According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety about 200 Canadians sustain a work-related eye injury every day – an astounding 70,000 eye injuries a year. And that number doesn’t include injuries sustained around the home, driving, camping, engaging in sport or other recreational activities. Most of these eye injuries are preventable – by wearing protective eyewear.
Wiley X has been manufacturing protective eyewear for the military forces and law enforcement personnel since 1987. They also make prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses for us regular folks. They’re the only premium eyewear brand who tests their entire sunglass line to ANSI Z87.1 safety standards for optical clarity and high mass/high-velocity impact protection. Which means Wiley X glasses give you optimal eye protection.
MANUFACTURER: Wiley X
MODEL: WX Breach
PRICE: $199.00 US
SOURCE: Dealer Search
Frame type: Wrap around
Frame material: Plastic
Lense: Captivate™ polarized platinum flash lense
Frame: Kryptek® Typhon™ frame
Meets ANSI Z87.1 safety standards for optical clarity and high mass/high velocity impact protection
100% UVA/UVB protection with distortion free clarity
High Velocity Impact Resistant
Dynamic Ventilation System
Weight: 1-1/8 ounces
Includes: Removable facial cavity seal, zippered clamshell case, cleaning cloth, leash cord with temple grips, Enzo temple tip strap
The Wiley X WX Breach glasses area available as prescription safety glasses or sunglasses with either a clear, bronze or green base lens.
The sunglasses I’ve been wearing this summer have the green base lens and Kryptek Typhon frame.
WX Breach glasses have a wrap around frame that incorporate a rubber nose pad. At only 1-1/8 ounces they’re light and comfortable enough to wear all day long. The lenses are excellent in bright sunlight and high glare conditions – they’re completely distortion-free. The polarized lens not only protect against UV and harmful HEV blue light but also include scratch-resistance and an oleophobic treatment that repels water, dust and oil. And these lens are tough – they’ll withstand the impact of a 1/4″ diameter steel ball. That’s phenomenal.
There are two additional features that you won’t find on any other sunglasses. The WX Breach comes with a removable facial cavity seal – essentially a foam gasket with a rigid plastic backing – that protects your eyes from dust, pollen, and other irritants. The seal simply snaps in place and can be easily removed when not needed. If you do a lot of biking you’ll really appreciate how effective the seal is at screening out wind and insects.
The second feature of note is the dynamic ventilation system that allows you to control the airflow behind your lens to reduce fogging. It consists of vents on the frame side of both lens that you can flip open to vent the inside of the lens. It’s a very clever idea – and it works. I found that even when wearing a face mask the lens didn’t fog up.
The WX Breach comes with a zippered clamshell case for storing the glasses, a cleaning cloth (that also serves as a storage bag for the glasses) and two different straps.
Whether you’re working outdoors on the jobsite or around the home, driving, walking or otherwise enjoying the great outdoors pursuing your favorite diversion, these sunglasses are sure to please. They’re super comfortable and deliver a superior color vision experience.
Carl Duguay - [email protected]
Carl is a Victoria-based furniture maker and the web editor at Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement.