Best Tactical Sunglasses for Survival: Top 5 Picks Reviewed

I live in West Texas.  Our environment is known for lots of sun, wind, and extreme temperatures.  Protecting your eyes is as big a part of survival as protecting the rest of your body and your equipment.  Ballistic protection is essential, but protection from UV light, blowing dust, and weather factors are just as critical.  Today I am looking at the best tactical sunglasses for survival.

Best Tactical Sunglasses

There are hundreds of good sunglasses on the market, but not all of them have the features needed for a survival situation.  Understanding what your sunglasses must do in a survival situation is critical to making good choices.  Essentially, your survival sunglasses should

  • Provide ballistic protection
  • Protect your eyes from all sides
  • Have polarized lenses
  • Include high contrast lenses

There are a few other considerations when choosing tactical sunglasses that most people overlook and I will discuss those issues later in the article.  If you are in a hurry, here are my top picks:

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Best Tactical Sunglasses: Top Picks

Outlaw Fugitive TAC by Outlaw Eyewear

Fugitive Aluminum Sunglass Black Polarized Gray

Outlaw Eyewear’s Fugitive TAC ballistic sunglasses make our list for several points.  The principal reason we choose to include the Outlaw Eyewear Fugitive TAC sunglasses is the all-metal construction of the frames.  From the point of durability and strength, this feature alone is notable.

From a design standpoint, The Outlaw Fugitive TAC sunglasses meet almost all the requirements of any ballistic sunglasses that we consider.  The feature list from Outlaw Eyewear emphasizes the overall quality of these ballistic sunglasses

  • Black tactical aluminum frames provide maximum durability and comfort.
  • Designed to fit under comm systems or helmets
  • Adjustable frames for the best possible fit
  • Edge to edge wind, dust, and projectile protection
  • Full UV protection
  • Upgradeable to prescription lenses that meet ANSI high-velocity impact certifications
  • Dual-spring replaceable hinges
  • ANSI Z87.1-2015 Impact certification
  • 2-year performance plan warranty

The wrap-around style fits snuggly against the face and the wide lens shape allows full peripheral vision while maintaining optimum protection.  With custom ground prescription lenses, clarity and focus remain constant at all angles of view.

The only checkbox left unmarked on our list of features we would like to see is a MIL-PRF certification.  However, the ANSI 87.1 certification meets the requirements of most civilian shooters.  For durability and strength, the aluminum-framed Outlaw Eyewear Fugitive TAC makes my list.

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GatorZ Magnum MilSpec Ballistic

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Not to be outdone, GatorZ Eyewear brings the GatorZ Milspec Ballistic Magnum series to our list.  These American made all aluminum sunglasses are MIL-PRF marked on the frames, making them acceptable for military use in high hazard or combat environments. 

The Ballistic Magnum sunglasses design takes from the suggestions of combat veterans who understand the conditions that extreme use sunglasses must endure and the needs that these types of sunglasses must meet.  The features list bears out the role these sunglasses need to fill.

  • Made in the USA
  • Military-grade aluminum frames
  • Fully adjustable frames and nosepiece
  • ANSI Z87.1 certified lens
  • Mil-PRF 32423A rating
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Free shipping in the US
  • Tru-ray optics
  • Polycarbonate lenses
  • Hydrophobic coatings
  • Oleophobic coating (dirt and grease resistant)
  • 100 percent UV protection
  • Anti-Scratch coatings
  • Anti-fog coatings
  • Custom prescription lenses available for an extra charge

The GatorZ Ballistic Magnum glasses are wrap-around style frames with wide and tall lens openings.  The Wide temple and hinge mounts provide extra protection and seal tightly against the face to inhibit dirt, wind, and fragments from getting to your eye.

Every checkbox on our wanted feature list gets a checkmark by GatorZ on the Magnum Milspec Ballistic sunglasses.  For top of the line performance and styling, the GatorZ Magnum sunglasses rank at the top of our list.

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ESS Crossbow Kit

Ess Photochromic Safety Glasses, Scratch-Resistant, Wraparound

I have been wearing a pair of ESS Crossbow ballistic eye shields for the last ten years.   I got my first pair surplus from a vet returning from overseas.  He had an extra pair of military issue ESS Crossbow sunglasses complete with the extra lenses and accessories.  I fell in love with these sunglasses.

I had to replace the original set of frames when my new puppy decided to adjust them.  I am still wearing the second set of frames.  I like these sunglasses for several reasons, not the least of which is the price.  You can find ESS Crossbow eye shields for under $50.  Not a bad price for a pair of sunglasses that meet all the safety certifications on our list.

  • Anti-fog lenses
  • ANSI rated polarized lenses
  • Adaptable for hearing protection
  • TriTech Fit frames with no pressure points
  • ClearZone Flowcoat lens coatings
  • Distortion-free ESSOptics
  • Deadbolt lens lock for a secure lens to frame attachments
  • OSHA compliant
  • ANZI Z87.1-2015 certified
  • CE EN 166 Certified
  • MIL=PRF 32332A certified

You can’t go wrong selecting ESS optics and especially the Crossbow eye shields as your tactical survival sunglasses.  I especially like the lens design, which does not have a lower frame.  The lenses fit snuggly against my face around to the temples giving me unimpeded views. 

The other feature that keeps me ordering from ESS is the prescription lens insert.  A replacement nosepiece allows a frame insert attachment behind the lenses.  Most local eyeglass stores can grind lenses to fit the frames meaning you don’t have to go back to the manufacturer of your sunglasses for replacement lenses. 

The insert option is more economical in my mind.  At my age, my bifocal prescription changes with almost every visit to my eye doctor.  The ability to have lenses ground locally and to move the insert frame from one pair of ESS eye shields to another is a huge benefit.

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Revision Military Sawfly

Revision Military Sawfly Military Kit, Regular - Black

Another favorite on my list is the Revision Military Sawfly eye shield kit.  Like the ESS Crossbow, the Sawfly utilizes a single top frame to carry the lenses.  The single top frame eliminates side frames and lower frames, allowing unrestricted fields of view.  The wrap-around style lenses provide excellent protection and seal well against the face.

The Revision Military Sawfly sunglasses meet our check-offs without a miss.  The features list is rich as well and can be customized to fit your needs.  Revision offers the frames in three sizes to ensure a proper fit and offers a three-year limited warranty on the frames

  • Comms compatible frame design
  • Photochromic lens available
  • Overmounted temple arms for long term comfort
  • Distortion-free lens design and manufacturing
  • Durable high-strength frame materials
  • Three frame sizes for a perfect fit
  • Easy Interchange lenses
  • Compatible with Viper, Cobra and RX helmets
  • Meets or exceeds MIL-PRF 32432 specifications
  • ANSI Z87.1-202 rated
  • CE Certified with EN 166, EN 170, and EN 172

The Sawfly Eyewear Polarized Deluxe Kit come with the following:

  • Frame with adjustable arms
  • Clear lens with clear nosepiece
  • Polarized smoke lens with black nosepiece
  • Yellow high contrast lens with black nosepiece
  • Head strap
  • Microfiber pouch
  • Case with belt clip
  • Reusable anti-fog lens cloth

The only box that the Revision Military Sawfly sunglasses fail to check is the prescription lens availability.  Revision does not offer a prescription lens option or insert for the Sawfly line of sunglasses.

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Oakley Industrial M-Frame 2.0

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No list would be complete without a pair of Oakley sunglasses.   Oakley is synonymous with style, durability, and protection and the Oakley M-Frame 2.0 sunglasses don’t fail in any of these categories.

Long time favorites with law enforcement, Oakley sunglasses are seen in almost every corner of the world.  A quick look through the features offered by Oakley makes it clear why they remain favorites for anyone in a high hazard or extreme condition situation.

  • Oakley HDD Optics with Polaric Ellipsoid Technology
  • Permanent anti-fog protection
  • 100% UV protection
  • Meets or exceeds ANSI Z87.1-2003/2010 standards
  • Meets or exceeds MIL-PRF 31013 requirements
  • Hydrophilic nose pads for secure wear even under wet conditions
  • Thin Stem technology on the frames comms system compatibility
  • Ultra-lightweight at only 1.05 ounces
  • Fully compatible with helmets and helmet-mounted NV
  • Compatible with O-Matter, ACH, CVD, PASGT, and Crye helmets

Oakley offers full-service prescription lenses for all the sunglass models, including the Industrial M-Frame 2.0.  If style is a concern for you, Oakley may be the best choice.  Always known for being cutting edge in both style and technology, Oakley is a standout.

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What do I Look for in a Pair of Tactical Sunglasses?

Good sunglasses protect your eyes from UV radiation in sunlight and help kill glare and other reflections.  Tactical eye shields also provide ballistic protection to keep your eyes and vision safe from

  • Particulate matter in the air, which means they must fit close around your face.  Fit is a critical issue when selecting tactical eyewear
  • Larger particles that may be tossed into the air by car wheels, strong winds, or bullet impacts close to you
  • Environmental conditions that can threaten your vision.  Environmental conditions can include windborne rain and snow or just wind that can impact your ability to see properly.
  • Shrapnel from ricochets or bullet rebounds from targets.  Certification for impacts is a must in tactical sunglasses.

Certifications – How to Know You are Getting the Best Protection

There are two certifications I always look for on tactical ballistic sunglasses and eye shields.  These are:

The ANSI Standard primarily measures the impact resistance of the lenses.  The Mil-PRF standard also considers the level of UV protection, chemical resistance, optical clarity, and environmental stability.  Typically, eyewear that carries a MIL-PRF certification meets or exceeds ANSI 87.1 requirements.

Some tactical sunglasses may not have an ANSI certification but if the eyewear is MIL-PRF certified, you can expect the highest level of eye and vision protection.


The Lenses – What Are the Options?

Virtually all sunglasses have some level of UV protection for your eyes.  Even the cheapest gas station pair of sunglasses offer at least minimal protection.  It is the level of protection that you must focus on when selecting tactical survival eyewear.  UV protection ratings break down as:

  • UV-A
  • UV-B
  • UV-C

Without going into a lot of discussion on each kind of UV radiation, it is simpler to say that all the sunglasses on our list protect all three types of UV radiation. 

Materials and Coatings

If the lenses meet the MIL-PRF standard, there is no need to worry about the lens materials.  Suffice it to say that the material will provide the protection you need.  On the other hand, the lenses should also be protected from normal wear and tear with lens coatings.  These lens coatings protect from

  • Scratching
  • Fogging
  • Glare

Higher-end lenses can also feature coatings that will help shed water and oils.   You can expect to pay more for lenses with these later.  Most civilian shooters will never encounter situations where these types of coatings are essential.

Lens Colors – Light and Intensity

  • Gray Lenses – Under most circumstances, a light to medium-dark grey colored lenses is my choice.  A gray lens seems to over me the best compromise in comfort and visibility for everyday wear.  However, certain circumstances and situations may call for a different color lens
  • Yellow Lenses – Low-light situations may call for a lens tinted yellow.  Yellow lenses don’t darken your field of view. They work to brighten the field of view to create more detail when the ambient light intensity is low.   Dawn or dusk operations are typically when yellow lenses are selected.
  • No Light or Night Vision Use – Operations at night when NV systems may be in use call for unrestricted light transmittal with no distortion.  However, your eyes and vision still need protection.  Most tactical sunglasses with changeable lenses include a clear lens for this situation.

Most tactical survival sunglass kits come with interchangeable lenses.  Most civilian shooters will rarely change the lens. However, should the need arise, it is a handy option.

Other Considerations – Head-fit and Helmets

Fit is a critical issue when selecting tactical survival eyewear.  Head shapes and sizes vary, so you must have the option to try the fit of any sunglasses you are considering.  Put them on and wear them for a while, if possible.  Remember, situations may arise where you are wearing these glasses for hours, perhaps even days. 

Military combat operators and law enforcement have the added challenge of finding tactical survival ballistic sunglasses that will fit and work with ballistic helmets.   Again, the only way to know if a pair of sunglasses will fit and work with a helmet is to try them with the helmet.

What about vision correction?

If you are like me and wear glasses all the time, finding a pair of suitable ballistic tactical sunglasses can be a challenge.  Most of the MIL-PRF certified sunglasses are available with replaceable lenses ground to your prescription.   Some sunglasses require the lenses to be fitted by the factory, while others require inserts that sit behind the actual lens of the eyewear.


Seeing Through the Clutter

No matter if you are just in the outdoors for a recreational hunt or hike or amid a combat zone, what you can see can sometimes mean life or death. 

Protecting your vision while affording yourself the best in visual acuity should be your goal in selecting a pair of tactical survival sunglasses. I hope that this article gives you some insight into selecting the best tactical survival sunglasses for your needs and situation.  If you have any thoughts, ideas, discussions, or comments, please use the comment section below to reach out.  Your experience and knowledge are always welcome.



Written by Dennis Howard

A life long hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman, after surviving a devastating tornado in his home town, he saw the effects on people's lives as they struggled to cope. He built his first bugout bag a few weeks later and has been a dedicated prepper/survivalist since that time. After a career as a fireman, Dennis opened a retail store (FFL approved) catering to the military, law enforcement, and like-minded individuals. The store built their own AR platforms. Furthermore, Dennis was also an NRA instructor in both long gun and handgun as well as a certified range safety officer. Read his full interview here. Read more of Dennis's articles.

41 thoughts on “Best Tactical Sunglasses for Survival: Top 5 Picks Reviewed”

  1. another thing that will help similarly to sunglasses when dealing with people you don't know is a good brimmed hat. if you look at pictures of police officers with and with out hats, and john wayne with a hat on and with out a hat on, you will find that people with a good hat on seem more important. if you find you're self in a leadership role haviing a hat on can give you instant street cred. plus you can hide stuff in it, you could make a paracord hat band and always have some paracord on you.

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    • the cop pictured above looks like somebody you could shoot without remorse ( sorry i got caught , NOT sorry I did it ) having a hat is always a good idea , but more for head protection from the elements . I have a straight brim gaucho hat ( I do live in the rural SW ) and a cpl of boonie hats rolled up in my gear . As far as it making you look more important ….. most likely not and actually could work against you depending on the situation and what you are wearing . somestimes its better not to stand out .

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  2. Sunglasses decrease your ability to see everything. It introduces a delay in seeing and comprehending that can work against you. On the plus side blu-blockers sometimes improves the visability of some things. For example a green shirt will stand out hiding in green bushes.

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  3. I think this post brings us to a category all its own. More discussion needs to be given to interaction in bad situations. Ive been a bouncer, bodyguard, and bartender most of my adult life and can say that the skills of threat asessment, reaction, and interaction are the single greatest assets you can possess in a survival situation. Especially urban survial situations. Lets face it, most of us live in the inner-city, in-fill, or the burbs. You are immediately at a disadvantage based on the fact that you will be surrounded by the flotsam/jetsam of the inner-city, suburban commandos, newly minted cowboys, and the totally frickin unprepared. How are you going t o deal with them? Who among you think you possess skills along these lines? I'd like some dialogue. Speak up guys.

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    • You are very intelligent,Sir.Being a security guard in a really dangerous location it is a must to use good sense.I wear shades often to throw people off sometimes to incite fear depending the situation.

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  4. I think you have a good point Rude.

    this also is in the subject of should I stay or should I go.

    If this was a small WROL situation I would just stay at my home, however if this was a more permanent situation in WROL, I would def bug out of my current location, reason is this.

    You will have 3 groups present during a WROL situation.

    Wolves: These prey on the weak, they hunt and have basic organization. These would be the ones to roll up on you and take everything you have given the opportunity.

    Sheep: These are the unprepared and weak. They will scavage and steal if they can but only to stay alive, most of this group will not fare too well with a social breakdown.

    Sheep Dogs: These are the people that protect themselves and others. This group is around to help keep the peace.

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  5. I think sunglasses are extremely important. If confronted by someone who's trying to rob you of your goodies, you can analyze the situation without the person knowing. Another important thing is to try and paste a small piece of reflectable tape on the inside of your glasses on the bottom right. That would serve as rear view mirrors and give you eyes in the back of your head. A big plus for me!

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  6. I'm in Afghanistan right now, and wear my dark lens eyepro all the time. When on patrol, you can pretend to be looking at a local you're talking to him, while you're actually looking past him analyzing the situation in the area. You can also pretend to not look at someone, but really you're seeing what he's doing, and how he's reacting to you, when he thinks your not looking. Excellent article.

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  7. I agree that sunglasses will give you a tactical advantage and if you chose the right ones they will not interfere much, if at all, with your own tactics. Just look at our troops over seas and our law enforcement here at home. Most of them wear tactical sunglasses of one type or another, so use them as an example. If the man you are standing by is winning big, bet like he is betting and you should come out on top.

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  8. Old Scout- I have to say I have read a few of your responses and we have a similar mindset, I agree with you about the 2 additional classifications.

    As far as the sunglasses, I keep 3 different pairs in my JEEP Wrangler (which in an emergency would be the BOV with a small trailer). The first ones are simple "cheapo" polarized glasses which help when driving, the second are a pair of CAT safety/ welding glasses (courtesy of my brother the family mechanic), the third pair are the same as some of the local LEO's around here wear- Wiley X Roamer's. They cost me $80, and I lost the first 2 pairs I bought (always happens with the expensive ones for some reason), they are my "range" glasses. I also wear them hunting and fishing, they have never interfered with my use of a scope and they don't seem to reflect much light off the lenses like some others do. They are also very comfortable, I have a big head so it's hard for me to find ones that fit right. Another plus (sometimes), all my friends tell me they give me more of that "don't F* with me" look!

    RudeBoy also makes a good point, you need to know how to read people and deal with them in a manner that seems to fit the situation. In some cases having the "bad a$$" look might do you more harm than good. There maybe times where a veil or mask of equality or even submissiveness might mean the difference between walking away or being forced into a fight.

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  9. I just got done watching the movie "The Book of Eli", his sunglasses helped him (along with his sensitive hearing and ability to OWN somebody in a blade fight!) hide his secret. Won't give it away if anyone hasn't seen the movie, but YOU GOTTA SEE THAT MOVIE! Also does anyone know what type of glasses he is wearing in this movie? My 3rd pair of Wiley X- Roamer's is "missing" and I need to get a new pair with some ballistic protection for the range, those look like they might "fit the bill". Thanks if anybody can tell me!

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    • I really enjoyed the movie "The Book of Eli" but I was wondering if you caught the fact that the character of "Eli" is blind. Towards the end of the movie when the bad guy gets his hands on the book, it is in Braille. It also bring it out in a few other places also. Since I have found this out I have wanted to see the movie again to see how many clues I missed the first time.
      Also of interest is the fact that "Eli" was using Jeet Kune Do as his fighting style.

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      • Yeah I caught it pretty early actually. I started wondering when he lured the group that attempted to ambush him under the overpass to fight (the big clue for me was that he smelled them from a good distance). I have to say that was one of the best movies I have ever seen, has some good action scenes, has a good story line, kept me engaged (not an easy thing to do) and at least in my opinion was not the typical "Hollywood filth" we see so often these days. I have recommended the movie to everyone I know, even those with kids, since the movie is really more "clean" than most of the garbage currently on TV!

        I was not aware that he was using an actual "fighting style", I used to box and "street fight" (not something I am proud of these days) and have wanted to learn a martial since I was a kid, and Bruce Lee was awesome (I looked it up, he helped start that style). Now I am gonna have to see if there is a school for Jeet Kune Do around here! Thanks Old Scout!

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  10. I just got done watching the movie "The Book of Eli", his sunglasses helped him (along with his sensitive hearing and ability to OWN somebody in a blade fight!) hide his secret. Won't give it away if anyone hasn't seen the movie, but YOU GOTTA SEE THAT MOVIE! Also does anyone know what type of glasses he is wearing in this movie? My 3rd pair of Wiley X- Roamer's is "missing" and I need to get a new pair with some ballistic protection for the range, those look like they might "fit the bill". Thanks if anybody can tell me!

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  11. Where would people go? If something big happened, where would be the safest place? depending on what happens many people in large cities, near "LEO's or mill itary basez… Who is really the enemy. I just stumbled upon this and I agree with many things you are all saying. I like to think of myself as somewhat stealthy methodical and almost eager for that day… I'm 3 hours from the larger majority of those I trust. I get good mpg but… that wont necessarily be the best. I do have a large atlas instead of electronic stuff. and my car is from the late 80s.

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  12. Where would people go? If something big happened, where would be the safest place? depending on what happens many people in large cities, near "LEO's or mill itary basez… Who is really the enemy. I just stumbled upon this and I agree with many things you are all saying. I like to think of myself as somewhat stealthy methodical and almost eager for that day… I'm 3 hours from the larger majority of those I trust. I get good mpg but… that wont necessarily be the best. I do have a large atlas instead of electronic stuff. and my car is from the late 80s.

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  13. I guess I dont have much of a point to make of this except that, in the event of catastrophe, everyone is going to have to deal with eachother some way or another. The more peaceful and close knit the survival society, the better the chances of survival. I analyze everyone I meet for qualities, technologies and common sense and calmness. oh and I see that everyone pretty much agrees with sunglasses. I thought of that as well. In case you need to blend. it's just as easy to take them off.. I'd just keep them handy anyways if I didn't lose them tubing in the river last year…does anyone know a good 3-day pack under $60 and hopefully subdued cammo?? also… What is the most reliable and durable compass for under $50?? I think this site would make more informed survivalists if it had an acronym guide…Thanks again. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog or w/e. Heres a video I made if any are interested. It's about 3 minutes long on utube… its called Down The Road (HQ). at- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J3QBDpzw2U …anyways… dont forget the matches…

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  14. Tell you what, I am an Air Force loadmaster and I'm on the road constantly. We use a black Camel back backpack. I dont know the name if it , but its the perfect size for just about anything. Its not heavy, not super big, and is SUPER durable. I love the thing. The best smaller sized backpack I have ever had. It also comes with a water bladder and hip straps if you want to use them. If not you can remove both.

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  15. Anybody with half a brain will know what your doing . Case in point , some supervisors at a place I worked at started the sunglasses BS , until all the WORKERS started wearing them also to make a point ……. they were banned by the owner soon afterward for everybody . And as pointed out above , it makes it easier for somebody else to be willing to kill you if you look like an @$$hole . Depending on the place they are also banned from a lot of high stakes poker games . Another mistake people make is looking at a persons eyes too much instead of their HANDS . Trying the 1′ away from your face intimidation ploy may well get you a knife in the gut because you were staring them down instead of watching what they are doing by somebody who is not impressed .

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  16. An added bonus with the sunglass is the help in keeping stuff from getting in your eyes. Can't do alot of stuff when your blinded!

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  17. I just got this amazing pair of sunglasses. Miami ink is the brand. They block out the sun really well but i can still see fine. My little bro likes to chuck stuff and one time he missed his target.The rock hit my sunglasses but my eyes and my sunglasses were fine. Yes it was rather a small rock but it hit really fast and hard. My shades are also verey comtarable to have on. they are very well padded on the nose and the ears.

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  18. Being a retired Police Officer I agree with a lot of the comments but one important advantage to a good (not neccessarily expensive name brand) pair of sunglasses is that of eye protection from flying debris, sand, and even pepper spray. Look for ones that are polarized and ANSI rated as safety glasses. Sunglasses will not stop the effects of pepper spray however having been exposed to pepper spray way more than the average person I can personally attest that it is not as bad if you don't get it directly in your eyes. Remember it is hard to fight and defend ones self if you cannot see! YMMV.

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  19. Great article.

    I had a boss in the past that would allways wear sunglasses. Whenever he got upset or mad he was pretty intimidateing becouse i didnt know him well at the time and could not tell what he was going to do becouse I could not read him with the glasses on.

    And I am not easy to intimidate.

    But the day I saw him with the glasses off he was no longer intimidateing at all. I allmost couldnt take him serious anymore when he was mad.

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  20. I've given up wearing cheap sunglasses that you can buy on the street or in drugstores, etc.
    For one, I don't know how much I trust the UVA/B/C protection. Secondly, for just a few dollars more, or quite often even for the same price or less, you can get comparably styled safety glasses with safety ratings.
    I suggest AT LEAST ANSI Z87.1-2003, suitable for "high" impact. When available, I also opt to meet MIL-PRF-31013 clause 3.5.1.1 (and MIL-V-43511 clause 3.5.10). (I _think_ the mil spec basically amounts to a BB shot at close range. The Z87+ is for things like flying rocks/debris).

    Additionally, these generally come in an assortment of lens shades/colors to suit just about any situation.

    I carry 3 pairs now. One pair with Visible Light Transmission (VLT) of 20% (with retention straps for quick removability when it gets dark quickly) for sunny conditions. One "indoor/outdoor" lens at about 50% VLT, anti-reflective which is a great general-use lens, even in sorta low light conditions (in spite of what you might read about anti-reflective (AR) lenses, not helpful for nighttime glare, IMO). And a pair of clear lenses (which by their polycarbonate nature also cut UV).
    The dark glasses no one can see your eyes… just deep black pools like a shark. The indoor/outdoor lenses have a mirror finish. Your eyes could be seen from someone up close. On camera, they are perfect mirrors.
    All of them are wrap-around style, which can increase fogging, so get anti-fog if you want. I just smear with liquid soap, let dry, then buff clear. Works better than commercial products.
    I generally only wear the clear lenses when it gets windy and dark as I hate getting crap blown off the streets into my eyes.
    I alternate between the shaded pairs depending on the weather and have gotten into the habit of wearing them as often as possible, even when it seems silly… like indoors. I don't care what T.Rapier thinks… 🙂
    I'm also considering a yellow (not amber) tinted pair and trying them out for nighttime driving to cut glare. The AR lenses are just too dark. Perhaps the yellows will make things better (yes, I understand that any lens is actually decreasing light to the eye. But I'm getting old (like other famous SC posters) and the oncoming headlights in new super-blue techno colors are really starting to bother me).
    Without endorsement, I use safety glasses from Edge/Wolfpeak, Pyramex and Elvex. My most expensive pair was $16 shipping included. The cheapest, about $3.

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  21. I like to use sunglasses to take care of my eyes when I'm outside for traveling or anything else. Sunglasses are very effective for eye protection from sunlight and dust. Thanks.

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  22. Although I agree with it I believe in general a few Hyenas can easily stand their ground agonist a pack of wolves based off the fact that in their natural habitat full grown male lions choose to keep their distance with them

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  23. Great points on the sunglasses, most people wouldn’t think about including them as BO gear. I never leave home without them. Thanks.

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  24. Cops often wear their dark shades to intimidate, but this can back fire on them; nudging them into the foe not friend category, especially after SHTF! In martial arts, we are often taught to look, not stare at your opponent's (or potential opponent's) upper chest area as no move (punch, kick, etc.) can be started without moving this area. Looking at their eyes can deceive or misdirect (often on purpose) your attention; if he/she suddenly looks over your shoulder, flairs or raises their eyebrows, then most people will be distracted thinking maybe someone's behind me, giving your opponent that split-second advantage! I wear corrective lens with side guards, and keep a pair of clip-on sunglasses on the bill of my hat (handy and help get rain, sun, etc. out of your eyes). Also, I keep a spare pair of glasses and clip-on sunglasses in a hard case in BOB, and a pair of 'granny' over-sized sunglasses that go completely over regular glasses and can also be used by someone else who doesn't wear glasses normally! In addition to protection from direct sunlight, and some wind (especially with side guards), if you're in an snow-covered open area even on cloudy days; snow-blindness is a definite hazard! Googles may at times be a better option, especially with high winds blowing dirt, dust, snow, etc., and combined with a face mask and/or hood will help control your bodies temperature!

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