Wiley X is known for producing top notch eye pro that are easy on the eyes (no pun intended).
The Talon is one of Wiley X’s military-esque sets of eye pro. Their full wrap design provides full protection of the eyes while their streamline arms are so lightweight that you forget they are even there. Each arm contains a small hole which can be mated with an elastic band (included) which provides an enhanced sense of security that the glasses wont fall away from the users face while in motion. The eye pro system offers added customization in the nose piece allowing the end user to manipulate the pieces to fit his or her unique bridge. The Talon lens is interchangeable, the set comes with both tinted and clear lenses. The kit also includes a carrying case, microfiber cleaning rag, anti fog wipes, and a small owners manual.
Overall build quality of the Talon system is good. The minimalist design helps with durability and longevity but the plastic used for the frame has a light and airy feel. Now, in most cases I would say this is a good thing and that the lighter the better, but the Talon frame has a cheep feel. I have has the eye pro for some time now (close to two months). To properly review the item I made them my primary set of eye pro in my range bag. Having used them on a good number of outings I can say however, that the cheep feel has no correlation to the actual quality of the eye pro. The arms of the glasses fit around my temple nicely and create a real nice feel. Knowing that everyone’s head is different (size) Wiley X includes an elastic band that can be mated with the small holes on each arm of the system. This band keeps the glasses snug to the eyes no matter how large or small the end users head may be. The plastic used in the frame can take quite a beating, I have bent and distorted the frame along with put the system (unprotected) at the bottom of my range bag only to find them unscathed the next time I pulled them out.
Wiley X is known for making unique looking pairs of eye pro and the Talon system is no different. At a glance they look very similar to other full coverage glasses on the market, but after a second look you will see that they differ in many aspects. The system itself sits very uniquely on the face, almost tilted forward. The lenses seem to slant inward from the top of the frame which I found comfortable. The frame rides high over my brow which also add to the comfort and protects from the sun’s UV rays. The lenses themselves are unique as well. From a glance they may seem like standard full wrap lenses but at a closer look you will find that the lens indents in the center of the system providing assistance to manipulate the lenses when changing them out.
As I said, I have had the Talon system now for close to two months. I felt it necessary to do a thorough review of the item due to the fact that Wiley X is a brand that everyone seems to have strong opinions about. In my experience Wiley X is the most talked about eye pro producer- you with love them or you hate them. To cut to the chase, I think Wiley X does a great job at standing out from the pack and their prices are extremely competitive. They provide excellent full protection all while maintaining a unique style. As seen in the image above (I know its hard to see) Wiley X products are produced right here in the US providing our men and women with jobs and the opportunity to put food on their tables. Overall I am very pleased with the performance of the eye pro system. I have not run into any real hick ups yet and having now worn them for over a month I don’t see any in the near future.