Thursday, August 16, 2012

MArooned Product Review: WileyX Talon Safety Glasses

In addition to the handgonne and the bleeding zombie targets, there was one more item that I was testing out for the first time at the Fifth Annual Northeast Bloggershoot:

That's the WileyX Talon safety glasses with the smoked lenses installed. I ordered them shortly after posting the Luckygunner review of various safety glasses; specifically on the recommendation of OldNFO. If he's giving a product the green light, it's got to be just about the best out there.

The kit comes just about as complete as you'd want:

Frame, nosepiece, clear, tinted, and amber lenses, case, cleaning cloth, and a strap, all for under $90 shipped. The lenses are easy to swap out - no tools required, although it does take a bit of determination - and curve right around to cover even the sides of your eye. They're stylish, extremely comfortable, and made in the USA.

I wore the tinted lenses all day at the Northeast Bloggershoot, and they were extremely comfortable.  They're even easy to get up over your ear protection - something I learned to do years ago thanks to Ross (putting your ears on over your glasses frames doesn't give as tight of a seal for the hearing protection). I obviously/fortunately didn't test the Talon for shatter resistance, although if I were to obtain a spare lens or two I'd be happy to torture-test them...

Much like the guns we carry, *any* eye protection is better than nothing. Even a .22 ricochet can blind you - and you only get two chances. If there's a better option than the el cheapo protection out there, put a few pennies aside and pick it up - in this case, the WileyX Talon is well worth the extra cash over a $10 pair of WalMart specials.

Protect those peepers, folks!

That is all.


Brad_in_MA said...


What about those of us who need to wear glasses pretty much all the time? About the only times when I don't wear glasses are when I am
1) sleeping
2) showering
3) schtupping

When at the range I wear my backup glasses. They're heavier than my every day eyewear, and don't have a reading component so I get a better view of the front sight. They do protect from straight on, but definitely leave the sides wide open.

I could also benefit from someting that would double as eye protection when running power tools, working on the cars, skiing, etc.



Mopar said...

Jay: How about sharing that tip about wearing the eyes OVER the ears with everyone else?

Brad: I have a shooting buddy who is also an optician. He's made prescription shooting glasses for himself and many of my friends. I'm sure you can find locally, I'll ask him if there is some sort of special trade name or anything to ask for. They are not super cheap (you can save a good chunk of change though if you arent too picky about frames) but it's a whole lot cheaper then losing an eye.

Mopar said...

Brad: My friend says to find a Pilla dealer
They are who makes the lenses he uses. As an added plus, he says if they sell Pilla they are probably gun friendly, since Pilla markets their products to the opticians as "made by shooters, for shooters".

Pilla may even be able to make your shooting glasses direct if you send them your prescription.

Brad_in_MA said...

I will check them out. Thanks.

Is this a great community or what?

Jay G said...


The WileyX Talons can accept prescription inserts. I'm not sure how you go about actually getting the inserts - that might be something to discuss with your optometrist - but there are instructions on how to put a prescription insert into the frame in the manual that came with my Wiley's...


I thought I *was* sharing that bit of information? :D

It's more applicable in an enclosed or partially enclosed range than in an outdoor setting like the sooper seekrit range, of course, but when you want every db of protection it's definitely something to keep in mind...

Mopar said...

Jay, I guess I'm not picturing how to put the glasses on over a pair of earmuffs? Considering I often wear safety glasses and muffs at work for hours at a time as well, I'm game to try anything.

Jay G said...

It works better with low profile ear protection, obviously; the frames also need to be flexible somewhat.

What I do - and I should make a short video here - is to put on the hearing protection first, then slide the arms of the glasses *over* the tops of the ear cups.

It makes the glasses cant downwards a bit, granted, but the increase in hearing protection is worth it IMHO.

Dave H said...

Luckygunner's review mentioned that single lens glasses tended to fare better than two lens glasses at resisting impact. (The lenses are harder to pop out.) That's a point in the WileyX's favor.

I had quit wearing wraparound glasses because the curved earpieces were uncomfortable under my earmuffs. I'll have to try wearing them the way Jay suggests. I've been wearing aviator style safety glasses with side shields, but I don't expect them to stop a bullet, mostly just flying brass.

Discobobby said...

I got RX inserts for the old style Revision Sawfly glasses, and they kind of sucked. The wraparound aspect meant they had to compensate in the curve of the inserts, and it just wasn't right. The new style is explicitly advertised to not have this feature, so I guess they knew it sucked too. Other than that, great eyepro.

Anonymous said...

You really need to check out ESS eyeprotection. They are the exclusive suppliers to the Marines.

Their Crossbow/Suppressor series is specifically designed for use with over the ear hearing protection, with a very flat, flexible bow which fits under the ear protection cup without harming the seal.

I'm VERY picky about eye and ear protection, and this is the best system I've found so far. Their lenses are optically correct, and have prescription inserts available as well.

They offer options for just about every situation.

You can even go onto youtube and watch an independent evaluation of their ability to stop shotgun blasts, etc.


Adam said...

Just a general tip... I work for National Grid and they hand out free eye protection like candy. Nothing special, but its not terrible, UVEX for the most part. What is not advertised is the free prescription lenses, in both clear and shaded. I asked my manager about this a year ago and a month later I two sets of top of the line prescription glasses. There is even a dozen or so frame choices available, and the ones I got have ventilated side shields, are nice and thin where they go around the ears so muffs are no problem, and are all polycarbonate lenses...

Moral of the story: Make sure you check with work before you spend your own coin!