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About Our Lenses

 

While the focus of our mission is on frames that fit comfortably and seamlessly under headsets and helmets,
we also want to make sure that we're offering quality lenses that are safe, clear, and true to color.

 

Optics

Clarity

 

Color

We strive to provide lenses with excellent clarity without sacrificing durability or color accuracy. Glass tends to be fragile, so we use shatterproof polycarbonate for all of our lenses. 

 

We're proud to be able to offer you a variety of lens colors to fit your preferences. Even our colored mirror lenses offer true color vision to the wearer for maximum efficacy and accuracy.

 


Safety 

All of our lenses are made of shatter resistant polycarbonate and are 100% UVA/UVB blocking (even the clear and yellow ones).

GIF of smiling pilot in a plane demonstrating Golden Eagle Sports being removed and put back on without moving their headset

 

Studies have shown that fewer and fewer pilots are wearing sunglasses in the cockpit, despite an increased risk of ultraviolet damage due to the correlation between altitude and UV intensity, because most sunglasses simply hurt after a while under a headset. Our glasses can be worn for hours under an ANR headset, and not only will you finally not experience temple pain, but you also won't compromise the noise-cancelling capabilities of your headset. Our 1mm thin, hyper-flexible temples can be comfortably removed and re-applied while wearing a tight headset and they won't break the seal created by your headset's earcups.
Finally - a quiet and comfortable flight.

 

 

Motorcyclists face a similar issue: Many don't wear sunglasses because it's hard to find pairs that will fit under a well-fitted helmet. For many, it's just easier to buy a tinted face shield for UV protection, but we know what happens when the sun goes down: that shield gets flipped up so they can see. Obviously this puts riders at risk of bug and debris strikes to the eyes and face. Our microthin temples fit easily and comfortably inside your helmet, and all of our frames are prescription compatible. 
Keep your clear face shield and leave the tinting to us!

Close-up of serious motorcyclist wearing Kingfisher sunglasses inside of their helmet

 


Lens Catalog

Where information is available, the VLT (visual light transmittance) of the lens is provided. While all of our lenses are rated UV400 and block 100% of UVA and UVB, each lens will allow different levels of visible light through, affecting the darkness of the wearer's view.

Hover over (or tap, on mobile) cockpit photo to see view without lens.

 

 

 

Clear (CLR)

Most commonly used as safety glasses (without bifocals) or night flying (with bifocals).

VLT: 89.92%

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Gradient Gray (GGT)

With a standard tint in the middle, a darker tint to block harsh sunlight at the top, and a lighter tint to make your panel/dashboard more visible, gradient lenses are a popular choice for pilots and drivers. The gray hue provides undisturbed color vision while blocking visible light.

VLT: 15.20% (8.43% at top)

Golden Eagle Sport - Matte Black Frame with Gradient Gray Lenses
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Solid Gray (SGT) 

Standard sunglasses tinting with a neutral gray interior.

VLT: 10.31%

Golden Eagle Sport - Glossy Black Frame with Solid Gray Lenses
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Polarized Solid Gray (PGT)

Polarized lenses with a neutral gray tint for blocking glare. 

Not recommended for pilots, as they do not provide any additional visible light or UV protections (compared to solid gray lenses), can interfere with panel screens, and can make it difficult to see other aircraft. 

VLT: 13.37%

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Gradient Copper (GCT) 

With a standard tint in the middle, a darker tint to block harsh sunlight at the top, and a lighter tint to make your panel/dashboard more visible, gradient lenses are a popular choice for pilots and drivers. The copper/amber hue provides a reduction in visible light without the darkness of a gray tint.

VLT: 14.59% (10.61% at top)

Golden Eagle Sport - Satin Tortoise Frame with Gradient Copper Lenses
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Solid Copper (SCT)

Solid amber/copper tinting provides a reduction in visible light without the darkness of a gray tint.

VLT: estimated 13%

Golden Eagle Sport - Satin Tortoise Frame with Solid Copper Lenses
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G15 (GRN)

Commonly used in the military, this subtle green lens provides solid tinting with minor effect to color vision.

VLT: 15%
(Fun Fact: This VLT is what gives the G15 its name!)

Golden Eagle Sport - Glossy Black Frame with G15 Lenses

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Mirrored Sapphire (SSP)

Dark blue mirrored lenses from the outside, with a high contrast amber tint on the inside. Looks similar to the solid copper lenses from the inside, and thus allows more visible light penetration than gray lenses.

VLT: 12.65%

Golden Eagle Sport - Matte Black Frame with Mirrored Sapphire Lenses


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Mirrored Sunset (MGP)

An angle-specific mirrored red/pink/purple exterior with a light, incredibly-neutral gray interior for accurate color vision and minor reduction of visible light.

VLT: 14.94%

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*lens-only interior view to come*

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Mirrored Rose (MRO)

An angle-specific mirrored red/orange/yellow exterior with a high contrast light rose interior. Intended as safety glasses for shooting, but useful for other activities as well. 

VLT: 15.60%

 

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Yellow (YLW)

Most commonly used as safety glasses for construction and shooting, our yellow lenses are a somewhat neutral yellow from both sides with a minimal reduction in visible light. 

Only available in Golden Eagle Sport. 

VLT: 84.48%

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