Investing in a high-quality form of eye protection should be high on your list of airsoft essentials. The great news is, you don’t have to spend lots of money on suitable eye protection.
However, you do need to know what to look out for to ensure you don’t buy a dud pair! Here at Surplus Store, we want you to get the most out of your airsoft games, and with 60 years of experience under our belt, we know what to look out for in airsoft protection.
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The bottom line is, during an airsoft game, exposed skin can be painful and irreversibly damaged if hit by BB pellets.
Our face needs proper protection because it holds some of our finest and irreplaceable features! Our eyes and teeth can be lost if struck by a BB pellet.
Close quarter battle (CQB) is the most dangerous for this, with pellets being fired at a closer range, meaning they have a more significant impact.
Injury takes the fun out of everything, especially a skirmish game!
Considering that eye damage is irreversible and goes on to hinder other areas of your life off the field, we cannot stress enough how important it is that you purchase decent eye protection.
Like all things in airsoft, safety gear and accessories both contribute to an airsoft player’s style, so choosing a form of eye protection can be fun too and set the tone of your persona on the field!
You want to consider protecting these areas above your shoulders during skirmish:
You at least need some safety googles for your eyes; we will advise about the different types of eye protection further in our blog.
You will also require a mouth guard for your teeth. Alternatively, you can consider full-face coverage which protects your whole face in one stylish shield!
Looking after your sight goes one step further than just opting for glasses or goggles which shield your eyes.
The protective properties and material of the lenses are integral to the safety of eye protection. If the lenses aren’t durable enough, they can pop out of the frame or shatter upon impact, putting your eye at risk.
Discover what to look out for in eye protection in our infographic below:
Following on from identifying good quality eye protection, the EN166 and CE is the European Standard stamp which proves the glasses have been tested for their safety.
During airsoft, shots are fired at a maximum of 2.5 joules. Therefore you should look for the letters ‘A’ or ‘B’ next to the CE mark.
For more information on the meaning behind the ‘A’ and ‘B’ marks, take a look at the image below:
If you want to ensure the highest available protection for your lenses, you could consider Wiley-X range. It is certified as reaching the US military standard for ballistic protection.
Now we have covered the safety standards for eye protection, you may be wondering what types of eye protection are available. Below, we take a look at the different forms and why some players choose them over others.
If using goggles, an anti-fog gel is essential to ensure your visibility remains high.
Choosing between different types of eye protection entirely depends on your personal preference and comfortability.
However, you must ensure whichever protection you choose meets the safety standards we have highlighted. Some can be surprisingly inexpensive, and you will be impressed with the high quality provided.
Some brands we recommend include:
If you are unsure of which eye protection is most suitable for you, get in contact with one of our team members who are more than happy to advise you in the right direction!