AO Eyewear Original Pilot 55mm Sunglass with Bayonet Temples
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- Black Steel Alloy Frames, True Color Grey Glass Lenses
- 55mm for Medium Faces
- 98% UVA/100% UVB Protection
- Bayonet Temples
- Made in the USA. One Year Manufactures Warranty
- Distortion free, toughened and polished, True Color Grey glass lens
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The U.S. Armed Forces' best kept secret is now available in the consumer market. When introduced in 1958; it was known as Flight Goggle 58. Today, the performance-tested, Original Pilot Sunglass® with classic aviator styling has been a favorite of U.S. military pilots for more than 40 years. AO Eyewear is engineered to rigid military specifications and has been issued to millions of U.S. soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen since 1958; in fact, the Original Pilot Sunglass was honored to be the first ever sunglass to land on the moon. Worn by Commander Neil Armstrong and the crew of Apollo 11 in 1969; it now resides on permanent display in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. and they're going to be your favorites, as well. The rugged and sturdy structure and high quality finishing of the steel alloy frame coupled with distortion free, toughened and polished True Color® glass lens have made the AO Flight Gear® Collection the standard bearer of all fine military sunglasses. This model comes with a Matte Chrome frame with bayonet temples and True Color Gray glass lenses. The 55mm frame is perfect for medium size faces.
Color: Black Frame | Lens Color: True Color Grey Glass Lenses
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Anyways, as for the sunglasses themselves, there is no better purchase you can make. The True Color Grey glass lenses make everything unbelievably clear without being too dark and block nearly all glare without polarization and let all the colors reach your eye naturally and comfortably. I own Ray Ban, Serengeti, Randolph Engineering which are very very similar, but the AO lens is my favorite. The style is simple: The Right Stuff, NASA, Apollo, Mad Men, etc., super cool space age awesomeness. As for finding your size: I have a normal to slightly large skull. I can barely squeeze into the 52mm size if I really stretch them out, the 57mm is definitely for much larger heads. So get the 55mm. The 55mm is the best to try first and go up or down from there, logically. But NOTE THIS: almost all AO's need to be bent a little, on their earpieces, inward, toward the front or near the end, to fit your head individually. It's metal, just bend it. Same for the nose pads. If you don't want to do it yourself, go to an optician and they will do it for free. Once it fits right, it WILL fit and won't slide around. This is the best kept secret in American made sunglasses.
I will say that some commented on the lenses not truly being glass, and I disagree. These are almost certainly glass. I say this because on a recent Geology trip I was getting a little wild with the rock hammer and a rock chip hit the corner of these, right where the side-bar contacts the lenses and took out a small chip of the lens. The chip had distinct conchoidal fracturing that only glass, not plastic, would have. (hell yeah Geology). Also tapping on the lense yields a distincly clinky glass sound.
Update: I ordered a second pair of these for my friend's birthday and I was very disappointed. Not in the product, but in the seller. I ordered the exact same frames with the exact same lenses (it says right at the top of the listing) and they sent me the wrong pair in a box that was very damaged. The ones they sent me had a slightly different frame tone and greenish colored lenses with a blueish tint on the inside. I will upload photos of them next to my pair. This was frustrating enough, but on top of that the box that they came in was obviously crushed like something very heavy had been set on top of it. Now I don't mean the shipping box, that was pristine and undamaged. I mean the small box that held the glasses themselves that was inside of the shipping box. It was crushed not just on one corner, but the entire length had a horizontal crease down the middle. That means that this vendor grabbed this crushed box off of their shelf (or floor or garbage presumably), packaged it, and sent it to a customer in its obviously damaged state. I will not lower the rating because the glasses are still nice, but order AO glasses from another more reputable vendor.