Wiley X Airborne safety-rated Motorcycle sunglasses

The Wiley X Airborne safety-rated sunglasses are built tough enough for work, but cool enough for play. Part of the Wiley X feature-packed Climate Control Series, the Airborne glasses were created by the same designers that developed the company’s US military-grade glasses. This means precision, safety, and ultra functionality were principal factors when crafting these glasses. The Airborne includes Wiley X’s patented removable facial cavity seal made of soft comfortable foam, virtually presenting a pair of glasses and goggles in one. Info: Wiley X Eyewear, 800/776-7842, www.WileyX.com.

Story as printed in the October issue of American Iron Magazine.

New Wiley X Black Ops

The latest superstar in the acclaimed Wiley X® Black Ops™ Collection is so diverse and cool it makes other glasses lie down and beg for mercy. The all-new Wiley X Black Ops P-17M is a powerhouse of style and performance — rugged, unbreakable and so versatile it can follow you from the field to the frontline to first base without breaking stride.

This innovative new Wiley X Black Ops Collection is inspired by covert operators, with matte black frames and military spec neutral grey lenses tailor made for elite-level military and law enforcement personnel and dedicated, extreme shooters. In fact, the entire Wiley X Black Ops line delivers the company’s famed High Velocity Protection™ (HVP™), including shatterproof Selenite™ Polycarbonate frames and a special formulated T-Shell™ scratch resistant layer with 100% UVA/UVB protection.

Thus, the aerodynamic profile of the new Wiley X Black Ops P-17M allows you to slip seamlessly into both darkness and light. It will stay right on your face like you were born with it there, thanks to the Wiley X P-17M’s well engineered silhouette and its non-slip rubberized temples and nose piece. And Wiley X is the only premium sunglass manufacturer that has official ANSI Z87.1-2003 high velocity and high mass impact standards certification on its entire product line — as the insignia on the lenses and frames will attest. That means that these incredibly cool and powerful glasses have been tested to withstand the impact of a .25” diameter steel ball fired at 150fps, and the weight of a 1.1lb. pointed projectile dropped from a height of 50”.

Wiley X products are trusted across the globe to serve and protect the faces of American heroes of every stripe, not to mention rock star athletes from the BassMaster Classic to NASCAR’s Pit Row. And with the new Wiley X Black Ops P-17M, you can see with clarity and rest assured that these glasses are gear that have been held to a higher standard than any other, like the professionals that inspired them.

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Having a large skull can make it difficult to find a stylish and comfortable pair of glasses that are suited to riding. Over the years, I’ve often been forced to choose between comfort and safety; rarely can I find both in one pair of shades. However, my salvation has come in the form of the Wiley X Airborne glasses you see here.

First and foremost, these glasses have a fat temple design that not only fits my rather large head, but also looks good. Like all Wiley X glasses, these shades meet or exceed ANSI High Velocity Impact Safety and Optical standards. The Airbornes are part of the company’s Climate Control series, which features a removable, durable facial cavity seal that clips to the inside of the lightweight frames. This multilayer foam insert is designed to provide top-down ventilation that keeps my eyes cool and the lenses fog-free while it blocks wind, debris, and peripheral light. The insert can be easily removed, giving me a pair of regular shades to wear when I’m not riding. In addition to the facial cavity seal, the Airbornes come with a small, black zippered case; a leash cord; and a cleaning cloth.

The Airbornes are available in two frame colors and three types of shatterproof lenses. I opted for the Light Adjusting Bronze Brown lens ($140) you see here. One of the many great things about these lenses is that they allow a range of light transmission between 21 and 82 percent, which seems to cover all but the brightest of days and darkest of nights.

Bottom line is the Airbornes are a tough set of versatile glasses. They are now my go-to pair of shades for riding, or anything else that might require superior impact resistance and ultimate style. And God knows I need help in the style department. AIM

— Joe Knezevic, as published in American Iron Magazine, the world’s best selling Harley magazine.

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