STNGR: A New All Purpose EyePro Option

If you drop the vowel devoid STNGR name into Google right now you will find… free float handguards.

STNGR, eye protection

Sharp looking ones too. But those aren’t the glasses you were looking for. Never fear, you are in the correct place, just click on the STNGR Edge tab and you’ll find yourself where you originally expected to be.

The company’s new branch, STNGR Edge, is entering the ballistic eyewear market and they are proud of their product.

I recall another company using a truck and tire to demonstrate durability about 12 years ago.

I have a set of the Alpine’s, and they are among the best glasses I’ve had the chance yet to use.

The Alpine’s frame comfortably wraps around the eyes, the bridge of the nose, and with enough support around the sides of the head and ears that they won’t slip off while looking at odd angles. They sit closer and shield the eye more completely than several competing frames, important for protecting against off angle debris, slag, or fragmentation coming from a high, low, or wide angle.

Z87+

The ANSI/IESA or American National Standards Institute/International Safety Equipment Association have a book of tests and standards for an encyclopedic sized collection of safety equipment. The passages were are concerned with though are those referencing the Z87+ marking.

Impact rated protectors must meet the established high mass and high velocity tests, and defined, continuous lateral coverage is now mandatory. Those protectors satisfying the requirements will carry the Z87+ mark on both the lens and the frame or housing. Compliant prescription products will be marked with Z87-2+. – ANSI Z87.1

The Z87+ indicates a non-prescription high velocity impact standard and a required amount of coverage for the wearer’s eye. The tests are similar to the MIL-PRF 32432 Ballistic Fragmentation standard but the military’s has a more stringent (higher energy) standard than Z87.1.

A Z87+ set of eye protection is designed to protect against a wide variety of flying high speed hazards. Fragmentation from a steel target impact, unburnt powder, dirt, sand, spall, etc.

The Lenses

The STNGR lens selection has both mirrored and matte options. Their clarity is exceptional. From the front the glasses present a typical high quality mirrored image but from the back you can see the amber coloring in use for popular eye visibility eyewear.

Glare and brightness are reduced while detail and color acuity remain very high. Even in the reduced lighting of an indoor range, dawn, or dusk, the STNGR’s are more usable than most darkened lenses by a substantial margin.

In short, I like them.

They’re my daily riders, my range wear until it’s dark, and in the month of dropping, scratch opportunities, getting sat on, and all the other hazards a pair of glasses faces there is no sign of detrimental deterioration. No loose screws, no degrading rubber or polymer due to sweat or sunlight, no damage to lens or frame (I haven’t run them over with a truck yet, but I might.)