Military heritage & protection – the backbone of Wiley X
Built to withstand direct ballistic impact, Wiley X eyewear offers
unmatched safety in the field but with no compromise on style.
There is no margin for error
during life or death situations
facing the military. The
armed forces have to be sure
their equipment is up to
the job. This applies just as
much to protective eyewear as anything else
and is the reason why for more than 25
years US manufacturer Wiley X has been
supplying armies and police forces across the world with its
products. Quite simply they have been designed to guarantee
the best chances of survival in the harshest of environments.
Wiley X transfers that attention to detail to every segment of
the market that it operates within – meaning its fishing protective
eyewear is in a class of its own.
Thomas Wæver, European Vice President and Director Outdoor
Department, told Angling International: “Wiley X is the only
premium performance eyewear manufacturer whose entire line is
EN.166 and ANSI safety rated. Some of the models even meet or
pass the US Military’s ballistic tests for impact – the most
stringent in the world.”
To pass the ANSI high Velocity Impact/Vo Ballistic Tests frames
and lenses must withstand the impact of a .25-inch diameter
steel ball fired at 150 feet per second or .15 projectiles fired at
640-660 fps. Furthermore, all Wiley X models will also be tested to
the ANSI High Mass Impact Test in which frames and lenses must
withstand the weight of a 1.1lb (500g) pointed projectile dropped
from a height of 50ins (1.27m).
To get the message across, the company’s party trick at fishing
shows is to encourage visitors to its booth to attempt to smash a
lens to pieces with a hammer. It promises anyone who is successful
a free pair of glasses. To date, no free glasses have been given away.
“The protection offered across our entire line is what
truly distinguishes Wiley X from all other premium sunglass
manufacturers,” added Wæver. “The fact that we have been a
leading provider of protective eyewear products to US armed
forces, law enforcement agencies and other tactical users around
the world is also an important part of our heritage and message.”
Superior protection does not come at the cost of style,
comfort and performance. Wiley X sunglasses provide all
wearers with innovative features and unique frame/lens
combinations that deliver superior vision in real-world conditions. In
addition, almost all Wiley X premium eyewear styles are prescription
ready, providing a solution for those anglers who normally wear glasses.
Wiley X currently carries 36 different polarised fishing eyewear
models that all feature a U-shape base curve. This wraparound
allows the glasses to follow the contours of the face to eliminate
glare as well as improving polarisation and reducing eye fatigue.
There are four different series within the Wiley X line-up: Climate
Control, Active, Street and Changeable.
The Climate Control, which features the Removable Gasket
System (Facial Cavity™ Seal) has been designed to take whatever
Mother Nature can throw at you. The Active Series is described
as protective eyewear that performs when the going gets tough.
It includes rubber nose and/or temple grips on selected models
to make sure they fit snugly.
The Street offers ‘streetwise’ good looks and crystal clear vision for
most activities. The Changeable range features half frames that can
be easily changed in the field to cater to changing light conditions.
Weaver added that the attributes are neatly summed up in Wiley
X’s new marketing slogan – Absolute. Premium. Protection.
“It’s rare that you are able to capture the essence of a company
and its products in three words, but we have achieved it with
this tagline. When you say these three words – individually or
collectively – you state the true definition of Wiley X,” he said.