Airsoft Injuries

Airsoft is a fun, challenging sport and a way many people like to get some exercise while hanging out with friends. For others, like police officers and military personnel, Airsoft is often a valuable training tool.

For everyone, Airsoft poses a safety threat in a few different ways. Airsoft Safety, Part 1 and Airsoft Safety, Part 2 provide details on the various risks to those playing or training with Airsoft.

One of the primary safety issues with Airsoft involves the eyes. For this reason, ballistic-rated safety eyewear is an essential piece of equipment when engaged in Airsoft.

Airsoft BBs are not lethal, but they can severely damage eyes and even result in permanent blindness.

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

To prevent Airsoft eye injuries, some prefer the comprehensive protection of a full face mask. Others prefer Airsoft safety glasses or goggles. There are certainly a lot of options to choose from, and knowing where to start can be a bit overwhelming.

To help below is a list of our top 5 goggles for Airsoft. Across the board, these goggles are ballistic-rated and protect against the harmful rays of the sun. They each also have their own unique features that set them apart.

Pyramex Isotope Goggle

Pyramex Isotope ($14.00)

When you need safety glasses with a full seal, the Pyramex Isotope has you covered. The flexible rubber gasket is non-vented and has a groove to channel liquids away. They provide excellent eye protection for those messy or hazardous situations when you want to keep all the gunk and debris out of your eyes. They also convert to glasses and come in four lens tint choices.

Additional features include:

  • Dielectric
  • Temple arms with an attached elastic strap and a neoprene goggle strap
  • Padded nosepiece
  • Temples adjust to three different lengths
  • Wraparound lenses
  • Anti-Fog Coating

Bolle Cobra TPR Goggle

Bolle Cobra TPR ($13.10)

The Cobra TPR Goggle has a comfortable Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) gasket that is non-vented to keep out grime and dust with the added benefit of D3 splash protection. The premium Platinum Anti-fog and anti-scratch coating delays the onset of fogging and scratching. Best of all, this goggle is designed to be completely washable with no fabric or foam.

Additional features include:

  • Durable PVC frame
  • Easy to clean neoprene strap and TPR gasket
  • Low-profile and lightweight
  • 100% Sealed – no vents

Pyramex I-Force Goggle

Pyramex I-Force ($19.90)

The Pyramex I-Force has a sporty, lightweight design that eliminates the bulkiness and weight found in many goggles. It features a dual pane lens that provides the ultimate anti-fog performance by isolating the temperature difference inside & outside of the eyewear.

Additional features include:

  • Quick Release interchangeable temples and an elastic strap
  • Indirect vented foam carriage provides maximum dust protection
  • Sufficient airflow outlet for heat
  • A thermal system that provides anti-fog protection in the worst weather conditions or extreme temperatures
  • 4 lens tint options

Haber Barrow Goggle

Haber Barrow with Eliminator PLUS Fan ($130)

When humidity rises inside these goggles, a sensor activates a fan that evacuates the warm, moist air. When moisture levels return to acceptable levels, the fan turns off. It’s completely automatic. The Barrow goggle offers a broad application spectrum that provides high levels of anti-fog and anti-scratch protection. The frame is a high-grade polymer with woven goggle band and moisture absorbing foam, and the lens is impact resistant and has anti-fog and anti-scratch coatings.

Additional features include:

  • Excellent fit for young adults, men, and women
  • To accommodate fit-over glasses, a slightly larger air volume inside the goggle

ESS Profile Turbo Fan Goggle

ESS Profile TurboFan ($193.50)

The ESS TurboFan provides the best weapon available for keeping your vision clear during situations where perspiration or temperatures are extreme. With a built-in fan that literally blows humidity out of the goggle at 13,000 rpm, no technology is more effective at dramatically reducing lens fogging.

Additional features include:

  • Fan for 150 hours on a single AA battery
  • Low-profile, night-vision-compatible frame with a wide field of view
  • Anti-microbial OpFoam face padding
  • Patented Outriggers position strap for optimal helmet compatibility
  • Interchangeable 2.8mm high-impact Polycarbonate lenses
  • Distortion-free optics
  • Rx Inserts available (U-Rx)Uvex XMF Tactical Goggle

Uvex XMF Tactical Goggles ($78.00)

The Uvex XMF Tactical Goggle was designed with today’s active military, veterans, and law enforcement professionals in mind. The streamlined lens offers superior clarity and a full field of vision to optimize your peripheral view. The soft, lightweight goggle body provides an excellent gap-free fit to accommodate a variety of facial features. To minimize fogging and deter airborne particles from the user, the XMF features a ventilation and filter system around the full perimeter.

Additional features include:

  • Adjustable flame-resistant headband provides a custom fit whether worn alone or with a helmet
  • Color-coordinated, anti-reflective soft fabric lens sleeve helps to protect goggle lens when not in use
  • Made in the USA
  • Comes in several frame colors and lens tints

With the full range of features and prices available in Airsoft safety glasses and goggles, choosing the right one for you can seem like a daunting task. The top 5 best-selling goggles listed above help narrow the field a bit since all are comfortable and provide the best in protection and superior vision.

Regardless of your reason for making your way to the Airsoft field, you’re sure to find the right fit in safety eyewear in our selection.

By | 2018-08-22T23:08:09+00:00 August 23rd, 2018|All Posts, Featured Post, Safety Articles|0 Comments

About the Author:

Michael Eldridge is a US Marine Veteran and the founder of SafetyGlassesUSA.com. He's passionate about protective eyewear and promoting vision safety. In his spare time, he enjoys target shooting, fishing, CrossFit, mountain biking, camping with his family and watching Detroit Tigers baseball.

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