April 19, 2011

3M Tekk Forceflex Glasses - Review


I'm of the opinion that if you fire up any power tool and you're not wearing eye protection, you're a complete and total moron. I'm manic about my eye protection and during the workday, I'm never more than three feet from a pair of safety glasses.

So when 3M offered to let me check out their new Tekk Forceflex Glasses, I jumped at the chance. Because of my eye safety fetish I've probably worn at least 20 different types and styles of safety glasses, so I know what I like and what I don't. Here's what I thought of the Forceflex...


Glasses: Cool.
Dude wearing them: Trying real hard to be cool

Well, I liked them a lot for a number of reasons. First, there is almost no peripheral vision loss. The lens wraps around to the side so you have a nice full range of vision, which can be really important on a jobsite. Second, they're durable. I didn't step on them, but I did drop them a few times and accidentally sat on them once in the truck. The Forceflex name isn't a joke. The glasses have some real bend to them.

They're also extremely comfortable and (thankfully) don't leave rosy red marks on the nose, like a lot of others do. They're shaded, so they're ideal for outside work, but I found that there is fine visibility in a well-lit room. You might look a little strange working in someone's basement with sunglasses on, but if there are no other safety options available, these should do fine.

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They also come with a little bag and a neck lanyard. The later of these is a nice touch. During the day, I usually store my glasses perched up on the top of my head, but they can get stretched out that way and they sometimes fall off. So the lanyard was a good option to have. It got in the way when I was crouching down working at ankle level, but in most other circumstances, I preferred the glasses hanging around my neck rather than on my head.

The Forceflex are also stylish enough so they can also double as your day-to-day shades. They block 99% UV and, like I said, they can be worn all day with no discomfort.

They're priced at about $18 which might sound a little expensive for a pair of safety glasses, but when you think that a crappy pair of gas station sunglasses cost about $15, the price on these sounds pretty reasonable (or, better yet, you could think about the costs of having a shard of metal removed from your eye because you weren't wearing eye protection).

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at April 19, 2011 10:13 AM
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I was in Home Depot last week pickin up some things and grabbed a pair of these glasses for 14 bucks. It wasnt until yesterday that it dawned on me that they looked really familiar, then I placed it, I read about them on TS. It's like something out of the matrix or inception,ToolSnob has infiltrated my subconscious and is now influencing my purchasing process, very scary.

I like these glasses alot, little tight on my pumpkin head, but still very comfy, lens seem to be of very good quality,the lanyard &bag are a nice touch, they are my regular sunglasses now.

Posted by: Kevin at May 11, 2011 4:46 PM

excellent review, it would be nice if these were available in Aviator or Wayfarer styles to complete that irony 80's look that all the kids love so much these days.

Posted by: Kevin at April 19, 2011 1:19 PM
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