Sunglasses Q&A

What Kind of Sunglasses do Navy Seals Wear?

The Navy SEALs, created in 1961, are one of United States’ most illustrious special operations force. They are well-known not only for their successful outcomes during war time, but also for their strong built bodies and incredible strength, both mental and physical, and last but not the least, their world-wide famous sunglasses. But one might ask what is so special about these average-looking sunglasses, besides the fact that they are worn by military heroes who are ready to sacrifice their own life for their country and its citizens.

Most SEALs wear their sunglasses almost every day while they are on a mission, partly because of the weather conditions, and also for their own safety. During their missions in the desert, the SEALs prefer to wear goggles in order to protect their eyes from the sand storms.

One of the toughest and most important things, before going on a mission, is finding the perfect pair of special sunglasses. They are more expensive than the usual industrial safety glasses and because of the variety one can choose from, buying the wrong type of glasses can make one spend more money than needed. But once they have a correct report about their mission, environment and needs, the choice can be much easier than expected.

The first thing a Navy SEAL needs from his sunglasses is for them to provide full ultraviolet ray protection, as they will be spending a lot of their time outdoors.

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If the SEALs are on mission in a combat environment they will need not only protection of ballistic polycarbonate lenses, but also dust and wind protection. Due to dust storms that can appear at any given moment, the environment can quickly become a hell with no visibility and it can blind a SEAL that doesn’t have the right protection upon his eyes. For this type of activity, the recommended sunglasses or goggles are the ones that have a gasket to seal the dust and the wind away from the eyes. In addition, another important feature for the goggles is to have a maximum protection from shrapnel. Depending on the model, they might have automatic light-adjusting lenses, or interchangeable tinted and clear lenses. The perfect pair for this type of mission is the Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 XL Polished Navy Black Iridium Sunglasses and you can find them on

For the military personnel who is on a mission in an environment where the dust and the wind are not really a problem, the suggested sunglasses are the ones with protection from shrapnel and also maximum ballistic protection, and the most known type are the single  lens shield style wrap-around non-gasket combat sunglasses. These are the principal kinds of sunglasses and goggles a SEAL wears, but they can vary from mission to mission.

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