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Magpul Santini Eyewear

Thursday, January 12th, 2023

Magpul is rife with Marine Aviators so it was only a matter of time before they insisted that the company introduce aviator-style sunglasses named after the Great Santini.

These polarized wireframe sunglasses offer solid ballistic protection for additional safety and the oleophobic lenses stay cleaner longer and comfortably fit most faces.

Revision Announces Gryphon Ecosystem – Eyewear Solutions Tailored for Your Environment and Mission

Wednesday, January 11th, 2023

Essex Junction, Vermont (January 11, 2023) – Cold weather and blowing debris are no match for Revision’s new Gryphon integrated eyepro and headwear system. The system consists of a pair of new goggles and an array of compatible face coverings that attach to the goggle using Revision’s GrypMag™ technology, and features Revision’s revolutionary I-Vis™ lens technology. The result is an adaptable, comfortable, and anti-fog eyepro system offering unrivaled performance across a range of environments and equipment configurations. For the first time ever, you have seamlessly integrated eyepro and face covering solutions designed to perform and adapt to the environments you operate in.

“In extreme environments where eyes are constantly under threat, you need gear that does more than prevent eye injuries,” says Revision CEO Amy Coyne. “You need gear that performs in various environments and doesn’t distract you from your mission or compromise your situational awareness. That’s why we partnered with Anon® to integrate their MFI (Magnetic Face Integration) originally developed for the ski and snowboard market into our line of ballistic goggle and face covering systems as GrypMag™ – a simple, seamless way to mate goggle and face coverings like balaclavas, gaiters and shemaghs. Combined with I-Vis lens technology, we now offer a complete system of environmentally tailored eyewear designed to perform and protect.”

The goggles in the Gryphon line include the brand new MerlinHawk™ ballistic goggle and the proven SnowHawk® cold weather ballistic goggle.  The MerlinHawk goggle is designed to maximize the field of view – its broad lens coverage gives the wearer the greatest level of both situational awareness and ballistic protection. Additionally new MissionSwitch™ reversable strap clips enable you to flip the clip position on the fly from a wide fit to a narrow fit, adapting the goggle for use with a wide range of helmets and other headgear. The SnowHawk goggle is designed to provide anti-fog, ballistic eye protection in the most extreme cold weather environments using an advanced, dual pane lens system. Revision offers an array of lenses for the goggles that includes a range of standard mil-spec tints and Revision’s new, next-generation I-Vis lenses. All lenses feature Revision’s OcuMax® anti-fog and scratch resistant technology.

Both MerlinHawk and SnowHawk goggles feature Revision’s GrypMag accessory integration – a magnetic interface built into the Gryphon system goggles and compatible GrypMag face coverings. GrypMag-compatible gaiters, shemaghs, and balaclavas each have a slim magnetic insert that mate with the base of the goggle to form a comfortable, gap-free seal between the goggle and the face covering.

I-Vis lens technology uses artificial intelligence to identify the lens tint that provides the greatest contrast, the widest range of color, and the highest level of color accuracy in each of the major areas of operation around the globe. The result is a suite of available lens tints that enhance your ability to observe, fight, and survive in jungle, desert, alpine, arctic, and urban environments.

Additional product information is available at www.revisionmilitary.com and Gryphon products will be available for purchase from Revision’s select dealers.  

Revision Unveils New Speed Demon Metal Sunglasses with I-Vis Lens Technology in Collaboration with Fast Metal

Monday, December 12th, 2022

Essex Junction, Vermont (December 12, 2022) – Revision Military, a leading producer of protective eyewear, has spent years developing best-in-class ballistic protective lenses. Similarly, Fast Metal and their founder, has spent that time developing premium made in USA aluminum sunglasses. With this announcement of a collaboration, the two companies have combined what they are truly experts in to create the Revision Speed Demon metal sunglasses with Revision’s new I-Vis™ lens technology. These sunglasses bring together state of the art lens technology with a sleek, stylish frame.

Fast Metal was built on over 35 years of experience in manufacturing the highest quality metal sunglasses by its founder, Ken Wilson. As the pioneer of the aluminum sunglass industry, Ken created the first patented 27-step procedure for manufacturing high-quality aluminum frames. Today, Fast Metal is proud to offer the world’s first and best aluminum sunglass and eyewear protection system featuring field replaceable lenses.

Over the past 20 years, Revision has grown to be the proven supplier of military protective eyewear to NATO forces around the world. This new partnership with Fast Metal is a powerful relationship that combines military and tactical industry expertise with the best in aluminum sunglass design. The goal – to create an eyewear protection system that customers not only need but want.

“At Revision we believe in the power of partnerships and collaborations in bringing new and exciting technology to end-users quickly,” said Revision CEO Amy Coyne.  “Our new I-Vis lens technology delivers enhanced visual performance and we needed an everyday sunglass platform to offer protection, style and performance. We believe this collab is just the beginning of our partnership with Ken and the Fast Metal team.”

So what’s so special about this new Revision Speed Demon Sunglass?

Well first, the frame is completely made out of aluminum 7075 allow that provides ANSI Z87.1 protection.

Second, it is available with Revision’s new I-Vis lens technology. This technology is an advanced dye formulation process resulting in a new series of lens tints that markedly enhance visual performance. More than a single solution, I-Vis lenses are available in six tints, each optimized for use in a different environment. Each tint is designed to increase contrast and elevate color recognition in specific geographic regions, doing so without the negative effects associated with traditional monochromatic lens tints. These Speed Demon lenses also come with Revision’s OcuMax® anti-fog and scratch coating and are field replaceable.

Finally, all frames and lenses are made in the USA; frames are made by Fast Metal in Yuma, Arizona and lenses are made by Revision in Essex Junction, Vermont. Product is available for sale today at www.revisionmilitary.com and coming soon to Revision’s network of dealers and distributors around the globe.

Oakley Standard Issue Honors Those Protecting from Above with Space Guardians Collection

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA. – October 18, 2022 – Oakley® Standard Issue has announced the launch of the new Space Guardians Collection to recognize U.S. Armed Forces members keeping the peace from above, the United States Space Force. The two-piece collection features Holbrook™ and Fuel Cell™ models, each commemorating the United States Space Force by highlighting subtle elements of space.

“This is a one-of-a-kind collection, and we are excited to support our service members in the United States Space Force,” said Erick Poston, Senior Director of Oakley SI. “We see the importance of their mission and their dedication to keeping us all safe.”

Established in 2019, the United States Space Force is the youngest branch of the United States Armed Forces, working 24/7 to design, acquire, test, operate and defend the critical space systems Americans rely upon. Inspired by this forward-thinking branch of the armed forces, this series pays homage to ‘The Guardians’ tasked with such an impactful mission.

The Space Guardians Collection consists of two different configurations from Oakley’s assortment with options in the Holbrook™ and Fuel Cell™ models. All eyewear includes Prizm™ Lens Technology to enhance color and contrast. MSRP starting at $162.00.

To become a member or learn more about Oakley Standard Issue, visit OakleySI.com. Details about products, promotions and future offers can also be found on the Oakley SI Instagram, Facebook and YouTube pages.

Revision I-Vis: Compelling Contrast and Color Accuracy

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

Sometimes a capability or technology comes along that seems like it should be easy to explain, but really isn’t — at least not without providing an in-person, first-person experience. That’s the case with Revision Military’s new “I-Vis” technology for shooting glasses. I-Vis glasses might look like just the latest tactical sunglasses du jour (as worn by Todd 3465 on TV!) but there’s a lot of high-tech stuff going on in those lenses. It’s a lens technology that provides significantly increased contrast without losing detail.

That’s a much bigger deal than you might think.

Higher contrast with detail retention is something that even the higher end eye-pro (including Revision’s own) has previously been unable to do. Increasing contrast (or polarizing) a lens has previously by necessity meant blocking some of the light allowed through a lens. This results in a degradation of Gamut Expansion, which is the number of colors an individual can see.

That is no longer the case.

I-Vis Lens Technology

David Reeder

Revision I-Vis ballistic glasses

We’ll have to get a little bit into color science to explain Gamut Expansion and how it affects your shooting and perception, but the BLUF is this:

It is now possible to injection mold a ballistic lens that delivers markedly (measurably) superior contrast without the previously-necessary reduction in detail.

As Revision explains it, I-Vis will “…expand chroma and enhance the number of colors the user can see.”

The tech is in the dye formulation process.

It is much easier to see it through the lenses than to grasp it based on a few hundred words, but here’s a basic rundown.

There are three types of vision: Photopic, Scotopic, and Mesoptic. Photopic (which uses cones) =color, daylight, and detail. Scotopic (which uses rods) = nighttime, black & white, lack of detail. Traditional tinted shooting lenses increase contrast by moving color reception from photopic toward scotopic, with a corresponding loss of detail.

Color Neutral Lens Tech

The first things to understand are, 1) light is information to the brain, and 2) contrast = differentiation.

I-Vis improves both of those things. It does so by increasing ocular resolution by an estimated 130% or more. It does this with just a marginal reduction in sharpness when compared to a good clear lens and without the significant degradation of true color caused by traditional tinted lenses. Although we haven’t (yet) seen independent testing to confirm that exact number, an initial field expedient trial by media members, some competitive shooters, and (unofficially) some specialized military personnel does seem to corroborate the claim. The eyes of every individual are different, but most people will see a marked difference in contrast and detail using I-Vis vs. traditional tinted contrast eye protection.

Traditional shooting/ballistic glasses typically use a monochromatic lens tint that enhances contrast, often significantly so. However, this reduces the Gamut of Expansion and color accuracy and also increases eye fatigue. To combat this, users engaging in “color critical” tasks use something like a basic smoke-tinted lens that offers no performance benefit other than light reduction.

Dr. Richard Colo, OD, explains in part:

In terms of performance, all shooting glasses have been predicated on what I like to call the wow factor. For decades, people selling glasses for shooting would increase contrast so that we wound having the tint of the month…increase contrast, increase contrast, increase contrast. That became a kind of benchmark in terms of how good a shooting glass lens was. The problem with that is, as you increase the contrast, you reduce the amount of light coming in. As you reduce the amount of light coming in, you’re shifting from photopic detail toward scotopic black and white.

I-Vis glasses are color neutral. This enhances color accuracy, reduces eye fatigue, increases depth perception, and provides greater visual detail.

Eyes make only two movements. One is a “smooth pursuit” movement. The other is “saccadic” movement. Smooth pursuit, which uses cones, is how we pull the trigger. Saccadic, which uses rods, is how we go from one spot to the other – and it’s a thousand times as fast as smooth pursuit. I-Vis lens technology improves contrast (i.e. differentiation) without negatively impacting either. This increases visual performance.

Filtering light

Let’s break it down substantially more Barney-style: I-Vis lenses add more colors to your crayon box.

With more crayons you can draw (i.e. see) with better resolution and depth perception. It’s not that the red object you see becomes “more redder”, it’s that it becomes more of that object’s actual, specific red hue. This effectively reveals things — admittedly sometimes smaller, seemingly inconsequential things — you would otherwise not have seen. Think digital photograph vs. posterized clip art, albeit not always as immediately drastic.

From a performance perspective, particularly in a tactical or other life-or-limb situation, little inconsequential details are often anything but.

Increased contrast without loss of detail allows for accurate recognition of colors. Accurate recognition of colors ensures depth performance and promotes visual comfort.

Image comparison courtesy of Revision Military.

Confident Perspective

In addition to the obvious benefit of improved perception, target acquisition, and the like, increased contrast without corresponding loss of detail improves confidence. Dr. Colo, who also has a degree in psychology, makes a particular point of this in the context of shotgun sports.

“Take for example an average individual in the field wearing a clear lens. That person is out shooting clays. The pupil constricts and depth of field increases. The constricted pupil restricts the blur circle at the back of the eye, increasing the depth of field, and everything is clear.  Going on down a few stations, though, now your pupil dilates. This puts a bit of a fuzzy edge around the target. It’s not the fuzzy edge that might be a problem problem, it’s the potential effect of that fuzzy edge on the shooter’s confidence-doubt that could become the problem.”

“Contrast sells glasses. Detail hits (or breaks) targets.” Dr. Richard Colo

This sort of increased confidence is obviously just as applicable (and potentially far more significant) to someone trying to pick up and identify a moving target through a scope, or notice minute changes in the soil that might indicate an IED, or the presence of a camouflaged threat.

Sid Mitchell of Revision Military

Sid Mitchell of Revision Military (who wears prescription glasses) explaining how I-Vis works, and how it might work to make Rx versions of the lenses.

Environmentally Specific.

Well, ~ish.

There are six tints of I-Vis available, each developed after an extensive theater-specific study of potential AO color palettes using global data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

This provides for five individual tints designed to increase contrast and elevate color recognition in the prevalent terrain of different geographic regions, plus a “general purpose” tint that functions extremely well across the board (if not to the extent of the more specialized lenses).

I-Vis Verso Lenses Eye Protection

It’s hard to adequately and accurately demonstrate how I-Vis impacts color perception, but here’s a crude attempt. This gif begins with Verso lenses in front of the camera, then shows what it looks like without them (and back).

The I-Vis lens line includes:

• Verso 

The most technically complex I-Vis lens, Verso designed for the widest range of environments and settings. This is the general purpose lens one would want if only able to buy one pair. (Visible Light Transmittance/VLT: 19%*)

• Aros

Aros is intended to enhance colors found in typical desert environments. It brings out differences between similar shades of brown, tan, yellow, and orange colors while making man-made structures and objects stand out. (VLT: 12%*)

• Cano

Cano was developed to provide color definition environments dominated by greens, browns, and grays (typified in lush foliage). Cano lenses maximize visual light transmission because they’re designed for densely forested areas with a canopy and shaded terrain. Man-made structures will stand out, as will differences (or changes) in the foreground landscape. (VLT: 37%*)

Revision I-Vis Cano lenses with and without.

This is a look at the same ravine as above, this time using Cano lenses. With, then without, then with again. Use of an animated gif on an electronic screen is necessarily crude – apologies for that.

• Alto

Alto lenses are suited to dry, high-altitude environments dominated by grays, tans, and blues (such as the terrain found in northern Afghanistan).  (VLT: 12%*)

• Clara

Clara lenses were modeled for use in northern Europe, Scandinavia, and the Baltics, and Poland. They’re designed to bring out color definition and contrast in brightly lit areas of white, gray, and blue. Think snowy wooded areas, rocks, mountains, and areas with undulating snowpack. (VLT: 12%*)

• Umbra

Much like Clara, the Umbra dye formulation is intended to improve color contrast in overcast, snow-prominent areas dominated by whites and greys (snowy, rocky areas and mountains).  (VLT: 48%*)

*VLT may vary +/- 5% based upon eyewear form factor, lens thickness and coatings.

I-Vis EyePro Features

Options Available

Initial styles of I-Vis will include Stingerhawk spectacles and Snowhawk goggles. There will be other styles and models in the future however, all focusing on what Revision’s Sid Mitchell views as the necessary trifecta of modern eye protection: protection, performance, and style.*

The Stingerhawk spectacle system will be available in I-Vis.

So will Snowhawk goggles.

*Style might seem a trivial thing in the context of form vs. function, but it’s not. Not when style and aesthetics directly impact use of eyepro off the battlefield – which it does.

Learn more at RevisionMilitary.com.


Mechanix Wear Launches Mil-Spec Eyewear – Mechanix Vision Type-X Tactical Safety Eyewear

Monday, October 3rd, 2022

When Mechanix Wear announced their new eyewear line we knew it was only a matter of time before they brought the technology over to the tactical side. The new Mechanix Vision Type-X Tactical Safety Eyewear meets MIL-PRF 32432 Ballistic Fragmentation standard as well as ANSI Z87.1 impact standard.

In addition to impact protection, the lenses are treated for anti-fog as well as anti-scratch. Type-X also features a wraparound, vented temple and comfort nosepiece.

The Type X line is offered with Black frame with Amber, Clear, and Smokes lenses or in a Grey frame with Smoke lens.


Mechanix Wear Vision Wear –

Tuesday, September 6th, 2022

Around the 4th of July I started noticing Mechanix Wear had introduced safety eyewear to their line.

They even wrapped some of their trucks. To be sure, Mechanix Wear and NASCAR go together like two peas in a pod, but this image certainly caught my eye.

Sure, he’s a hunter, but that’s closer to tactical use than the gloves were when they were brought over to tactical from garage wear due to their comfort, dexterity and value.

But then somebody sent me this photo from the 29 Palms ServMart. It appears that units are already buying the safety glasses for use in the shop.

It took awhile after individuals and units were buying gloves before they created specific tactical models. Hopefully, we’ll some dedicated MIL-SPEC styles from Mechanix Wear soon.


Oakley Standard Issue Announces American Heritage Collection

Tuesday, July 12th, 2022

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA. – July 12, 2022 – Oakley® Standard Issue has announced the launch of the new American Heritage Collection to honor and recognize the distinctive nose art seen on 1940s allied military aircraft. The three-piece collection features Gascan®, Holbrook™ and Drop Point™ models, all uniquely designed to commemorate the rich history and individuality behind these iconic aircraft and their crews.

“We’re excited to introduce the latest addition to our American Heritage collection paying tribute to the iconic aircraft art from the 1940s,” said Erick Poston, Senior Director of Oakley SI. “This method of self-expression allowed these men to showcase their individuality and give their planes a persona to not only keep them safe, but also give them some reminders of home.”

Born from practicality in identifying friendly units from foe, the nose art on these aircraft gave each plane its own personality. These designs were morale-boosting, good-luck charms, and reminders of personal lives, hobbies, characteristics and much more. It is a kind of folk art that provides a unique insight into the mindset of the aircrew and ground personnel who were thrust into an environment where the only certainty was the uncertainty of their survival.

The American Heritage Collection consists of three different configurations from Oakley’s assortment with options in the Holbrook™, Gascan® and Drop Point™ models. All eyewear includes Prizm™ Lens Technology and features a unique scheme associated with historic aircraft designs. MSRP starting at $183.

To learn more about the American Heritage Collection, check out this article on OakleySI.com.

To become a member or learn more about Oakley Standard Issue, visit OakleySI.com. Details about products, promotions and future offers can also be found on the Oakley SI Instagram, Facebook and YouTube pages.