By David Crane
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December 30, 2010
DefenseReview (DR) has running the Numa Tactical Point Ballistic wraparound eyepro (eye protection)/eyewear/sunglasses at the range, lately, and we’re really impressed with it. The Point Ballistic model eyepro features seemingly optically-perfect OpticShield (TM) ballistic polycarbonate lenses that exceed both ANSI Z87.1 industrial and MIL-PRF-31013 military standards against impact and offer UV400 level protection against the sun, as well as an extremely lightweight-yet-very-strong patented Swiss Tough-Flex flexible polymer frame material.
Defense Review wore the Point Ballistic tactical eyepro while training (technical and tactical shooting) pretty rigorously with John Romaszka of Romaszka Tactical Training (RTT) and Romaszka Tactical Resources (RTR) in Bellingham, Washington earlier this year, and we weren’t able to detect any optical distortion whatsoever in the lenses, which is very important for tactical and technical shooting, particularly if you’re competing or fighting. Competition and combat are both unforgiving. In the former, a miss can cause you to lose the match, and thus prize money and prizes (usually in the form of guns). In the latter, a miss can cause you to lose your life.
Numa Tactical claims that the Point Ballistic’s Tough-flex frame is “so resilient you could zip-tie ’em in a knot with no damage.” So, they’re pretty tough. They’re also comfortable. Part of that comfort is due to their light weight (.81 oz / 23 g), but the TAK-Rubber soft rubber nose piece also helps in this regard, and assists in keeping the glasses in place while running and shooting. The wraparound aspect is effective in keep out as much sunlight as possible.
Perhaps most importantly, the Point Ballistic looks good. We’re kidding, of course, but any honest tactical operator (a military Special Operations operator, for example) or competitive shooter will tell you that looks “cool factor” are important attributes in the products they use and wear. DR received the desert tan version, the color we prefer, for T&E. They came with the Smoke (dark) lenses installed, but High-Contrast Mandarin (orange) and clear lenses also came with the L3 lens package. We plan to try the orange lenses, soon. All the lenses feature anti-fog (hydrophobic), anti-scratch, and anti-reflective coatings.
The Point Ballistic is our favorite Numa Tactical ballistic eyepro model, so far, both in performance and physical appearance. We really like ’em. MSRP is $99.99.
Next up for T&E: the even lighter-weight (.71 oz) Numa Tactical Chisel model with Lite-Flex frames.
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