My 5.11 Shear Eyewear Review

My 5.11 tactical sunglasses review

Overall Rating: 3/5
Effectiveness: 4/5
Durability: 2/5
Price: $$$

First thoughts while reviewing the 5.11 Shear Eyewearthese tactical sunglasses look flat out mean!

With the operator in mind the shades seem to check off all of the right categories: broad peripheral view, lightweight nylon framing known for comfort and stability, zero color distortion and the proper UVA/UVB protected lenses for uninterrupted visibility during both high and low stress applications.

The 5.11 shear glasses are quite popular among law enforcement personnel and members of the armed forces. In careers such as these, where chasing suspects and defending our freedoms overseas is the norm, operators need confidence in their choice of eyewear because it could mean the difference between life and death.

With all of that in mind, I do think these 5.11 sunglasses will perform well in critical situations.

The downside — it seems the average longevity of these sunglasses is questionable with many customer complaints ranging from a poorly attached rubber nose support piece to lenses that are highly susceptible to scratching.

The product currently has 3 out of 5 stars on Amazon with five customer reviews as of this writing, which is definitely on the lower side of things. However, many of the negative reviews quickly added that 5.11 Tactical’s customer service was on point and replacements were issued almost immediately!

This doesn’t surprise me as 5.11 Tactical is one of my favorite tactical gear companies for just this reason. It is well known that they make high-quality reliable products that can typically withstand the elements, but less people know that they also have one of the best customer support teams in the tactical gear space.

In short, 5.11 stands by their products. If you ever have any issues with your Shear Eyewear or any other 5.11 products, I would definitely contact them to let them know. In my experience, they will go above and beyond what is necessary to make things right.

All in all, these 5.11 tactical sunglasses are a great, well rounded option for both casual and extreme performance. They will provide you with crystal clear visibility when you need them to, and you can rest easy knowing that 5.11 Tactical is a reputable company which will back the product in the unlikely event you have any issues with it.

Of course, given some of the longevity concerns, the price is slightly higher than I think most consumers are going to be comfortable with, so you may want to look for a coupon code before making a purchase.


  • Selenite polycarbonate die-cut lenses
  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Allows 15% light transmission
  • T-shell coating is scratch, crack, and craze resistant
  • Meets EN 166 (F) and ANSI Z87.1-2003 standards
  • Grilamid high performance TR-90 nylon frame
  • Comes with a 5.11 SlickStick® attachment kit
  • Protective case, cleaning bag, neck strap included
  • Temple to Temple Measures 123mm / 4.85″


  • Superior peripheral vision protection
  • No color distortion
  • UVA/UVB protected lenses


  • Longevity concerns
  • Lenses mildly susceptible to scratching
  • Subpar customer reviews on Amazon
  • Claims TPR nose piece is poorly constructed

I hope you enjoyed this 5.11 Tactical Sunglasses review, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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