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The unyielding passion of ESS is to make the toughest eyewear in the world. Not because it’s their job, but because it’s their duty -- a duty inspired by those who serve: military personnel, first responders, and other everyday heroes. Those who rely on ESS can’t settle for less, so ESS glasses and Google can’t either. Provide go-to styling and superior fit, form, and function so tough customers can stay safe and be brave: on or off duty, beyond risk, and on to adventure.

ESS innovation is born from intense listening to elite warriors. ESS dissects their challenges are dissected, then rolls up their sleeves to create real-life solutions that work under duress. The end result is a battle-proven eye pro with a track record of peak performance in the most hostile environments. The entire line of ESS ballistic-grade eye pro is engineered to meet or exceed the most stringent U.S. Military and ANSI Z87.1-2010 specifications. No wonder that each ESS product has its place on the U.S. Military APEL. Every ESS lens is 100% UVA and UVB protective provides torsion-free vision and has anti-fog and anti-scratch coating.

Established in 1998, ESS (Eye Safety Systems, Inc.) creates advanced eye protection systems for military, law enforcement, fire/rescue, and shooting sports markets. ESS is the only authorized eyewear provider to the United States Marine Corps, is a leading supplier to all other branches of the U.S. DoD, and is sold in over 100 countries. ESS proudly stands behind its products with unparalleled sustainment programs and industry-leading customer service.

ESS is headquartered in Hailey, Idaho, and its ISO 9001:2008 certified U.S. factory is located in Foothill Ranch, California. ESS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oakley, Inc.


At Dark Tactical, we also recommend ESS Eyewear based on our own experiences. We used them on the range, on the street, in the workshop, and basically anywhere while we're on the move.