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At SHOT Show 2018, we were pleased to see a variety of new “grayman” gear in development and on display. As opposed to the traditional MOLLE-webbing-covered tactical equipment that has become commonplace these days, gray man apparel is designed to blend into urban and suburban environments while retaining capabilities that exceed its subtle appearance. It enables the wearer to be prepared for adverse conditions without screaming “I just spent my whole paycheck at the military surplus store”.
Wiley X has become well-known for its polymer-frame glasses, many of which are popular among military and law enforcement personnel. At SHOT Show, the company unveiled a line of new-for-2018 aviator sunglasses in two styles: Hayden and Klein.
The new aviators feature slender metal frames in a variety of finishes, and polarized and non-polarized lenses in several colors. More importantly, these shades aren’t just for show. Their polycarbonate lenses meet ANSI-Z87.1 High Velocity and High Mass Impact Safety standards, as well as OSHA 1910.133(b)(1)(1) standards. This means that they’ll be capable of protecting your eyes from serious damage, whether you’re hiking, biking, shooting, or watching splinters fly through the air as you chop firewood.
The Wiley X Klein (above) is a more-traditional aviator design, with rounded corners and a smooth oval shape. It’s available in three styles: silver frame with grey lenses (pictured), gunmetal frame with polarized mirrored gold lenses, and gold frame with polarized smoke green lenses.
The Wiley X Hayden is a modernized take on the aviator, with a slightly squared-off lens shape. It’s also available in three styles: matte black frame with grey lenses (pictured above, not yet listed online), satin gold frame with polarized green lenses, and matte dark gunmetal frame with polarized silver lenses.
MSRP is $150 for non-polarized models and $190 for polarized. For more information on the Wiley X Hayden and Klein aviator glasses, go to WileyX.com.