Crossbow Eyeshields Now Built with Transitions Light Adapting Lenses

April 1, 2999  |  ESS UPDATES
Crossbow Eyeshields Now Built with Transitions Light Adapting Lenses


The Ballistic Eyeshield with Light Adapting Transition Lens April 7, 2014 – Hailey, ID USA Eye Safety Systems, Inc. (ESS) announced the introduction of its new ballistic Crossbow eyeshield with a Transitions adaptive sunglass lens. The Crossbow Photochromic™ spectacle represents a continued expansion to the line of highly acclaimed Crossbow eyeshields.

The Crossbow Photochromic allows users to have one single ballistic eye piece that works both indoors and outdoors. The Crossbow Photochromic is a premium addition to the ESS product line, which redefines functional eye protection for military and public safety professionals. Developed in conjunction with Transitions Optical, the Crossbow Photochromic has light-adapting technology which provides fast adjusting tint change. The lens achieves 50% tint activation at 11 seconds and 90% activation in less than one minute. The ESS Photochromic lenses provide a visible light transmission (VLT) range of 86%-24%. “The Crossbow Photochromic is the ultimate do-it-all eyeshield. The Crossbow frame has a broad universal fit with its Tri-Tech ergonomics giving maximum comfort and zero pressure points, and a 2.4 mm ballistic polycarbonate lens that features ESSOPTICS for distortion–free optical precision throughout the entire field of view. With the photochromic lens, users can go from a bright light situation, move indoors and know that the Transitions adaptive sun lens will rapidly change to the light conditions providing the greatest level of vision safety,” said Chris Dawson, ESS Product Manager.

The ESS Crossbow Photochromic, like the entire line of Crossbow series, meets or exceeds the U.S MIL SPEC PRF 31013 (clause, ANSI Z87.1-2010, and US OSHA requirements. For users with prescription eyewear needs, ESS currently offers two Rx insert options for the Crossbow™: the nylon-framed P-2B™ Rx Insert,, and the wire-framed Vice™ Rx Insert. The Crossbow Photochromic One kit includes a black Crossbow frame, light-adapting photochromic lens, microfiber cleaning pouch, elastic retention strap and hard case, and is available now to purchase from ESS’s secure web site and a variety of retail partners.

ABOUT TRANSITIONS OPTICAL Since Transitions Optical, headquartered in Pinellas Park, Fla., was founded more than 20 years ago, the company has been driven by an innovative spirit and a commitment to partnership. As the leading provider of photochromics, Transitions Optical offers state-of-the-art light management technology in virtually every major lens design and material encompassing a family of everyday adaptive eyeglasses and sunglasses. Transitions® adaptive eyeglass lenses provide both indoor clarity and outdoor darkness for prescription lens wearers.

The Transitions® adaptive sunglass line includes a range of products customized in partnership with other best-in-class brands, like Oakley. These products are all designed to provide a visual advantage by increasing contrast, sharpening colors, reducing glare and improving distance and depth perception. For more information, visit, or contact Transitions Optical Customer Service at (800) 848-1506.

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ESS Partners with Hunting for Heroes

June 26, 2014  |  ESS UPDATES
ESS Partners with Hunting for Heroes







June 26, 2014 – Hailey, ID USA


Today, ESS (Eye Safety Systems, Inc.) is pleased to announce its partnership of Hunting for Heroes. Hunting for Heroes is a national 501 c3 nonprofit dedicated to serving disabled law enforcement officers injured in the line of duty.  It is an all-volunteer organization, founded and operated by active duty law enforcement officers. The organization provides all-expenses paid therapeutic retreats to the hero, their spouses, and their children. Due to the life-changing impact these injuries have on the hero and their entire family Hunting for Heroes creates programs to provide support to the family unit as a whole. At the core of Hunting For Heroes’ therapy are dove hunting, turkey shoots and other hunting events.


"Hunting for Heroes is honored to have ESS as a loyal partner.  At our events we encourage our heroes to overcome their disability and start adapting to their "new normal".  Our heroes leave our events with a renewed sense of confidence to overcome their disability and take back their lives.  Our partnership with ESS will ensure they are protected as they continue down the long road to recovery,"  Chris Allen, President Hunting for Heroes


With the complete line of ESS eyewear engineered to meet or exceed the most stringent U.S. Military and ANSI Z87.1-2010 ballistic requirements, it only made sense for ESS to provide free protective eyewear for those heroes that need it. As part of the partnership, every hero that participates in one of the hunting camps, will receive a pair of ESS Crossbow eyeshields.


“Hunting for Heroes is a unique organization with an extremely important mission that matches ours,” said Michael Graham, Law Enforcement category manager.

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ESS Sponsors Rockhill Racing Off-Road Car

March 17, 2014  |  ESS UPDATES
ESS Sponsors Rockhill Racing Off-Road Car

ESS is pleased to become the title sponsor for the Rockhill Racing Off-Road team during the 2014 Best of the Desert series. Rockhill Racing is owned and operated by Levi Rockhill. Levi is one of the talented up-and-coming professional drivers, and his #1566 open-class car is a top finisher in the race series.

“We are all fans of motorsports and off-road racing has an on-the-edge excitement that can’t be found in any other type of racing. ESS’s slogan is built for battle…tough for life, and Rockhill Racing, and Levi represent that same attitude, “ said Mike Vigueria, ESS General Manager. “As a privateer racer, Levi is a great example of all hard-working Americans. He holds a regular job Monday-Friday working in a copper mine, helps in raising two children and spends his weekends racing…and winning. We could not have found a better brand representive for our company.”

Rockhill racing will be competing in the Best of the Desert series, which host nine races throughout the Southwest and concludes in December with the Henderson 250 being held in Henderson, NV.

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On Target Review

December 19, 2013  |  ESS UPDATES
On Target Review

On Target Review: Crossbow and Rollbar Shooting Glasses from ESS


The On Target staff was extremely pleased to try out the Rollbar, one of the newest offerings from ESS.  I am loathe to use the term “tacticool” to describe it because of the obvious inferences. What I will say is that these shades epitomize tactical chic. Americans have never matched the industrial design savoir-faire  of the Italians but I’ll wager somebody from Milano must of have spent time in Ketchum, Idaho on these glasses.

Like the Crossbow, these are really light.

Aside from having all the requisite ballistic and UV protection standards, they also allow one to easily swap out lenses. On either side of temple frame, right at the end piece where the temple arm hinges, is a locking lever called an end-gate. The end-gate can be opened when you bend the arm inward and it allows you to remove the lens. Once you replace, and snug the lens inside the grooves in the eye piece, just move the temple arm back out and it will close the gate shut.

Very slick indeed.


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November 22, 2013  |  ESS UPDATES

Military Eyewear and Respiratory Protection Leaders Partner to Offer Rx Inserts for the Widely Used 50 Series Protective Face Masks

Sun Valley, Idaho USA -- November 22, 2013

ESS (Eye Safety Systems, Inc.) has partnered with Avon Protection Systems to provide the United States, U.S. Territories and Canada commercial market prescription lens fabrication for the advanced Avon 50 Series Protective Face Masks.  ESS, a global military and public safety protective eyewear leader, lends U.S.-based Avon customers its expertise in producing superior-quality polycarbonate corrective lenses for the Avon 50 Series Masks Vision Correction System.  ESS Rx lenses are precision-fabricated in a state-of-the-art optometry lab located inside the California headquarters of ESS’ parent company, Oakley Inc. 

The new partnership broadens the scope of ESS’ convenient online order entry process to make Rx Insert ordering simple.  Customers needing the Avon 50 Series Masks Vision Correction System can follow hyperlinks on Avon’s website,, which route directly to the dedicated Avon Rx order entry page on the ESS website:  From there, prescription information is entered into a secure and streamlined order form.  Within days, the corrective lenses are installed into the Avon Vision Correction System and shipped directly to the customer. 

“ESS is proud to supply Avon Protection’s customers with the highest quality prescription optics for those who need vision correction,” said Mike Vigueria, ESS Government Contracts Manager. “The Avon 50 Series is the leading mask for Law Enforcement & Tactical users around the globe.  Those users can now rely on the most advanced optical manufacturing controls available from a brand partner that understands emergency equipment and the unique demands on those who use it.” 

ESS prescription safety lenses are made with impact resistant polycarbonate, using proprietary Digital Mapping Technology™ (DMT™) to extend the prescription field of view throughout the entire lens periphery.  Avon 50 Series Face Mask Vision Correction System inserts can be filled with clear single-vision or progressive-bifocal lens prescriptions and feature double-sided Anti-Reflective (AR) coatings for optimal performance inside a protective mask.  Through the ESS online order system found at, a complete prescription insert system with single-vision lenses is priced at $165.  ESS and Avon Protection intend to extend this prescription-filling service to their worldwide customer base next year.

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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