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Jackson Nemesis Safety Glasses Review

Jackson Nemesis safety glasses are everything your boss expects to get the job done, but they do it with a style and flair that goes against what most people imagine as personal protective equipment or a EAR.

Jackson offers an alternative to cheapness and discomfort with its Nemesis line, emphasizing fit, comfort and style as much as safety. While this isn’t a readily available pair of $2 safety goggles – we have ours on Amazon for $6.95 – wholesale pricing is available to help curb the burn. From a wrap-around lens and lightweight plastic to rubber nose and ear cups, Nemesis goggles fit comfortably and offer superior protection along with multiple lens options for a variety of applications.

If you’re looking for eye protection that’s as cool as your rusty hot rod and great for keeping your eyes rusting while you rip, take the time to check out the Jackson Nemesis Safety Goggles.

Unboxing the Jackson Nemesis safety glasses

I received my glasses in the mail, and aside from the bubble envelope for shipping, the glasses were delivered to me the same way I’ve received many pairs over the years: in a simple cellophane bag with a black nylon retaining strap. Jackson offers six lenses and two frame options for the Nemesis: clear, clear with anti-fog, indoor/outdoor, smoke with anti-fog, gunmetal or amber for the lenses, and black or camo for the frames.

I ordered the black frames with the dark smoked lenses, and they look spectacular. They are lightweight but have a quality feel. The retention strap is a nice feature included with the goggles, but it’s difficult to install on the ear cups.

Going after the Jackson Nemesis Safety Glasses

  • Good: Comfortable and stylish without compromising protection and coverage.
  • Wrong: Although the lenses meet the safety standard, it doesn’t take much to scratch them.
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I recently discovered a way to test safety glasses that is both fun and informative. I shoot them. My eldest son’s BB gun works great for testing the limits of the only thing between your eyes and the dirt and grime under a car or the sparks from an angle grinder. Outside of an impulsive Airsoft war breaking out in your store, a BB flying at your eye is not a common occurrence. This test, however, offers a tangible demonstration of the level of protection that safety glasses can provide.

The BB gun delivers the 0.177 inch pellet at around 300 feet per second, and at a distance of around five feet the Jackson Nemesis were unopposed. I shot the lens four times, the nose three times, and the earpiece twice for good measure. Other than the small dent left in the plastic lens, the glasses performed well in all but the last test. This time, I aimed inside the lens, on the side of your eyes, and pulled the trigger.

The damage was catastrophic. There were chunks strewn about my back yard (a few inches apart, really). Unfortunately, this last photo also found its way to the frame at the top of the lens and took a chunk out of it. This left the lens hanging down from the nose and the earpiece on that side completely separated from the rest of the frame. The Nemesis safety glasses had fallen into the hands of his nemesis, the BB gun.

Of course, that’s not a likely scenario given that the last shot was aimed at the inside of the goggles, a spot that likely won’t see an impact. Still, I expect safety glasses to be designed to withstand multiple impacts without breaking and these, well, they didn’t live up to that.