Competition Shooting Glasses: The Buyers Guide to Shooting Glasses
There are a variety of features you should consider when selecting competition shooting glasses.
Finding the right pair of glasses when it’s competition time could mean the difference between a winning or losing performance.
Style is just as important as safety. You should consider a handful of features when selecting a pair of competition shooting glasses, including material, color, coverage, UV protection, and the style of the frames.
5 Considerations When Buying Shooting Glasses for Competitions
At RE Ranger, we engineer each pair of competition shooting glasses to last with quality materials, handled with care each step of the way. We manufacture all of our frames with a CombatCoat™ finish for an added ceramic coating layer that actively fights against corrosion and chemical resistance from outdoor environments. Shop or browse our collection of Shooting Eyeweartoday.
1. Lens Material
Ideally, you want your shooting glasses and eyewear to be impact resistant. Just know that this is not always the case, and the lens material should be a factor to consider.
Your lens makeup for competition shooting glasses is vital because it's the first line of defense from stray projectiles, dirt, and debris.
When you’re looking to purchase competition shooting glasses, make sure the materials used are high quality, and at RE Ranger, we manufacture our competition shooting glasses with 100% safety rated lenses.
Polycarbonate is a common material used for lenses, and is favored for competition shooting glasses because it’s transparent and can provide protection from kickback and debris when shooting, giving the user the defense they need, without hindering visual performance.
2. Lens Tint Color
What’s the best lens tint color for shooting glasses? This question has multiple answers, and it can ultimately come down to the wearer's preference.
However, there are a few benefits to each color of lens tint for competition shooting glasses.
Yellow or Orange lenses are also standard among competition shooting eyewear because of the tint’s ability to block blue light and make for viewing targets clearly in hazy, foggy, or cloudy conditions. Yellow/Orange-colored lens tints are also great for depth perception and can help to improve your performance on the skeet or trap range.
Rose Colored Lenses
Rose or Watermelon color lenses are not only excellent for red-green color deficiencies, but one of the best all around lenses for clay shooting. This is both for orange or black targets, it helps highlight the orange and define the black targets.
Purple lens tints are one of our most favored lenses for competition shooting. It’s excellent for shooting in those green backgrounds with hills or in the woods with lots of brush, as it dampens out the green making the orange target more enhanced and easier to see.
Much like yellow-colored lens tints, brown are incredibly useful for seeing orange targets, and can enhance your field of view in overly bright conditions. The largest benefit to brown lenses is the ability to keep your eyes relatively calm by blocking excessive UV light. In turn, well-rested and relaxed eyes can react quicker to moving objects such as clay targets.
This might not seem significant, but less of a chance to miss your target, means an advantage over your competition.
RE Ranger takes lens tints to the next level, with CLAYSIGHT™ Lens Technology, from Ranger Shooting Glasses, we're able to enhance the shooter's field of view through our wide variety of lens tint colors to fit any environment or condition. Designed to highlight orange clay targets in various light conditions.
Clear lenses are least common among competition shooting glasses because their typically worn indoors or when shooting at night under bright lights. Clear lenses offer a sleek look and design that’s preferred for those who aren’t seeking an added tint.
If you have a competition indoors or enjoy bench shooting inside, clear lenses are ideal for those seeking protection, without any new colors of lens tint.
3. UV protection
If your competition is outdoors and targets are afar, or blocked by sunlight, then you want to be sure that your competition shooting glasses are made to withstand UV rays.
UV protection is a necessity for any pair of competition shooting glasses when shooting outdoors. You can identify the lens material to find out if your glasses are UVB/UVA protected because polycarbonate lenses are known for 100% protection from the UV rays mentioned.
Polarized lenses should also contain more than one layer of anti-reflective (AR) coating for maximum protection from UVA/UVB rays.
4. Lens coverage and fit
You’re going to want to find frames and lenses that provide adequate coverage of the eyes. Full shields are standard among competition shooters as any extra coverage your shooting glasses can provide, the better.
If you’re seeking total coverage that extends past the eyes, check out our newly released Phantom 2.0 shooting glasses, which features a full-shield style lens, never-slip silicone nose and temple tips, and countless lens colors, sizes, and colors to choose from.
Shooters in competition and practice have been spared from “splash back” or empty shell casings and debris from targets from the use of shooting glasses. Both bench shooters and competition shooters should have glasses that fit securely and have minimal risk to slip or fall from maneuvers or body movement.
5. Frame style and features
Just like the coverage of your competition shooting glasses, the frames should support the lenses and extend over and past the eyes when possible. Make sure you’re on the look-out for bonus features, including adjustable nose bridges, non-slip nose pads, ventilation, or the option to add additional lenses to your competition shooting glasses.
Having multiple options is a good thing, and at RE Ranger we strive to provide athletes, competition shooters, and shooting enthusiasts a wide selection of frames, lenses, and styles to choose from.
View our collection of RE Ranger Shooting Glasses that were engineered to last, but crafted with the care you’d expect from your next pair of competition shooting glasses.