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Flying Eyes® Sunglasses: Your ears will thank you. Revolutionary, patented, convertible sunglasses for all your adventures with a headset or helmet!
Dean Siracusa
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Austin, Texas
United States
2 Team Members

Sometimes you need to wear a headset or helmet. 

If you also wear sunglasses, you know the pain from the temples digging in under the pressure of your headgear. No one needs those dents in the sides of their head. 

We have the answer: Flying Eyes Sunglasses

Revolutionary sunglasses with multiple, interchangeable sides that are comfortable with...well, whatever else you're wearing on your head!

They are already designed, prototyped, tested, and ready to be manufactured. Our goal is have them in your hands and on your smiling face by September 2014. We just need your help!

Flying Eyes were created by Dean Siracusa, a guy who loves to fly. And when you fly an airplane, you wear a noise-reducing headset. So, like most pilots, he'd always end up fidgeting with his sunglasses, trying to get them comfortable. Plus, there was the constant turning up the volume on the headset because of the noise leaks caused by the temples making that little gap in the seal.

Dean thought there ought to be sunglasses with a soft, flat headstrap instead of regular sides, so you wouldn't even feel it under a headset. 

After searching for such a thing and not finding it, Dean spent more than a year experimenting with designs and working with eyewear experts. The end result was a pair of sunglasses that he was confident would be the absolute best sunglasses to wear with an aviation headset.

So he took his own savings and borrowed some from friends and family and had a batch of the original Flying Eyes sunglasses produced. (It costs a LOT of money to make really good quality sunglasses, especially if you're just a little company and not one of the giant manufacturers.) 

Turns out, Flying Eyes are fantastic for aviation. And also for motorcycles, equestrian, snowboarding, disc golf, aviation ground crews, racing pit crews, and demolition derby. Anything you love to do that needs both eye protection and a helmet or headset. Or where you just don't want your sunglasses flying off at an inopportune moment. 

Well, we started selling the original Flying Eyes sunglasses last year, and now it's time to make more sunglasses. Re-ordering more of the exact same sunglasses would be a lot cheaper, but we have really listened to the people who wear our first sunglasses and have found ways to make Flying Eyes better and more useful — which means paying for the expensive molds and tooling to make them.

What makes Flying Eyes unique?

Convertible Sunglasses ~ There's a little button on the sides. It's a super-easy new release mechanism which allows you to quickly change from the headstrap to the regular temples to the micro-thin temples, so you can go from one activity to another without slowing down.

Headstrap ~ The soft, thin, non-elastic headstrap works with the overall frame design to hold the sunglasses gently and perfectly on your face, and your ears won't even know it's there—no matter how tight your headset. Plus, because it's so thin, your Active Noise Reduction headsets will work better and last longer — no more noise leaks!

Micro-thin Temples ~ These extra-thin — less than 1 mm — flexible, unbreakable sides are perfect with motorcycle, equestrian, cycling, and other helmets — they slip right under!

Durable Frame ~ Made from lightweight, unbreakable, flexible Resilamide, the new frames will be available in our original matte black, or in a shiny black.

Vision-enhancing Lenses ~ Flying Eyes feature technologically advanced, precision polycarbonate lenses for eagle-eyed clarity.

They offer the UV400 protection, the highest level of protection against UV radiation, along with anti-fog and anti-scratch coatings. The shatterproof lenses also offer vision-enhancing clarity and true color perception. 

Flying Eyes are available in our original aviation-friendly, neutral gray, non-polarized lenses, plus: polarized lenses, bifocals, gradient tint, gradient tint bifocals, and custom prescription lenses! 

Due to the manufacturing costs and high minimum order quantities in making our sunglasses, we need your support to set the conveyor belt in motion. 

Here’s how you can support our campaign and be the first to feel the freedom of Flying Eyes:

1) Select a perk on the right hand side. The perks are pictured below — we will contact you at the end of the campaign for you to make choices like lens option and t-shirt style & size.

2) Continue to the next page to enter shipping information followed by payment details. Note; if you would like to support us extra over and above the cost of the perk you have selected, you can change the amount there.

3) Complete payment via Paypal or using your credit/debit card. We will use these funds to pay for the production run, and for shipping them to you!

4) We will deliver your Flying Eyes Sunglasses and other thank you perks by September 2014.

Reserve your Flying Eyes Sunglasses, and you'll get your choice of lens and frame finish (we'll contact you after the campaign to finalize your specific choice. Prescription lenses available, by separate special order.)

Modern shirts with vintage style — hand-drawn illustrations, silkscreened by hand here in Austin, Texas, onto high quality 100% cotton shirts. An IndieGogo exclusive — you can't get these shirts anywhere else!

We already have prototypes of the new sunglasses and the factory is ready to make them — we just have to pay the nice people. Since we've been through this once before, with the same manufacturer, we are confident we'll have these revolutionary sunglasses to you quickly.

If we don't reach our fundraising goal, it may take us a bit longer to get the sunglasses made and out the door to you, but it will still happen!

If we surpass our funding goal, not only will you get your perks super-fast, but we'll also reveal our stretch goals! (Hint: some totally new additional frame styles. We're working on a larger and wider version of our signature frame, as well as a stylish women's frame that will include a tortoiseshell option. We're also close to finalizing a super lightweight titanium version.)

We've tried to include perks that will express our gratitude, whatever your budget. But if you are in a serious budget squeeze right now, well, we know how that goes and we hope that someday soon, you're rolling in dough. 

Meanwhile, you can still help: 

Please tell your friends & family about our campaign — you never know who might need a pair of sunglasses like Flying Eyes! If you are logged into IndieGoGo and use the "share" tools, we'll see that, and you could end up with a free shirt or pair of Flying Eyes.

Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions!
Email us at sunglasses@flyingeyes.biz

Press and retail/distributor inquiries welcome at the same email address. 

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raised by 180 people in 1 month
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$20,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on August 8, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Wind Beneath our Wings

    Be part of the adventure! Every contribution helps get us closer to the revolution in sunglasses. We offer our sincere thanks. And we will totally high-five you if we ever see you in person.

    5 claimed
  • $15USD
    Lens Cleaning Cloth

    Keep your spectacles sparkling and your devices divine with a Flying Eyes microfiber cleaning cloth and the glow of good karma. Shipping to USA included; international backers, please add $6 to your pledge for shipping.

    0 out of 300 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $30USD
    Stainless Steel Water Bottle

    We know you are always on the go. Stay hydrated with a sleek blue Flying Eyes stainless steel water bottle, filled with our gratitude. Shipping to USA included; international backers, please add $10 to your pledge for shipping.

    5 out of 300 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $45USD
    Limited Edition T-Shirt

    Broadcast your love of horsepower and high-performance sunglasses. Your choice of our hand-drawn illustrations printed vintage-style on super-soft, high-quality, garment-dyed cotton shirts. Shipping to USA included; international backers, please add $10 to your pledge for shipping.

    11 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $99USD
    Upgrade + Shirt

    If you already have the original Flying Eyes, but you've got prescription lenses in them, you can upgrade to the new frames! We'll have you send us your current pair, then we'll install the lenses in the new frames and return them to you. Plus, we will also send you one of our handy lens cleaning cloths and a personal thank you letter from Dean. We'll cover the cost of shipping to you.

    4 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $139USD
    Flying Eyes Sunglasses

    If you miss the opportunity to get a $99 pair, you can still pre-order your Flying Eyes at a very special IndieGoGo supporter price. We'll throw in a lens cleaning cloth for good measure. Choose from several different lens styles (prescription lenses available; not included) and frame finish options. Shipping to USA included; international backers, please add $10 to your pledge for shipping. { IndieGoGo Special Price! }

    0 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $159USD
    Flying Eyes Sunglasses & Shirt

    You need the sunglasses, but you also want the t-shirt. We understand. We want you to have everything. So we’ll send you our newest set of Flying Eyes with your choice of lens and frame finish. (Prescription lenses available at additional cost.) Plus receive the Flying Eyes limited edition t-shirt of your choice. We'll cover shipping.

    8 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $349USD
    Flying Eyes & T-Shirts x2

    You have a friend you enjoy dressing like? Here. Share the love… We’ll send you two pairs of Flying Eyes with your choices of lenses and frame finishes. (Prescription lenses available at additional cost.) Plus, two Flying Eyes limited edition t-shirts of your choosing. We'll cover shipping.

    2 out of 100 claimed
  • $1,600USD
    Retailer Special

    Sell Flying Eyes in your pilot shop, FBO, out of your saddlebags, through the barn door, wherever you like. Or just get your Christmas shopping finished right here and now. Get 20 pairs of our new Flying Eyes sunglasses, each with your choice of lens and frame options. (Prescription lenses available at additional cost.)

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
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