-approved eyewear undergoes rigorous trials and a series of ballistic and non-ballistic testing at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and at eyewear production facilities. Those tests include optical distortion, UV absorption and resistance to abrasion, and many more. The Army has placed a high priority on Soldier eyewear safety, bringing in ballistic experts and quality-assurance specialists to evaluate and witness the tests.

The Army requires each vendor to test their items every six months for conformance and have their items tested by a third-party laboratory every two years for recertification. Quality audits are also conducted annually at each facility to make sure they are in compliance with ISO 9001 – Quality management systems — and ISO 17025 — General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.

McCown said Soldiers prioritize choice and style but he warns Soldiers and their commanders about the critical importance of APEL-approved eyewear. McCown cautions Soldiers only to trust products with the APEL-approved logo or to refer to the APEL list when choosing protective eyewear. Products with an APEL logo marked March 2019 or earlier remain valid and can still be used for ballistics fragmentation protection.

Whitehead added that the Army keeps the list at 27 to encourage competition among vendors to deliver higher quality protects, as well as keep prices affordable for Soldiers of each rank.

The APEL is a part of the Army’s Soldier Protection System, which guards Soldiers against threats using reduced-weight equipment in a modular, adjustable, next-generation protective system.

By Joe Lacdan, Army News Service