Randolph Engineering has been producing sunglasses for the United States Air Force since 1982. These Aviators have been issued to airmen ever since, meaning they’ve blocked rays from Cape Canaveral to Kuwait to Kosovo. Randolph’s reputation for uncompromising quality means they’ve been a hit with hard-working civilians and soldiers alike. The company is still owned and operated by the families of its founders, now in the third generation.
With exception of subtle cosmetic differences like the gold plating, these are the very same sunglasses used by Air Force aviators. The lenses are precision-ground and chemically tempered for impact resistance, so they’ll survive a tumble. The cushioned silicone nose pads provide a comfortable, sure fit, even under heavy perspiration. The solder joints are under warranty for life.
Fabricated mostly by hand according to a rigorous, quality-controlled process comprising over 200 steps, these glasses are engineered to exceed US military standards, down to each lens screw. The ‘bayonet temple’ means that the ends of the arms curve horizontally inward around the temples instead of bending down over the ears, so you can wear them under a hat, a helmet, or a gas mask (really). These Aviators, like all Randolph eyewear, are proudly made in the USA, where Randolph provides sustainable jobs and always seeks the best locally-sourced materials.
Military grade sunglasses with 23 karat gold plated frame. Gray polarized lenses block over 98 % of UV radiation. Available with 52 or 55 millimeter lenses. Made in Randolph, MA. (more info)
- Temple: Bayonet 140 mm
- Lens: 55/52 mm
- Bridge: 20 mm
- Monel, a proprietary nickel alloy used in aircraft construction
- Nickel-silver alloy
- Mineral crown glass, scratch-resistant and distortion-free lenses
- 23k gold plating
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