Eye pro reviews tend to be one of the least sexy topics for reviewers. If you don’t already wear glasses, they are a pain in the ass. If you do wear glasses then now you have to shell out cash for another pair dedicated to shooting or wear those awful inserts. I fall into the latter category. My vision has been bad since I was in 2nd grade. As I have gotten older, it has not regressed as bad as many of my friends, but it has still been a downward slide.
When I started shooting, I relied heavily on magnified optics to correct my vision why using traditional safety glasses. As I transitioned from rifle to a pistol, I was forced to get prescription safety lenses.
To kill 2 expensive birds with one stone, I opted for a pair of expensive prescription safety rated sunglasses from Oakley. While they worked great outdoors on sunny days, they did not perform well indoors. Making me look like Corey Hart who wears his sunglasses at night was the least of my worries but it did bothersome. All in all they never offered me the wide view I wanted when shooting and the worst part was how badly they would fog up.
Those glasses disappeared during the NRA show in Nashville this year and were never turned in to the lost and found. It was about this time I started working with Steve Fisher and Sentinel Concepts who is sponsored by the Rudy Project. Steve would go on and on about how awesome these glasses were and how I needed a set. So I finally broke down and purchased a pair.
Rudy Barbazza an Italian man with all the flair, tan and machismo you would expect from an Italian designer set out to improve the performance of athletes through better-made glasses. Basing his vision around the trademark Technically Cool, he has developed performance prescription lenses that focus on the needs of high-end athletes and competitive shooters.
Because I was able to purchase these with my student discount as a Sentinel Concepts alumni going into a store to try them on was out of the question. Instead, I turned to the online prescription store here: http://www.e-rudy.com/en/products/filter/category/sunglasses/sub/rx-collection
Take a minute and take a look. They list a deceivingly simple 25 items. You see each of the items has 2 – 17 color options. That is way more options than my tiny brain could manage. To make matters worse, there was no Yeti or Typhon to make color choices simple.
I eventually decided on the Stratofly frame with the ImpactRx FreeForm TEK / Photochromic Grey lenses. http://www.e-rudy.com/en/products/detail/SP231033-000E
Check out the options in the Stratofly line alone:
Features that Sold Me
I’m so damn hot from being overly sexy that my glasses regularly fog up. OK, in reality fogging has always been an issue for me but my heat is likely generated from body fat vs. any sexy factor. Regardless, while fogged glasses in everyday life is an inconvenience, in competition, classes or on the range, it is downright dangerous. Getting an effective way to prevent fog that went above just spitting on my lenses was a must.