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ESS 5B Series & CDI Series Eye Pro: Built for Battle. Tough for Life.
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ESS 5B Series & CDI Series Eye Pro: Built for Battle. Tough for Life.

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ESS Eye Pro specializes in eye protection made for military personnel, first responders, and other everyday heroes…the men and women who need to have quality eye protection that will stand up to the day-in-day-out wear and tear we put them through.

Captain Wines and Lt. Fleitz with the ESS Ladies at FDIC 2013

Captain Wines and Lt. Fleitz with the ESS Ladies at FDIC 2013

The last thing I want to worry about is coddling my eye pro to make sure it doesn’t break. With my ESS eye pro on the engine, I don’t have to worry about that. Every day, I take my glasses with me everywhere.

Captain Wines and I were first introduced to ESS Eye Pro in Baltimore 2012. Wines picked up the CDI series, I picked up the 5B series. CDI stands for “Chicks Dig It”…yeah, it is as simple as that. All this time, he thought it was his good looks.

I have had hundreds of sunglasses and eye protection over the years. Cheap sunglasses get scratched, broke, or lost. Cheap eye protection will get scratched and broke, especially around the fireground. I have been wearing my 5B series ESS eye pro for a year now and haven’t had an issue yet. They come with a soft sleeve you can use to clean them with as well as a hard case to protect them when they aren’t being used.

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We have all heard of Oakley, Inc. I have worn Oakley’s over the years. ESS Eye Pro is actually a subsidiary of Oakley, Inc. The same quality you find in Oakley’s can be found in ESS. To be honest though, while Oakley’s are for the everyday wearer, ESS Eye Pro is made for us tough guys who need durable eye protection that will withstand a multitude of harsh environments.

I would consider my 5B ESS Eye Pro to be like Oakley’s on steroids.

ESS Eye Pro is an excellent investment for your safety. We have to take care of our eyes while running calls. ESS Eye Pro feature a 30 day return policy, lifetime sustainment, and a 5 year warranty. Many, if not all, products are made in the USA.

Captain Wines says:

I REALLY like my ESS CDI’s.

On a fireman’s salary, they may seem a little “pricey” but I’ve found them to be worth every penny!
The fit and feel are like no other glasses I’ve worn. They are light, yet heavy enough to hold in place. They do not rub or irritate the bridge of my nose or on top of or behind my ears.
The lenses are clear and have remained scratch free for over a year now.
I’ve enjoyed having the ability as well as the ease of changing lenses (I have clear, amber and tinted). This allows me to utilize the glasses both on and off duty as well as in various conditions.
Both the soft and hard carrying cases are an added bonus but what I like most about my ESS CDI’s is “Chicks Dig It” !… LOL
Try a pair of ESS eye protection … you won’t be disappointed.
5B series - Black Frame with Smoke Gray Lenses. Fixed lenses

5B series – Black Frame with Smoke Gray Lenses. Fixed lenses

5B Series (link for more info)

Safety Standards: This 5B™ sunglass is compliant with U.S. MIL SPEC MIL-PRF-31013 (clause 3.5.1.1), ANSI Z87.1-2010, CE and U.S. Federal OSHA.  All ESS lenses provide 100% UVA/UVB protection. Made in the USA.

CDI Black. Interchangeable Lenses

CDI Black. Interchangeable Lenses

CDI Series (link for more info)

The resilient, battle-hardened CDI™ sunglass has a long track record of saving eyes and lives in hostile situations. Following a series of comprehensive overhauls, the redesigned CDI™ has never been better.

The ESS CDI’s U.S. MIL SPEC* high-impact lenses can be easily exchanged for quick adaptation to your environment.  Its high-speed low-drag frame and shatter-resistant lenses make the CDI™ comfortable and cool enough for downtime yet functional and rugged enough for the battlefield.  Medium fit.

The CDI’s Lateral Exchange System™ makes interchanging any of the seven available lens colors quick and easy:

Why ESS? (from the web site)

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

ESS innovation is born from intense listening to elite warriors.  We dissect their challenges, then roll up our sleeves to create real-life solutions that will work under duress. As a result, ESS ballistic-grade eyewear provides peak performance that’s hard at work today in the most hostile environments.  The entire line of battle-proven ESS eye pro is engineered to meet or exceed the most stringent U.S. Military and ANSI Z87.1-2010 Specifications.

ESS is the sole authorized issuer of eyewear to the United States Marine Corp, is a leading or sole authorized supplier to each of the other branches of the U.S. Department of Defense, and is trusted by military personnel and other protectors at service in more than 100 nations.  We proudly stand behind every product that comes from our ISO 9001:2008 certified U.S. factory with our unparalleled product sustainment programs and our industry-leading customer service.

ESS: Built for Battle. Tough for Life. 

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  1. jon
    May 6, 2013, 10:10 pm

    U.S public safety personnel can get ESS glasses for 40% off using VIP/Rep Code: TB396PA

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  2. jon
    May 6, 2013, 10:12 pm

    You cant beat the quality of Made in the USA products, these glasses are awesome and look good for everyday sunglasses, and they are the official eye pro of the USMC.

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  3. Dennis Llewellyn
    May 6, 2013, 10:25 pm

    Great glasses. I have the CDI’s with my prescriptions in them. Great fit and the clarity is awesome. We have about 8 FF at my station wearing them and no complaints!!

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