Sun Valley, ID, US – Eye Safety Systems (ESS), today announced the introduction of its new ballistic eyeshield: the ESS Crossbow 2X™. The Crossbow 2X is a revolutionary new ballistic spectacle that redefines functional eye protection for military and public safety professionals. ESS is pleased to add another high-performance product to its broad offering just months before the company’s 12th anniversary.

The Crossbow 2X is a premium addition to ESS’ product line, which includes the most widely-sold ballistic eyeshields worldwide: the ESS ICE series. The Crossbow series delivers an unparalleled list of functional benefits, including advanced ClearZone FlowCoat dual lens coatings that eliminate fog inside and prevent scratches outside; a DedBolt lens lock system that keeps lenses easy to swap yet secure under impact; Tri-Tech Fit technology that achieves universal fit with maximum comfort and zero pressure points; and 2.4mm ballistic polycarbonate lenses that feature ESSOPTICS for distortion-free optical precision throughout the entire field of view.

“ESS has re-invented the eyeshield, and the performance of the Crossbow is extraordinary, most notably its amazing comfort and the fact the lenses just won’t fog,” said Brian Ross, ESS senior vice-president of sales and marketing. “The Crossbow is broadly universal in its fit, and it is the first ballistic eyeshield in the industry to feature an anti-fog lens coating. The best way to experience the many benefits of the Crossbow is to simply try it on and see for yourself.”

The Crossbow 2X model is configured for the US retail market. It includes two fully-assembled eyeshields with clear and smoke gray lenses. The Crossbow 2X is now available for purchase from select ESS dealers and online. Military issue-kit versions of the Crossbow series are currently being evaluated by both the US Army and Marine Corps.

The Crossbow 3LS, a three-lens configuration that includes a high-definition yellow lens, will be available to international markets on 17 November 2009.

For users with prescription eyewear needs, ESS currently offers two Rx insert options for the Crossbow: the nylon-framed P-2B Rx insert, which also fits inside ESS Profile series goggles, and the wire-framed Vice Rx insert, which fits inside ESS Advancer series goggles. Both of these inserts are also compatible with ESS ICE and ICE NARO eyeshields.

The ESS Crossbow eyeshield is compliant with US Federal OSHA, ANSI Z87.1+, US MIL SPEC MIL-PRF-31013, and CE EN 166. All Crossbow lenses provide 100% UVA/UVB protection.