SHOT Show: Oakley’s New Tombstone Eye Pro

Oakley Tombstone SHOTPerhaps the greatest piece of gear at Industry Day at the Range during SHOT week came from Oakley in the form of their new eye pro, Tombstone. Oakley has been working with the military since the 1980’s and this new eye pro is yet another example of just how successful a partnership that is. Tombstone was designed with help from the Army’s Marksmanship Unit (AMU) with the goal of creating truly superior eye protection. That means  a broad, unobstructed field of view, fantastic clarity, and making sure your eyes focus like they’re meant to, which is a feature most eyewear companies fail to deliver. Oakley, however, delivers, and Tombstone is bound to be a wildly popular product (I know I’m hooked).

I was able to sit down with Tombstone designer Drew Wallace, who is a former member of the 75th Battalion, and chat with him about the product. It’s clear a great deal of time and effort went into this eye pro, in fact the average research and development time for a product like Tombstone is two years.

Oakley Tombstone KitShooting while wearing Tombstone is great in itself, and the reason it’s better than with others is due not only to comfort but to how your eyes focus through Oakley eyewear. If you cannot focus properly, your aim is going to be off, so you really do need high quality eye pro. Fortunately for the shooters among us, the name of Oakley is synonymous with quality.

If you’re looking for some new eye pro, or if you want to upgrade from your current gear, keep an eye out for the arrival of Tombstone this coming spring. I’m confident you won’t be disappointed.

From the Oakley press release:

The Oakley SI Tombstone eyeshield provides a wider, unobstructed field of view, rapid lens exchange, and Oakley’s Prizm™ lens tint technology to help shooters increase contrasts between targets and surrounding environments.

The development of Tombstone started with identifying problems that professional shooters were having with their current eyewear. Oakley worked closely with several professional shooters and began by addressing the field of view challenges. The shooters stated limitations with traditional frame profiles and obstruction of view while acquiring a proper sight picture and poor peripheral vision.

Extensive research was conducted using a 60Hz eye tracking system designed by Sensomotoric Instruments Inc. (SMI). The eye tracker precisely gauges and records eye position and movement in real time scenarios and was developed with more than 100,000 test participants. The data captured allowed Oakley to see that the upper periphery of the lens is critical in providing the visual field shooters need for performance and safety. The Tombstone eyeshield maximizes the lens zone, giving the wearer unprecedented field of view. Tombstone expands the zone to a full 120-degree view. It utilizes breakthroughs in Oakley frame design, as well as the patented technologies of High Definition Optics® to ensure razor-sharp clarity at every angle of vision.

Oakley Tombstone Field of View IllustrationAnother challenge with conventional shooting eyewear is swapping out lenses. Traditional eyewear lens exchange can leave lenses with smudges that compromise sighting. With Tombstone, a single release trigger allows users to quickly change the lens without ever touching the lens front. The new lens locks into place similar to inserting a magazine into a weapon.

Critical to the performance of Tombstone is the Oakley Prizm lens. Prizm technology strategically blocks specific wavelengths of light that interfere with vision while emphasizing the parts of the color spectrum where the eye is most sensitive to detail in specific environments. The end result is a perfectly tuned contrast that makes targets stand out against foliage, dirt and the sky.

Oakley SI Tombstone eyeshields:
 Meet or exceed impact and optical requirements per ANSI Z87.1 2003/2010
 Lenses block 100% of UVA/UVB & harmful blue light up to 400 nm wavelength
 Have advanced anti-fog coating and hard coating for scratch resistance
 Are composed of Plutonite®, Oakley’s high purity optical-grade polycarbonate

Tombstone lenses come in two cuts: Reap (larger profile) and Spoil (slightly smaller coverage) and a variety of lens tints. Tombstone glasses will be available on in Spring 2015.

Katherine Ainsworth

Katherine is a military and political journalist with a reputation for hard-hitting, no-holds-barred articles. Her career as a writer has immersed her in the military lifestyle and given her unique insights into the various branches of service. She is a firearms aficionado and has years of experience as a K9 SAR handler, and has volunteered with multiple support-our-troops charities for more than a decade. Katherine is passionate about military issues and feels supporting service members should be the top priority for all Americans. Her areas of expertise include the military, politics, history, firearms and canine issues.
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