Premier Plus Shooting Glasses by Vanessa English
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- Last updated: 01/03/2017
Protecting ones eyes should never be taken lightly and certain scenarios dictate the use of protective eye wear. CO2 airguns for example; many shooters are regularly using this medium and with BB’s often the ammunition of choice, ricochets are common. Being asked to lend a hand at a recent indoor pistol promotional event for scouts, found me reaching for safety glasses, and in these close range situations, it is very difficult to eliminate ricochets altogether.
Rangesports are well known for their ever increasing selection of shooting accessories and eye protection is something they haven’t overlooked. In the spotlight here are the Premier Plus Shooting Glasses, which are the real McCoy for those who take safety seriously.
The Premier Plus specification includes the main frames, five different coloured lenses, wide nose grips, and an additional prescription lens holder. They come supplied in a zipper case with individual soft slips for each lens, as well as a belt clip to keep everything to hand.
For the indecisive, the choice of five different coloured lenses could be tricky, me I just wanted as clear as possible - to allow for a full view, with no dimming of the subject. As well as chronograph duties, my glasses will also double for protection against high speed insects on bike rides, so this is a nice feature, where the brightness of a fine day doesn’t want to be lost.
Lenses are constructed from impact-resistant, 2mm, optical grade, lightweight polycarbonate. They’re specified as UV400, offering maximum protection against UV rays. The five colours: red, yellow, blue, black, and clear, were chosen to enhance contrast in various conditions. Rangesports said their dealings with several Olympic grade shooters has revealed that personal taste plays a big part; with the full range of colours finding favour.
Changing the lenses is simple and whilst I was initially confused, in the absence of any guidance notes, a careful pull in the centre, along with a twisting motion soon releases them from the frame. A wide rubber nose grip (anti-allergenic temple fitting), contoured to provide a comfortable, shake-free fit, is all part of the design, which also helps to avoid the stress that can cause headaches, according to the manufacturers. Stability is ensured, when following fast moving targets, when clay shooting for example.
As for those neat additional prescription lens frames, the idea is that if and when required, an optician can fit lenses of your choice. This assembly then sits behind the main frame.
So there we have it- quite the best shooting specs that I’ve encountered and well designed, for serious work. A microfibre cleaning cloth is supplied and overall, the Premier Plus Shooting Glasses certainly get my thumbs up. In fact I’ve even put my money where my mouth is on this one!
FOR: Well priced and effective
AGAINST: Not a lot
VERDICT: If you take your shooting seriously get safety glasses