Revision Hellfly Ballistic Sunglasses With Photochromic Lenses

Revision Military recently released a new model of the popular Hellfly ballistic sunglasses. The difference with this model is they have photochromic lenses. As most of you know these lenses darken as the amount of UV rays increases and become almost clear as the UV rays decrease.

IMG_0232 (1)

This type of lense has been available in prescription glasses for many years. With this new model they are offered without a prescription lense as a base option. If needed they can be ordered with an appropriate prescription lenses. Of course the big plus is they meet the military requirement for ballistic eyewear.

Hellfly with photochromic lenses

Hellfly with photochromic lenses

I’ve worn these for several weeks now and I like them. The nose piece is easily adjusted, they weigh very little and don’t have that annoying tendency to slide down your nose. That can be especially irritating when you’re on the range! I found they do work as advertised. If you’ve never used glasses with photochromic lenses you need to be aware that the lenses don’t immediately change quickly or become as dark as they will be after some use. After a few hours in the sun the lenses react better and become darker faster. This is just the nature of the lens when first used and exposed to the sun.

The MSRP is $79.99 without prescription lenses. Visit the Revision website for more information on ordering for the prescription lens.

Revision’s Hellfly Ballistic Sunglasses perform
double duty: protecting your eyes from unexpected fragments
and environmental elements both on the job and off.
FEATURING HIGH IMPACT LENSES, the Hellfly Sunglasses fuse the demand for sleek,
comfortable eyewear with unrivaled sunglass- style ballistic protection. The Hellfly features
flawless optics, wrap-around frames and Revision’s commitment to the highest level of quality.
OPTICS DESIGN – 2.2 mm thick lenses made of high impact, optical grade polycarbonate
ensure visual clarity
UV PROTECTION – 100% protection from harmful UV-A, UV-B and UV-C rays
WRAP-AROUND – Wrap-around design with wide field-of-view protects from light, wind and
unexpected fragments
FIT – Comfortable fit contours to face; overmolded temples keep eyewear in place; adjustable
nosepiece for customized fit
DESIGN – Low profile and streamlined ergonomic design provides comfort for all
TOUGH – Durable material resistant to chemicals, moisture and extreme temperatures; lens hard
coated for maximum scratch resistance
LIGHTWEIGHT – At 1¼ oz. (35g) Hellfly Sunglasses are lightweight and comfortable
OPTIONAL COLORS – A variety of frame and lens color options available

IMG_0231 (1)

IMG_0229 (1)

Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • Nicks87

    Oh, baby! Consider me a customer. The price is right, no frills, wrap around design and prescription if need be. Sounds like a winner.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I pay less (and you would too) for Smith tacticals on pro-deal (on promotive or 3point5).

      I can’t get off of them. Clear and polarized lenses, and they’re frames you can wear all the time.

    • Phil Hsueh

      I have a pair of regular ones with polarized lenses and they’re great, very lightweight and comfortable to wear. The only downside that I’ve found is that the lenses are rather prone to scratching (or I’m prone to getting them scratched) but nothing too bad or distracting, and the rubber on the ear pieces get worn kind of easily and start to show wear after a few months or so.

    • Phillip Cooper

      So what are the requirements to find oneself in the “waiting for approval” bin when one posts?

      • Phillip Cooper

        I only ask because I just made a comment about these being awesome, no foul language used, etc.. and it’s in said bin

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Don’t include links. For some reason all links go to moderation and sit there all day.

          • Phillip Cooper

            There was no link.

  • Cahal

    About $130 plus in the U.K. !

    • Really! Man that’s above the current currency exchange rate.

      • Cahal

        Transport costs but mainly import taxes. The added costs for imported items are often 30% to 50%.

  • iksnilol

    Looks so cheaply made, especially that nose piece.

    • The nose piece rotates a little and has one center attachment point. It works though.

      • iksnilol

        I dunno, my face is pretty assymetrical (pro tip: don’t get your face smashed).

        I like the super wide range of adjustability on my glasses (because I need it :P). I dunno, after “luxury” glasses I just look with disdain on plastic glasses.

  • USMC03Vet

    You need to get James to shoot this ASAP. His last ballistic glass video was highly entertaining.

  • JLR84

    How well do the temples work with over the ear muffs? Reasonably thin, allow for a decent seal on the cups?

  • Limonata

    Are the temples and stems adjustable or is this one size fits all?

  • C.

    Is James going to test these while wearing suspenders?