The best safety glasses for those who never slow down

Best Overall The best safety glasses for those who never slow down Smith & Wesson Corporal

The well-priced half-frame Smith & Wesson Corporal provide wearers with full coverage thanks to their wraparound design. With these glasses, flying debris and UV light are a thing of the past.

Best Value NoCry Over-Glasses Safety Glasses NoCry Over-Glasses Safety Glasses

These safety glasses from NoCry are sure to keep the tears at bay. Their comfortable design, solid protection, and excellent price point are sure to please anyone wearing prescription glasses.

Best Premium Wiley X Valor Wiley X Valor

The Wiley X Valor provides premium eye protection with its impressive combination of interchangeable lenses, excellent protection, and optional polarized and/or prescription lenses.

When you realize you have a full life to live still, why hold back? Whether you hope to travel around the world in 80 days on the back of your Kawasaki, plan to turn your blacksmithing hobby into a full-time career, or simply make your living by mixing chemicals day in and day out, nothing is more valuable than your eyesight. When sparks start flying and you’ve got a deadline to meet, the last thing you need on your mind is keeping those sparks out of your face so you can keep your eye on the prize. Whether you work inside or outside, whether you wear prescription lenses or not, proper eye protection is no area for compromise.

Luckily, there are plenty of options out there, perfectly designed for just about any activity you could ever imagine. So, don a pair of safety glasses and show the world who’s boss.

Sometimes, all you need is something simple and straightforward to get the job done, and the Smith & Wesson Corporal does just that without breaking the bank. These safety glasses come with polycarbonate lenses that minimize visual distortion and provide full peripheral eye coverage thanks to the wraparound frame design. The lenses boast a UV400 rating for maximum UV protection and have earned both an ANSI Z87+ rating to resist high-speed impacts from flying debris, and an MIL-PRF-32432 ballistic rating, making them safe to use in almost any situation. The nose pads and ear pieces come with an anti-slip rubber coating to keep these half-frame safety glasses securely in place. The Corporal comes in three frame/lens color combinations: blue/clear, red/amber, and black/smoke (non-polarized). If you prefer a full frame version instead, check out the Smith & Wesson Major. Besides the frame design, the only real difference is that the Major only comes with blue frames regardless of lens color. Both the Corporal and the Major include a microfiber bag for safe storage and easy cleaning.

If we’re being perfectly honest, prescription lenses are expensive, and prescription safety glasses are no exception. Thankfully, the wraparound NoCry Over-Glasses Safety Glasses and their tinted twins provide an extremely cost-effective alternative. These safety glasses are OSHA-approved and have earned the ANSI Z87+ rating. The polycarbonate lenses provide scratch-resistant, UV400 protection with the clear lenses blocking 90 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays and the tinted version blocking 99 to 100 percent, all with minimal visual distortion. Both variants include three-position, adjustable ear pieces in order to allow for a semi-custom fit and a cushioned nose bridge for comfortable long-term wear. Due to their light weight, you can wear these safety glasses for hours on end and forget they’re even there.

When you need the absolute best safety glasses available, look no farther than the Wiley X Valor. These ballistic-rated wraparound safety glasses can handle just about anything thanks to their shatterproof Selenite polycarbonate lenses. These lenses provide full protection against the full range of UV light, and meet ANSI Z87+ standards, OSHA 1910.133(b)(1)(1) standards, and MIL-PRF-32432 ballistic standards, covering virtually every possible application while keeping visual distortion to a minimum. Available in both matte black and Kryptek® Typhon frames, the Valor offers lenses in gray, polarized smoke, or a three-pack of gray, clear, and rust for maximum versatility. With the interchangeable lens design, you can even pick up a set of replacement lenses should you ever lose, damage, or destroy your original pair(s). Those who love the Valor but have a smaller or narrower face structure should take a close look at the Wiley X Saint instead. While both the Valor and Saint are expensive, they are worth the extra cash. Need prescription lenses? Wiley X has you covered with both the Valor and the Saint.

Anyone looking for a reasonably-priced pair of polarized safety glasses should try on a pair of Edge Eyewear Kazbek sunglasses. These full frame safety sunglasses provide plenty of protection with an ANSI Z87+ rating, compliance with MCEPS GL-PD 10-12 for ballistic protection, and UV400 protection from 99.9 percent of UVA, UVB, and UVC light. Not only does the Kazbek come with polarized lenses, those lenses appear in multiple colors, including smoke, blue mirror, and copper. The lenses and flexible wraparound frame provide top-tier protection from light and debris, while Edge Eyewear’s Tapered Lens Technology helps reduce eye fatigue and visual distortion. The Kazbek’s frames were built with long-term wear in mind and include a rubber nose pad and straight temple arms for all-wear comfort.

For some, wraparound frames alone may not be enough to provide maximum protection from environmental hazards, but thanks to the closed-cell foam gaskets on the Pyramex Endeavor Plus, flying grains of sand suddenly lose their negative impact. These safety glasses feature scratch-resistant polycarbonate lenses capable of withstanding the worst that ANSI tests can throw at them, earning them a solid Z87+ rating. The wraparound frame, foam gaskets and brow shield, and soft, adjustable nose pads provide an almost airtight seal against flying hazards, yet the small ridges along the gasket edges allow just enough airflow to minimize fogging during long hours of wear. Due to the light weight and ergonomic frame design, the Endeavor Plus safety glasses provide a comfortable fit. With both clear and tinted lens offerings and 99 percent blockage of UVA, UVB, and UVC light, they are perfect for both indoor and outdoor applications. Best of all, these safety glasses are priced very affordably.

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