If These Sunglasses are Good Enough for Buzz Aldrin, They're Good Enough for You

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See those glasses in Buzz Aldrin's left hand? They're not Ray Bans, they're American Optical Pilots made right here in the USA. These—not some Italian-crafted designer shades—are the glasses that went with Neil and Buzz to the lunar surface on Apollo 11.


The Original Pilot has been manufactured in Massachusetts since 1958, remaining a favorite amongst pilots. You can get them in various combinations of glass or polycarbonate lenses, frame finishes, and temple styles, but the formula remains the same: high-quality optics, sturdy metal frames, and timeless design. It's these qualities that earned them a spot on Apollo 11 and a permanent display case in the Smithsonian. Own a piece of history starting at $38. [Jomers or Optics Planet or via Gear Patrol]

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I still wear my trusty Sawfly glasses. I specifically bought them for my deployments and thankfully I have not had to actually test them. Aviators are great but they won't take a hit like these things would. Only problem is the Taliban tells locals that our glasses are x-ray specs and we use them to look at all of them naked. I'm not freakin kidding, so then we have to do without in some area's because of the peasants getting angry.