ESS Redesigns Popular CDI Sunglass

December 6, 2010  |  ESS UPDATES
ESS Redesigns Popular CDI Sunglass

ESS Ballistic Sunglass Reconfigured, New Desert Tan Frame Available

December 06, 2010 -- Sun Valley, ID USA

Eye Safety Systems, Inc. (ESS) today announced the release of the reconfigured CDI™ ballistic sunglass. The battlefield-proven CDI™ is the most widely used ESS sunglass, well-known for its high-impact protection, interchangeable lenses and aggressive style. With its total redesign, the CDI™ now offers additional comfort, increased durability and enhanced aesthetic appeal.

The CDI™ sunglass has been used worldwide by military, law enforcement, and firefighting personnel since its introduction in 2004. To incorporate recent technological advancements and performance improvements into its flagship sunglass, ESS rebuilt the CDI™ mold from the ground up. "The ESS CDI sunglass line has a long heritage of saving eyes and lives in hostile situations," said Brian Ross, ESS Sr. VP of Sales & Marketing. "We solicited user feedback and built that input directly into product enhancements. The end result of a sunglass that performs better and looks cooler is that it will be worn for longer periods of time. For our customers, that combination equates to an increased reduction in eye injuries."

The list of functional improvements to the CDI™ is significant. Its virtually unbreakable frame now boasts SmartTension™ cam-hinge temple arms that enhance retention and ensure a more comfortable fit over the lifetime of the product. The nosepiece is now co-molded for greater durability, and the temple arms are now wrapped in a proprietary no-slip rubber that keeps the CDI™ in place, even when moistened by sweat. The CDI's adjustable elastic retention strap is now easier to use, and the kit now includes a zippered hard case and a micro-fiber cleaning pouch.

ESS has also expanded the available frame colors for its interchangeable-lens sunglass products.  In addition to Black, the CDI™ and larger CDI MAX™ sunglasses are now available in Desert Tan.  This color matches many different uniforms and camouflage patterns in addition to providing a new option for off-duty or everyday use. The CDI™ and CDI MAX™ both offer scratch-resistant lenses with superior optics. The Lateral Exchange System™ makes it easy to interchange these lenses, which are available in five colors: Clear, Smoke Gray, Hi-Def Yellow, Hi-Def Copper and Mirrored Silver. For prescription eyewear users, Rx lens carriers are available for the CDI™.

The ESS CDI™ and CDI MAX™ are built for extreme protection and exceptional performance. They are considered Primary Eye Protection by NFPA 1500 and offer high-grade ballistic protection certified to ANSI Z87.1+, U.S. MIL-PRF-31013 and CE EN 166 standards. More information can be found in the High Adrenaline Sunglasses™ section of


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"Dear ESS, On deployment in 2012, my vehicle was struck with an IED while performing route clearance in Afghanistan. The IED flipped my vehicle, knocking me unconscious and launching my rifle into my face. My cheek, nose, and eye socket were shattered from the impact, but my eye was saved from the ESS Crossbow I was wearing. When I put a pair of Crossbows back on, you can clearly see where I would have lost my eye if I wasn't wearing them." SSG Pronzati