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Re: Ballistic Glasses do a great job
« Reply #25 on: October 07, 2007, 03:51:05 »
Strictly speaking on my experiences at the Infantry School in Gage, the BEWs are a pain to wear constantly, but I definately like having them on when the jolly course staff insist on routes through the thick scrub. My eyeball and tree branch collisions have decreased noticeably :P  the only headache i have with them is the fact that they scratch at the drop of a hat and replacements seemed to be difficult for the supply system to conjure. I wonder why a scratch-resistant clear layer wasn't added into the lens design?
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Re: Ballistic Glasses do a great job
« Reply #26 on: October 07, 2007, 03:55:46 »
Even Oakley's scratch.

  One needs to accept eyewear (and ALL kit) has a life span that decreases with use.

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Re: Ballistic Glasses do a great job
« Reply #27 on: October 07, 2007, 08:41:37 »
BEWs seem especially prone to scratching easily however.  I've always been a cheap, gas station sunglasses kind of guy because I usually break or lose them, and even they didn't scratch as easily as the BeeDubs.

I would complain about having to wear them at certain times, but I shudder to think how uncomfortable the new visor is going to be. :-X

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Re: Ballistic Glasses do a great job
« Reply #28 on: October 07, 2007, 08:45:19 »
As far as googles go, I'm interested in trying a pair of these out:


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Re: Ballistic Glasses do a great job
« Reply #29 on: October 07, 2007, 09:39:47 »
Strictly speaking on my experiences at the Infantry School in Gage, the BEWs are a pain to wear constantly, but I definately like having them on when the jolly course staff insist on routes through the thick scrub. My eyeball and tree branch collisions have decreased noticeably :P  the only headache i have with them is the fact that they scratch at the drop of a hat and replacements seemed to be difficult for the supply system to conjure. I wonder why a scratch-resistant clear layer wasn't added into the lens design?

Your "jolly course staff" are just following the direct order given by Comd 3 ASG, and supported by Comd CTC that BEW were to be worn by every individual upon entering the trg area, which came about 3 summers ago when a CAP student sustained a permanent and blinding eye injury (on a Friday evening ...  we were called in that night and spent the rest of the night and Saturday issuing BEWs to every student and staff on ground and expected to enter the trg area before Tuesday).

Do you mean difficult to get exchanged at the QM up in the school??

Or difficult to get at Clothing Stores?? And when was that?? Because we always had a couple hundred clear and shade lens ... on auto-replenishment when the stock hit our minimum levels ... we've never breached zero stock as far back as I can remember ... which is since the replacement lens came into the system 3 years ago.

And, yes they do scratch very easily. I've submitted a UCR (and others have too) -- still waiting -- although they did come out with a new lens cover afterwards that only covers the lens and thus prevents the arms from scratching the lens. You should wander down to your clothing stores and pick one up if you haven't already.
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Re: Ballistic Glasses do a great job
« Reply #30 on: October 07, 2007, 10:51:36 »
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Re: Ballistic Glasses do a great job
« Reply #31 on: October 07, 2007, 11:04:57 »
The last piece of info I had on Oakley's as safety eyewear was that they were not CSA approved - not because they were inferior, would not do the job or because they did not provide enough protection but because Oakley had not had them tested for such. Does anyone know if this has changed? I've searched Oakley's site and only found things quoting ANSI specs, nothing to say they are marketing them as safety eyewear though. I wouldn't wear my Oakley's on the job as they'd just get trashed.

And does the CF follow CSA standards WRT safety eyewear? Vern? Anyone? Bueller? ;D

I wear safety eyewear every single day and know how big of a pain in the arse it can be. Cheap sets scratch in no time no matter what you are doing and spending on expensive sets gets, well, expensive. I now buy an off the shelf brand (don't ask, I do not know) that retails for about 10 bucks a set. Half metal frames and I get one set in amber for night wear and a tinted set to save myself from going blind offshore. The big thing about them, compared to most others I have worn, is the straight back arm design. The Doc told me to try a straight back design over one that hugs the ears to limit headaches and since then I've had no issues.



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Re: Ballistic Glasses do a great job
« Reply #32 on: October 07, 2007, 11:11:27 »
CF equipment must comply with CSA standards at the MINIMUM. Most of our stuff outdoes them by far.
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Re: Ballistic Glasses do a great job
« Reply #33 on: October 07, 2007, 11:38:39 »
Except maybe the helmet!

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Re: Ballistic Glasses do a great job
« Reply #34 on: October 07, 2007, 11:51:05 »
Vern, do you have the specs for the CSA rating for the BEW? All I can see on the manufacturer's website is the US ANSI Z87.1 specs... http://www.revisioneyewear.com/sawfly.html

Z87.1 seems to be the gold standard for eyepro as Oakley and others all reference it, I'm curious as to the CSA test specs... Oakley explains it pretty well on their US Standard Issue line site: https://usstandardissue.com/tech_impact.aspx
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Re: Ballistic Glasses do a great job
« Reply #35 on: October 07, 2007, 13:23:14 »


Maybe other lenses have not been approved because dimaco or another CF friendly company doesn't make them ;)
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Re: Ballistic Glasses do a great job
« Reply #36 on: October 07, 2007, 16:52:02 »
Vern, do you have the specs for the CSA rating for the BEW? All I can see on the manufacturer's website is the US ANSI Z87.1 specs... http://www.revisioneyewear.com/sawfly.html

Z87.1 seems to be the gold standard for eyepro as Oakley and others all reference it, I'm curious as to the CSA test specs... Oakley explains it pretty well on their US Standard Issue line site: https://usstandardissue.com/tech_impact.aspx

IIRC, CSA Z94.3 1999 is the equivelent to ANSI Z87.1-2003 standard
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Re: Ballistic Glasses do a great job
« Reply #37 on: October 08, 2007, 00:53:25 »
Your "jolly course staff" are just following the direct order given by Comd 3 ASG, and supported by Comd CTC that BEW were to be worn by every individual upon entering the trg area, which came about 3 summers ago when a CAP student sustained a permanent and blinding eye injury (on a Friday evening ...  we were called in that night and spent the rest of the night and Saturday issuing BEWs to every student and staff on ground and expected to enter the trg area before Tuesday).

Do you mean difficult to get exchanged at the QM up in the school??

Or difficult to get at Clothing Stores?? And when was that?? Because we always had a couple hundred clear and shade lens ... on auto-replenishment when the stock hit our minimum levels ... we've never breached zero stock as far back as I can remember ... which is since the replacement lens came into the system 3 years ago.

And, yes they do scratch very easily. I've submitted a UCR (and others have too) -- still waiting -- although they did come out with a new lens cover afterwards that only covers the lens and thus prevents the arms from scratching the lens. You should wander down to your clothing stores and pick one up if you haven't already.

The "Jolly" bit had more to do with the bushwacking aspect, not the BEWs, Vern  ;)
And about the difficulty to get exchanges - this was both during CAP last summer and IODP 1.1 this year. We as students don't get the chance to go to the Clothing Stores building unless it's to purchase an item of kit that was lost. I think even then some of the guys on my course had trouble getting replacement BEWs. I submitted my scratched clear lenses to my staff only to have them come back to me a couple of days later, telling me and the rest of the course that there weren't any more replacement lenses in stock and that we had to suck it up and make do.
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Re: Ballistic Glasses do a great job
« Reply #38 on: October 25, 2007, 23:13:58 »
As far as googles go, I'm interested in trying a pair of these out:



TSOs have stated these goggles are banned in Kandahar, as the pad on the inside will melt under the heat from an explosion. Heck, even the issued tan gloves are banned for use in vehicles for the same reason, can use them on patrol but not while you're driving...

I don't mind the BEW, and I wear the prescription inserts as well. Only bad side is the constant switching between clear and sun lenses, and the fact that the perscription lense takes a while to get used to. Almost like looking through a fishbowl.

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Re: Ballistic Glasses do a great job
« Reply #39 on: November 02, 2007, 13:52:35 »
They made a mistake on the name of the guy : it's not Murgais, but Murgia, it's an italian name, and the guy is from my unit. He was on sick leave for a little while, now back in service whitin is section.
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Re: Ballistic Glasses do a great job
« Reply #40 on: November 02, 2007, 20:22:13 »
I like the BEW with the orange lenses that the UOI's get, I tried them on and they are great, any word on these lenses becoming avail to the average doorkicker?  Also, the lens cover is a great way to avoid scratches, all you have to do is get one, and use it EVERY time you take off your eyewear.  The fogging is always a PITA, but I'd rather deal with a bit of fog that I can kinda see through, than not be able to see at all.
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