As I get time, I'm posting this in various forums I enjoy. If you aren't in the market for shooting glasses, or have it somewhere else, just ignore this post.
I'm not usually one to do reviews but I felt that this one was worthwhile for shooters like me who can't wear contacts but have to wear glasses.
I have a set of Oakley M Frame's I had done with my Prescription RX in the lenses about 8 years ago. Back then, it cost me about 450.00 to have it done. Since that time, my eyes have gotten progressively worse, and now I'm really having trouble using the M frames. I looked into having a new pair of them done in my new RX, but the price of nearly $800 kind of turned me off that idea. Especially since my optometrist said that my vision will most likely keep getting worse over the next few years.
With that being said, I was in the market for a new pair of RX shooting glasses that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg. I started shopping about 2 months ago, but the high price tags were a major turnoff considering I might not get but a year or 2 of use from them until my vision changed again. I was at my local range a few weeks ago and saw a guy shooting pistols wearing a pair of shooting glasses with an RX inserted mounted inside the glasses. We struck up a conversation and he told they were made by a company called ESS and he got them from Gunner's Alley (who I've bought holsters from in the past).
I called Gunner's Alley the next day and talked to Bill. He filled me in on the ins and out so I decided to give them a try. I bought a set of the ESS glasses with a wire RX carrier. With shipping, I paid $98.50 for the entire package. The glasses arrived a few days alter, and I took the RX carrier to my optometrist to have the RX carrier lens made. It took 3 days and cost my $46.89 with my insurance vision plan. So I had $145.39 in the whole deal. (technically I also bought an optional rose colored lens that I didn't include in the $145.39 dollar amount as it's not required.)
I took them to the range yesterday, and I couldn't be happier. I shot pistols, a few rifles, and even a round of skeet, with not a single issue. I was amazed at the clarity now that I could finally see.
Before I continue, please excuse my terrible pictures as I am absolutely horrible at photography. My wife won't let me near a camera when we go on vacation. Here's a few pics:
So basically here's how it works: The package comes with arm stems and 3 sets of lenses (clear, yellow, and dark). In the pics you'll see a rose colored one, which I bought extra). The RX carrier is frameless and made of wire. They come with a kind of demo lenses for your optometrist to use as a guide for your lenses. The RX carrier mounts in a special nosepiece that comes with them. The cool thing is the RX carrier works with any of the lenses so you can switch lenses anytime you want to for whatever type of shooting you are doing. I switched from gray to the yellow when I shot skeet.
I really only had 2 issues with the whole set-up:
#1 - The fact that the lenses can be a little tricky to snap in and out of the frame, but it's not hard with a little practice.
#2 - That the lens colors only come in clear, gray, yellow, and rose. I'd love to see a darker color other than gray and something like a vermillion.
For the $145 or so I have invested in them, I'm pretty damn pleased.
If you are interested, here's where I got them, and you can read more about them there:
ESS Glasses - ESS Shooting Glasses
PM me if you have any questions, and I'll do my best to answer them.