In a world of excess and extravagance, it’s refreshing to stumble upon a product that is neither. What I’m referring to are Radians’ transparent, scratch-resistant wrap-around safety glasses and their bargain price of less than two dollars apiece. That’s a lot less than your average mocha latte.
Safety glasses are what every mechanic or garden builder loves to hate. Most are uncomfortable, have a tendency to fog up, and have a tendency to get lost in your toolbox. That is until you found yourself under a bunch of parts that looked like a car, but now anything that had a rounded edge has turned into a razor-sharp, tetanic piece of floor determined to make its way through. your unprotected. eyeballs.
At this point, you wish you had bought even the cheapest pair of glasses or found the lost glasses. But in hindsight, it’s 20/20. (See what I did there?). Does saving a few dollars make sense when your eyes are on the line? Radians seem to think they can offer something extremely cheap and safe, which is why you’ll find a huge price gap between these and the Magids we recently tested.
To see whether or not you should entrust your eyes to Radians, The Drive The Guides & Gear team took a closer look at these scratch and scratch resistant safety glasses. Here is what we found.
Unboxing and first impressions of Radians safety glasses
There isn’t much to say about the packaging of these glasses, as they come in a thin cellophane bag with a simple Radians logo on the top. I have noticed how the Radians are similar to another pair of glasses I have reviewed at 3M. Apart from the embossed logo on the ear cups and 3M glasses which cost almost twice as much, they are the same.
Radians safety glasses are molded, clear plastic and designed to wrap around the head. No frills, no extras, just the simplest form of eye protection you can imagine. At this price, I certainly wasn’t expecting anything extravagant and I wasn’t disappointed. No frills are exactly my speed.
Using Radians safety glasses
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While I like a good deal, between cost and appearance, I was skeptical about the performance of Radians glasses given their price. As for the sturdiness of these glasses, however, I can say that I was pleasantly surprised.
I performed three tests with the glasses. The first was a drop test. I’m sure we’ve all pulled our glasses to the top of our heads, put them on our hats, or hung them on our shirt collar or pocket only to inevitably as if they were drawn like a magnet towards steel, watching them fall to the ground when we forget they’re there. For the test, I went further.
At a height of 15 feet, I dropped the Radians onto the floor of my concrete workshop. To make sure the first fall wasn’t a fluke, I dropped them two more times, for a combined total of 45 feet in the air. In addition to a few slight scratches on these “anti-scratch” lenses, the glasses held up.
Test number two included a stream of superheated metal shavings. I lightly clamped the glasses in a bench vise and ran a grinder over a piece of steel about four inches from the glasses for about 15 seconds. This gave the white-hot metal particles a chance to penetrate the plastic lens of the glasses. In this case, the only damage was slight pitting on the lenses.
For the third test, I stepped things up a bit with my son’s BB gun. It’s not exactly a real-world test, but it mimics the kind of metal shards we can encounter when working on our cars and trucks. Each lens took multiple shots from three feet away, escaping with only a few small bumps. Another victory was recorded for Radians glasses.
The glasses have withstood abuse without compromise. Where they failed is when I wore them. They are very light and the nose was smooth, but because of their wrap-around design they rolled against my eyebrows and started to fog up. The ear cups were also too long, so the glasses often fell on my face.
The advantages of Radians transparent, wrap-around and scratch-resistant safety glasses
When it comes to cost savings, Radians got it. It could be a testament to the effectiveness of these glasses to know that Radians is not the only company using these glasses. A quick search on Amazon showed several other companies offering their version of the same glasses, including Bison Life, Jorestech, and 3M. Either way, there are plenty of inexpensive options out there for protecting your eyes, and radians are one of them.
If that means you’re missing a daily dose of caffeine to protect your eyes, take the glasses. They might not be the sleekest or most comfortable option on the market, but they are the most affordable and offer the right security. You can rest easy knowing you’ve got something between your eyes and that 40-year-old, oil-soaked, grime-covered, and half-rotten firewall you’re about to remove with a cutting tool.
What’s not great about Radians safety glasses
During my time with these glasses, I noticed two big problems. The first was the fogging, and I was surprised how quickly this happened. Within 30 seconds of their bet they started to fog up and it never seemed to get better. If you can’t see through the glasses, they don’t do you any good.
The second was editing. If they didn’t fog up, they would fall into my nose. The nose is smooth which is great for comfort, but it also makes it smooth. The loops of the ear cups were almost an inch past my ears and the combination of the nose and ear cups meant that I was constantly adjusting and pushing them back onto my face.
Our verdict on Radians safety glasses
It is always a good idea to wear safety glasses when working in areas where objects could fly or fall into your eyes. Radians makes the cost of entry very low for your vision, and at under $ 2 a pair you could have a pair in your truck, another in your garage, and maybe a pair in the house.
On the other hand, if the rust bucket in the garage is going to take several Saturdays to clean, it might be worth investing in something more comfortable. The constant adjustment and combating fog means less heart-wrenching time. Inexpensive is the word that best describes Radians safety glasses, and even with their flaws, value, and durability make them a great choice for anyone in need of protection.
Radians Safety Glasses FAQs
You have questions. The reader has answers.
Q. How can I keep my safety glasses from misting up?
A. Wash your glasses with water and liquid dish soap, like Dawn, then wipe them down with a soft cloth.
Q. Will rubbing alcohol keep glasses from fogging up?
A. Isopropanol, or rubbing alcohol, is used most often, but a variety of detergents can also be used.
Q. Why is wearing safety glasses important?
A. Safety glasses are the best way to protect your eyes when working in hazardous environments.
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