Smith Optics Elite and Kryptek Create Limited Edition Sunglasses

Kryptek Sunglasses in Action

Kryptek Sunglasses and Highlander Camouflage in action.

Recently the Smith Optics Elite Division teamed up with Kryptek Outdoor Group to create the first pair of sunglasses to feature Kryptek’s Highlander camouflage pattern. 

Based upon the popular Smith Elite Lockwood sunglasses, which feature a classic, yet modern profile. These limited edition sunglasses exceed MilSpec level protection while being seamlessly wrapped in the proven Kryptek Highlander pattern. The Highlander pattern is designed for the soldier or hunter in transitional terrain with the purpose of improving stealth and enhancing survivability, ultimately increasing the lethality of the wearer. Smith’s Brown Polarized lenses will keep your targets in focus while reducing eyestrain with glare-cutting filtration.

Limited Edition Smith Elite Lockwood Ballistic Sunglasses with Kryptek Camo Frame and Brown Polarized Lenses

Only 500 Kryptek sunglasses were made, and no two pairs are the same!

 

Smith Optics Elite Skull PatchSafety Glasses USA is honored to be one of  the few online vendors authorized to sell these limited edition sunglasses. As an added bonus, we’re including a free Smith Optics Elite “Skull” Moral Patch with every pair of Kryptek Sunglasses. This patch measures 2×2 inches and features a hook and loop backing. Perfect for attaching to tactical gear or clothing. You can learn more and purchase the Kryptek Sunglasses here.

Key Eyewear Features:

  • Limited Edition. Only 500 pair made.
  • No two frames look exactly the same.
  • Free Smith “Skull” Patch with every pair.
  • Lightweight frames made from impact resistant materials.
  • Tapered Lens Technology (TLT) corrects lens distortion.
  • Lenses provide 100% protection from harmful UVA/UVB/UVC rays.
  • Made in USA.
  • Compliant with ANSI Z87.1-2010 and MIL-PRF-31013.

Airsoft Safety, Part 1

Airsoft History

Airsoft Safety

Proper eye protection is critical when participating in Airsoft competitions.

Airsoft as we know it today essentially began in Japan in the 1980s. Over time, and with the help of the Internet, Airsoft grew to become not only a popular sport but also a key training tool for the police and military.

What began as another way to practice target shooting has grown into competitions where score is kept and people get shot. Many people enjoy Airsoft as a way to act out strategy discovered in video games. Airsoft offers an outlet for individuals wanting real-life action in a non-lethal atmosphere.

This same leisure activity also provides a safe environment for tactical simulation exercises by the military & police where they can hone skills, strategies and awareness. Guns look & feel like real guns that shoot bullets, allowing for a realistic way to train military personnel and police officers.

(Note: Check out The History of Airsoft for more details on the games origin and growth.)

Safety Concerns

Many people do not consider Airsoft guns to be toys and instead call them “high detailed firearm simulations.” They insist on this nomenclature because the guns fire plastic BBs at muzzle velocities of 100-400FPS, enough to severely injure an eye, chip a tooth and hurt the skin.

Even though Airsoft is considered non-lethal because of the BBs’ inability to pierce skin and damage internal organs doesn’t mean they are absent of safety issues. Let’s explore those issues along with some solutions.

Eye Injuries

While Airsoft BBs may not be life-threatening, they can seriously damage eyes. In fact, eye damage is the number one danger from Airsoft guns. Damage that unfortunately sometimes results in permanent blindness.

The Center for Disease Control reports that more than 19,000 people were treated for eye injuries caused by guns that don’t use gun powder, such as Airsoft guns. Of those treated, 71% were under 20 years old.

Because of the potential for eye damage, anyone using Airsoft guns should use eye protection, even when shooting at targets. Proper eye protection can prevent serious eye damage whether from a direct shot to the face or from a BB ricocheting.

Airsoft Eye Protection

Wrap around eye protection is crucial. With so many players on the field, BBs will be flying from all directions.

The best eye and face protection for Airsoft users ranges from ballistic-rated safety goggles to full face masks. At a minimum, eye protection should wrap around sides of the eyes to protect from ricocheting BBs.

Other Injuries

While not usually penetrating the skin, Airsoft BBs can also cause painful welts and occasionally bleeding when they strike skin. For this reason, covering skin with loose clothing is a good idea. Many individuals even wear battle fatigues when playing Airsoft.

Airsoft BBs also travel fast enough to chip a tooth. Many Airsoft experts recommend wearing face masks to protect the entire face from the pellets.

Additional Considerations

While eye, face and skin protection will prevent the majority of safety issues that arise from Airsoft guns, a few additional – but significant – concerns exist that are addressed in Airsoft Safety, Part 2. The second installment of Airsoft Safety will also review the basic rules of Airsoft safety.

Military Sunglasses: 4x The Impact Resistance, 4x The Eye Protection

ESS CDI MAX Ballistic Interchangeable Sunglasses

ESS CDI MAX Ballistic Interchangeable Sunglasses

Did you know that dangerous, sharp shrapnel from a hand grenade can travel up to 700 feet upon detonation? If you’re in a combat-facing position, chances are you know exactly what we’re talking about. We recommend safety glasses for any task that can cause potential harm to your eyes, from cutting the grass to riding a motorcycle. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry. But if you’re operating in a volatile environment where bombs can explode at any moment or unfriendly fire can break out, you need more than normal safety glasses – you need Military Sunglasses.

Military sunglasses, along with specific Ballistic Sunglasses, are subjected to tests at four times the velocity of normal ANSI Z87+ standards, and that’s saying something, considering the already rigorous testing done to ensure ANSI Z87+ eyewear will stand up to industrial demands. Our military sunglasses and shooting sunglasses all meet or exceed U.S. Military Ballistic Standard MIL-PRF-31013 testing. We want you to be safe in the field protecting our homeland, and we’ll do everything possible to ensure your eyewear acts as an instrumental accessory in keeping our country safe.

Our military eyewear features state-of-the-art technology, including:

  • Lightweight frames made of impact resistant materials to ensure your military sunglasses are comfortable on your face for long periods of time, while giving you rigorous protection.
  • Tapered lens technology eliminates lens distortion, giving you a clear field of vision.
  • Facial cavity seal blocks out wind, light, dust, and debris, even at the highest of speeds and the most treacherous of conditions.
  • High impact protection – our Revision Sawfly Deluxe Three Lens Military Eyewear can actually withstand impact from a Remington Mod. 1187 Semi-automatic 12 gauge, 28 inch barrel, full choke!

If you’re out in the field protecting our country, Military Sunglasses are an important part in your mission to return home safe and sound. Hitting the shooting range, or enjoy hunting? Ballistic Sunglasses are certainly an essential component of your gear, too. Get 4x the impact resistance and 4x the safety at SafetyGlassesUSA.com.