Posted by J on Nov 19th 2020

Wiley X: Pioneers In Protective Eyewear

Many people are not familiar of Wiley X but the company has been around since 1987. It was founded by Myles Freeman Sr., a US Veteran. His goal was to develop the world's best protective gear for those who protect our country. Wiley X has evolved over the years to attract a customer base that reaches beyond our brave men and women in uniform. Whether you are fishing, cross country skiing, hunting or beyond, Wiley X has you covered with their innovative eyewear. Read on for a few of our favorite things about these pioneers in protective eyewear.

Captivate Lens Technology

In 2020, Wiley X released Captivate, their new patented lens technology. Cool name but it's actually much more than that. The visual benefits of Captivate lenses are:

  • Greater Clarity
  • Increased Contrast
  • Enhanced Color
  • Better Depth Perception
  • Increased Alertness/Elevated Mood
  • Blocks UV/Blue HEV Rays
  • Meets Z87.1 and EN.166 safety standards


Wiley X has been supplying military forces and law enforcement with their superior ballistic eyewear for over 30 years. They take eye protection seriously and extend that protective approach to their entire line. All of Wiley X sunglasses are ANSI Z87.1 rated.

What is ANSI Z87.1 rated? ANSI stands for the American National Standards Institute. It oversees the testing process of products and approves the final products as American National Standards or ANSI-rated. ANSI Z87.1 means that the sunglass frame, temples and lenses have been tested to the High Mass and High Velocity Impact requirements of ANSI Z87.1.

The bottom line is Wiley X sunglasses offer superb eye protection.  


We know! Style does not equate with "pioneers of protective eyewear" but Wiley X is all about style, for both men and women. No, you are not going to find geometric shaped or cat-eye frames , but you will find contemporary designed frames in a variety of colors. From matte black to crystal blush, Wiley X has a lot to offer.

Besides a variety of frame colors, Wiley X currently offers 27 lens colors with lens technology options ranging from Captivate to Polarized to Standard.  

So many options but all about style. Wiley X sunglasses can easily transition from the shooting range or mountain range to an afternoon in the park.

The verdict on Wiley X is it is a line worth checking out. They may not get the mainstream brand recognition like some of the bigger guys, but they are not to be overlooked. Order a pair today. You will be glad you did!