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Gargoyles Product Information:

Gargoyles Performance Eyewear:  Since 1983

Gargoyles' founder, Dennis Burns, identified the need for a dramatically new concept in performance eyewear. His philosophy was that eyewear should offer protection for the human eye, while also being comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. 

Ansi Specs

Gargoyles provides protection from both the sun and unexpected projectiles. U.S. soldiers put themselves in harm's way every day, and the equipment they wear must provide them as much protection as possible. When the U.S. Army needed a higher level of protection from their sunglasses, it sought out experts in the field of optics. ANSI created new high-mass and high-velocity impact standards based on this new market need and on the necessity of having regulation and consistent quality. The US sunglass industry uses the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as the governing body and rating system for sunglasses.

All Gargoyles Z87.1+-rated sunglasses meet or exceed high mass and high velocity impact standards as specified by ANSI and described below:

Optical Quality

Wearers must be able to see 20 lines of resolution clearly from 20 feet away, and pinpoint a vertical/horizontal prism from 35 feet away.

WHY THIS MATTERS  The act of covering the eyes necessarily leads to a loss in visual clarity; the only question is how severely vision will be compromised. By meeting this ANSI spec, the impact of Gargoyles sunglasses on the user's vision is negligible.

Optical Quality

Wearers must be able to see 20 lines of resolution clearly from 20 feet away, and pinpoint a vertical/horizontal prism from 35 feet away.

WHY THIS MATTERS  The act of covering the eyes necessarily leads to a loss in visual clarity; the only question is how severely vision will be compromised. By meeting this ANSI spec, the impact of Gargoyles sunglasses on the user's vision is negligible.

High Mass Impact Requirement

The lens must be able to withstand a 1.1 pound mass dropped from 50 inches, as well as a quarter-inch projectile shot at 150 feet per second from ten yards away, without breaking, cracking, coming out of the frame, or in any way touching the eye or the surrounding tissue.

WHY THIS MATTERS  From gravel to shrapnel, anything that reaches the eye could be catastrophic. By meeting this ANSI specification, Gargoyles sunglasses are guaranteed to keep the wearer's eyes safe from any projectile that might otherwise cause significant damage.


Gargoyles Frame Technology:

Superior sunglasses must be housed in superior frames. At Gargoyles, our frames have two simple requirements: they must be made from the best materials in the world and they must withstand ANSI-specified levels of punishment without failure. In other words, Gargoyles are built to last, no matter what.

Materials

Not all equipment is made the same. Gargoyles understands that everyone needs something different from their sunglasses. That's why different models use different materials, each with their own special strengths. Whatever you need, Gargoyles has a pair that works for you.

Metal frames:  Durable, strong and stable while incorporating a  high tensile strength to weight ratio.
Plastic frames:  Lightweight, resilient with a confident and firm fit.
Combination frames:  Combines the strength of metal with the lightweight of plastic

Durability

Other sunglasses are accessories. Gargoyles are serious, protective gear that’s built to last. By combining the strongest materials with sophisticated construction techniques, our glasses can withstand a heavy workload and intense punishment and still be ready for more.

Constructed of TR-90 NZZ, the most resilient material on the market and stronger than TR-90, the most commonly used sunglass frame material on the market.

Gargoyles G-Loc hinge opens and closes over 150,000 times without compromised function.

Frames have an internal memory that defaults to its original state no matter how it is bent.

Precision hinge offers quick snap open, snap close design.  Designed temple tip does not hit the lenses when closed. 


Gargoyles Lens Technology

All Gargoyles lenses guard your eyes with 100% UVA, B and C protection. 

Gargoyles lenses focus on these things:

Optics

Sunglasses have a job to do and blocking the sun is only the beginning. Gargoyles sunglasses don't just shield your eyes. They provide sharp contrasts and accurate depth perception, so you can see what you're supposed to see and your day can continue without interruption. Every detail of our lens design and execution is geared toward improved optics and better vision.

Lens Structure

A good lens isn't just made - it's crafted. At Gargoyles, our Z87.1+-rated lenses are made of ballistic-designed, high-index polycarbonate for incredible strength without added weight. From there, they're optimized and treated to reduce glare while enhancing protection. The result is a lens of unparalleled quality and durability.

Gargoyles lens technology

Coverage

No matter how good they look, sunglasses aren't worth much if they can't protect your eyes. All Gargoyles lenses meet or exceed US and ANSI regulations and standards for UVA, UVB and UVC protection and the Z87.1+-rated products’ impact resistance is ballistic tested. They're designed to provide optimal coverage and block ancillary light. With Gargoyles, your eyes aren't just protected - they're shielded.



Lens Color Descriptions

Green:  The Gargoyles trademark Green Lens provides the wearer with a unique balance of target and background brightness. Designed for the Field of Play, the Gargoyles Green Lens helps you locate and track objects in motion against a variety of outdoor backgrounds including Earth, sky and water.

Our green field of play lens has a transmission which is tailored to accommodate playing field sports and outdoor activities where tracking objects in motion is critical. The Green Lens controls low-level blue light while the middle range of light is selectively manipulated to provide optimum visual stimulation and distinctive object illumination.

 Polarized:  All Gargoyles Polarized lenses absorb horizontally polarized light to eliminate glare. Glare is simply a blinding concentration of light reflected off surfaces like asphalt, sand, water, snow or ice. Glare impedes vision hampers concentration and can lead to problems such as headaches and eye fatigue.

 Prescription Lens Prices

Insert (as noted): Prices are for single vision prescription lenses in CR-39 plastic, in less than -4.00D.   For higher prescriptions or other lens options click here. PD measurements are required to properly fill prescriptions.
Lenses made directly into the frame:  Click
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Want to customize your prescription lens?  Click here for more information.

Gargoyles continues its pursuit of ultimate protection while at play. We are proud of our distinguished history and are very excited about the technologies and products that are our foundation and future.    

One year Warranty:
The Gargoyles Limited Warranty covers breakage due to manufacturers' defects up to one year from date of purchase.  The limited warranty  is only valid with proof of purchase from an Authorized Gargoyles dealer.  Gargoyles' limited warranty program does not cover scratched lenses, lost screws, accidental damage or damage due to improper care.  All alterations of Gargoyles products will void limited warranty.  See Gargoylesinc.com for more information.

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