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UV and impact protection

If the sport you love can put you in harm's way, you'll enjoy it more when you know you're protected.

Two ways MORR gives you more.

  • Sunscreen for your eyes, just like sunscreen for your skin. Actually better.
  • Barrier from impacts with obstacles, the ground, or flying debris.

UV protection

Remember your mom making you put sunscreen on when it was cloudy? She wasn't crazy. Being outside exposes you to ultraviolet rays. You know what it does to your skin. Imagine what it does to your eyes. We studied, we did our homework and now we're looking out for you.   read more...

impact protection

Keeping crap out of your eyes is a big motivator for wearing protective glasses. The key word here is "protective." If the lens cannot withstand a significant impact, your day is going to end badly. MORR has invested heavily in design, manufacturing and testing to make unexpected impacts with solid objects a non-event.   read more...

 

 

Lens Markings

lens markings

Every MORR lens is stamped with proof that ANSI testing standards have been met for both impact resistance and UV protection.

  • + indicates that the lenses are impact rated.
  • U6 tells us the Maximum Effective Far-Ultra-Violet Average Transmittance is 0.01%. In other words, it blocks 99.9% of harmful UV rays. Marketing people round that up to "100%."
  • L3 references Visible Light  Transmittance (VLT). This lens marked "L3" has a maximum VLT of 18% and minimum of 8.5%. Science tells us this would be a good pair of glasses to wear when it's sunny.

 

  UV rays

protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation

UV blocking

MORR lenses, all models including our clear lenses, protect your eyes by blocking 99.9% of harmful UVA and UVB rays up to the 400nm wavelength on the spectrum of visible and invisible light ("UV400").

Why do some brands claim 100% UV blocking?  They're math wizards. When you round off the maximum 99.9% that the best polycarbonate material is capable of, you get 100%. We're eyewear geeks, so we publish actual numbers.

lab testing

The visible light filters native to all MORR lenses meet the transmittance specifications and test methods of ANSI Z80.3-2008 in accordance with requirements of the American National Standard for Ophthalmics for nonprescription sunglasses.

MORR protective eyewear meets ANSI Z87.1-2010, the American National Standards Institute's most current published standard for Luminous Transmittance Attributes, and Lens Variants (optical quality, luminous transmission, haze, ignition, lens thickness, side coverage, and physical attributes that could cause discomfort).

intelligence testing

MORR eyewear is not intended for protection from lasers or extreme levels of harmful infrared radiation emitted during operations such as welding, or from looking directly into the sun. Tinted eyewear is not recommended for driving at night or in poor light conditions.

 


Impact Testing Tool

impact resistant lenses

lab testing

Making protection a priority is smarrt, and MORR does not skimp. Rigorous laboratory testing ensures that all MORR eyewear meets published and accepted standards.

All MORR lenses are made of weather resistant grade Panlite L polycarbonate. MORR protective eyewear (off-the-shelf finished product) has been analyzed by an independent laboratory to resist impacts in tests such as these:

  • MORR eyewear is capable of resisting an impact from a pointed projectile weighing 17.6 ounces (500 g) dropped from a height of 50.0 inches (127 cm).

Pointed projectile

  • MORR eyewear is capable of resisting an impact from a 0.25 inch (6.35 mm) diameter steel ball traveling at a nominal velocity of 150 feet per second without causing the lens to contact the eye of the mannequin used in the test fixture

Steel Ball

  • MORR eyewear lenses are capable of resisting penetration by a needle weighing 1.56 ounces (44.2 g) dropped from a height of 50.0 inches (127 cm).

Needle

MORR protective eyewear meets ANSI Z87.1-2010, the American National Standards Institute's most current published standard for High Impact (high velocity, high mass, penetration). While these glasses are extremely tough, they are not unbreakable.

MORR protective eyewear meets or exceeds the testing requirements of the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) under 21 CFR 801.410. 

testing "beyond the lab"

ANSI Z87+ certification is the price of admission into the sport sunglasses market. Markings on the lens and frame tell you the labcoats have checked and verified that the glasses you're wearing are going to offer basic impact protection. Their testing is scientific and repeatable.

To satisfy our own curiosity, we put science on the back burner and put our lenses up against a sledgehammer, an axe, and a pickaxe. (We also used a claw hammer, screwdriver, the pointed end of the pickaxe, and we ran them over with a car. The outcome was the same, but we wanted to keep the video short.)



We developed these high performance sunglasses for Mountain Biking. (Trees and rocks don't forgive.) While your outdoor sport might not expose you to hazards like getting hit with an axe, after watching this video you have to ask yourself, "what's protecting my eyes from crazy?"

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