First Look: Leupold Adds Three New Styles to Performance Eyewear Line

posted on May 27, 2021

Leupold & Stevens, Inc. is known for making rugged, lightweight, and clear sport optics, and now they are adding three new styles to their Performance Eyewear line: the Payload, Refuge, and Cheyenne.

Each of these new styles is available in multiple lens and frame combinations, adding 11 total new sets of eyewear to Leupold’s line of eyewear. Just like the rest of the Performance Eyewear line, the Payload, Refuge and Cheyenne are made from lightweight, ballistic-rated materials and ship with scratch-resistant polarized lenses that are as rugged and clear as Leupold’s legendary sporting optics.

“Our products outperform the competition under the harshest conditions, without fail, and the Performance Eyewear line has been no different,” said Zach Bird, Product Line Manager for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “The Payload, Refuge, and Cheyenne designs ensure that  hunters, anglers, and outdoorsmen and women everywhere have a set of Leupold Performance Eyewear that meet their needs and personal style.”

The Payload was designed for anglers and outdoorsmen who like to live life on the water. The Payload sports Lens Ventilation and maintains a clear image while eliminating glare, which helps you see past the water’s surface to what lies beneath. Combine these features with wrap-around, ANSI Z87.1+ certified frames and ballistic-rated lenses, and you have the unmatched protection and clarity that every outdoor athlete demands.

The Refuge is built for action and adventure and has all the rugged features of its bigger brother, the Becnara, but now with a sleek new style. The slightly smaller frame of the Refuge makes it as fashionable as it is functional. The lenses on the Refuge are polarized and incredibly clear to look great around town as well as on the trail.

The Cheyenne features a low-profile frame, making it a great option for hunters and shooters who have smaller faces. The full wrap design offers complete protection from the elements, while still maintaining maximum visibility and air flow. Best of all, the Cheyenne lets you have eyewear that looks and feels great without sacrificing safety.

All three new styles of eyewear share numerous top-of-the-line features such as In-Fused polarized lenses, which eliminate glare and keep your eyes fresh whether you’re on the water or in the field. Leupold’s Guard-ion hydrophobic coating sheds dirt, water, and fingerprints for a clear, crisp image, while the Diamondcoat-hardened lenses reduce surface scratches. A no-slip bridge design provides all day comfort with soft-touch rubber bridge pads. Finally, the Daylight Max technology provides complete UV protection for optimal performance in almost any environment.

All Leupold Performance Eyewear frames are designed, machined, and assembled in the USA. For more information on these products or other items from Leupold, please visit 


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