While inexpensive eye protection for shooting sports may serve a basic protective function, it’s essential to recognize that there are trade-offs in terms of features and quality.  Affordable shooting glasses typically provide basic impact protection, meeting minimum safety standards. However, they may not offer the same level of ballistic resistance as higher-end models. When it comes to my eyes, feet and my hands I make sure that I purchase the best protective gear that I can afford. I am always appreciative of companies that send me products to review. Big fist pump to Wiley X (WX) for sending me the Shadow ALT. If you want a blend of style, comfort and protection then WX is the place to go for eye protection. WX, an American company known for its high-quality protective eyewear, was established in 1987 as Protective Optics, Inc. by the late Myles R. Freeman Sr., a US Army Veteran Initially, the company focused on crafting cutting-edge sunglasses, goggles and gloves for the US military.

Cheap eye protection often utilizes basic lens materials, which may lack the advanced features found in more expensive options. Polycarbonate lenses, while common, might not have additional coatings for scratch resistance or anti-fog properties. The Shadow is constructed of Selenite™ Polycarbonate, a shatterproof material that meets the MIL-PRF-32432A ballistic standards.  These WX shooting glasses are designed to provide impact protection for the eyes, shielding them from debris, particles, and potential fragments that can be generated during shooting activities. WX offers a lot of great products in their stable of eye protection, and I recommend the Shadow ALT as a notable pair to purchase.

Many shooting glasses are constructed with ballistic-rated materials to withstand high-velocity impacts. The WX Shadow goes beyond style with its ANSI Z87.1+ protection, meeting the highest safety standards. This feature is crucial for protecting the eyes from projectiles and ricochets. The removable gasket is a thoughtful addition, effectively blocking out unwanted irritants and enhancing the eyewear experience. The Shadow features interchangeable lenses, providing exceptional protection and visibility under any condition. The interchangeable lens system enables the wearer to transition to clear lenses for low-light operations in dimmer light conditions and also makes it easy to replace the lenses if needed. It should be noted that the lenses are no longer interchangeable after a prescription. Whether I’m cruising on open roads or enjoying a day on open waters, these sunglasses provide unparalleled clarity and shield my eyes from harmful UV rays.

Smart styling. Sleek and strong looking.

Inexpensive shooting glasses may come with a limited range of lens colors. While they might offer basic tint options, they may not have specialized lenses for different lighting conditions. You won’t have that issues with WX; there is a lot to choose from to get you the right look and fit. WX prioritizes optical clarity, ensuring that wearers experience clear and distortion-free vision. This is vital in shooting sports, where precision and accuracy are paramount. The lenses are treated to resist scratches, maintaining optimal clarity over time. I prefer the Smoke versus the Clear lenses; WX sends you both.

The removable facial cavity seal is a game-changer. It not only enhances protection but also allows for a customizable experience based on individual preferences. The wraparound design of the Shadow shooting glasses ensures that the eyes are protected from various angles, reducing the risk of projectiles reaching the eyes from the sides or top. It also includes an anti-fog coating to prevent the lenses from fogging up, ensuring clear vision even in different environmental conditions. The black zippered clamshell case provides secure storage, preventing scratches and damage when not in use. A cleaning cloth comes with the glasses.

In conclusion, the WX Shadow Alt Fit sunglasses are a testament to thoughtful design and purposeful engineering. Tailored for those with high cheekbones and shallow nose bridges, these sunglasses combine style, comfort, and top-notch protection seamlessly. The no-nonsense presentation, alternative fit, and comprehensive package make the WX Shadow a standout choice for anyone seeking eyewear excellence. From the open roads to open waters, these sunglasses are a perfect companion for those who demand the best in both form and function.

The removable gasket is a thoughtful addition, effectively blocking out unwanted irritants and enhancing the eyewear experience.

Don’t just buy any brand for your eye protection needs. Consider WX as an option. When selecting shooting glasses, it’s crucial to consider factors such as the type of shooting activity, environmental conditions, and personal preferences to ensure the best fit and protection. Beyond their technical prowess, WX glasses also excel in style. The brand understands that users want eye protection that not only performs exceptionally but also looks good. As a result, their designs seamlessly blend functionality with a sense of fashion.

In conclusion, Wiley X glasses have earned their reputation as a leading choice for eye protection. WX continues to set the bar high for excellence in eyewear. Whether on the range, in the field, or in everyday life, these glasses offer a blend of performance, style, and protection that few can match. Like all WX products, it’s designed and manufactured in the USA. The glasses are priced between $124.00 and $196.00.

More Information
SeriesClimate Control
Fit (Head Size)Medium/Large
Bridge Size (mm)15
Lens Width (mm)65
Lens Height (mm)40
Temple Length (mm)125

Alternative Fit is a Full Rim frame for Men and Women specially designed bridge for those with higher cheekbones and wider nose bridges. The WX SHADOW CCSHA08ALT meets the MIL-PRF-32432(GL) Safety Standard.

PRODUCT INCLUDES: Removable Facial Cavity Seal, Black Zippered Clamshell Case, Cleaning Cloth with Wiley X Logo

Material Disclosure

I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.

*The views and opinions expressed on this website are solely those of the original authors and contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Spotter Up Magazine, the administrative staff, and/or any/all contributors to this site.


By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.