New from Oakley Standard Issue (SI) is the limited-edition SI Fuel Cell Ultrablend shooting glasses . Each pair of glasses is airbrushed by hand with two different patterns and three different Cerakote colors giving each pair a unique camouflage pattern.
I really like the look of these and would seriously consider getting a pair if not for a worsening astigmatism that now forces me to shoot with prescription ballistic glasses if I wish to to achieve an acceptable (in my mind) level of accuracy. But I will have one of the team do a hands-on review of these in the near future.
The full press release …
FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., DATE July 15, 2014 – Oakley Standard Issue (SI), a division of Oakley, Inc., today announced the release of SI Fuel Cell Ultrablend™ – a limited-edition line of eyewear the incorporates concealment and camouflage techniques taught in the Army Field Manual 21-75 Chapter 1 and utilized in the battlefield.
Meticulously produced, the SI Fuel Cell Ultrablend™ eyeglasses are hand-crafted and individually airbrushed using two different patterns of netting and three different colors of Cerakote Generation II Firearm Coating. The final product has the added aspects of durability, abrasion resistance, lower NIR reflectivity, and a unique camouflage pattern that could only be achieved making them by hand.
SI Fuel Cell Ultrablend lenses also incorporate Oakley’s patented High Definition Optics® (HDO) and meet ANSI Z87.1 impact standards.
For more than 20 years, Oakley SI has worked in conjunction with the U.S. Armed Services to develop products that have proven critical in the field. Oakley SI has applied its extensive engineering and advanced technologies from this partnership to create the SI Fuel Cell Ultrablend.
“Throughout the years, our warriors have always been masters of improvisation. With nothing more than a can of spray paint and laundry netting, these individuals use whatever limited means necessary to remove the solid colors of their helmets and weapons, and create a blending effect. With the SI Fuel Cell Ultrablend, we knew we wanted to make the products accurate, and our painting process had to be done by hand. Each pair of glasses is a work of art,” said Drew Wallace, Oakley SI Product Manager.
SI Fuel Cell Ultrablend™ comes in black or desert color patterns and will be available on OakleySI.com in July 2014