Coming Soon: Smith Optics Elite Eyewear

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.

Smith Elite Tactical Sunglasses

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.

New Uvex Stealth Reader Goggles

Uvex Stealth Reader Goggle

Uvex Stealth Reader Goggles feature a bifocal lens.

Bifocal Safety Glasses have been around for a few years now and have become extremely popular in the safety industry. They combine the required impact protection for the majority of today’s work environments and the convenience of reading glasses. However they do not provide adequate protection from liquid splash or large volumes of dust, these hazards are better left to goggles.  The problem with goggles in the past is they didn’t have bifocal versions, but Uvex has solved that problem.

The Uvex Stealth, one of the most popular goggles on the market, has expanded to include reading magnifier lenses. The first of its kind, the Uvex Stealth Reader Goggle offers modern design, technology and materials with and extensive range of five magnification strengths.  The Stealth Reader Goggle is a perfect match for someone who needs the protection of a goggle, but also needs magnification to see fine details or close-up inspection.

Here are some of the key features:

  • Five diopter strengths from +1.0 to +3.0 magnification.
  • Soft elastomer body conforms to facial contours for a secure, gap-free fit.
  • Low profile, wrap-around style provides excellent vision and complete coverage.
  • Wide adjustable headband with pivoting clips for a secure comfortable fit.
  • Economical lens replacement system
  • Meets ANSI Z87.1-2010
  • Certified to CSA Z94.3 standard.
  • Made in USA.

New Women’s Safety Glasses Available

AOSafety Refine Safety Glasses

AOSafety Refine Safety Glasses

When it comes to safety glasses its obvious the majority of styles are geared towards men. Finding safety glasses that fit and look appealing to women can be difficult at best. Fortunately a few manufacturers have recently decided to break this trend and start offering women specific styles.

But why are “women’s” safety glasses so important? Is it the increased compliance among female workers, because these glasses feature styling and colors that appeal to women? No not really. Sure, increased compliance is definitely an added bonus, but the most important factor is how the glasses fit. These new styles are specially sized for the smaller face profiles of women. This helps eliminate dangerous gaps caused by the improper fit of eyewear that is too large or bulky. So the bottom line is you’re safer and I’m sure we can all agree that’s what really matters.

I wanted to list several of our most recent women specific safety glasses. They all feature unique styling, but share common attributes in regards to frame size, colors and being ANSI Z87.1-2003 certified.

The Uvex-Sperian W-Series features two models the W100 & W200. These styles are narrower across the front, shorter at the temple and slimmer in the nose bridge than standard safety eyewear, providing optimum fit and coverage. The secure, comfortable fit is reason enough that women will actually want to wear these new styles. The styling details will have women demanding to wear their eyewear. Compliant with ANSI Z87+ high impact standards.

Encon Veratti LS7 series is designed with a fit optimized specifically for women, the Veratti LS7 features an elegant pink or purple translucent color frame. The wrap-around design, the defined browguard and the high impact polycarbonate lenses offer maximum protection to women on the job. As light as a feather and with a soft nose piece, the Veratti LS7 is comfortable to wear all day long. Meets ANSI Z87.1-2003 High Impact Standards and is CSA Z94.3-2007 certified.

AOSafety Refine series is specially sized for the smaller face profiles of women. Fit closer and more proportionally to the eyes, cheeks and brow. The result is excellent coverage with fewer gaps where dangerous particulates and flying debris can impact the eye. Small, lightweight frame for full-shift comfort. Wraparound polycarbonate lenses provide maximum orbital protection.

PIP Lady Eva Bifocal Safety Glasses expands on one of the first lines of pink safety glasses designed for women in the workforce. This rimless frame with pink temples, features a lens with built-in bifocals available in a wide range of diopters. Plus with every purchase a portion of the proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society.