About us

In the world of eye protection, Bollé Tactical continues its mission around a single goal: to detect all potential risks that may arise in the work environment, and provide tangible technological solutions and targeted therapies, in strict compliance with MIL-DTL-43511D, MIL-PRF-31013, MIL-PRF-32432 and ANSI Z97.1-2010.

Bollé's culture

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Bollé Safety provides an effective and innovative response to each risk.

Bollé has been pursuing the same single objective for more than a hundred years: to detect all possible work environment risks and provide tangible technological solutions and specifically targeted treatments, that comply with the most stringent European Standards.

Industry, public works, construction, aeronautics or the military, Bollé Safety caters to all markets and constantly improves its models with technological and ergonomic solutions to satisfy users daily.
At Bollé Safety, we are constantly innovating to bring to each specific trade, effective protection solutions that are pleasant to wear. Always bearing in mind that the best protection are those that make you want to wear them, Bollé Safety is developing complete product lines that are tailored to the needs of its users.

Bollé Safety is also the culture of sport and design: a shared culture with Bollé Sunglasses. It is our shared commitment to providing the highest quality protection for our users which is why the Bollé brand is a strong brand.

 

Our story

Founded in 1888 in Oyonnax, the Bollé family originally designed and manufactured, combs and hair accessories from horn. In 1936 the company launched the production of sunglasses and optical frames in Celluloid and then Rhodoid. After the Second World War, Bollé became the pioneer of molded nylon, with products that met the highest standards of that time. The first pair of goggles and masks joined the Bollé range of products in 1950.

The sporting adventure started in 1960: Bollé markets its first dedicated ski goggles. Meanwhile, the  Bollé Safety division worked alongside the French Army, Navy and Aerospace to develop safety goggles.

As an Industry leader with innovative products, the Bolle family has grown from the small workshop beginnings to become a leading global manufacturer of quality eyewear.
Today, more than 100 years later, Bollé products are distributed and worn in all parts of the globe.

Key numbers of Bollé Safety today:

• Over 120 years of expertise
• 350 products
• 4 product lines: safety, welding, RX and Tactical
• 3 subsidiaries (Bollé Safety North America, Bollé Safety Europe Middle East & Africa and Bolle Safety Asia Pacific)


1888: Creation of the Company Seraphin Bollé. Invention of Celluloid (JW Hyatt), a material that becomes the base product for Bollé.

1936: First manufacturing of sunglasses and optical frames in Celluloid, then rhodoid.

1946: production of the 1st nylon Bollé goggles.

1950: Launch of the 1st set of goggles and protective masks and in 1956, Georges Bolle, created the famous pair of "cat eyes" sunglasses in nylon

1960: Production of 1st ski goggles 

Creation of two specific manufacturing departments:

  • Department of Industrial Safety that developed products to provide the French Army, Navy and Aerospace with safety eyewear
  • Department of Sport glasses designed leading-edge products for amateurs and professionals alike.

2001: Integration of the Group into Bushnell Outdoor Products

2002: Creation of the Viper, Targa & Premium models

2004: Launch of Contrast technology and B-line range

2006: Launch of the ESP Technology & B-Prescription range

2008: Launch of B-Polarized Technology

2009: Redesign of the new range Tactical logo "B-Tactical" & B-Switch concept

2010: Launch of HD technology

2012: Creation of B-flex bridge technology, Twilight and Slam Hi-Viz

 

   

 Our identity

King of glasses

The crown is a nod to the "King of glasses” this is how the founding brothers, Robert & Maurice Bollé, presented their brand.

The crown as an identifier

The crown has become the mandatory identifier / manufacturer logo marking for all Bollé Safety products.

It is also a universal symbol known to all clients of Bollé Safety and Bollé Tactical, and crosses all borders and cultures.

In homage to the history and strength of this symbol, Bollé Safety has improved its existing graphics code in its new communication.

Products tested and certified

The Z87.1 2003 standard previously classified personal protectors as “basic or high impact” devices. In the ANSI Z87.1-2010 standard, personal protectors are rated as either “impact” or “non-impact” protectors. To be considered an impact protector, the device must meet the high velocity and high mass tests. Once these devices have passed the test, they will carry the Z87+ stamp on both the frame or lens housing and lens. Additionally, prescription products meeting this requirement will carry the marking Z87-2+. Non-impact protectors (those that do not pass all high-impact testing) will be designated only as Z87 (not to include the + sign). 

The 2015 standard continues to differentiate protectors based on specific hazards with additional emphasis placed on enabling users to select the appropriate protector based on their environment and the hazard. All new products are comply with the updated standard.

Read more HERE. 

Research and development

The eye is a delicate and sensitive organ. There are many types of eye injury with severity ranging from simple irritation to total blindness. This is why it is so important to be aware of all potential risks in the workplace. Protecting eyes is our business; ensuring unbeatable product quality is our motto!

Bollé Safety/Bolle Tactical provides an effective and innovative response to each risk.
Bollé has been pursuing the same single objective for more than a hundred years: to detect all possible work environment risks and provide tangible technological solutions and specifically targeted treatments, that comply with the most stringent international standards.
Industry, public works, construction, aeronautics or the military, Bollé Safety caters to all markets and constantly improves its models with technological and ergonomic solutions to satisfy users daily.

Bollé Safety/Bollé Tactical has established itself as leader in terms of innovation and sophistication. Ergonomic and lightweight frames, ultra-efficient technologies eye: Bollé Safety/Bollé Tactical offers a concentrate of innovation in each protection.

Innovation, the key word for Bollé Safety/Bollé Tactical

The company always goes further into the technical specifications of its products and develops eyewear technologies that are still unmatched in terms of performance and accuracy.

Comfort and design for every protection

This bears in mind that offering products that are both efficient and comfortable to wear is the key to the procedures that Bollé Safety/Bollé Tactical use to develop its range of eyewear and goggles.
TIPGRIP temples, bi-flex materials or 160 ° flex, adjustable bridge, interchangeable or b-flex, front tilt, removable temples, Bollé Safety/Bollé Tactical products are a combination of technologies. Highly innovative, materials, accessories and tactical protection ranges have a simple goal: provide maximum comfort to users with design and performance.

 

Group Organization

Bollé Safety and Bollé Tactical are brands of Vista Outdoor. Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has more than 30 well-recognized brands that provide consumers with a range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products in the ammunition, firearms and outdoor accessories categories. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 10 U.S. States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada along with international sales and sourcing operations in Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

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