NXT® Lens Technology

Posted on May 22, 2019

NXT® Lens Technology

What is NXT® ?

NXT® is a Trivex material developed in the 1990s for use in military helicopter and fighter jet canopies because of its clarity, durability, ultra-lightweight properties and chemical resistance. As a result of the success in military aircraft platforms, this high-quality material was brought to the eyewear industry in the early 2000s.

There are many materials on the market for sunglasses lenses, but we use NXT® because it provides clarity like glass and is lighter, stronger and more impact resistant that polycarbonate.

Three major reasons why NXT is the superior lens material:

NXT® is thicker than polycarbonate but is about 10% lighter. You may not think much of your glasses needing to be light, but when you're out on the trails or casting to tarpon in the flats all day, your sunglasses' weight is about the last thing you want to notice. 


NXT® is also more durable and scratch resistant than polycarbonate lenses, passing Z87.1 high-impact resistance testing. We know that durability matters. We want our gear to be tough, and sunglasses are no exception.

Where  NXT® most notably stands out to the end user is in its optical clarity. Already inspiring confidence in weight and impact resistance, NXT® provides, according to the ABBE number rating system, approximately 33% more clarity than polycarbonate and improves contrast through all lighting conditions. Only glass lenses have a higher clarity value but there are several reasons to skip glass lenses in favor of NXT.


Where other eyewear companies up charge and mask this material with a proprietary name, we use NXT as our standard material. In addition, our sunglasses feature fog-inhibiting technology on the inside of the lens, assuring you have every advantage by providing the utmost clarity and lightweight performance because, at Breakline, Vision Is Everything.

Recent Posts