We’re always on the hunt for eyewear that not only helps reduce wind while enhancing our ability to spot the trail but also looks good and pairs nicely with a variety of helmets. Having worn and owned a number of Oakley sunglasses, we had to try the Flight Jacket with its extended coverage and flattering look on a smaller face.
Features (via Oakley)
•Interchangeable temple lengths for improved helmet compatibility
•No-slip Unobtainium nose pads and ear socks
•Prizm lenses to enhance color, contrast, and detail for an optimized experience
•Glare reduction and tuned light transmission of Iridium lens coating
On the trail
The brow-less design of the Oakley Flight Jacket is very noticeable in how it improves the upper field of vision. We found it also helps keep the glasses off ones face.
The interchangeable temple length is nice for adjusting the fit as well as ensuring helmet compatibility. I have a small face, so being able to adjust eyewear is key. I also found the nose bridge position helped block light while allowing for airflow to combat fogging and overheating.
What we didn’t realize was the best aspect of it would be how it affected maintenance, and how it makes them easier to clean. Dirty lenses obviously hinder viewing the trail, but they also result in premature fogging.
After a few incidents, we’ve become meticulous in how we clean our eyewear, preferring to start with a rinse under running water to remove any particulates that could cause small scratches if rubbed with a microfiber. The browless design makes cleaning a lot easier; we also find the top of the lens is where condensation tends to happen first, and this design aids in alleviating that.
Helmet shown: Fox Women’s Speedframe Pro MIPS.