5.11 Tactical has teamed up with Wiley X to offer cutting-edge eye protection. For 20 years, Wiley X has provided critical eye protection to the FBI, DEA, Army Rangers, Navy SEALS and other elite units. Designed, manufactured and tested by Wiley X for optimal precision, durability and safety, 5.11 Tactical’s state-of-the-art Ascend Sunglasses feature die-cut selenite polycarbonate lenses that prevent angular distortion and offer 10 times the impact resistance of glass or resin. The T-Shell lens coating provides scratch, crack and craze (stress mark) resistance. Frames are built with virtually indestructible Grilamid TR-90 homopolyamide nylon for extremely high bend strength, low density and high resistance to chemical and UV damage. Oil- and sweat-resistant rubber contact points at the nose and temples make these sunglasses extra comfortable for work, training, recreation and travel. Also available are the Shear and Climb models, which, like the Ascend, exceed both ANSI Z87.1-2003 and EN 166 safety and optical standards. MSRP $84.99.
A day in the life of a tactical officer is unpredictable at best, so wearing protective gear is a must, and that includes protective eyewear. It takes only one hot piece of brass hitting you in the eye to get your attention and make you realize the importance of high-quality eye protection. EES’ CDI Max sunglasses are made of 2.4-mm lenses, some of the thickest on the market. The maximum lens wrap means you will have more protection than ever before. ESS’ Lateral Exchange System allows you to change any of the five different lenses provided to best suit your needs. Additionally, the CDI Max is night vision-compatible and compliant with U.S. military specs. MSRP $100.
The 5B is stylish without drawing undue attention — an important characteristic for law enforcement professionals who must often observe uniform or dress codes. The 5B ballistic sunglasses are also a perfect fit under any hat or helmet, and the featherlight weight and flawless optics mean you’ll probably forget you’re even wearing sunglasses. Standard ESS Eye Pro 5B sunglasses are compliant with U.S. MIL-PRF-31013 (Clause 18.104.22.168), ANSI Z87.1 2010 Edition and U.S. federal OSHA. Polarized ESS 5B sunglasses are compliant with ANSI Z87.1+ 2010 Edition and U.S. federal OSHA. All 5B lenses provide 100% UVA/UVB protection. MSRP $135.
Interchangeable lenses enable wearers of the ESS Rollbar ballistic sunglasses to pick the version most appropriate for the situation. Clear lenses provide eye protection for indoor or nighttime use, while smoke-gray lenses shield eyes from harmful sunlight and polarizers cut out glare. MSRP $115.
Tactical BDUs aren’t the only things that have received a major makeover in the last few years; eyewear has, too. ESS Eyewear offers professional-grade, U.S. Army-authorized protective eyewear ideal for tactical work. The ESS Crossbow® features the Tri-Tech Fit, which provides a universal fit that eliminates pressure-point discomfort; no-fog lenses coated in FlowCoat technology; cool, distortion-free vision; a reliable ballistic eye shield; and switchable tints that make this eyewear easily transform from work to play in a matter of seconds.
Eye Safety Systems (ESS) brings you an innovative spectacle frame designed for use with ear cup hearing protection and communication devices: the ESS Crossbow Suppressor. The frame’s ultra-thin temple arms keep noise out by minimizing the effects on the padded seal of the ear cups. The slim temples also eliminate the hot spots and pressure points that commonly occur when normal eyewear is worn under ear cups. The Suppressor frame is compatible with all Crossbow lenses. The 2.4-millimeter polycarbonate lenses combat fogging on the inside and prevent scratches on the outside.