In 1987, Wiley X, Inc. began its quest to become a world leader in the research, development and marketing of protective eyewear and gloves for military, law enforcement and civilian markets. Born on the battlefield by developing unparalleled relationships with U.S. Armed Forces and elite Special Forces units, Wiley X remains a standard issue item with many of these freedom protectors. Wiley X’s success quickly escalated when commercial markets that rely on impact resistance began to reach out due to the tremendous reputation Wiley X established within the military and law enforcement markets.
These markets included sport hunting and shooting, motorcycle riding, fishing, hiking, biking and various extreme sports. Although based in Livermore, CA, in 2007 Wiley X built an office in the town of Vemb, Denmark to manage and facilitate all European, Middle Eastern and African markets.
Since then, Wiley X has set the benchmark for safety, style, and utility in the premium performance sunglass category by absolutely insisting that all adult premium eyewear products meet the ANSI Z87.1 safety standard for High Velocity / High Mass Impact. Our Youth Force® line of sport protective eyewear meets ASTM F803 sports safety standards while also being designed for kids to wear all day long. Furthermore, it’s no secret that many models also meet various MIL-SPEC ballistic military standards for both goggles and spectacles.
Today, this very same ballistic technology worn on the battlefield is available to many civilian markets. Wiley X eyewear and gloves are ideal for weekend warriors or those who live an active lifestyle. Our cut resistant Kevlar and Nomex gloves used around the world in military and security applications offer the ultimate hand protection while allowing maximum dexterity. Additionally, our eyewear with patented Removable Facial Cavity™ Seals cut through Mother Nature’s harshest elements by protecting from wind, dust, debris, and peripheral light while boosting polarization. The end result provides our customers the most functional viewing experience possible.
Wiley X is the only premium sunglass manufacturer in the world whose entire adult line exceeds OSHA occupational safety standards. Under license, Wiley X also produces 100% ANSI rated safety eyewear for some of the world’s most iconic brands such as Harley Davidson, John Deere, Remington and 5.11 Tactical. Our distribution extends to some of the toughest environments worldwide; providing sporting goods, industrial safety, tactical and optical commercial retailers with the ultimate level in protection available in the marketplace.
Wiley X products are put through rigorous testing in order to be ANSI Z87.1 safety rated, EN.166 rated and, in the case of some styles, meet the military's stringent Ballistic VO impact certification. However, eye protection for everyday life only works if people want to wear it. That's why Wiley X remains committed to creating stylish eyewear desirable for virtually any occasion.
30 Years ago, Wiley X owners Dan Freeman and Myles Freeman, Jr. were just kids sweating summers off in the warehouse helping their dad out with his small but innovative protective eyewear company. Little did they realize that 30 years later, they'd be at the helm of a highly-respected, fast growing global company.
Their father, Myles Freeman Sr. - a military veteran - started Wiley X to protect the eyes of those who protect America. While Wiley X remains a major supplier of eyewear and gloves to military forces around the world, it has since become a burgeoning outdoor lifestyle brand.
Dan and Myles Jr. are quick to credit their success to passionate, committed employees and highly supportive retail partners. They both agree, however, that above all, their success is due to the fact they have remained true to their father's original vision to make the most protective and stylish eyewear available, wherever it is needed. Here's to another 30.