NEW: Rudy Project Airblast eye protection

Rudy Project has a new model for 2014, called Airblast. The main features are a lens that increases both vertical and peripheral vision by removing material on the top rim and extending the lens outward. It’s quite a noticeable difference side by side.

On the left is a pair of the new Airblasts. On the right is a pair of Rudy Project Genetyk glasses. Notice the Airblast's larger lens and less material on the rim above the eyes.

On the left is a pair of the new Airblasts. On the right is a pair of Rudy Project Rydon glasses. Notice the Airblast’s larger lens and less material on the rim above the eyes.


Side view of the Airblasts.


I shot a round of skeet with them on and noticed increased visibility and comfort. They have the standard fit, and then an “Asian fit” which other brands such as Oakley provide for their customers. The Asian fit is not easily available in the U.S., but it is more readily available abroad. The Airblasts come with three interchangeable lenses: clear, red, and copper. You simply pull the arms off and snap them onto the lens of your choice.

At $399.99, Rudy Project Airblast glasses are not cheap. But as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. I have used Rudy Project glasses for a year and a half and I’m looking forward to adding these Airblasts to my gear.


Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.


  • noguncontrol

    asian fit? what is that?

    • klp

      Many of us east Asians have recessed nose bridges, and “Asian fit” addresses that fact.

  • looop

    glasses in picture are ryons not genetyk

  • Andrew

    $400? LOL no.

    • Larry

      Yep, not buying UNLESS that’s the price with prescription lenses with polarized lenses and all useful coatings.

      • FourString

        agreed on prescription lenses.*that* would be worth it. Wearing glasses and even contacts is sadface sauce especially in situations where peripheral vision is absolutely vital >.<

  • Ben

    “You get what you pay for.”

    LOL. I’d like to see you write out an itemized list that details how it is that a few pieces of cheap-ass plastic add up to $400, and how it is that so many safety glasses companies manage to produce products that are every bit as complicated to manufacture for less than $10 retail.

    I think the company that makes those ridiculous shades are the ones getting what they payed for. I hope whatever you got was worth your credibility.

    • Limonata

      The difference between $10 glasses and these are in

      1) Testing. A generic set from harbor freight does not have the same protection and are not meant for firearms
      2) Clarity. $10 glasses fog, scratch easily and generally they look a feel like you are wearing glasses. I often forget I have my Rudy’s on. They do not fog, they are clear as if you have no glasses on and they are durable compared to $10
      3) Colors. Onside of clear, the colors they use do work compared to some generic tinting that is used. The coating and colors they use to make things pop
      There is a difference.

      You can argue they can be cheaper. You can argue that for about $100 or so you may find some glasses with similar performance BUT, I am sorry, a $10 set of glasses is not even remotely the same.

      If you shop around, you can often get them for 50%
      I started with a $15 set of Radians Brand Remington Safety glasses and quickly looked for an alternative. They were getting rid of older models and I jumped and got the set I have with 3 lenses for over 50% their MSRP. I never want any other pair after using mine for nearly 3 years now

      • Limonata hit my main points on the head. I will add that Ben’s point, there is definitely diminishing returns as you move up the pricing scale, like any product. There are lots of great $100 eye pro out there, and shelling out more money is worth it for a lot of people.

        I can see where you’re coming from, Ben. What about when we get into the $900, $1000+ range? At what point are we buying marketing/branding fluff?

        At the end of the day, companies charge what the market will bear.

  • michael franklin

    might be cheaper to have your nose fixed, instead of buying these.

    • FourString

      probably highly valid in South Korea lol

  • Joe

    $399 FOR GLASSES????
    No way, a lot more better options for les way less price!

  • Anders Albertsson

    Is that a Typo? I can see $39.99

  • chris

    No doubt these are good stuff, but I agree that $400 is too much. I have a pair of Rudy Magsters with the RX Insert that cost total $300. I got these because they fit great, had an RX Insert, and interchangeable lenses. They’ve worked out wonderfully for the last 2 years. I’ll buy Rudy again, but it will be a pair similar to these. Why pay this much for shooting glasses when you can get a great pair of all-around sunglasses that you can pop a variety of lenses into for less – and they’re still Rudy’s.