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The HISCmark can be instantly recognised as a product that has been wire wool tested.
Any associated product has also been designed to the highest standard for vision safety.

was explicitly developed to offer unparalleled protection for vision safety for Off-Road sports.

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What is HISC™  

HISC, or High Impact Surface Coating, is a product mark that represents the highest level of safety quality and scratch resistance. 


The HISC mark can be instantly recognised, providing users with instant peace of mind that the associated product has been developed with the highest standards of safety and quality in mind. HISC was explicitly developed to offer unparalleled protection for vision safety in sports,


Products featuring the HISC mark have undergone rigorous testing to ensure they can withstand a wire-wool test. This test is a world-first for vision safety in sports and indicates superior quality and durability. 


The wire-wool test involves rubbing a piece of wire wool over the product's surface to simulate the harsh conditions that it may be subjected to in real-world use. Products that pass the wire-wool test can be trusted to offer maximum protection for users.


A quality mark that informs the customer that this product has been tested to the highest safety standard - a wire wool tested product




Wolf Wilborn Pencil Hardness Scale

6B  5B  4B  3B  2B  B  HB  F  H  2H  3H  4H  5H  6H  7H  8H  9H



How & why do we test Hardness on coatings?

a lead pencil illustrating the strength of our HISC coating

Most goggle & visor lenses are between 2H and 3H - which is nowhere near hard enough to be safe or effective.

With any 2H/3H coating - after only a short time, the product will begin to scratch up rapidly - even just by continuous wiping with a glove can ruin a brand new lens in a matter of hours.  Abrasions formed on the surface make the product dangerous & unsafe for racing or riding in general. 

Visibility at this point will quickly become a problem and will only continue to get worse - this is why we would never approve a standard lens/visor or an equivalent aftermarket lens protector/stickers unless it had been tested 

We know that scratched lenses leads to seriously impaired vision and ultimately the goggle gets thrown away.  Now the rider will need to contend with (as well as controlling a vehicle) all sorts of hidden dangers - as aforementioned  'grit, hail, dirt, mud, rain, roost, stones & other projectiles from a road or a track!  It's complete madness that in these times it still happens weekly around the world.

At this stage it is now fair game for seriously impaired vision to cause; tentative riding due to a loss of confidence through worry & panic, innocuous accidents, broken bones, losing an eye - the list is endless!  Each and every one of those examples is a very real possibility once you remove eyewear protection. - ultimately all of this becomes a numbers game, meaning it is a serious accident waiting to happen. 

Our aim with our HISC - ICON is to inform any user that whenever they see our yellow & black seal, it means they know its safe and they can trust that Icon' because that Icon' identifies with quality and peace of mind


a wire wool tested product for armor vision smart film and impact lens
a wire wool tested product


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