BY STACY WILBUR
Nothing beats a great day out on the water, but it’s important to bring the proper gear if you want the outing to be perfect.
A great pair of sunglasses can really make a difference on a hot, bright day out at sea. Or it can be a glaring mistake to bring the wrong sunglasses – or forget to bring a pair altogether.
You don’t need to spend a long day squinting out at the water because Massachusetts-based Randolph Engineering has the right sunglasses for you.
The company has been making top-of-the-line eyewear in the United States since 1972 when it was founded by two engineers, Jan Waskiewicz and Stanley Zaleski, who had both worked in the U.S. optical manufacturing industry. The engineers started out by designing and manufacturing optical tools and machinery for the trade, but soon began making eyewear using the tools made by its founders.
Their “Made in the USA” quality is one of the reasons Randolph has been a supplier of sunglasses to the U.S. military for decades. In 1982, Randolph became the prime contractor for military-style aviation flight glasses for the U.S. Department of Defense.
But in addition to supplying the U.S. Armed Forces with eyewear, Randolph has recently been taking Hollywood by storm. The fast-growing, family-run company has become a favorite among fashion-forward celebrities such as Jon Hamm and Tom Cruise.
All Randolph sunglasses are made to the highest standards and handcrafted from the finest materials.
The company’s mineral glass lenses are exceptionally scratch-resistant and provide distortion-free clarity while the optical-grade polycarbonate lenses used in some lines are highly impact-resistant and extremely lightweight. Its frames are known for their unequaled strength and solder joint integrity. The glasses’ nose pads are made of high-quality, soft silicone so that frames won’t slip even if you’re sweating on a hot day out at sea while trying to reel in the biggest catch of your life.
While their Old World craftsmanship is superb, Randolph’s sunglasses also feature the latest innovative eyewear technology.
For example, HD and HD Light lenses in some models help increase visibility by decreasing so-called “blue blur,” which is caused when blue light, with its shorter wavelength, scatters due to dust, fog or haze.
The company just released a new Falcon line of sunglasses for hunters, but anglers can enjoy all the benefits as well.
Named after the legendary F-16 Fighting Falcon, an American fighter jet known for having a cockpit with an exceptional field of view, the Falcon’s shield design allows anglers and shooters an amazing view with remarkable optical clarity.
“Designed specifically for the sporting market, the Falcon was engineered to sit higher than the average sport shield frame,” said Peter Waszkiewicz, president and CEO of Randolph Engineering, Inc. “It combines a new, sleek, shield design with all the function and durability expected from our products. The interchangeable lenses and unobstructed field of view makes this frame a perfect choice for any sport.”
The third-generation, family-run company also recently updated its classic Aviator line.
“As we continue to evolve our brand, it is important not to forget the classics that made us who we are,” said Ekene Ofodile, senior vice president of marketing and sales at Randolph Engineering, Inc. “For the new Aviator II, we dug into the Randolph archives to bring our customers a new twist to a favorite classic.”
Randolph sunglasses are known for being lightweight and comfortable for all-day wear, but they’re also very durable and able to withstand the sometimes harsh life out at sea.
Other sunglass lines include Concorde, Intruder, Raptor, P3, Crew Chief and Sportsman.
All of Randolph’s sunglasses come with a lifetime guarantee on its solider joints.
When you go down your mental checklist as you prepare for a great day on the water, remember to bring sunglasses that are up for the job.
Randolph eyewear will help you see farther and more clearly when you’re out at sea. www.randolphusa.com.