Since I switched from prescription glasses to contacts I looked high and low for a great pair of hard use sunglasses. I dredged through brands such as Wiley X, ESS and a few other brands and did a lot of research into what I was expecting to get out of a pair of shades. When I finally stumbled onto Revision Military’s website, weary from all the research and reading countless reviews on similar products, I saw the Hellfly. Upon reading more on this product, I fell in love.

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I was looking for a rugged pair of sunglasses to mainly wear while im out riding my motorcycle. I needed a pair with strong yet flexible arms, something that will contour my face to cut out a good bit of the wind and debris. The final but most important bit for me was something with ballistic lenses. I also can’t fail to mention that I wanted something that would look good as well.  The Hellfly really filled all of those requirements very well.

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I looked around for a good price on them and finally settled. I purchased them from amazon for $68 last September. With my prime membership, they showed up 2 days later. I was very excited to say the least. This after all was my first pair of sunglasses since I switched to contacts.

When they finally showed up they came in the standard small amazon box but inside the glasses came in a hard carrying case with a microfiber bag. I was quite happy to see they came with a case that I can stow in my backpack for the times that I do not need to wear them but would still like to have access to them wherever I am.

Since I primarily purchased them for when I ride my motorcycle, I did most of my testing there. Since my helmet does not have particularly good ventilation, I tend to ride with my visor up. Doing so leaves a good portion of my face vulnerable to bugs, dirt and small road debris. Not to mention that the wind would dry out my contacts fairly quickly, which can be quite uncomfortable. Within the first week of using my pair of Hellfly I was riding home from work and I decided to take my favorite route home. A 55mph stretch of road with some wooded areas surrounding it. On my way home, I was passing through one of the wooded sections of the road which the next few moments had me completely sold on my purchase. A single bee impacted the left lens. Of course I still could feel the impact but the Hellfly just shrugged it off. The smear of bee guts ensured that the poor guy was not going home to his family.

If I was wearing my normal prescription glasses I am certain that the impact would have popped out the lens. If I was only wearing my contact with my visor up like that? Needless to say I would have had a lot more problems on my hands.

Since then, Revision Military’s Hellfly have become part of my EDC (Every Day Carry). I have been recommending them to all my riding buddies that are looking for a good pair of sunglasses to wear on their rides. I could recommend them to just about anyone. With such a fair price for what you are getting, how could I not?

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Revision Hellfly Features (Pulled from Revision’s Website)

  • Superior Ballistics High-impact sunglasses exceeds ANSI Z87.1-2010 and meet U.S. military ballistic impact requirements for spectacles (MIL-PRF-32432, clause, superseding former MIL-PRF-31013, clause
  • Flawless Optics Precision manufactured lenses ensure distortion-free vision
  • Weightless Comfort Weighs only 1¼ oz. (35g) and features an adjustable nosepiece and overmoulded arms for long-wear comfort
  • Wrap-Around Design Contoured, low-profile design provides unrestricted field-of-view and lateral protection from wind, dust and debris
  • Rugged Durability Robust design and materials protect and perform through all the rigors of combat
  • 100% UV Protection Offers full protection from harmful UV A-B-C rays
  • Optional Colors A full range of frame and lens colors available
  • Photochromic Lens Technology Optional photochromic lenses automatically darken to a sunglass tint when exposed to sunlight and return to their clear state in the absence of UV rays
  • Prescription Ready Prescriptions lenses available.

Final Thoughts

Comfort: The Hellfly conform very well to my face and the arms do not squeeze against my head even with my helmet on. I have worn them on 4 hour rides without any discomfort.

Durability: I have dropped them, had large bugs and some other road debris thrown at the and they are still holding up well!  From the past year of use, the Hellfly do now have some minor bumps and scuffs mostly from normal use. 

Visibility: During very sunny days, they cut down on glare well. Even on mild overcast days they still have clear visibility.  Not suitable for night time use.  The lenses do smudge very easily but can be easily cleaned with warm water and a soft cloth. (Flame Lenses)

  • Comfort
  • Durability
  • Visibility
  • Asthetics