To me, the arrival of spring is the perfect time of year to pick up a pair of sunglasses for the warm, sunny summer months ahead. As I'm sure you're aware, there is no lack of options available. To suit my face shape, I decided to go with a slightly more square cut military issue aviator, made by Randolph Engineering.
The history and story of Randolph Engineering is quite inspiring; the company was formed on creating something from nothing. Today, Randolph Engineering is one of the last American made metal frame eyeglass company still in operation. They remain a private family business, as they were when they started out in 1972. RE has recently collaborated with Michael Bastian and maintains ongoing contracts with the US Military.
For my pair I decided to go with a classic 23k Gold plated frame, tan lenses and a bayonet temple, instead of the traditional skull option you typically see on an aviator. The bayonet temple was designed especially for military pilots as it holds the frames a little tighter to your head. RE offers a few different options for lenses which are all created for a distinct use, making it possible to buy your lens of choice. The tan lens tint is for people that need some contrast on overcast days and it also reduces the amount of glare. I've been wearing mine daily for the last few weeks and love them.
• Made in USA from the finest components found worldwide.
• lifetime-warranted solder joints
• Military Issued: HGU4/P, MIL-S-25948
• Mineral Crown Glass Lenses
• 98-100% UV Protection
• Adjustable Cushioned Silicon nose pads for Customized fit
• Tour of Duty: Vietnam, Desert Storm, Korea, and Kosovo
• Article & Photography by Darian Hocking
• Special Thanks to Mary Waszkiewicz, Rick Waszkiewicz & the Randolph Engineering Family.