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Oakley's PRIZM Shooting Lenses

Oakley's new PRIZM lenses make it easier for wearers to acquire targets while reducing eye strain.

April 12, 2014  |  by - Also by this author

Photo: Oakley
Photo: Oakley

Performance eyewear manufacturer Oakley has long been known for consulting with its customers and potential customers before developing a new product line. The development process for the company's new PRIZM lenses is not an exception.

Designed for shooters, the military, and law enforcement, PRIZM lenses debuted in January at the 2014 SHOT Show. However, the development of the product began in 2012.

Drew Wallace, Oakley's product manager for its defense lines, says the development of PRIZM began with input from the military special operations community. That input was then used to create a problem statement.

"The military spec ops community and the combat shooters wanted a lens that would help them pick up targets faster with a reduction in eye fatigue," Wallace says. "They also wanted to be able to do that in different environments and in different lighting conditions."

With the problems faced by its customers clearly articulated, Oakley set out to find a way to solve them. The result is the PRIZM lens, which does exactly what Oakley's customers wanted it to do: It puts less strain on the eye and enhances contrast to make targets easier to acquire.

Wallace, a former Army Ranger, says PRIZM's technology was derived from years of lens development working with the SOF community. "We work closely with the SOF community to understand the level of protection they need from a lens whether that is protection from explosive fragmentation or harmful infrared lasers. PRIZM utilizes years of research and unique, proprietary dye compounding to enhance specific colors and block others."

Although PRIZM lenses are new to the market, prototypes have been tested with a number of different military and law enforcement units for nearly a year.

Some of the first field evaluations of PRIZM lenses were conducted by the Army Marksmanship Unit. "Each soldier in that unit puts 60,000 to 70,000 rounds downrange per year," Wallace says. "They compete in three-gun competitions and the Olympics. All they do is shoot."

The Marksmanship Team liked what it could see with the prototype PRIZM lenses. "During the development process, they told us they wanted to be able to see grease marks on cardboard. They wanted to see the small holes their rounds made in the paper targets downrange. And they wanted to see the steel targets pop out against the foliage and against dirt berms. So that's what we gave them. And when they started using them, they instantly had that 'wow' factor."

Oakley says PRIZM lenses were developed for both the range and for military and law enforcement operations, including patrol duties. Wallace says the lenses are currently on duty with a U.S. Border Patrol mounted unit in Arizona, the California Highway Patrol, the Secret Service, the FBI, and other law enforcement agencies.

"Their original intended use was shooting, but we are finding the PRIZM technology lends itself to target acquisition, and a target can be anything, not just something you are going to shoot," Wallace says.

PRIZM lenses are currently available for Oakley's Ballistic M Frame, Radar, and Flak Jacket frames. Buyers can choose a single lens, two lens array, or a three lens array. The two lens array offers a TR22 (bright light) and a TR45 (low light), while the three lens array offers both PRIZM lenses as well as a clear lens.

Set in an M Frame, the lenses are Mil-Spec and ANSI Z87.1-2003/2010 compliant. In the Flak Jacket and Radar frames, the lenses meet ANSI Z87.1-2003/2010 impact standards.

Tags: Oakley, Shooting Gear, Eyewear

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