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Wiley X Announces Move to Frisco, Texas

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Livermore, CA. (April 13, 2021) – Wiley X®, the leading premium protective eyewear brand,  announced plans to move its operations from Livermore to Frisco, Texas. The new global headquarters, manufacturing and distribution site is set to be located in the Star Business Park and completed by Q2 2022. Wiley X joins a growing list of California-based companies seeking new locations, with many finding their new homes in the Dallas and North Texas region. The central location within the United States will increase efficiencies of shipping and distribution, in both time and cost, to the wide range of customers Wiley X supports.

“Our entire team is committed to piloting smart and sustained growth for many years to come,” said Dan Freeman, Co-Owner of Wiley X. “To take Wiley X to the next level, Frisco, Texas is the ideal location geographically and economically to set us up for a successful future.  The City of Frisco and Frisco Economic Development Corporation have already been great business partners.”

Frisco – known as “Sports City USA” – is a perfect fit for Wiley X, a company committed to protection and performance for active pursuits such as shooting, fishing, and motorsports, as well as for the government/first responder network. Wiley X aligns well with Texas values, with a long history of providing protective eyewear to the United States military and being veteran-founded and family-owned. The move to Frisco will inspire the fabrication of a state-of-the-art building to elevate brand operations and will include a flagship retail store for Wiley X fans and local customers to enjoy.

“We’re thrilled to make this exciting move to Frisco,” said Myles Freeman, Jr., Co-Owner of Wiley X. “All of us at Wiley X have our sights set on servicing our customers like never before and this location is a perfect fit to propel our customer experience forward.”

“I am excited to welcome Wiley X to the Lone Star State,” Governor Greg Abbott said. “Wiley X is another in a long list of companies choosing Texas as home for its global headquarters and manufacturing and distribution center because of our thriving business climate. ‘Made in Texas’ is a powerful brand, and I look forward to watching Wiley X flourish.”

“Frisco is proud to welcome Wiley X to our veteran-ready community,” said Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney. “Innovative companies like Wiley X thrive here. It’s a tremendous asset to have another world-class brand in Frisco creating great jobs for Frisco residents, including our veterans.”

Revision Announces New Collection of Eyewear Products to Benefit Military & Law Enforcement Charities

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

ESSEX JUNCTION, VERMONT (March 29, 2021) – Revision Military is proud to announce The Honor Collection™, a new category of products where 20% of the proceeds from each purchase is donated directly to a select military or law enforcement charity.

The first offering of The Honor Collection is a special law enforcement edition StingerHawk® spectacle, featuring a unique, blue line-branded frame and corresponding microfiber storage pouch. Proceeds will benefit Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing resources to help the families and co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty, while also offering training and assistance to law enforcement agencies nationwide on responding to the tragic loss of a member of the law enforcement profession.

Revision has selected Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) as the beneficiary of the first Honor Collection™ product offering. 20% of all proceeds of Revision StingerHawk® LE Edition products will be donated directly to C.O.P.S.

“We believe in the critical importance of giving back,” said Revision CEO, Amy S. Coyne, “especially to organizations that directly benefit men and women in uniform and their families. I’m thrilled to announce our new Honor Collection of products, and our support of the law enforcement community with our first release benefiting C.O.P.S. There are so many great organizations supporting law enforcement, but we were drawn to C.O.P.S. by its mission, professionalism and the great impact they have on their community.”

“It’s been a rough year for our country, especially on our law enforcement heroes,” said C.O.P.S. Executive Director, Dianne Bernhard. “In addition to line-of-duty deaths, we’ve seen far too many officers impacted by COVID-19, which more than doubled the amount of survivors C.O.P.S. has added to our membership in 2020 and 2021. With the support of Revision’s Honor Collection, C.O.P.S. is able to continue planning our healing programs, conferences, and trainings at no cost to the survivor or attendee. The price they have paid is already much too high.”

In response to the recent urgent demand for laser protection, Revision has 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 last summer, 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.

Revision’s StingerHawk® Law Enforcement Edition kits offer blue-line branded frame, adjustable nosepiece, choice of clear, smoke or FT-2 laser protective lens and branded microfiber pouch. All products exceed military-spec ballistic standards, offer world-class OcuMax® anti-fog performance, and optional integrated prescription correction solution.

The Honor Collection is available exclusively on the Revision website, and StingerHawk LE Edition kits are priced with special introductory offer of 30% off MSRP. LE Edition kits include a StingerHawk blue line-branded frame, an adjustable nosepiece, choice of clear, smoke or FT-2 laser protective lens and an blue line-branded microfiber pouch. All products exceed military-spec ballistic standards, offer world-class OcuMax® anti-fog performance, and an optional integrated prescription correction solution.

To learn more about The Honor Collection www.revisionmilitary.com.

ISOtunes Enters the Sport Shooting Market

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Carmel, IN – ISOtunes®, creator of some of the world’s most innovative outdoor hearing protection, is excited to announce it has officially entered the shooting sports market. A Haven Technologies brand, ISOtunes has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. The mission of ISOtunes is to enhance safety and increase productivity by merging hearing protection with enhanced audio and communication technology in comfortable, lightweight designs. And now, that mission is being deployed in the shooting sports arena.  

“We’ve known for a long time that professional and competitive shooters are using our products. The capabilities of our products speak for themselves, and in situations where unhealthy levels of sound are present, nothing outperforms ISOtunes technology,” says  Pete Murphy, president of ISOtunes. “We’ve taken that feedback and tailored a line of products that truly  addresses the shooter’s needs and outperforms everything in its class.”

This innovative product line has been developed to serve the specific needs of professional, competitive, and recreational shooters alike. With its extension into shooting sports, ISOtunes brings some of the world’s most cutting-edge hearing protection technology into a field with consistently debilitating levels of volume and one that’s eager for technological advancements. Shooters will find features like Tactical Sound Control™ and SafeMax Technology™ alongside Bluetooth connectivity and hearing enhancement. This line was developed with feedback from some of the best shooters in the world.

For more information on ISOtunes and their hearing protection technology, visit their website at www.ISOtunes.com.

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.