Visual acuity is as good or better than any sunglasses I’ve ever worn. They’re super comfortable under a headset or a helmet, barely noticeable on long flights. What I was most impressed with is the anti-glare coating on them. Without being polarized, they’re nearly as good as polarized sunglasses I’ve worn at cutting glare off the water, and in my line of work that’s crucial. Typically, we have to choose between cutting the glare or being able to quickly and accurately read our instruments, but not with these babies.
Precision optics designed specifically for aviators. Our top-of-the-line lenses feature notch filtering technology for contrast, clarity, and performance that is second to none. Each lens option utilizes special thin-film coating technologies to dial in specific amounts of visible light (VLT) suited to pilot preferences and light levels for typical routes.
Ascent's titanium alloy frame is a blend of updated aviator styling and some of the most advanced frame construction available. Light, strong and flexible titanium alloy temple pieces taper off to less than 1.0 mm thick, seamlessly conforming to your head and headset for any duration flight. Designed specifically for headsets, and tested for fit with oxygen masks. Rubberized nose pads add comfort on long days in the seat.
SKY lenses are Method Seven’s original top-of-the-line pilot lenses, crafted from German glass. SKY technology combines eleven elements, including rare-earth neodymium, molecularly bonded within a crystalline lens. Thirteen proprietary coatings block harmful UV and infrared heat while providing unmatched color and clarity. If you’re looking for the absolute best in performance, nothing beats glass.
The style and quality of these glasses are unrivaled! They're well worth the money. The only thing I would change about them is the nose piece. The little pieces get stuck in my hair when I put them on top of my head. If that could be fixed, then they're be absolutely perfect. My friend and I have tested them while flying, at the beach, in the mountains and for everyday use. The only time I'm not the biggest fan is on trail runs/hikes because it's not bright enough to want them on my face until I'm out of the woods, but I have to hold them so they don't get stuck in my hair. Still, I always take them with me and pick them over any other brand I've owned (Oakley, RayBan, Costa).
Tried them for the first time yesterday flying the 737 and they are stunningly cool, nice, slim for headset (I use QC25 with uFlyMike) and want to do more daylight flights. The only thing I found is that when I rest my frame on a leveled surface they have a slight unlevelness, which I tried to fixed and seems that they are better now. They included a personalized card for me and two M7 stickers, and I love stickers! I think that for airliner pilots the 9s are good
I absolutely love these! I have sensitive eyes and was used to wearing fairly dark sunglasses which posed a problem when trying to view the instruments inside the plane after scanning outside. It would take a few seconds for my eyes to adjust. I recently purchased a pair of the 18% (mid-range) SkyAscent and these were one of the best purchases I have ever made!! My eyes no longer need time to adjust and they really cut the glare so well, even when landing when the sun is about to set. I also have to commend M7 on their fantastic customer service - completely top notch!!
I have been using the Ascent 18’s for the past month and love them. They are dark enough to cut through the glare, but not so dark as to make it difficult to read ForeFlight on my iPad. I’m very light sensitive, and these Method Seven sunglasses do a great job of keeping me from squinting all of the time. I don’t use an over-the-ear style aviation headset, but the temple pieces are pretty narrow and should allow for a good seal.
I use these while flying business jets. I love how they offer eye protection while not so dark that I cant read my ipad and checklist inside the plane.
Best Aviator Eyewear out there by far!! Outstanding customer service to stand behind the great quality product!
Delighted to say that I had the best experience with Lauren who guided me through the process of replacing and shipping a pair of sun glasses To France / where I reside / her efficient and prompt reply was top/ plus I can now enjoy a great pair of sun glasses that put a smile on my face every time I wear them
Loved these since first time that I tried them on at AOPA fly-in! I kicked around the idea of which one to get (9% or 18%). I decided on the 9% and glad I did. They seem to make everything brighter and clearer without straining my eyes. Wish I would have bought them at the fly-in instead of waiting! Best eyewear I’ve ever purchased. I suggest buying them to everyone!
I rarely go for expensive, name-brand products, but I make exceptions for serious quality-of-life improvements or safety items, like splurging on A20s. Until recently I've always flown wearing some kind of Ray-bans, which seemed perfectly adequate until I got my Ascent sunglasses, and now I can't go back. They're everything Method 7 claims: lightweight, comfortable, and absolutely ideal in the cockpit. The arms are straight and very thin, so they don't break headset seals (even when taking them off or putting them back on) or get clamped against your head, and the lenses themselves actually do cut through haze and make it a bit easier to spot other traffic. I'm using the 18% VLT, which are just about perfect for southern California daytime flying. If I were going to complain about anything at all it would be something really petty, like the slightly large hard case, or the fact that no silk cleaning cloth is included (admittedly the soft case is probably fine for un-smudging the lenses). But neither of those issues is big enough to deduct a star, so I'll leave them with a well-deserved 5 out of 5.
I don't fly (as I know that these are typically used for aviation) but I am out in the sun a lot! Running, walking, hiking, playing with my kids... you name it. I am usually outside. I have blue eyes and I can't tell you how AMAZING these sunglasses are. My eyes never hurt/ache or feel strained like they would with my other sunglasses. They are SO comfortable and my eyes feel rested which has never happened after being in the sun all day. I discovered these at the local airshow and I am so glad I did. I am OBSESSED with them. Thank you for creating these! I will forever be a customer.
I have two pairs, the 9% and the 18%. I use the 18% as everyday sunglasses. I bought the 9% to use for driving into the low Fall/Spring sun and for flying. I’m very pleased with both pairs. Well made, nice optics, good filtering.
The amount of light that reaches your eyes through your lenses is called Visible Light Transmission (VLT). When deciding which kind of lenses to purchase, a good place to start is with the VLT. The higher the percentage of VLT, the lighter the lens tint, and therefore, the more light the lens will let through to the eye. Alternatively, lenses with a lower VLT percentage will have a darker tint and will block more light from coming through to the eye.
Our darkest offerings, the SKY9 and FLT9, transmit 9% VLT of available light. Yet you can still render your flight deck--or your iPad--in sharp detail. Perfect for flying west, chasing the sun or in very exposed cockpits.
The FLT15 and SKY18 Lens transmit 15% and 18% of available light, respectively. These medium-tint lenses are a great choice for general and mixed conditions.
For darker cockpits and pilots whose eyes require more light, the SKY30 and FLT 24 lenses allow for high levels of light transmission with unparalleled comfort and protection. Pilots who typically don’t wear or frequently take off their sunglasses during flight find that these lenses can stay on all day, in all conditions, even on the jetway.