Very few of us are newcomers to the Oakley brand. This may lead to some bias, I’m personally a fan of Oakley from the moment I purchased my first pair of sunglasses. But that doesn’t mean I will vouch for all their products. Today we will be talking about the Oakley Flight Jacket and if it hits the mark on the marketing claims.
At a first look, the Flight Jacket has some design cues from the Oakley Radar, a timeless and successful design for Oakley. The marketing claim we are most interested in, is the anti fog. Oakley is claiming that these sunglasses offer the most advanced anti fog system to date. Where better to put this claim to the test than in South Florida during a wet and muddy Fakawi weekend.
Photographed in this article is Alex Zambrana and Nick Vargas, both used the Oakley Flight Jacket at this year’s Fakawi event. You’ll notice that the glasses look crisp. The week leading up to the event was a typical pre-South Florida summer with lots of rain and temps in the 80s. Both of them were photographed at different points of the event, and the anti fog test passed with flying colors.
Now where is the magic? What is the reason for the Flight Jacket not fogging?
The solution was surprisingly simple, air flow. The half frame design allows for the movement of air above the eyes, if for some reason that air movement is not enough and you start to experience fogging a small tab in the middle of the nose bridge pulls the frame safely and securely away from your zygomatic bone (cheek bones) this makes for an intake of air flow, equaling to no fog.
The glasses also fit perfectly with the new Oakley ARO helmets.
Marketing claims are valid!
The Oakley Flight Jacket MSRP is $223.00 a great value for the tech.
Other design and tech specs below.
- Brow-less design allows for improved upper field of view
- Advancer™ nosebridge positions the frame to block light while opening airflow to combat fogging and overheating
- Interchangeable temple lengths for improved helmet compatibility
- Durability and all-day comfort of lightweight O-Matter™ frame material
- No-slip Unobtainium® nosepads and earsocks: Increase grip with perspiration
- Three-Point Fit: Comfort and performance that holds lenses in precise optical alignment
- Frame suitable for medium to large faces
- Optimal precision and impact resistance that meet or exceed ANSI Z80.3 optical and impact standards