Thursday, December 19, 2013

Randolph Eyewear for Winter

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Winter Sunglasses For Men

Michael Bastian x Randolph Engineering Signature Intruder

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Price: $165
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The latest in the collaboration craze has teamed the architectural practicality of Randolph Engineering with the all-American eye of Michael Bastian. Their offspring, a sleek, streamlined aviator in wintery white , bears the distinctive branding of both and makes for the perfect pairing with jeans and a tee. Photo Credit:

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This holiday season, make sure you protect your eyes.  Randolph Eyewear has lots of great lenses, all with optimum protection against the sun, and the sun's rays reflected on the snow (if you live up north).  Randolph Eyewear is best known for making the U.S. military standard issue sunglasses for over 20 years now.  Their superior quality and strength make these sunglasses unmatchable.  
Randolph Eyewear has a coupon code for 10% off your first order:  PROP747  (use at checkout)

These sunglasses also make great holiday gifts.  Your man will love a pair of sunglasses that can stand up to anything.  

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Best Aviators

Aviator sunglasses usually bring us thoughts of the summer, sitting in the sun, maybe on a beach or boat, enjoying the warm breeze and soaking in the rays. But the truth is, sunglasses are needed all year round, especially in the winter where fresh snow reflects up to 80 percent of sunlight. Thus, our favorite iconic silhouette is a perennial necessity, and today we present to you our most popular sunglasses in the aviator style to help you select the perfect frame for 2013 and into 2014.

Randolph Eyewear is by far the best aviators on the market.  Randolph makes sunglasses for the U.S. military, and they have been standard issue for over 20 years, proving that Randolph makes the best and strongest sunglasses.  

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Randolph Eyewear for the Holidays. Mens favorite Gift!

There is no accessory quite like sunglasses. You can be wearing sloppy clothes but a great pair of sunglasses can turn your look, or lack of one, around. Check out some of my top pick in men's sunglasses. These men's sunglasses are still stylish.

Randolph 23K gold aviators with tan lenses and bayonet temples.  These sunglasses are classic, and every guy would appreciate a gift like this.  The lenses are available in tan polarized.  
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Also try these for your man if he is a little more into the outdoors, the Randolph Sportsman in 23K gold frames, grey lenses, and skull temples.  This frame resembles some of the more classic outdoor looks.  You can get these at:

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Get the most durable glasses for your man this holiday season.  Randolph Eyewear sunglasses were designed and made for the U.S. miliary for over 20 years and are still today.  Your man will love these.  And so will your father and brother.  Randolph Eyewear is the one gift that every man will love because they are made right here in the U.S.A. and they are high quality glasses that are warranted for life!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Holiday Gift Giving Guide - Randolph Eyewear

Spreading cheer and appreciation with your holiday gifts.

Holiday gift-giving is a custom filled with noble intentions that sometimes has the unintended effect of sapping the cheer from shoppers. At Christmastime we set out to choose gifts that show our affection or appreciation, but the process of knowing who should be on our gift list and what to get them can create stress. It doesn't have to be that way. Keep the holiday cheer in your gift-giving with these simple tips.

Gifts for Family and Close Friends

You know who the people are on this list, and you usually know what is customary. In some families everyone exchanges gifts with one another. In other families they only give to the children. In some cases gifts are exchanged between households instead of individuals.
With your friends, you usually know what's customary as well. You might always exchange Christmas tree ornaments, a favorite cookbook, or the new CD of a favorite artist.
When choosing gifts for family and friends, let your heart be your guide. Don't be as concerned about matching gifts dollar for dollar. If you select something that has meaning to the recipient, your gift will make a much greater impact than if you merely select a gift to "keep things even.” On the other hand, you should pay attention to your expenditure for several reasons. First, you don't want to spend so much on a gift that the recipient will feel uncomfortable. Additionally, you don't want to give a gift that looks like it came out of the bargain bin, with no thought paid to the recipient's interests. Finally, you shouldn't spend over your budget, because nothing takes the cheer out of the holidays than the prospect of facing unmanageable debt in January.
A great solution to this problem is get something that your family and close friends will use and appreciate all the time.  It will be their best holiday gift ever.  Randolph Eyewear makes sunglasses and protective shooting glasses in the U.S.A., so the dollars you spend here, stay here.  And Randolph Eyewear has been making glasses for the U.S. military for over 20 years, so you can trust that they are durable and reliable, but at the same time, stylish.  Randolph Eyewear has all the classic frame shapes like the aviator, concorde, and P3.  You can find the perfect gift for anyone on your list, all from Randolph Eyewear:

For the tough man in your life:  Randolph Aviators:  chrome frames, grey lenses, and bayonet temples

For the stylish woman in your life:  Randolph Concorde:  23K gold frames, tan lenses, skull temples

For the bohemian girl:  Randolph P3:  23K gold frames, tan lenses, skull temples

For the hunter / outdoorsman:  Randolph Sportsman:  23K gold frames, grey lenses, cable temples

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cheap vs. Expensive Sunglasses

Cheap vs. Expensive Sunglasses

A pair of sunglasses seems so simple -- it's two pieces of tinted glass or plastic in some sort of plastic or metal frame. How much more straightforward can something get? It turns out that there are many different things you can do with two pieces of glass, and these things can have a big effect on you when you use the lenses. As you will see in this article, there really is a difference between the various sunglasses you'll find out there.
There are four things that a good pair of sunglasses should do for you:
  • Sunglasses provide protection from ultraviolet rays in sunlight. Ultraviolet (UV) light damages the cornea and the retina. Good sunglasses can eliminate UV rays completely.
  • Sunglasses provide protection from intense light. When the eye receives too much light, it naturally closes the iris. Once it has closed the iris as far as it can, the next step is squinting. If there is still too much light, as there can be when sunlight is reflecting off of snow, the result is damage to the retina. Good sunglasses can block light entering the eyes by as much as 97 percent to avoid damage.
  • Sunglasses provide protection from glare. Certain surfaces, such as water, can reflect a great deal of light, and the bright spots can be distracting or can hide objects. Good sunglasses can completely eliminate this kind of glare using polarization (we'll discuss polarization later).
  • Sunglasses eliminate specific frequencies of light. Certain frequencies of light can blur vision, and others can enhance contrast. Choosing the right color for your sunglasses lets them work better in specific situations.
When you buy a pair of cheap sunglasses, you often give up all of these benefits and can even make things worse. For example, if your sunglasses offer no UV protection, you increase your exposure to UV rays. The cheap sunglasses block some of the light, causing your iris to open to allow more light in. This lets in more of the UV light as well, increasing the damage UV light can cause to the retina.
So there is a difference. Buying the right pair of good sunglasses for the conditions in which you use them gives you maximum protection and performance.
Many companies say they make the best pair of sunglasses, but no company comes close to the quality and price point of Randolph Eyewear.  Randolph has been making sunglasses for the military and have been standard issue for over 20 years.  Now that's quality you can depend on!  Still not sure?  Well, Randolph gives a lifetime warranty on all solder joints.  That's a company that knows that make a great pair of sunglasses.  
Randolph Eyewear offers the best deal this holiday season on frames like the aviator, concorde, and P3.  Check them out here:
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A 100% Quality Gift, for that 100% Quality Guy!

Randolph Eyewear is the perfect gift for your man this holiday season.

Randolph Eyewear was first developed for the U.S. military pilots.  These pilots need to perform under extreme pressure, and their sight is the number one priority in battle.  If the United States military trusts these glasses to be their standard issue for over twenty years, you can be sure that these glasses will please anyone, especially that special man in your life.

Randolph Eyewear's classic aviator will never go out of style, and looks very sleek, modern, and classic.  The aviator sunglasses come in a variety of frame and lens color options so you can get exactly what you are looking for.

Randolph Eyewear is a step above the rest.  This underknown brand really doesnt get the attention it deserves.  Randolph sunglasses are put through multiple manufacturing steps and processes to make the perfect frame.  Randolph is so confident that their frames are perfect, that they give a lifetime warranty on all solder joints.  There are not many companies out there who still place that amount of trust in their product, but Randolph does.  They know there is so substitution for quality.

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Your dad, brother, uncle, cousin, boyfriend, and husband will all love them.  Men want quality because they play rough.  These sunglasses are the best on the market BY FAR!!!

There is even a special line of Randolph glasses specifically for hunting and shooting.  No matter what conditions you are facing, Randolph Ranger provides superior lenses suited for any enviornment, and a small maintenence kit to ensure easy lens switching.  Randolph Eyewear is the only online retailer who lets the customer choose three pairs of Ranger lenses of their choice for $75.  Dont be limited by packaging.  Choose the Ranger lenses right for you.

The Randolph Ranger collection has been worn by the best professional marksmen, including some Olympic shooters as well.

Happy Holidays from Randolph Eyewear!!! And happy shopping!!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Men's Holiday Gifts

This Holiday season, don't struggle over what to get that special man in your life.  Whether it's your dad, brother, in-laws, boyfriend, or husband, or maybe even your favorite uncle, Randolph Eyewear is going to make this holiday season very special for you and them.

Men love the classic Aviators from Randolph Eyewear.  And why wouldnt they?  Randolph Eyewear's aviators are the same ones worn by the United States military, and have been standard issue to all branches of the military for over 20 years.  Guys love a gift that wont let them down, because lets face it, guys dont like change, and they really dont want to go into a store and be forced to buy a replacement.
Randolph Eyewear glasses are so confident that they will never break, that they have placed a lifetime warranty on all solder joints.  This means you know your man will be happy with his sunny gift of quality.  Randolph Eyewear wont let you down, and wont let your man down either.

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Randolph Eyewear has a number of frame styles and shapes to choose from.  The aviator is a classic men's choice, but the concorde is a close second.

So instead of buying a new pair of Ray Bans every year (because RayBan's quality is flimsy), why not buy one pair of Randolph sunglasses, and use them for the rest of your life!

This holiday season, give the sunny gift of Randolph Eyewear.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Randolph Eyewear makes the best holiday gift.

High performance sunglasses manufacturer, Randolph Engineering, has taken their Serious Equipment position one step further by now shipping all sunglasses with their new Equipment Maintenance Kit.
This holiday season, give the gift of quality engineering, Randolph Engineering (
These sunglasses are made in the USA, which means by buying a pair, you are supporting hardworking Americans just like you, while buying a quality product that is warranted for life.  Randolph is so serious about making a quality product that they but a lifetime warranty on all their sunglasses.  
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According to Peter Waszkiewicz, CEO of Randolph, the company views that their customers take their eyewear very seriously, perhaps even life saving, so the firm recently introduced a maintenance kit for each set of eyewear. “It made sense for us to add this feature to our product lines as it is a statement of just how serious we take the commitment that people make to wearing our eyewear. Randolph is not chosen because of fads or some styling wave. Our glasses have a serious role to play in people’s lives – at home and at work – thus we chose to develop this kit as part of the total commitment we make to our customers”…said Waszkiewicz.
Each Equipment Maintenance Kit includes an optical screwdriver, an extra pair of nose pads, and extra screws. “The need for this kit arose because of the durability of our glasses”, Waszkiewicz said. “The construction of our glasses is of such high quality that our customers were wearing through their nose pads. This is not an issue with most sunglass manufacturers, but we consider this kit to be a point of pride” he said.
“Our field testing interviews found that high performance people demand the same of the equipment they use. The simple fact is that when a life might be at stake, either in the air or on the ground, our customers will never have to worry that their Serious Equipment will fail them because the tools in the kit will keep their equipment in top order”, added Waszkiewicz.
“Sometimes, that edge spells the difference in lethal performance.”
Randolph Engineering is a privately held company with a remarkable brand identity that has endured for years. The company both engineers and manufactures products at its facility in Randolph, Massachusetts. The company’s movie-famous Aviator line is truly an iconic brand within the realm of American brands as it is the choice of pilots worldwide, especially fighter pilots.

This holiday season, get your loved ones the gift of quality, made right here in the United States, Randolph sunglasses. Or check out Randolph Ranger collection of sporting eyewear.  No matter what collection it comes from, if it's a Randolph, you can be sure its made by quality people, made to last, and warranted for life.  
The man in your life is sure to love Randolph sunglasses.  They will never go out of style, because Randolph makes frames in all the classic shapes with a simple style.  You can choose your lens tint and frame color of each pair of sunglasses you like.  
The woman in your life would like the Randolph Concorde frame.  The slightly rounded tear drop shape looks nice on a women's face, especially in the 23K Gold frames.  
Randolph makes a really nice pair of glasses.  This holiday season, treat yourself and your loved ones to the gift of Randolph Sunglasses.  offers 10% off your first purchase with us.  Enter Coupon Code:  PROMO747  at checkout.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Randolph Eyewear for the Holidays

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This holiday season, give the gift of Randolph Eyewear.  Randolph makes durable frames tested for over 20 years by the U.S. military.  And hollywood celebrities have started to wear Randolph's also.

This style of aviator sunglasses was made famous by the photograph of General Douglas MacArthur when he was photographed returning to the Philippines as he promised after the Japanese were pushed back into the jungles.These timeless aviator sunglasses have been popular for many years, and continue to be the sunglasses choice of style by celebrities and move stars. Concorde sunglasses can be seen in movies like “Top Gun”, “Apocalypse Now” and many others, worn by movie stars like Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.
They provide full eye coverage and are reminiscent of the Foster Grant style which originated in the 1930′s and first became available to the general public through a Woolworths’ store on the boardwalk at Atlantic City, NJ.
MacArthur wore gold frame skull temple AGX (slight green tint) aviator sunglasses in the photograph on the left, but today you can choose different frame finishes, temples and lens tints with our Randolph Concorde sunglasses.
All of Randolph Engineering’s Concorde aviator sunglasses have lenses which absorb 98 to 100% of harmful ultraviolet light while allowing a range of 12 to 18% of visible light to pass through the lens. The premium mineral glass lenses are precision ground and chemically tempered to provide excellent impact resistance which exceeds the ANSI Z-803 standard.

Randolph Eyewear sunglasses are the only glasses you will ever need to buy again.  With a lifetime warranty on each and every pair, you can rely on Randolph Eyewear and their products.  They have all the classic styles, made mostly by hand in the USA.  

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Randolph Aviator Sunglasses - Number One Holiday Gift Idea

Randolph has been producing top quality aviator eyewear since 1972.  For almost 35 years, Randolph eyewear sunglasses have been standard issue to U.S. military aviators.  It is also standard military issue of many air forces around the world.

Seen in countless movies over the years ranging from Top Gun, to most recently Flight of the Phoenix worn by actor Dennis Quaid, Randolph Engineering has never paid for product inclusion in movies.  That's because when producers and directors want authenticity in their movies, they select Randolph aviator sunglasses.  Others may claim to be "military aviators", but only one company is the prime contract supplier to the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, NASA and Army... and that's Randolph Engineering.
Made in the USA - All Randolph products have been meticulously handcrafted at their facility in Randolph, Massachusetts since 1972.  Utilizing only the finest materials available to the industry, Randolph's  American craftsmen and women bring to you one of the world's best sunglasses.  Over the years, Randolph has retained an integrated manufacturing approach with the end benefit being a level of American made quality, craftsmanship and comfort unequaled in the industry.

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Pictured Below:  Randolph Aviator with 23K Gold Frames, Skull temples, tan lenses


RX Quality:
All Randolph frames are built to ophthalmic quality standards.  Due to these demanding standards, Randolph frames are suitable for conversion to Rx prescription lenses in all their models.

Lifetime Solder Joint Guarantee:
Randolph feels so strongly about it's quality that they will repair or replace any broken solder joint for the lifetime of the product assuming normal use.  We talked with one of Randolph's management recently and they told us quite proudly of a customer who returned his 19-year-old Randolph aviator sunglass for a broken solder joint.  Randolph took care of the customer, no charge.

Randolph Design:
All Randolph products are designed and manufactured with quality, function, and performance as the key components.  We then wrap this technology into a classic or contemporary design that will give customers years of satisfaction.  Randolph designs incorporate a high degree of comfort resulting in hours of extended wear.  While fashion may fade in and out of the consumer marketplace, the quality found in Randolph product will never go out of style.

Randolph Materials:
Randolph's 18% nickel silver frames provide unequaled strength and solder joint integrity.  The sleek monel frames offer a slender profile and secure fit.  They do not compromise quality even when selecting something as trivial as a lens screw.  The nose pads are made of soft silicone so that the frames will not slip even under conditions of heavy perspiration.

Frame Finishes:
Every frame is hand polished prior to plating or coloration.  The gold frames incorporate a heavy 23 karat gold plate; the matte black finishes consist of a durable three step process; state of the art gold and silver finishes are applied on selected fashion styles; and our elegant Ruthenium (gun metal) finish will last a lifetime.  All frames are topped off with corrosion resistant clear coat that further protects the product.


Mineral Crown Glass Lenses:
Randolph's mineral lenses are ground and polished to precise optical distortion-free standards.  Optically ground glass lenses provide the highest level of visual acuity, which is why it's used in high quality cameras and telescopes.  Glass lenses offer the best scratch resistant properties of all lens materials.  In addition, every Randolph glass lens is chem-tempered to resist breakage; then 100% drop-ball tested to meet FDA and ANSI standards (glass lenses are not shatterproof).  Randolph offers three lens colors on selected modes; Neutral Gray, AGX (gray/green) and a High Contrast Tan.

Maximum UV Absorption:
All lenses absorb 98-100% of harmful ultraviolet rays.

Maximum Glare Reduction:
Lenses are designed to help check harsh direct or indirect glare.

Optimum Visible Transmittance:
Lens densities (darkness) allow only 15-18% of pass-through light; the ideal comfort level for most wearers, and the recommended light transmission for military and commercial pilots.

Neutral Gray Mineral (US Military Issue):
Randolph Neutral Gray lenses offers absolute true color reception.  Worn by U.S. Military pilots and NASA astronauts; colors come through naturally resulting in hours of comfort.  Light reaches the eye with the same color compositions that it had before passing through the lens.

High Contrast Tan Mineral:
Randolph Tan lenses, although lacking the neutrality of gray and green lenses, are also widely accepted of those needing eye protection on bright overcast days.  This lens will cut off the transmittance of easily scattered blue light, thus having the effect of increasing contrast and visual acuity.  This lens will perform well in low light situations encountered in haze and fog.

AGX (gray/green) Mineral:
Known as the "All American Gray", this lens has a slight green tint to it, making it the most popular sunglass tint on the market.  AGX selectively filters the colors of the spectrum so that their transmittance curve closely resembles the sensitivity curve of the eye.  Thus colors are only slightly changed.  Evidence indicates that the eye's focusing system is largely keyed to the green wavelengths of the spectrum.  Because green and gray lenses do not shift the color balance away from green they do not disturb the eye's focusing system.  The result?  Vision stays sharp through lenses of these colors.

This holiday shopping season, give your guy a gift that he will always keep with him and use everyday.  The classic aviator, from the original in aviators, Randolph Eyewear!
He will love these glasses because they are the same ones the military uses every day.  These sunglasses are really built to last.  

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Randolph Eyewear - Great Holiday Gift Idea!

Randolph Eyewear is your dream retailer this holiday season.  Ladies, do you have a hard time every year finding that perfect gift for the man in your life?  Not this year,  Randolph Eyewear (Randolph Engineering) sunglasses are the perfect gift for the manly man.
Randolph makes eyewear for the U.S. military and has been since the 80's.  Randolph knows how to make a strong and durable frame.  They even give a lifetime warranty on all their solder joints.  This is the gift your man will love, and use all the time.

And, Randolph Eyewear is very fashionable.  With classic shapes like the Aviator, Concorde, and P-3, you're sure to find the perfect shape for your man's face to fit any occasion.
Randolph Eyewear sunglasses are real quality.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday Frame of the Day! - AVIATOR

Friday Frame of the Day!!!

AVIATOR - Gun Metal Frame, Skull Temples, Grey lenses

Randolph Eyewear

Randolph makes all their sunglasses frames to last the most rigid conditions.  For the past 20 years they have been making all the standard sunglasses for the United States Military.  These frames are so tough and durable that the company puts a lifetime warranty on all their solder joints.

These sunglasses are simply superior.  There's no way a Ray Ban could stand up to the kind of use a Randolph can.

This veterans day, give your hero a pair of Randolph's.  They are guaranteed to last a lifetime and their eyes will thank you.

Only the best Sunglasses for our American Hero's!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Choosing Quality Sunglasses makes a BIG Difference!

Flying grit from off-roading or yard work, chemicals in pools, a sun that sears delicate tissues -- summer is an obstacle course for your precious eyes. You can still have fun, but you may need to take some steps to protect your peepers.
A lot of this is common sense, which, sadly, is not always so common.

1. Wear Sun Protection!!!  Take it from an emergency room doctor. Eyewise, he has seen it all. Here are some top recommendations from several experts.
"A lot of people come to the ER with burned corneas each summer," Richard O'Brien, MD, an emergency physician with the Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, Penn., tells WebMD.
"We have a lot of NASCAR up here. You'd be amazed how many people go to that, a concert, or other all-day event without wearing a visor cap and sunglasses. They even lie on their shiny RVs -- that is like being in a tanning booth.

"They are fine at first, then go home, go to sleep, and wake up in an hour in excruciating pain. I have had people come in here crying."
The sun, of course, shoots out rays of different lengths. The most damaging are the ultraviolet rays, which are classified as UVA and UVB.
"Most decent sunglasses," Richard Bensinger, MD, an ophthalmologist in private practice in Seattle, tells WebMD, "protect against UVB. If they also protect against UVA, it should say so on them."
Sunglasses may be one thing you don't want to get at the Dollar Store, O'Brien observes. They should be close to the face or wraparound. Some people like dark tints, but the UV-blocking coating is the same on any color. Polarized lenses may be more comfortable for workers outside because they block glare.
Too much ultraviolet can accelerate the formation of cataracts, Bensinger adds. "There are very solid studies that show this; people who stayed in the sun tended to get cataracts eight to 10 years before a carefully selected group that was mostly in the shade or indoors."
The hat-sunglasses combo should also be worn at the beach, amusement parks, bike rides, boating, or anyplace where there is prolonged sun exposure, O'Brien cautions.
And don't forget the little ones -- they need the same.

For a great pair of sunglasses I suggest Randolph Eyewear.  Randolph makes sunglasses for the US military, so you know they are no joke.  These sunglasses are tough and made to last.  The company even insures these glasses solder joints for life.  
You really cant go wrong with a pair of sunglasses from Randolph Eyewear.  They are American Made, using the best materials possible.  There are many styles available, and these are the frames that will never go out of fashion.  Randolph Eyewear is just superior.  
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Randolph Eyewear - Aviator Style

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As Winter peeks around the corner, peek back in style while protecting your eyes.Randolph Eyewear aviators ($129) were first brought to my attention by Michael Bastian (they are one of his five summer essentials for every guy’s closet). It is a solid aviator by an outfit who’s been supplying sunglasses to the U.S. Military and Air Forces world wide since 1982. They’re meticulously handcrafted in the United States using only the finest materials. Though lightweight, they feel like they could withstand mission after mission over Iraq...because they do. It’s a no brainer for guys. But for the ladies? Absolutely. You can customize frame, lens and temple configurations, ensuring a proper fit for your smaller frame.
The concorde is a popular choice for women.  The curved teardrop shape conforms great to a women's face.  And dont forget, Randolph gives a lifetime warranty on all solder joints.  
Photographed in New Canaan, CT
Spring for a classic American silhouette (in gold with gray flash mirror lenses) in lieu of overpriced designer aviators this summer. Configure your own pair at:

John a/k/a JetAviator7 left a comment on 1/14/2013 at 4:26 PM: 
I love these Randolph Engineering Aviators, and the new packaging for them is really awesome!

M Arthur left a comment on 2/20/2012 at 9:12 PM: 
The look deserves an “Oh behave!”. The aviator style is timeless.  This photo could have been shot in 1980!

MainLine BlueBlood left a comment on 5/19/2011 at 11:26 PM: 
I’ve worn the same pair of RE Concorde aviators for years and they are hands down the best aviators available. Spend the extra money - your eyes will thank you.

The Sporting Life left a comment on 5/3/2010 at 11:29 AM: 
I have smashed them flat w/o breaking the lenses, and bent them back into shape.  The best made sunglasses I have ever owned.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

How to Choose the best Sunglasses for you.

Sunglasses: How to Choose

Sun protection, which includes the use of sunglasses, is one of the Ten Essentials. No wonder. Sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, reduce eye strain in bright conditions and protect you from flying debris and other hazards.
For years the military has trusted Randolph to provide them with the best of the best in Sunglasses.  Click here to see all the style options.  Randolph solder joints are warranted for life. These may just be the last pair of sunglasses you will ever buy.  

Understanding Lenses

Lens Material

The material used in your sunglass lenses will affect their clarity, weight, durability and cost.
  • Glass—PROS: Superior optical clarity; superior scratch-resistance. CONS: Heavier than others; expensive; glass will "spider" when impacted (but not chip or shatter).
  • NXT polyurethane—PROS: Superior impact-resistance; excellent optical clarity; flexible and lightweight. CONS: Expensive.
  • Polycarbonate—PROS: Excellent impact-resistance; very good optical clarity; affordable; lightweight and low bulk. CONS: Less scratch-resistance; slightly less optical-clarity than glass or NXT.
  • Acrylic—PROS: Inexpensive alternative to polycarbonate, best suited for casual or occasional-use sunglasses. CONS: Less durable and optically clear than polycarbonate or glass; some image distortion.

Randolph Eyewear makes their sunglass lenses with Glass or Polycarbonate options.  They come in many different colors, sizes, and styles.  

Lens Color (Tint)

All sunglass lenses are tinted to cut down on overall brightness and enhance terrain definition. But your choice of tint colors affect your vision by influencing 1) how much visible light reaches your eyes, 2) how well you see other colors, and 3) how well you see contrasts.
  • Brown/gray/green—Brown, gray and green lenses are color-neutral, which means they cut down on overall brightness without distorting colors. These darker shades are intended primarily to cut through the glare and reduce eyestrain in moderate-to-bright conditions.
  • Yellow/gold/amber—Yellow, gold and amber lenses provide less overall brightness protection, but excel in moderate-to-low level light conditions. They provide excellent depth perception, which makes them perfect for skiing, snowboarding and other snow sports. They also enhance contrasts in tricky, flat-light conditions.
  • Rose/vermilion—Rose- and vermilion-colored glasses really do make the world seem brighter. They provide excellent low-light visibility and enhance contrast (perfect for skiing and snowboarding in cloudy conditions). They also enhance the visibility of objects against blue and green backgrounds, which makes them ideal for driving or exploring in forested areas.
  • Mirrored or flash coating—This refers to a reflective film applied to the outside surfaces of some sunglass lenses. They reduce glare by reflecting much of the light that hits the lens surface. Mirrored coatings make objects appear darker than they are, so lighter tints are often used to compensate for this.
Randolph Eyewear makes a pair of glasses for each lens color you see here and more.  Randolph has lots of options to make sure you get the best protection for your eyes.

Lens Coatings

The more expensive the sunglasses, the more likely it has several layers of coatings. These can include a hydrophobic coating to repel water, an anti-scratch coating to improve durability and an anti-fog coating for humid conditions or high-energy activities.

Lens Construction

Two methods are commonly used. Lenses made via the injection process offer the best in optical clarity, but are more expensive. The bent-sheet process is used to make both performance and inexpensive glasses. High-end styles use a longer process to offer similar optical clarity as injected models, while lower-cost styles used a simplified process that yields a bit less clarity.

Interchangeable Lenses

Some styles come with interchangeable (removable) lenses of different colors. These multi-lens systems allow you to tailor your eye protection to your activities and current conditions. Consider this option if you need reliable performance in a wide variety of situations.

The Randolph Ranger collection has many different lens color options.  Each lens is $35, or you can get three lenses for only $75!  Each frame and lens package comes with a maintenance kit so you can keep switching your lenses quickly and easily.  

Polarized Lenses

Polarization is a great feature if you enjoy water sports or are especially sensitive to glare. When light reflects off of flat surfaces, such as a lake, the light waves align in horizontal patterns, creating intense glare. The filters in polarized lenses block these horizontal light waves, substantially reducing blinding glare and its resulting eyestrain.
In some instances, polarized filters react with the tints in windshields, creating blindspots and diminishing the visibility of LCD readouts. If this occurs, you should consider mirrored lenses as a glare-reducing alternative for driving.
The method used to polarize lenses affects both the optical-quality and cost of the sunglasses.
  • Inexpensive casual styles have the polarizing filter applied as an external film coating.
  • More durable and expensive sport styles sandwich the polarizing filter between layers of the lens.
  • The newest high-end technology combines the polarizing filter with the lens material while the latter is in a liquid form. This allows the filter and lens to bond without the use of adhesives and sustains an exceptionally high optical quality.
Most of Randolph Sunglasses options have a polarized lens option.

Understanding UV and VLT

UV Protection

Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can damage your eyes by contributing to cataracts, macular degeneration and growths on the eye, including cancer. 
  • UVB rays are the main concern for eyes. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, "Long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight is linked to eye disease. UVB radiation is considered more dangerous to eyes and skin than UVA radiation."
  • UVA rays are the primary ones absorbed by your eyes. While they pose far less concern than UVB, doctors still recommend that they be avoided.
  • UVC rays are not a concern, as they are blocked by the atmosphere.
UV protection information should be printed on the hang-tag or price sticker of any sunglasses you buy, no matter where you buy them. If it isn't, find a different pair. Also keep in mind that cheap, tinted sunglasses with limited UV protection can actually do more harm than good, as they cause your eye lenses to open up wider, leaving them even more vulnerable to UV rays. Kids' eyes are especially vulnerable to UV light, since they don't have the same level of natural protection as adults.

Visible Light Transmission

The amount of light that reaches your eyes through your lenses is called Visible Light Transmission (VLT). Measured as a percentage, VLT is affected by the color and thickness of your lenses, the material they're made of and the coatings they have on them.
  • All-purpose sunglasses have a VLT of around 15-25%. Aim for glasses in this range if you need a pair for everyday use and basic recreational activities.
  • Glacier glasses (special sunglasses designed specifically to protect your eyes from the intense light at high altitudes) have a VLT of around 4-10%. Most glacier glasses also have shields to protect your eyes from light coming in from the sides of your lenses. Because of their low light transmission, glacier glasses should not be used for driving or other everyday activities.
  • Photochromic lenses automatically adjust to changing light intensities to protect you in a wider range of conditions. These lenses actually get darker (to block more light) on bright days, and lighter when conditions get darker. A couple of caveats: The photochromic process takes longer to work in cold conditions, and it doesn't work at all when driving a car (UVB rays do not penetrate your windshield, so the process is moot).
Please click here to see the VLT of each of Randolph's lens options.  Randolph makes glasses to the highest quality.  Each pair of glasses goes through more than 200 production stages, mostly by hand, with the best materials possible. 

Frame Considerations

Frame Material

Choosing a frame is nearly as important as the lenses, since it contributes to the comfort, durability and safety of your sunglasses.
  • Metal—PROS: Easy to adjust to your face; less obtrusive to your field of vision. CONS: More expensive than other types; can get too hot to wear if left in a closed-up car.
  • Nylon—Manufacturers use different brand names for their frame nylons, including Grilamid and O Matter(TM). PROS: Inexpensive, lightweight; some have high impact-resistance for sports. CONS: Not adjustable, unless they have an internal, adjustable wire core.
  • Acetate and Zyl—Sometimes called "handmades," these variations of plastic are popular on high-style glasses. PROS: More color varieties are possible. CONS: Less flexible and forgiving; not intended for high-activity sports.
Randolph makes their frames to withstand just about anything.  That is the reason the military has been standard issuing these since the 1980's.  Randolph sunglasses are truely superior sunglasses.  


These depend on the frame material. On most nylon frames, hinges feature a molded pin that's actually part of the frame material. This creates a very durable hinge. Metal, acetate and zyl frames must use either a barrel-hinge or spring-hinge design. These offer the advantage of extra flex to fit larger heads, at the cost of some durability. Higher-quality frames may use nickel-silver hinges that are more rugged and reliable.
Randolph solder joints are warranted for life.  Randolph is so confident that their joints will not break that they are able to offer every customer a lifetime warranty.  Not many companies are doing that these days.  

Grippy Nosepieces or Temples

If you plan on working up a sweat, look for styles that have rubber nosepieces or earpieces that help keep your glasses from sliding down your nose.
Randolph sunglasses have silicon nosegrips.  These are made and designed purposely to not fall off the face.  

Find a Pair That Fits

Fit Tips

Here are some tips when trying on a pair of sunglasses:
  • Frames should fit snugly on your nose and ears, but not pinch or rub.
  • The weight of sunglasses should be evenly distributed between your ears and nose. Frames should be light enough to avoid excess friction on these contact points.
  • Your eyelashes should not contact the frame.
Shopping online? Look for product descriptions that include fit guidelines such as "fits smaller faces" or "fits medium to large faces" for guidance. A few brands offer temples that are adjustable or come in several lengths.

Please click here to see how to determine what size Randolph's you need.  

Fit Adjustments

If you choose a metal or wire-core frame, you can usually adjust the fit by carefully bending the frame at the bridge and/or the temples. You may also be able to adjust the nosepieces, by pinching them closer together or farther apart, to rest on your nose more comfortably.

Lens Shape

There are no right or wrong lens shapes, but consider these guidelines:
  • Wrap-around lenses block more of the light hitting your eyes from the side. They improve aerodynamics, cutting down on wind that can dry out your eyes, and provide extra protection against rain, sand and other debris.
  • Different lens shapes complement the most common face shapes-oval, square, triangular and round:

Final Thoughts

When Is It Most Important to Wear Sunglasses?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology advocates wearing sunglasses anytime you're outdoors, but particularly when:
  • It's summer (when UV radiation is at least 3 times higher than it is during winter).
  • You're at the beach or near water.
  • You're outside at high elevations.
  • You're participating in snow sports.
In addition, if you have an eye disease, have had cataract surgery or are taking photosensitizing drugs, you should wear sunglasses whenever you go outside.

Are Pricey Glasses Worth It?

A $20 pair of sunglasses can look pretty similar to a $150 pair, so why pay more? The difference is in the technology, which offers more comfort, durability and performance. For around-town wear and while driving, an inexpensive casual pair may be all that you need. But for regular outdoor activities, especially high-impact ones such as cycling, performance glasses are usually well worth the investment.

Randolph glasses are very reasonably priced for the quality that they are.  Randolph's start at just $129 a pair and will last through all fashion trends and they have a lifetime warranty.  If you are going to invest in sunglasses, you should get the pair that wont let you down.  

How Do I Clean My Sunglasses?

  • Use a soft, lint-free cloth (such as a microfiber) to clean your lenses.
  • Avoid wood-based materials, such as facial tissue, which are too abrasive for safe cleaning.
  • A spray-on lens cleaner or just plain water should also be used, since dry lenses are more susceptible to scratching when rubbed.

Accessories to Consider

  • Protective Case: If your sunglasses don't come with a hard or padded case, buy one. A case protects your eyewear from scratching and crushing, and helps keep the lenses clean.
  • Cleaning Cloth: A basic supply for cleaning.
  • Retainers: These are a must for active sports.
  • Storage Clip: A visor-mounted clip for your car keeps your sunglasses safe and accessible when not in use.
All Randolph sunglasses come with a maintenance kit including a cleaning fabric swatch so you can keep them looking awesome all the time.  

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