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Revision’s Laser Eyepro Available for Immediate Shipment

Monday, January 18th, 2021

Revision’s LazrBloc FT-2 advanced laser protective eyewear is in stock and available for immediate shipping for anyone seeking laser protection against green, blue and violet laser hazards. To learn more about Revision’s LazrBloc product offering, visit www.revisionmilitary.com.

Revision has extended the 45% discount on select laser kits – visit this link and use promo code BLUELINE45until January 31, 2021.

Three New Eyewear Styles from Magpul – Rift, Ascent & Pivot

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Magpul is adding three new eyewear styles, the Rift, Pivot, and Ascent.

Rift

Bold lines and purposeful styling embody the Magpul Rift, which was designed for use at work, at home, the range, and all points in between. Its versatile frame was made specifically for the wearer who uses the same glasses for most activities. They’re casual enough for virtually any situation, yet loaded with high performance features a shooter wants.

The Rift’s frame coverage is considerable, and its increased temple height provides substantial side protection from light and debris, making them the perfect frame for brighter days on the water or at the range. The frame is constructed of TR90NZZ and the lenses have been impact-tested and safety rated, providing you with the all-around protection your eyes need with a Z87+ ballistic rating. Generally made to fit medium and large faces, the rubber overmolded nose pads keep them securely in place no matter what you’re up to.

The Rift is durable and incredibly strong, yet comfortable enough to be worn all day, and it’s available with both Polarized and Non-Polarized lenses.

Pivot

The Pivot is a casual design based on our Explorer model, merging high performance with casual style in a fit that suits small to medium faces. Its lightweight frame, low profile temples, and impact-resistant lens and frame combination are casual enough for everyday use.

The Pivot’s frames are constructed from TR90NZZ, the strongest thermoplastic material available for eyewear and, combined with its impact-resistant lenses, makes them some of the most durable, flexible, and lightweight sunglasses available. Their oleophobic polycarbonate

lenses shed liquid and won’t be degraded by water, sweat, or chemicals. The overmolded anti-slip rubber nose and temple pads prevent slippage, no matter what activity you’re engaged in.

The Pivot comes in a range of polarization, color and mirror options to give you the premium clarity and contrast you need from a great pair of shades, while also supporting many high energy activities in variable light conditions and environments.

Ascent

Designed to keep up with the most active user, the Magpul Ascent provides high-performance eye protection and all-day comfort while you’re on the move.

With a frame constructed of TR90NZZ and impact-resistant oleophobic lenses, the Ascent has our highest Z87+ ballistic rating. Its lightweight design proves rugged ballistic protection that ensures consistent overall protective coverage. Its tight, eight-base wrap keeps debris out, provides lateral eye and temple protection, and minimizes incoming stray light. The low-profile temples, combined with its over-molded temple and nose pads, keep the Ascent in place and comfortable all day long, even during high tempo and physically demanding activities.

Whether you’re on the range, trail running, working out, or hiking, the Ascent was designed to look good, protect and perform.

www.magpul.com

Gatorz Eyewear – Stark

Monday, December 28th, 2020

Inspired by classic aviator glasses, the Stark is the latest from Gatorz Eyewear. The Stark features an aluminum frame with adjustable Frame and Nosepiece.

There are several lens colors offered. ANSI Z87+ certified styles are available.

Made in USA.

www.gatorz.com/products/stark

Revision Accelerates Production to Deliver Thousands of Laser Protective Eyewear to Law Enforcement Officers Around the Country, Preventing Eye Injuries

Friday, November 13th, 2020

Essex Junction, Vermont (November 13, 2020) – In response to the urgent demand for laser protection, Revision Military has ramped up production and successfully delivered thousands of ballistic laser protective lenses to law enforcement around the United States. After an initial rapid delivery to the Department of Homeland Security, Revision received a dramatic increase of inquiries from Federal, State, and Local departments, and Individual Officers seeking protection from this emerging threat. Since July, reported incidents of laser attacks on law enforcement have skyrocketed around the nation leading to a variety of eye effects and injuries, including reports of partial blindness. While handheld lasers aren’t new, their widespread use with intent to harm is increasing, just as is the demand for laser protective eyewear to prevent these eye effects and injuries.


Above: Revision LazrBloc™ FT-2 kits being assembled on November 10 at Revision’s facility in Essex Junction, Vermont. Lenses are molded, coated and fully assembled at this facility.

Revision has been at the forefront of laser and ballistic protective eyewear solutions for the past decade.  Standard laser protective lenses are widely available, but much rarer are lenses that combine tailored laser protection as well as military-standard ballistic protection coupled with world-class anti-fog performance, integrated prescription correction and multiple sizes for optimal fit and comfort. Revision’s LazrBloc™ eyewear provides this comprehensive solution – battle-proven by military forces around the globe and now widely being delivered to Law Enforcement around the nation.

One Federal Agent shared the following quote after receiving Revision LazrBloc eyewear:  “After several fellow Federal LE Agents were blinded a few weeks ago at a demonstration, we knew we needed something to protect us. We looked at Revision and trusted the information received. Upon receipt, we were sent to a massive demonstration and had our new Revision Laser eyewear. I had lasers panning in my face for hours, and no one on the front lines with me were injured. I’ll never go without them.”

“It’s been incredible to watch our team rise to the occasion to respond to the urgent demand from the Law Enforcement community”, said Revision CEO, Amy Coyne. “We have an incredibly talented and dedicated team, and there was no hesitation throughout the organization to dig deep and deliver eyewear to help prevent injury and blindness to our men and women in uniform. Its times like these that we benefit from a vertically integrated operation, were we design, develop, test and manufacture protective eyewear at scale in our own facility.”


Above: Ballistic laser protective eyewear being tested against a laser hazard in the Revision Military Advanced Laser Research Lab.

Recently Revision celebrated the one year anniversary of new ownership with ASGARD Partners & Co and Merit Capital. In the last year, Revision welcomed new CEO Amy Coyne, successfully completed the carve out from former parent company, stayed open and operational throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and celebrated record 3rd Quarter performance. Now 100% owned and operated in the USA, the Revision team is centrally located in Essex Junction, Vermont. The focus on eyewear is already leading to growth in new markets, development of new products and technology, and the team is more united, impassioned and dedicated than ever.

To learn more about Revision’s LazrBloc product offering, visit www.revisionmilitary.com. Revision is offering a 45% discount on select laser kits for Law Enforcement – visit this link and use promo code BLUELINE45 until December 31, 2020.

Revision Presents: Invisible Danger – Laser Devices, Effects and Laser Eye Pro

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Since July, reported incidents of laser attacks on law enforcement have skyrocketed around the nation leading to a variety of eye effects and injuries, including reports of partial blindness. While handheld lasers aren’t new, their widespread use with intent to harm is increasing, just as the demand for laser protective eyewear to prevent effects and injuries. We’ve learned there are a lot of questions from end-users about lasers, and Revision has offered the following article with some education about the laser threat and how to combat it. Revision has been at the forefront of laser and ballistic protective eyewear solutions for the past decade.

INVISIBLE DANGER – LASER DEVICES, EFFECTS AND LASER EYE PRO

One of the latest tools of mayhem employed by street protestors is the handheld laser. Easily concealed, simple to use, and cheap to the point of disposability, they pose a serious threat to tactical law enforcement officers working a crowd control detail.

LASER SPECS

There are three important laser device specs to note when looking for laser eye protection. The power level of the device (measured in milliwatts), the color of the laser it emits (expressed as its wavelength in nanometers), and beam divergence (measured in minute of angle or milliradians.) We’ll cover power and color in more detail, but beam divergence is a complex sounding term that indicates how tightly focused the laser beam is. Wider beams are less of a threat.

MORE POWER

Handheld lasers used in street protests range from mostly harmless low-power keychain laser pointers to high intensity handheld lasers that rival the power of lasers used by the military to mark targets miles away.

How do you know the level of danger you’re facing when the crowd is shining lasers at you? Bottom line, you won’t. Like you, the protesters slinging light beams at you probably don’t even know how powerful their handheld lasers are.

Sure, the U.S. FDA regulates all laser products for safety. But, handheld lasers are considered a novelty, often sold on the gray market, imported by the shipload, and are among millions of products the government is supposed to inspect. It’s not surprising that laser safety regulation is a massive game of whack-a-mole that’s got regulators on their heels.

And because it costs more to make a less powerful laser that complies with safety standards than a more powerful one that doesn’t, it’s common to order a 3 mW laser from the internet and get one that puts out 10 or more times the stated output. So, it’s safe to assume every laser you see on the street is powerful enough to be dangerous, regardless of what the label says.

POTENTIAL INJURY

Laser danger comes in a few forms, the most feared is irreversible injury caused by a highly focused light burning the retina. The more common, but just as serious threat posed by lasers is the loss of situational awareness.

A laser in the eye has the same effect as any bright light source, it’ll first elicit a startle response causing you to blink. If you continue looking into the laser, you’ll be dealing with glare that obscures your vision and if you look into it long enough you’ll get temporary bright spots, called afterimages. While these effects aren’t as severe as permanent blindness, situational awareness is the last thing you want to lose when flying bricks and homemade pyrotechnics are in play.

Above: A Green laser being aimed at Law Enforcement during Portland, Oregon protests.
Photo by Dave Killen,
Oregonlive.com

INVISIBLE DANGER

Good news: you’ve got an involuntary blink response. Bad news: The blink response only occurs if the offending light is in the visible spectrum, and cheap lasers are often contaminated with invisible, IR and near-IR light.

This means a dim, 5mW visible laser could be pumping out hundreds of mW of light in the near-IR spectrum, and you won’t know it until you feel your eyes itching and burning for no apparent reason. By that point, that light is cooking your retina.

HOW DO YOU STOP A LASER

At the simplest level, a laser’s color is its Achilles heel. Want to stop a red laser? Put a red-absorbing filter in its path. Generally laser protective lenses will look the opposite of the color they absorb.  Of course there’s more to blocking a laser than that, but a key consideration when looking for laser eye pro is knowing the color of the light you want to block. Eye pro manufacturers list this spec as a specific wavelength or a range of wavelengths in nanometers (nm).

LENS CONSTRUCTION MATTERS

To make a lens that stops a laser means choosing a dye that absorbs light at the same wavelength as the laser and incorporating it into the lens. This can be in the form of a coating applied after a glass or polymer lens is made, or by mixing the dye into the base material of a polymer lens before it’s molded into shape. The later method of construction results in a much more durable form of laser protection, since the dye is impregnated into the lens and can’t be scratched off.

Most laser protective lenses are made for use in a laboratory or on a manufacturing line where getting punched in the face or fragged by a BB-covered M-80 isn’t a concern. Keep that in mind when looking for laser eye pro that’ll be used on the street. There are only a few companies making laser eye pro that also provides mil-spec ballistic protection.

Above: Ballistic laser protective eyewear being tested against a laser hazard in the Revision Military Advanced Laser Research Lab.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT LENS

It’d be great if there was one lens that could block all laser wavelengths, but there isn’t. Knowing that blocking a laser is accomplished by filtering its particular wavelength of light, the practical cost of protection for a given color of laser is limiting the ability to see that color. So, a lens that would block all laser colors would need to filter out all colors of light, and that lens would essentially be impossible to see through.

Because each lens can only provide laser protection in a certain wavelength, or range of wavelengths, determining what color lasers you’re likely to face on the street is critical in choosing a protective lens.

LASER EYE PRO SPECS

Carefully consider the time of day you’ll use the laser eye pro. Nighttime is the right time for mayhem, so you’re going to want to get lenses that aren’t so dark that they can’t be used at night. The spec that tells you how much light a lens allows through is called its visible light transmission (VLT.) VLT tells you how much regular light a lens allows to pass though it as a percentage. Higher percentages allow more light to pass.

Another important spec you’ll see is a lens’s optical density (OD). OD tells you how much of a laser’s light is blocked by the lens. It’s given as a number from 0 generally up to around 7, with higher numbers offering the most protection. Each additional OD absorbs ten times as much laser light, so a lens with OD 3 absorbs 10 times as much light as a lens with OD 2.

Practically speaking, the higher the OD, the more laser energy a lens can absorb. The higher the VLT, the more natural light is passing through the lens. 

BEWARE OF IR ONLY LENSES

Before heading out to work a protest with the eye pro that came with your IR aiming lasers, confirm those lenses also provide protection in the visible light spectrum. IR rated lenses are generally only good for stopping lasers in the IR/Near-IR spectrum and won’t necessarily offer protection against visible lasers.

LOOKING FORWARD

The current limitations of protective laser lens technology means the need for situational awareness and broad spectrum protection are at odds with each other. Want to see everything? You have to give up protection. Want to be protected from the widest range of threats? You’re going to have to decide how much visual awareness to give up. 

The threat of lasers to guys on the ground is still emerging, as is the response from companies making eye protection. Cutting edge research and development in tactical laser eye protection is focused on finding a no-compromise solution that provides full spectrum laser protection, uninhibited vision, and mil-spec ballistic protection using high tech solutions that can survive the rigors of the street and the battlefield.

For more information, visit www.revisionmilitary.com, write [email protected], or call +1 802.879.7002.

Shield Your Eyes With The Oakley Clear Collection

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 — For over 20 years, Oakley Standard Issue has developed lenses for our nation’s Military and First Responders, with the highest standard in clarity and protection. The Oakley Clear Collection expands years of development into an assortment of sport performance and lifestyle frames with clear and photochromic lenses. We understand the importance of safety equipment and appreciate the considerations of our essential workers.

In recent months, the wellbeing of frontline essential workers has become paramount. Terms such as Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), and Body Substance Isolation (BSI) are now commonplace. Oakley Standard Issue (OSI) has been providing protection eyewear for Military, Law Enforcement, and First Responders for well over 20 years. With numerous products on the certified lists for conventional military and Special Operations Forces, now is the time to expand this collection to offer a more diverse assortment of eyewear to those that need it most.

Legacy products such as the Oakley SI Ballistic M Frame are within the collection. With an anti-fog coating, M Frame meets both high impact and high velocity impact requirements for ANSI Z87.1 and MIL SPEC. Another feature included in the M Frame is the Gasket. The Gasket is a small rubber insert that is ideal for keeping out dust or debris.

Additionally, the assortment includes a variety of Photochromic lens options. Ideal for anyone transition between light environments, Photochromic changes rapidly and even adjusts to the surrounding light. These lenses are supported with a variety of sport frames to include Radar, Jawbreaker, and EV Zero.

Lastly, OSI offers select frames with Prizm Low Light lenses. Prizm Lens Technology, now authorized for wear on the Special Operations Eyewear Program (SOEP), maintains a low visual light transmission while enhancing select colors. These lenses are perfect for anyone working in a health care setting where you might experience significant fluorescent lighting.

Learn More > www.oakleysi.com/en-us/collections/shield-your-eyes

Ops-Core Riot/Breaching Visor

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

The Ops-Core Riot/Breaching Visor protects against paint balloons and frozen water bottles, offering modular, rapidly-employed face protection for operators with Ops-Core ARC Rail-equipped helmets. The 3mm thick visor smoothly pivots up and down to provide full face protection as needed. The visor effectively keeps end users safe in riot and breaching operations.

shop.gentexcorp.com/ops-core-riot-breaching-visor

The United States Air Force Awards Gentex Corporation Aircrew Laser Eye Protection (ALEP) Daytime Spectacle Contract

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

CARBONDALE, PA July 16, 2020 – Gentex Corporation, a global leader in personal protection and situational awareness solutions for defense forces, aircrew, emergency responders, and industrial personnel, announced today that it was awarded the United States Air Force Aircrew Laser Eye Protection (ALEP) Daytime Spectacle contract to develop and produce its laser protective eyewear for aircrew, the Block III Day Spectacle.

This order includes 10,000 Block III Day Spectacles over the next 18 months including development and full rate production. The Gentex lenses integrate the latest laser protective filter technology developed by the Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL) for daytime applications. The lightweight, aviator-style frames fit comfortably on the face and feature contoured temple arms that integrate well with helmets and helmet components. The Gentex Block III Day spectacles joins our unique product line of other LEP spectacles developed for F-35, U.S. Navy EDU series and laser dazzle spectacles.

“With over 40 years of experience creating the highest quality vision protection for aircrew, this contract recognizes our continued innovation and evolution in the eyewear and visor market,” said Robert McCay, vice president at Gentex Corporation, “We’re proud to have won our second consecutive Delivery Order under Block III to develop products and technology that meet the challenges of ever-advancing technologies.”

Gentex’s portfolio of air products includes helmets, optical protection, respiratory, and situational awareness solutions. For more information visit, www.gentexcorp.com/industry-solutions/defense/air.