August 26, 2016 at 2:16 pm #30779Joe (G.W.N.S.)Moderator
Many of us need reading glasses as we age. Maps, schematics, and fine print are a problem for me. I dislike carrying a pair of glasses as part of my EDC since I tend to break them often when not wearing them.
So this is a great solution I’ve found, Bifocal Safety Glasses.
The bifocal part is relatively small and hasn’t bothered my peripheral vision beyond about half a day to adapt. Learning to read by just looking down slightly took a few days to adjust.
Phillips Safety Products
The Model SB-9000 is a modern, semi-rimless bifocal safety glass. Its wide wraparound lens offers a greater lateral protection, while its rubber nose bridge and soft rubber-tipped temples guarantee a secure, comfortable fit. The SB-9000 complies with ANSI Z87.1-2003 (Z87+), and is available in four choices of lens color and five magnification strengths.
Available in clear, smoke gray, yellow, and orange lenses and five bifocal strengths: 1.0C, 1.5C, 2.0C, 2.5C and 3.0C.
They are not polarized which is correct for our uses where shine/glint can be a aid to indicators.
I bought mine on Amazon for $9.00 which I consider an outstanding value and worth having several pairs.
This might be of use if you are in similar need.August 26, 2016 at 6:14 pm #30791Brian from GeorgiaParticipant
If you want to use your current sunglasses or safety glasses, get Hydrotac stick-on lenses from Amazon. They come in all the reading glass magnifications, can be trimmed to fit and stick on with water. They peel right off when needed.
I have a set of clear lenses in Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 frame with Hydrotac on the bottom. Makes for some fine shooting glasses that I can also use to read.
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Team CoyoteAugust 26, 2016 at 7:16 pm #30803AnonymousInactive
Keep in mind that ANZI Z87 safety glasses are impact rated, but not ballistic rated. You need MIL-PRF 31013 126.96.36.199 Ballistic Resistance. You also want one piece lens and frame. Tests of two piece frame/lens combos have shown the lens separating under impact, driving the lens into the eyes.
Champion Ballistic Shooting Glasses meet this standard, and are inexpensive. I have a clear and a smoke pair.August 26, 2016 at 7:19 pm #30804Joe (G.W.N.S.)Moderator
I have never tried the stick on variety. I would be concerned with the amount of exposure to water and heat, but it may not be an issue.
Champion Ballistic Shooting Glasses meet this standard, and are inexpensive. I have a clear and a smoke pair.
But do not have the bifocals.
These have an ANSI Z87.1-2003 (Z87+) protection rating, which is the minimum I require for eye wear.
In Z87.1-2003 protective products are marked as providing “Basic” or “High Impact” protection. In the Z87.1-2010 standard, the products are either non-impact or impact protectors. Products marked as impact protectors must pass all high-impact testing requirements and will be marked as “Z87+”. Non-impact protectors are those which do not pass all high-impact testing requirements and are therefore marked only with “Z87” (no “+” sign).
Military Vo ballistic rating standard is ideal, but not all manufacturers wish to pay for the rating.
Mil-PRF-31013 Vo ballistic test requires stopping a 0.15 inch diameter steel projectile (15 caliber), 5.8 grain, T37 shaped projectile traveling at 640-660 feet/second.
Yea, I am pretty demanding about what I choose to wear for eye protection.
Once the lens on these are sufficiently scratched up I will shoot them with a 12 ga 2-3/4″ 1 Ounce #6 Lead Shot load at 20 feet. This duplicates the Mil-PRF-31013 standard surprisingly well. Will post pictures when done.August 26, 2016 at 10:04 pm #30811hellokittyParticipant
I second GWNS. I buy Crossfire bifocals in clear and smoke at 1.50. I buy in 5 and 10 counts. Throw them away when get really scratched up. These are a must for reading maps, compass or adjusting your optics once you get 40+ yo and your eyes start getting weak at reading distances.
I have bought the Phillips brand before. I didn’t realize they were rated better than Crossfire. I will just buy the Phillips going forward.
I tried the stick on once. They didnt stay on once you have sweat flowing on the lens. Just buy the cheap bifocals.
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Craig S.August 28, 2016 at 3:29 pm #30967HiDesertRatParticipant
Have used Hydrotac many times. They are great, stick well and transferable to other eyewear. $6 more than the safety glasses above, but worth it.
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