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Sunglasses For Sport is the UK’s largest stockist of shooting eyewear with prices starting at under £10 with free UK delivery on orders £15 and over in value. All the shooting models featured have impact resistant, shatterproof lenses from top brands like Pilla, Oakley and Evolution. Evolution is manufactured for our sister company Evolution Eyewear Ltd and is now the best-selling shooting eyewear (by volume) in the UK. Sunglasses For Sport is a Pilla Premier Dealer – widely recognised as the world’s best shooting eyewear. At the bottom of this page is more information to help you choose your shooting eyewear.

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Choosing shooting eyewear – what you need to know

In the UK it is now compulsory to wear eyewear at CPSA registered shoots and almost all shooting schools/grounds. Even many clubs either make it compulsory or strongly advise that eyewear is worn. Eyewear lenses for shooting should be made from polycarbonate or Trivex as both materials provide a very high level of impact protection whether from a stray or falling pellet but more likely a shard of broken clay.

Another important and often overlooked factor is that good quality CE marked eyewear will be UV400 rated providing maximum protection from harmful solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR). Long term exposure to UVR can damage eyesight, accelerate the development of a cataract and potentially cause other serious issues like cancer of the eyelids.

Shooting eyewear should either be rimless / frameless or designed to sit high so the top of the frame / lens doesn’t interfere with vision. Some have adjustable nose pads so they can be made to sit higher on the face. Shooting eyewear models come in a variety of lens colours options to work with different types of light, background and clay colour.

Lens colours and their uses

The following covers the most popular shooting lens colours:

Grey – Reduces all light equally (dulls light) and does not increase contrast. Best used in bright sun / bright light conditions and when shooting directly into the sun.

Amber, Vermilion, Brown & Light Brown – Good all round colours for most light including variable conditions, they increase contrast and make the field of vision appear sharper.

Yellow – A very popular clay and game shooting colour, it greatly improves contrast and is especially suited to poor light, low visibility, dark and cloudy conditions. Also useful for shooting in woods. A good colour when a black clay is against a sky background but not suitable in bright, sunny conditions.

Clear – For protecting eyes from clay impact, dust, dirt or abrasion. Good for shooting in woods. Popular with practical shotgun enthusiasts and pistol shooters.

Red, Rose and Orange – High contrast, high definition lens colours ideally suited to overcast conditions. These colours filter out blue light which is the hazy end of the light spectrum – it means everything in the field of vision will appear “sharper”. Popular shooting colours because they emphasise orange and pink clays. The orange lens is best for orange clays against a sky background and the red or rose lens when the orange clay is against a dark background. Good colours for use at the end of the day when eyes are tired.

Purple – Now one of the most popular shooting colours; a great all-round colour for most light conditions. Also called ‘the background neutraliser’ as it dulls or “kills” a green / brown background and enables the shooter to see a black clay better and especially an orange, white or pink clay against a dark background. Because it helps you see any moving object against against a dark background it’s a good option too for game shooters. Purple has a ‘soothing’ tone making it ideal for extended wear comfort.

Sunglasses For Sport are the UK’s largest  stockist of shooting eyewear with a huge choice available including Evolution (the UK’s best selling shooting eyewear) and Pilla (the world’s best shooting eyewear). If you’re a  prescription wearer looking for advice on shooting eyewear, please call or email us.