Rayban Shooter Glasses
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- Last updated: 25/01/2017
Part of their 2012 Limited Edition range, the Ray- Ban ‘Shooter’ is back with a vengeance. Based on the original Aviators, the Shooter was launched back in 1938 for - as the name suggests – shooters, and these teardrop shaped, gold framed, amber lens glasses have become part of shooting history. Distinctive because of the signature ‘middle circle’ that sits just below the nacre covered sweat bar, this mother of pearl look coating is also to be found covering the ends of the shafts or temples. The other familiar feature is the fine, gold frame with the familiar twin screw hinges that let the wearer gently adjust them to ensure the correct tension is always maintained, whilst the two soft cushions that form the bridge allow the Shooter to sit softly on the wearer’s face.
Featuring the familiar, instantly recognisable Ray-Ban script on the upper corner of the right lens, the new Ambermatic light-sensitive photochromatic yellowed lenses automatically transform themselves, dependant on both light intensity and temperature. Blocking glare and all other harmful rays irrespective of the density, the Shooter lenses transform themselves from almost clear to a deep, rich dark brown within seconds, all the while smoothly enhancing contrast and therefore the target.
Incredibly light and noticeably comfortable to wear, you hardly know the glasses are there. The perfect and traditional optics with which to take aim, these Ray-Bans are equally at home behind the wheel, as seriously distinctive yet instantly recognisable eyewear to be worn purely as sun protection or to cut down on glare, there isn’t a situation where these glasses aren’t fully functional.
No, they don’t offer full wraparound protection or make claims that they’ll make you a better shooter or give you supposed vital edge over your competition. Instead these glasses do what they’ve always done for close to seventyfive years… and that’s provide shooters with exactly what they need to keep their eyes safe from harm and visually relaxed. Meanwhile the sweat bar really does its job of deflecting perspiration and all the while looking good in the truest sense of the term.
When it comes to longevity, believe me, nothing comes close to a pair of Ray-Ban Shooter glasses. I bought my own pair over thirty-five years ago and they’re still going strong. They still work and perform perfectly; just as well as the day they were bought. They work better for me than any other shooting glasses I’ve worn, and believe me I’ve tested more shooting eyewear than anyone I know.
Also, in comparison to other shooting glasses, they aren’t badly priced at £178 for these limited edition shades. So even if you only wear them to and from the range or shooting ground, get yourself a pair of Ray-Ban Shooter glasses, but get in early since stocks won’t last long. Let’s face it; if Ray-Bans were good enough for legendary WWII US General MacArthur, they should be fine for us.