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Avandir
02-12-2009, 09:39 PM
At the clothing and sales here on post i found a pair of Wiley-X glasses that are just like a pair of sunglasses but they're Apel approved. Is Apel the same thing as ANSI? If not can I still wear them to airsoft events that follow TASO rules and regs?

AustinWolv
02-12-2009, 10:37 PM
APEL-approved = Approved Protective Eyewear List for the military

Most of the eye protection options on the list are ANSI Z87.1+ rated, although one or two vary based on what lens is used.
http://www.army.mil/-news/2008/06/20/10229-leaders-book-notes---authorized-protective-eyewear-list/index.html
http://chppm-www.apgea.army.mil/doem/vision/army/documents/authorizedprotectiveeyewearlistoct2006v2.pdf
http://nostra.norfolk.navy.mil/library/APEL.pdf

You should be good to go, but double-check the specific model you are interested in.


If not can I still wear them to airsoft events that follow TASO rules and regs?
Eye protection needs to be ANSI Z87.1+. APEL is testing to that level.
Note that there are many fields that require fully-sealing goggles, i.e. have foam that seals against the face.
Your safest best is to buy goggles first as then you can play at any field.

sonjamichelle
02-12-2009, 10:40 PM
ANSI Z87 rated protective eye wear have to have the rating permanently stamped on them to be fully Z87 compliant. Went through that lecture numerous times at the mine. :hammer:

Avandir
02-13-2009, 10:38 AM
I just got a pair these (http://store.selfdefensearmory.com/shared/StoreFront/default.asp?CS=sda&StoreType=BtoC&Count1=194759547&Count2=111899971&ProductID=663&Target=products.asp)

They say they're ANSI rated? Maybe if I bring some documentation with me to the field? They were only 12 bucks, so I can buy some actual goggles if not.

AustinWolv
02-13-2009, 12:31 PM
I just got a pair these (http://store.selfdefensearmory.com/shared/StoreFront/default.asp?CS=sda&StoreType=BtoC&Count1=194759547&Count2=111899971&ProductID=663&Target=products.asp)

They say they're ANSI rated? Maybe if I bring some documentation with me to the field? They were only 12 bucks, so I can buy some actual goggles if not.
They show as ANSI Z87.1, so good to go.

They don't look like they seal, so some fields won't allow them.