During my recent trip to the 2011 Shot Show in Las Vegas this year I had the pleasure of visiting the Smith Optics Elite Division booth and speaking with Mike Torres, Sales Manager of the Smith Optics Elite Division (SOED), about their line of ballistic rated eyewear. Mike gave me an in depth overview of SEOD products and I was able to sample several models from the Tactical Core and Tactical Lifestyle lines. Needless to say I was impressed with the attention to detail and overall quality feel of every product.
Products aside, I think what really impressed me was the enthusiasm that each SOED team member displayed. You can tell everyone at SOED is extremely passionate about the performance, quality and value of their products and it shows. Mike and the SOED team’s goal is to provide the best ballistic eyewear available and offer it at a very competitive price–and I think they’re right on target.
Smith Optics Elite Division separates their products into two main categories, the Tactical Core Series and Tactical Lifestyle Series.
The Tactical Core Series was designed for combat operations and is comprised of the Outside the Wire (OTW) Goggle and the Aegis Eye Shield. Both models are designed to provide maximum protection, optimized fit and Rx capability for today’s modern warrior.
The OTW Goggle is available in four different configurations, including a Turbo Fan model that contains a variable speed micro electronic fan that silently evacuates moist air from the goggle. Perfect for high exertion situations and unforgiving climates. All models feature Tapered Lens Technology for distortion free vision and FRAG face foam-flame resistant anti-microbial goggle foam.
The Aegis Eyeshield is available in three different configurations giving you the choice of two or three lens combinations. The Aegis is designed to offer maximum optical coverage and protection in high impact environments. A feature unique to the Aegis is the PivLock Lens Interchange System that provides easy and rapid lens changes, yet securely locks the lens into the frame.
The Tactical Lifestyle Series is a line of stylish sunglasses designed for military and law enforcement personnel in non-combat operations, but provides excellent protection from the unexpected. There are a total of six different styles in a variety of lens colors and configurations all of which meet ANSI Z87.1 and MIL-PRF-31013 impact standards.
Safety Glasses USA, Inc. is now an authorized Smith Optics Elite Division dealer and we expect to have SOED products on our website by the end of February 2011. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Update: Smith Optics Elite Tactical Eyewear is now available for sale in our Smith Optics Elite section.