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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Everything About Ballistic Goggles

I'm sure you've lived the moment where you're doing something and you just can't leave you eyes open because you have snow, sand, wind, sun, or any other annoying material hitting you in the face and you just wished you had goggles. You can if you want have a bag full of utility specific protectors such as sunglasses, laboratory safety glasses, snowboard goggles, etc. In the event of a disaster or in everyday life, it would just be better if you could replace all of those glasses/goggles with one simple object. Well, I sincerely think that ballistic glasses can do exactly that. Back in winter 2009-10 I was tired of always having snow in the face while walking in snow storms and blizzards and my snowboard glasses were just too brittle to be carried around all the time. I was finding myself with those same broken snowboard glasses working in my workshop, cutting, grinding and sanding. I though what protection those glasses were bringing me, well they don't protect anything whatsoever. Snowboard glasses are just good for protecting against the cold, wind and snow. I went into looking for an alternative which would actually provide some protection and I found ballistic glasses.

The specifications I was looking for were:

  • Light.
  • Small.
  • Simple.
  • Rugged.
  • Resistance to the elements.
  • Resistance to moderate direct impacts (rocks, slow projectiles, shrapnel, etc.)
  • Shatter proof.

After looking into numerous brands at different prices I found the perfect goggles for my application at a reasonable price tag. Smith Optics Elite Division Outside the Wire Ballistic Goggles. They are a snowboard style type goggle made for military applications. They provide all the specifications I was looking for and include 3 different lens so in the case that the lens does not meet my application or it is broken I can switch it in less than 20 seconds! It also includes a pouch for the glasses and lens that will mount on pretty any belt, military vest or bag. I bought mine at a local army surplus in Beloeil, Qu├ębec, Canada but you can find them everywhere online. For those interested in its accreditations, it has passed the MIL-DTL-43511D, ANSI Z87.1-2003 and CE EN166 standards.